This year marks the 59th consecutive year of the Squamish Logger Sports festival. The events will span four days, from July 28th through August 1st.
Thursday, July 28th will begin with the Kettle Boil Challenge, held at the Squamish Valley Golf Course at 6:00pm. Teams of two will attempt to boil water in the fastest time. It’s free to watch, $15 to enter.
On Friday from 3:30 – 5:30pm, across from MacDonald Realty on Cleveland Avenue, the World Championship Chair Carve will be held. It’s a free event to watch. Chairs will be auctioned off after the contest, with proceeds going to Big Brothers & Big Sisters. And then at 6:30pm, the Squamish Days Bed Races will be held on Cleveland Avenue. Each team of 4 pushers, and one rider, will have to navigate through and obstacle course spanning two blocks.
9:30am on Saturday, there will be a free Kid’s Festival, held in O’Siem Pavilion Park. There will be face painting, races, bouncy castles, a bean bag toss, bubble station, mini golf, balloon art and more. At 1:30pm the Novice & Intermediate Logger Sports Show will be held at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds. During the show, the Rotary Beef Barbecue will be held. It’s a 50 year tradition, with meat slowly cooked over a bed of alders.
Saturday night, the Axe Throwing Invitational will be held at Chances, at 6:00pm. 30 entrants will battle it out. It’s a free event and everyone’s welcome. Following the axe throw, Chances is holding the Logger’s Stomp Dance, at 9:00pm. There will be live music and dancing for a 19+ audience.
Sunday morning, the Peter Harris Logger’s Pancake Breakfast will be put on by the Squamish Elks, from 7:00 – 11:00, at the Chieftain Centre Mall. The price is $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. At 8:25am, the tenth annual Squamish Days 8K Run will begin at Howe Sound Secondary School. Ten minutes later, at 8:35, the Squamish Days Flashback Mile even will begin. The Flashback Mile focuses on speed instead of distance. Post race, there will be awards and refreshments.
At 11:00 on Sunday, July 31st, the Festival Parade will make its way down Cleveland Avenue, from Vancouver Street to Pemberton Avenue. The main even begins at 1:30pm sharp at the Al McIntosh Loggers Sports Grounds. Admission for the World-Class Open Loggers Show is $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors and children under 12. During the show, the Rotary Beef Barbecue will again be held.
Monday morning, August 1st, the festival will wrap up with a Picnic at the Pavilion. The event will be held at O’Siem Pavilion Park. Enjoy a picnic, or purchase drinks and refreshments from vendors on location, while listening to live music.