West Coast Lumberjacks in town for Revelstoke Timber Day

 A member of the West Coast Lumberjacks demonstrates his chainsaw skills. - West Coast Lumberjacks photo
A member of the West Coast Lumberjacks demonstrates his chainsaw skills.
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Revelstoke Timber Day is being hosted in conjunction with Homecoming this year, and for the occasion a group of logging sports professionals are coming to town to put on a show.

The West Coast Lumberjacks are coming to town to showcase their logging sports skills. They'll be chopping, sawing, tossing, birling and more in a demonstration of events that showcase some of the skills loggers use in their work-a-day lives.

"We are awesome," said Darren Dean, owner of the West Coast Lumberjacks. “Our lumberjacks were featured on Canada's Got Talent and Bachelor Canada last year. They also appeared in The Amazing Race Australia."

The West Coast Lumberjacks will be making its debut appearance in Revelstoke and will give four shows – Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. in Grizzly Plaza, and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Grizzly Plaza.

The rest of the event will feature logger sport competitions between locals competitors The day begins at 9 a.m. with birling and axe practice with the professionals. At 11 a.m. there will be a competitor's meeting and elimination events, if necessary. At noon, the competitors in the berry cook off will be judged.

The big show begins at 1 p.m. with the annual political saw off that will see two local politicians face off against each other. That will be followed by the first West Coast Lumberjack show.

The ladies stock saw competition takes place at 2 p.m., followed by the men's axe throw at 2:15 p.m. Next up is the Jack & Jill buck competition, then the men's stock saw.

The Pioneer Logger Award will be announced at 3 p.m., followed by the ladies axe throw. The entertaining birling competition — where competitors faceoff on a spinning log above a pool of water — is at 3:15 p.m.

The West Coast Lumberjacks put on their second show at 3:30 p.m. The mixed-team relay is at 4 p.m., followed by the firewood auction, survivor tea boil and the Groucho Marx competition, where participants run around with water cans on their backs trying to douse each others cigarettes.

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With files from the Abbotsford News.


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