The modern day lumberjack is an integral part of Canada’s competitive culture, this is due to the fact that as long as trees have been harvested in Canada, there have been competitions held in the lumber camps to see who the best lumberjack was.
Today these competitions are presented in public venues to acknowledge the rich history of forestry and logging and to keep traditions alive, all reflected by the traditional events held within these competitions.
In celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday, the North Thompson Valley is set to unleash the best competitors in the west in a ‘Battle of the Axe’ like no other in the community of Barriere at the North Thompson Fall Fair facility on Saturday, July 1.
A full day of competition will include;
• Spring Board Chopping – competitors going two boards high chopping small pockets into the side of the tree while placing boards into those pockets so they can reach the top of the tree, from where they proceed to sever the block at the top. This is considered the most extreme chopping event.
• Underhand Chopping – chopping a block in half beneath your feet.
• Crosscut Sawing – cutting a disc off a log of wood using modern day racing saws.
• Hotsaws – bringing it into the future with saws built out of bike engines.
• Team Relays – who is the best in the bush. This is how contracts were secured back in the day.
• Tree Fell – a line of trees are placed upright, then on “GO!” a group of fallers race to land their tree on a marker in the most spectacular fashion. This competition will be done “old school” with an axe and a saw. Tree Fell has never been done this way in competition before.
• Novel Events – log loading. Heavy equipment may be used to load trailers, based on time and load; bringing industry players into the competition arena.
• Kids Events – will include axe throwing, choker races, log stack, and more.
• Locals Events – will include axe throwing, stock saw racing, crosscut sawing, relays, and more.
You will also enjoy the pole climbing, log rolling, and high tree humour that will fill the day.
More events will be added, and the final program will be determined within the next few weeks.
There is no gate admission for spectators of all ages at this full day event
Featuring fun, food, concessions and displays at the North Thompson Fall Fair Facility in Barriere, B.C. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. with a Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, then watch the lumberjack competitions from the beer garden in the covered grandstands while others ‘kick it up’ at the Kid’s Zone or Entertainment Stage, join in Canada’s 150th Birthday Celebration at 2 p.m., cheer on the finalists in the logging competition, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes for the Logger’s Stomp Dance that evening. Dry camping on site.
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