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Editorial: Plan to attend the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival

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Squamish Days Loggers Sports are back on Sept. 18.
Squamish Days Loggers Sports are back on July 28.

There’s something for everyone at the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival.

Whether you have attended every year (minus when COVID shut it down) or have never been, we promise there is something for you at the 65th festival, which starts Thursday, July 28.

Now, more than ever, we need this uniting event to — well — unite us.

Let’s step away from our keyboards, lay down our arguments and come out to celebrate together what makes this town unique.

Let’s put a bit more of that sense of community back into this increasingly not-so-little town where — like the rest of the world — we were isolated from each other for too long during the height of the pandemic.

Signs are that we may be back in our bubbles come fall (sorry to say) so let’s make the best of our ability to gather while we can.

It doesn’t get more truly Squamish than this festival.

Untold numbers of volunteers work tirelessly to bring each of its events to us, and their dedication and passion show in the festival’s longevity.

It is Squamish’s longest-running community event.

And we are not joking when we say there’s something for you to see or do, no matter who you are.

The fun starts with the kettle boil on Thursday — where teams of two race to literally see who can get the water to boil over in the fastest time.

While you are watching that, try the chili at the Lumberjack Chili Cook-Off.

Not your thing?

No worries.

Friday is the World Championship Chair Carve.

This involves a carving contest in which chairs of all shapes and sizes are carved out of logs using chainsaws.

Stick around downtown after that for the Squamish Legion Bed Races.

What are the bed races? It is a contest where local teams run down Cleveland Avenue pushing hospital-type beds.

Each team must negotiate a two-block course filled with obstacles and challenges.

Why, you ask?

For fun and bragging rights, of course. (Prizes for the top teams and the team with the best costumes.)

It is a blast to watch.

Still not convinced you want to go to the festival this year? It is OK. There’s so much more.

Saturday, there’s the Kids’ Festival downtown.

Then, it is the big show. The Novice and Intermediate Loggers Sports Show begins. History, athleticism, sport, danger and entertainment are all rolled into one.

If you are one of the lucky ones who pre-bought, you can watch while chowing down on the famous Rotary Beef Barbecue Beef-on-a-Bun. (We think it should be sold from a roving food truck all year!)

Still not convinced? Eesh, but OK. We got you.

There’s also the Axe Throw Invitational Saturday. Sunday, there’s the Squamish Elks #119 Peter Harris Pancake Breakfast, the Festival Parade, followed by more Loggers Sports.

And there are other bibs and bobs we haven’t included! You have to go to know!

Then on Monday, we nap.

See you there!

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