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Coal Miner Days 2013

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Welcome to Sparwood Coal Miner Days


his year’s Coal Miner Days is going to be a weekend filled with events for people of all ages. Be sure to purchase your Coal Miner Days pins before the end of the day on Saturday, June 8 for your chance to win $1000 sponsored by EKC and the Coal Miner Days Society. The Elkwinkle coloring contest deadline is Thursday and kids need to be sure to bring their colored picture to Overwaitea in Sparwood or Fernie. Many awesome prizes sponsored by Overwaitea and the Free Press are eligible to be won! The Sparwood Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual golf tournament on Thursday. So much to do on Friday! Head on down to the Sparwood Recreation Centre with your bike and helmet to take part in the Bike Rodeo where members of the RCMP and Teck teach youth about bike safety. In the curling rink, Air Jump Inflatables and The Bouncy Business will have bounce houses set up for kids of all ages to play on. Look for carnivals to be enjoyed for fun! Also at the Recreation Centre you can find face painting, a balloon artist and even reptiles. When you need to refuel, stop in and say hi at the Sparwood Search & Rescue BBQ for a bite to eat or choose from the other vendors that have made their way to Sparwood for Coal Miner Days. For the poker player, register for the SMS Poker Tournament which starts at 5 pm on Friday for a chance to win

cash prizes. For some sporting action, check out the Bed Races in the curling rink parking lot where teams will compete to be crowned winner and receive a cash prize. Following the adult bed races, stick around and watch the kids compete in a bed race for their chance to win $100. Listen for live entertainment from local musicians starting around 8 pm leading up to the evening finale – Fire in the Sky – where spectators will ooh and ahh at the amazing display put on by the Sparwood Fire Department. Saturday kicks off with the long-running Lions Club pancake breakfast. After a bite to eat, patrons can find their spot to watch the parade which starts at 11 am. Following the parade, make your way down to the Sparwood Recreation Centre and refuel at the Teck Coal BBQ. Then you are ready to enjoy the many events scheduled for Saturday including a Kids Fest with bounce houses and carnival games, Children’s Train, Petting Zoo, Street Market, Sparwood Knights of Columbus Soap Box Derby at Red Cedar Hill and slopitch and ball hockey tournaments. Something new this year is a tug of war competition. Challenge your friends, your family, or your co-workers to a tug of war. Prizes to be won and bragging rights are always great too! Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live in a bubble? Then be sure to check out the Bumper Balls in the soccer field and experience live in a bubble.

Mining keeps communities moving Teck’s five operations in the Elk Valley produce more than steelmaking coal. They support local families, help to build communities and foster economic growth. In 2012 Teck spent $890 million on services and goods in the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass, supporting local jobs and businesses. Have a safe and happy Coal Miner Days – visit the Teck barbecue and look out for our float in the parade.

Back by popular demand, The Chevelles, will provide an evening of entertainment for the adults at the cabaret. Sunday sees the finish of the slo-pitch and ball hockey tournaments. Fitness enthusiasts can take part in the EKC Sparwood Classic 5K/8K Run/ Walk starting from the Rec Centre. My favorite event last year was the youth duathlon where the youth showed off their athletic abilities as they completed a run-bike-run event! So of course, we are doing it again. It is open to kids ages 3-12 and was the highlight for me watching those young kids just run and bike and cross the finish line. Following these races, the pin draw for $1000 will take place at the Recreation Centre soccer field. To encourage families to get out and be active together we are calling Sunday “Focus on Family” day. We have many different games available for use

including washers and bocce. There are many activities planned for Sunday to keep the fun going all weekend long! Fun for the whole family! We would like to thank the local businesses for all of their continued support and the many volunteers that give their time to help make this weekend event such a huge success! We hope this year’s Coal Miner Days will be an experience people won’t forget and will have them wanting to come back for more next year!

Coal Miner Days 2013

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o e f l E u v d e e nts h c S Thursday, June 6, 2013 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 6:00 pm

Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Deadline for Elkwinkle Coloring Contest – hand in to Overwaitea in Sparwood

Friday, June 7, 2013 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm 4:00 pm – 11:30 pm 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm 11:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Bike Rodeo – Arena – Teck Coal Ltd & RCMP Info Booth in Curling Rink Face Painting by Cameo & Sue Hanlon – Curling Rink Bounce Houses – Curling Rink Dan the Balloon Man – Curling Rink area BBQ behind Curling Rink – Sparwood Search & Rescue SMS Poker Tournament – Recreation Centre Community Hall Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey Tournament – Arena – Derek Cimolini Wine & Cheese – Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Refreshment Gardens – Tennis Courts @ Rec Centre Adult & Youth Bed Races – Curling Rink parking lot Slo-pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Centre Field – Dawn Weatherbee Calgary Reptile Parties stage show – Curling Rink area Calgary Reptile Parties Meet and Greet reptiles – Curling Rink area Live Entertainment – Curling Rink area Fire in the Sky – Soccer field at Rec Center – Sparwood Fire Department

Saturday, June 8, 2013 8:00 am – 10:30 am 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Lions Pancake Breakfast – Overwaitea parking lot Slo-pitch Tournament

Purchase your Coal Miner Days pin for your chance to win


Draw Date: Thursday, June 13

Sparwood, BC

9:00 am – 8:00 pm 8:00 am – 10:00 am 11:00 am 11:00 am – 5:00 pm 11:00 am – 6:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey Tournament Women’s Fitness Challenge – in front of Living Fit Studio Parade begins at Overwaitea – Colten Kunst BBQ at corner of Red Cedar & Pine Avenue – Teck Coal Ltd Refreshment Gardens – Tennis Courts @ Rec Centre Street Market – Curling Rink Parking Lot Info Booth – Soccer Field at Recreation Centre Kids Fest – Recreation Centre – CMD Society & Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Calgary Reptile Parties Meet and Greet and two Stage Shows at 12:30-1:15 and 2:30-3:15 Tug of War – Volleyball Courts – Bearspaw Contracting & Royal Canadian Legion Cabaret with “The Chevelles” – Curling Rink

Sunday, June 9, 2013 8:00 am – 5:30 pm 9:00 am

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

11:00 am – 6:00 pm 11:00 am – 3:25 pm 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Slo-pitch Tournament Registration for EKC Sparwood Classic 5K/8K Run/Walk – Spray Park Building Race starts at 10 am (Pre-registration available at Remedy’s Rx) Focus on Family Activities – Curling Rink – games to do with your family or challenge others 2nd Youth Duathlon – Recreation Centre Soccer Field – CMD Society & Rapid Water Services **Pre-registration preferred (or late registration on race day from 10:30 am to 11:30 am)

Refreshment Gardens – Tennis Courts @ Rec Centre Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey Tournament Crib Tournament – open to all ages – SOAPS – Senior’s Centre by Lilac Terrace

Kids Fest Carnival Games Dan the Balloon Man Jump4Fun Bouncy Business Bounce Houses Children’s Train Reptile Parties Bumper Balls Petting Zoo Face Painting

Focus on Family Events & Activities

Bocce Horseshoes Ladder Ball Ladder Truck Ambulance Face Painting Carnival Games Washers

Tug of War Family Obstacle Course Balloon Man Astro Jump & The Bouncy Business Bounce Houses

Times, locations and events are subject to change - Check the webpage for updates **Plan B for poor weather – check inside curling rink and upstairs



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Coal Miner Days will see big balloon entertainment

his year Coal Miner's Day guests will have the unique oppourtunity to be a part of some spectacular balloon magic with a visit from Dan the Balloon Man, a master balloon artist. Dan Thiel aka Dan the Balloon Man is widely known for his expertise in the reality twisting world of balloon sculpting. He has travelled across the country, being showcased in many high profile events creating hundreds of various types of balloon sculptures while drawing in crowds with personal and humorous engagement. "Last time I checked I could make over 500 different animals, 75 major cartoon characters, and balloons that look like people. I can do all of this and still tell you that I don't believe I have even come close to understanding  how much I have to

learn about how balloons can be put together. I tell you this because I don't want to give you the impression that I am a "know it all", he says. Dan prides himself on not only sculpting anything imaginable w i t h balloons, but with the ability to work with the public, making people feel at ease, have fun and provide great entertainment. "My goal when working with children ``of all ages" is to make them one of the most detailed balloons they have ever seen in under 2 minutes. After finding out if they have a favourite balloon animal, I make it while distracting the person and sometimes the general public with witty, personable, humorous and non-offensive interaction," he says. Dan the Balloon Man can be found at the Kids Fest and making his rounds in various areas throughout the Coal Miner Days celebrations.

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Coal Miner Days 2013

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Reptiles make an appearance at Coal Miner Days


ids in Sparwood will soon be able to have a hands on reptile experience with a first time visit by the Reptile World Tour during this year’s Coal Miner Days. Jason Clevett, Owner and long time reptile enthusiast will make his way down to Sparwood

to showcase reptiles from around the world and some that are even found locally. The show will feature great family friendly entertainment while combining the unique opportunity to see reptiles up close while focusing on education, including proper care and husbandry as well as information about conservation.

Clevett has a intensive history with animals by remaining an important part of The Alberta Reptile & Amphibian Society (TARAS), where he has also formally served as President and Vice-President. Although reptiles are his passion, Clevett has also donated his time to the Calgary Zoo as a volunteer assistant gorilla keeper, working with the gorilla troop as well as colobus monkeys, dwarf crocodiles and with Pebbles, the zoo’s former resident massive African Rock Python. “For me it is really about promoting education. People really need to do their homework and understand the needs and requirements of some of these reptiles that can be commonly purchased as pets. Unfortunately people don’t really think it through and are unable to properly care for these pets. They arn’t disposable and it is really not fair. Knowledge is really necessary,” he says. Clevett is expecting to bring 12 - 15 different reptiles to the show, and spectators will have the chance to meet and greet some of them after each show.  The shows  will take place on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Sparwood Recreation Department.

Welcome to Coal Miner Days SMS Equipment Charity Poker Tournament Friday, June 7, 2013 5:00 pm • Sparwood Recreation Centre $20.00 BUY IN. Call 250-865-4651 to pre-register.

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Everything is ‘Bed’ter at Coal Miner Days

hat is a bed race? A team of 5 people get together to choose a costume/theme and have FUN while pushing a bed along the race route! Four members will push the bed with the fifth member sitting on it. The race will take place in the Curling Rink parking lot. There will be stations where a challenge must be completed before continuing with the race. After the last challenge the team will sprint it out to the finish line. So what are the challenges? They will be revealed at the race but may involve hula hoops, shooting hoops, or maybe even some hopscotch. One thing is certain – the challenges will add more entertainment for the spectators and more excitement for the racing teams. This year’s bed races have changed! The Coal Miner Days Society has two beds that can be used by all teams. So you don’t have to worry about making your own bed – you can just use our beds. There will be a draw to see which team will use which bed. Join us on Friday, June 7th at 6 pm at the curling rink parking lot to be a part of the fun that is bed races. Businesses, families, churches, clubs and friends are encouraged to enter a team. The entry fee is only $25 and the winning team has a chance to win cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as $100 for the best costume/most original design or theme.

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Teams are encouraged to come prepared with water guns and water balloons to help distract the opponents! Again this year is the KIDS BED RACE! We are encouraging each adult team to get together a team of five youth to race a bed. The kids will then be entered for a chance to win the $100 prize for the fastest kid team to successfully complete all of the challenges around the loop and be the first team across the finish line. They are also eligible to be judged with the adult teams for the best costume prize! Come on out and have some fun!

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Coal Miner Days 2013

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Run – Bike – Run Fun I

Ladies, come on out and show off your brawn!

nspired by Femsport, Living Fit Studio is organizing and sponsoring a new and exciting event: The Women’s Fitness Challenge. Participate in an obstacle course where participants will flip tires, drag tires and so much more as they compete only against themselves. The course will be repeated 3 times and participants try to get their best score. The event starts at 8 am on Saturday, June 8 at Centennial Square across from Living


hat is a duathlon? Simply put, athletes will do two tasks but one of them twice – a short run followed by a bike ride and finish with a longer run! Distances will vary based on age. This event is open to kids ages 3 to 12. The athletes in the 3-5 year old group will be the first group to start at 12 pm. To begin they run 200 m on the track, then pick up their bike and helmet and ride approximately 400 m along the road to Mountain View school and to finish they will run one full lap around the track to cross the finish line. The participants in this category are allowed to use any type of bike they can ride – strider, run bike, tricycle, pedal bike – to finish the race. Following the 3-5 year olds, the 6-7 year olds and 8-9 year olds will start at approximately 12:30 and will show us what they’ve got. The 10-12 year olds will begin around 1 pm. All athletes will do their first run on the track behind the Recreation Centre. They will then run to the curling rink parking lot where their bikes and helmets have been set up in the transition area for them as they will prepare to venture out on to Pine Avenue. Following this bike portion, they will run out along the same route along Pine Avenue and finish the run back on the track to cross the finish line. The distances vary based on age.

Once all racers have finished their race they are encouraged to stick around and cheer for all other racers while enjoying a healthy snack and drink. Once all racers have completed their event, all participants will gather on the soccer field and awards will be presented to all athletes. The cost for this event is $10 and preregistration is preferred. Participants can register at the Sparwood Recreation Centre. Late registration is available on race day from 10:30-11:30 am. Participants in each age category will get a racing bib with number and a timing chip to wear around their ankle to make the recording of results easier. These items are included in the race package which can be picked up on race day from 10:3011:30 am. All kids will receive a prize and a finisher’s medal for their participation. “It was worth all the effort it took to plan this event just to watch the smiles on the kids’ faces as they raced across the finish line,” states MacCormack, “Even in the cold temperatures this event was the highlight of the entire weekend for me.” Event organizer Renee MacCormack is looking forward to another exciting race for the kids. “We have tournaments and races for adults all the time so we wanted to offer a race for kids. They like to compete and have fun too.”


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and a helmet and children are set to participate. Any bike works – even one without pedals! There will be an obstacle-style course for children to navigate through as well as learning to stop at stop signs, learn hand signals as well as other safety habits while riding a bike. All participants will receive a goody bag full of fun stuff.

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Fit Studio. Are you going to participate as an athlete or do you just want to be a spectator that cheers on these amazing women? Either way you participate, we are sure you will find this new event a thrilling spectacle of strength, courage and determination. Registration for the event is $20 and includes a tshirt. For more information or to register for the event, contact Rosa Gilmar at 250425-5218.

Safety First at Bike Rodeo

eck Coal and members from the Fernie Bike Club and the Kootenay Bike Team have teamed up to bring the Annual Bike Rodeo to Coal Miner Days. On Friday, June 7 children of all ages are encouraged to take part in the FREE bike rodeo inside the arena at the Sparwood Recreation Centre. All they need is a bike

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12 Team Double Elimination

Winner’s Bracket Pool A 1st Pool D 2nd Lions, 1:00-2:30 (1 Pool C 3rd Pool B 2nd

Rec Centre, 1:00-2:30 (2 Pool A 3rd

Lions, 2:30-4:00

(5 Rec Centre, (13 9:30-11:00

Pool B 1st Rec Centre, (6 2:30-4:00

Lions, 12:30-2:00

Pool C 1st Pool D 3rd

Heights, 1:00-2:30 (3

Pool C 2nd Pool B 3rd Heights, 2:30-4:00 (4 Pool A 2nd

Lions, 4:00-5:30

Pool A Kal Tire Shake ‘n’ Bake Molsen Muscel

Pool B Hosers Tankers Gear Hub

Pool C Eh Team Jug Lovers J&D

Pool D Misfits ODB’s Ballbreakers


(7 Lions, 9:30-11:00

Lions, 3:30-5:00



Rec Centre, (8 4:00-5:30 L19

Loser’s Bracket L3 L6 L4 L5 L1 L8 L2 L7

Heights, 4:00-5:30

L14 (9

Lions, 8:00-9:30

Lions, 5:30-7:00 (10 Rec Centre, (11 5:30-7:00 Heights, 5:30-7:00


Lions, 5:00-6:30

Lions, 2:00-3:00 (21

Lions, (17 11:00-12:30

(15 (20

Rec Centre, 8:00-9:30 (16

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L22 If First Loss Rec Centre, 11:00-12:30 (18

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Kal Tire


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Celebrate Coal Miner Days with us!

Join us for our Golf Tournament Thursday night, June 6th and Business Sociable at the chamber building Friday night, June 7th! Please call chamber for registrtation and tickets to both events

The District of Elkford, Mayor, Council & Staff wish everyone a safe and fun Coal Miner Days! Join us for Wildcat Days June 28 & 29.

There will be a half hour break at 12:30 at which time I will place each team into the Double Elimination as to where you placed in the round robin. If you need to get ahold of me my cell is 250-425-4678

Coal Miner Days 2013 COAL MINER CUP VI

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Coal Miner Cup VI

Friday June 7 - Sunday June 9, 2013

Friday June 7 - Sunday June 9, 2013

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Fernie Hockey Club (1) vs Cobra Kai (5)

Pool A Round-Robin


6:05 - 7:05 pm

Militia (2) vs Oh Nos (6)

Pool B Round-Robin


7:10 - 8:10 pm

Team Beer (4) vs Jager Bombers (1)

Pool B Round-Robin


8:15 - 9:15 pm

Nighthawks (6) vs Vipers (2)

Pool A Round-Robin

Saturday 5

9:00 - 10:00 am

Oh Nos (5) vs Jager Bombers (1)

Pool B Round-Robin


10:05 - 11:05 pm

Fernie Hockey Club (2) vs Vipers (6)

Pool A Round-Robin


11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Team Beer (4) vs Militia (5)

Pool B Round-Robin


12:15 - 1:15 pm

Nighthawks (2) vs Cobra Kai (6)

Pool A Round-Robin


1:20 - 2:20 pm

Team Beer (4) vs Oh Nos (1)

Pool B Round-Robin


2:25 - 3:25 pm

Vipers (2) vs Cobra Kai (6)

Pool A Round-Robin


3:30 - 4:30 pm

Jager Bombers (5) vs Militia (1)

Pool B Round-Robin

12 Sunday 13

4:35 - 5:35 pm

Nighthawks (2) vs Fernie Hockey Club (6)

Pool A Round-Robin

10:00 - 11:10 am

1st Pool A vs 2nd Pool B



11:15 am -12:25 pm

1st Pool B vs 2nd Pool A



1:00 - 2:10 pm

Winner 13 vs Winner 14




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Fun for the whole family

ooking for something to do with the kids during Coal Miner Days? Our goal is provide many activities that families can take part in together. Make your way down to the Recreation Centre on Friday and try your skills at the various carnival games that will be set up. Starting at 3 pm the bike rodeo will be taking place in the arena for kids of all ages to learn about bike safety. Air Jump and The Bouncy Business are making their way back to Sparwood again this year setting up their bounce houses inside the curling rink for hours of jumping fun. While down at the Recreation Centre you can also find Dan the Balloon Man as he wanders around entertaining those young and old with his balloon character making skills. If reptiles intrigue you, be sure to make your way to the Calgary Reptile Parties stage show at 7 pm then stick around for a meet and greet of the reptiles. New this year is live entertainment starting at 8 pm showcasing local talent and keeping everyone in celebration spirits as they wait for “Fire in the Sky” at dusk. Why not enter the parade on Saturday? Dress up in costume or decorate your bike and try to win a prize! Following the parade, come on down to the field behind the Sparwood Recreation Centre on Saturday and take part in the Kids Fest. The fun starts at noon and goes until 4 pm. There is no charge for any of these events. Kids can try their skills or luck at the carnival game stations. There will be a ring toss, milk bottle game, baseball bean bag toss, bushel basket challenge and so many more. Many new games have been created this year courtesy of Alpine Lumber donating supplies and students from Woodwork and Art classes veryone

at Sparwood Secondary School making and painting the games. Kids can also test their estimating skills by trying their luck at the Jellybean Count. Luck of the pick is the way to play the Lollipop Tree – kids simply pick a lollipop and check the bottom of the lollipop and the color on the bottom will tell them if they win a prize or not. Have you ever tried to milk a cow? This is your chance – we have a cow milking game set up on Saturday. Cameo and Sue Hanlon will be at the Kids Fest doing face painting for all interested kids. Let these artists decorate your body with paint. Dan the Balloon Man will also be present on Saturday. You can find him in the parade to start. After the parade, he will be at the Kids Fest where he will make kids laugh and have a grand time! The CU Express Tr a i n is back a n d ready to take kids on a train ride journey. There is no fee for the ride but a donation jar will be present if riders are interested in donating to keeping the train going so it can come back next year. The Bouncy Business and Jump4Fun will be there with bounce houses set up for kids of all ages to bounce and play to their hearts content. Be sure to check out the Bumper Balls that will be set up in the soccer field this year – challenge your friends and family to some friendly competition and stomach-hurting, laughing fun! Sunday bring out the inner athlete! Parents can run/walk in the Sparwood Classic 5k/8k at 10 and then cheer on their kids as they take part in the Youth Duathlon. This event is open to kids ages 3-12. Kids will run, ride their

bike and run some more as they complete the course for this duathlon. All kids will receive a finisher’s medal, race package and win other good prizes. The Coal Miner Days Society has chosen to call Sunday “Focus on Family” Day this year. After two days full of activity we want to keep the fun going for one more day. Starting at noon bring your family and friends down to the Rec Centre where they can enjoy playing bocce, horseshoes, ladder ball, washers and so much more. Other events at the Rec

Centre include an opportunity to explore an ambulance with local paramedics on duty as well as the new ladder truck for the Sparwood Fire Department. There will be bounce houses from The Bouncy Business and Astro Jump as well as more carnival games. This is also a chance to challenge others to a friendly “tug-owar” for bragging rights. Whatever you choose, Coal Miner Days promises to be loads of fun for the kid in everyone!

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Tug of War

o you have what it takes to pull your hardest to stay on the right side of the line? On Saturday, June 8 head over to the water spray park area starting at 4 pm and you can find out if you’ve got what it takes to be the winner. Gather three of your strongest friends and sign up for the TUG OF WAR. This event is being sponsored by Bearspaw Contracting Ltd and the Royal Canadian L e g i o n Branch 81. There are six categories to enter: male,

female, adult mixed (two males and two females), teen (ages 13-17) comprised of two males and two females, pre-teen (ages 9-12) and child (ages 5-8) with at least one male and one female per team. The draws will be set at the start of the competition once we know how many teams will be entered. We would

like teams to pre-register so we can have an idea about the number of teams to expect but late registrations will be taken right up until the start of the event on June 8. The entry fee is $20 per team and it is due on competition day. What will the winners get? Adults placing first or second will win cash prizes depending on the number of entries in addition to cash from the event sponsors. First and second p l a c e y o u t h teams will win gift cards. But most importantly winning teams will have bragging rights for a year. Bragging rights certificates will be awarded to all winners. Don’t delay and sign up today! Show your friends what you’ve got!

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The Chevelles Ready To Rock Coal Miner Days


he largely popular Chevelles will be rocking the house during this year’s Coal Miner Days Cabaret. They are known for their stage presence and pride themselves on bringing back the excitement on every live stage they play on. They have been entertaining cities across Canada for over ten years and may be known already by Sparwood residents for their popular shows in Lethbridge, AB. Live rock ‘n’ roll influences their songs and inspire this band. They pride themselves on the energy, power and thrill they bring to the stage and strive to bring back the live music club scene that dominated the 60’s, 70’s and

80’s. This four member band is more than just the One-Two Vocal Punch of Buck Chevelle, Lead Vocalist/ Lead Guitarist, and Kitty Chevelle, Lead Vocalist/ Bass Player. They use All 8 Cylinders with Woody Chevelle, Lead Vocalist/ Rhythm Guitarist/ Keyboards, and T.T. Chevelle, Vocals/Drummer/ Sound Tech. They prove on every occasion that four musicians can reproduce studio track quality renditions of every song on a Live Stage without the need of any prerecorded accompaniment. Come on out and enjoy this great band during this year’s Coal Miner Days celebrations.

Cranbrook - 701 Industrial Road 1


Sparwood - 743 Douglas Fir


Elkford - 1 Front Street


Come out and join the fun this Coal Miner Days!

Aaron Jensen 250-919-4063 Sparwood, BC

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Coal Miner Days 2013

THE FREE PRESS Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thank you The Sparwood Coal Miner Days Society would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of the individuals, businesses, donors and volunteers that helped to make Coal Miner Days 2013 a wonderful weekend event that had something for everyone!!!

Sparwood, BC

Event Organizers/Sponsors/Donors Platinum

Apex Power & Automation BC Hydro Columbia Basin Trust District of Sparwood East Kootenay Community Credit Union Falkins Insurance Group Joy Global Newalta Regional District of East Kootenay Area A Site Direct Sunshine Houseboat Vacations Teck The Cat Rental Store The Free Press


A&W Bearspaw Contracting Inc ET Mini Storage Rapid Water Services Ltd Rayco Steel Ltd Sparwood Chamber of Commerce


Alpine Lumber Cummins Western Canada

Giv’Er Shirtworks Ltd Jim Pattison Broadcast Group – The Drive & B104 Headwater Equipment MDG Contracting Services Inc Mountain Mechanical Services Natal Pharmacy – People’s Drug Mart Overwaitea Royal Canadian Legion Branch 81 Shoesmith Construction Ltd Sparwood Dental Clinic Westshore Terminals


Causeway Bay Hotel – Sparwood Coal Valley Motor Products Fernie Chrysler Fernie Ford International Union of Operating Engineers – Local 115 Marian Gravelle, Notary Corporation McDonald’s Schickedanz West – Best Western Fernie SMS Equipment Sparwood Chiropractic Sparwood Esso


Colten Kunst Dallas Shipley Dawn Weatherbee Derek Cimolini Living Fit Remedy’s Rx – Sarina Beran SMS Equipment SOAPS Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Sparwood Fire Department Sparwood Lions Club Sparwood Search and Rescue Teck Terry & Lorna Nowoselski Tyrone Glover

Special Mention

RCMP Shona Williams for Facebook updates Sparwood Ambulance *And all those that donated to silent auction in May – listed on web page

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the countless number of volunteers that selflessly gave their time to make this event possible! It would not be fair to name each individual as we would risk leaving someone out. However, you know who you are and please accept our deepest gratitude for your commitment of time to help us out during Coal Miner Days 2013! Est. 1898

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