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Message from the President of Sparwood Coal Miner Days Society M

arcia Johnson is the president of the Sparwood Coal Miner Days Society as well as co-owner of Apex Power & Automation, mother of six and co-founder of Peace in OUR Lifetime. She has been behind the bar at Comedy Night, the Cabaret and helped out with the Parade for the past several years. Her son, Colten, has run the Parade since they moved to the valley and that is how she got involved. I stepped up to direct the board to ensure that all of the years & community dedication for our community celebration carried on once Renee MacCormack decided to retire as co-ordinator. She has built a great legacy; our board is dedicated to the Coal Miner Days successful future. The board’s intention is to highlight the entire community during this June 13 – 15th weekend. With events happening all over town we are most excited to showcase all of the great businesses and activities that Sparwood has to offer. Not only are we having the exciting happenings that we have come to expect from Coal Miner Days like, Light up the Sky- Fire Works, the Ball tournaments and the parade but we are also excited to add a hand full of new things to our agenda. The Coal Miners Diner Show & Shine, car show with exciting musical entertainment is new to this year’s Coal Miner Days as well as Laser Tag, Sac races, a Bocce tournament, Fire Fit Challenge, Volleyball tournament, Disk Golf Tournament, and a Rugby game are all a part of this year’s lineup. We are so pleased to have the Bike Rodeo as well as a presentation by Ryan Leech, he is widely considered to be one of the most progressive and technically skilled mountain

bikers in the world. He has spent 16 years on the road showcasing his skills in front of more than a quarter million people and has been featured in more than 25 mountain bike films. With Ryan’s busy schedule we are so fortunate to have him attending our community weekend at the Recreation Center, Friday night and then again in the parade on Saturday. The Soap box races are back this year and will be full of kid’s competitions but will also feature an Adult race, so get your helmets ready and meet us at the top of the hill. With fitness events, BBQ’s, the Street Market and so much more, Coal Miner Days 2014 will defiantly measure up to our goal of showing everyone how much the community of Sparwood has to offer. Thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who have rallied together with donations and countless hours of volunteering to make this one of the best years so far in Coal Miner Day History. A special Thank you to all of the past planners for forging the way, to all of our event organizers, our board members, Shonna Williams for your computer skills /contributions and especially to our Coal Miner Days event coordinator, Justine Bowen for your dedicated service and hard hard work! Hope to see you and your Families out to help celebrate our community of Sparwood together. Humbly, Marcia Johnson

Marcia Johnson

Welcome to Sparwood Coal Miner Days


his year’s Coal Miner Days are 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 14th for your chance to win $1000 sponsored by EKC and the Coal Miner Days Society. Cutest Grandparent and the Elkwinkle coloring contest deadline is Thursday, June 12th , kids need to be sure to bring their colored picture to Overwaitea in Sparwood. Many awesome prizes are eligible to be won! Start off the weekend celebration by joining the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce at their annual golf tournament on Thursday. There is so much to do on Friday you won’t want to miss a moment! There is fun for the whole family down at the Sparwood Recreation Centre, bring the kids bikes and helmet to take part in the Teck Bike Rodeo where members of the RCMP and Teck teach youth about bike safety. We are so lucky to be joined by world renowned Mountain Bike stunt performer Ryan Leech at 5:30 in the Rec parking lot. Come out and watch the soap box derby practice and adult soap box race for the Lilac Terrace expansion. We also have bounce houses set up for kids of all ages to play on. Look for carnival games to be enjoyed for fun! Also at the Recreation Centre you can find face painting, a balloon artist and children’s activities. 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 great vendors that have made their way to Sparwood for Coal Miner Days. Join in at the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce for wine, appies & sushi Social or 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. The Teens can then head over to the hall at the rec centre for a teen dance with DJ Jesse put on by the Futures Society, with all proceeds going to the new Sparwood skatepark, or join us at the Coal Miner Diners Show & Shine in Centennial Square, bring your lawn chairs so you can stay and listen to the live entertainment from local musicians from 4 – 10pm 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, at Overwaitea parking lot. After a bite to eat, patrons can find their spot to watch the parade which starts at 11 am. Following the Apex Power Parade, make your way down to the Sparwood Recreation Centre and refuel at the Teck BBQ. Then you are ready to enjoy the many events scheduled for Saturday including a Kids Fest with bounce houses, sack races, carnival games, Children’s Train, Joy Global Laser Tag, Street Market, Human Bumper Balls, Sparwood Knights of Columbus Soap Box Derby at Red Cedar Hill and slowpitch, volleyball, rugby, bocce and ball hockey tournaments. The tug of war competition is back again this year; 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! Saturday evening of entertainment for the adults at the cabaret will be a great time to show off your Dancing shoes and reminisce with old friends. Sunday sees the finish of the slo-pitch and ball hockey tournaments. Fitness enthusiasts can take part in the EKC Sparwood Classic

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!

5K/8K Run/Walk starting from the Rec Centre starting at 10 am. Check out the youth duathlon where the youth show off their athletic abilities as they complete a run-bike-run event at 12 pm! 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 have many events for the whole family all day. We have many different games available for use including washers and bocce. Up at the old ski hill is an exciting Disc Golf tourney. 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! Every year there is thousands of dollars raised to help support local organizations, this year is no exception. Monies raised will go to support the Lilac Terrace, a New Sparwood Skate Park, Raise a Child Up, Sparwood ECD committee for new toddler parks, The Sparwood food Bank, Search and Rescue etc. 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!

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Knights of Columbus – Soap box derby history

he Knights of Columbus Council 4455 was established in Natal, B.C., in 1957, through St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and has served the towns of Michel, Natal and Sparwood. The council consists of approximately 20 active Catholic men with their directive being to serve the church, the community and the world. Years ago, our group was known for its Bingos and also catering. In more recent years, we organized activities to raise funds by hosting church breakfasts, bartending at weddings or events, and organizing and running the Soapbox Race Derby for children and also adults. The children’s soapbox race was started in 2004, unfortunately missing last year, so 2014 will be our tenth year. The number of entries ranges from 70 to 85 children. This event is also structured to bring children and their parents together as an activity. This event was started and always run by the Sparwood Knights of Columbus. We do have other volunteers who help us out, especially on race day. We appreciate this help very much and it makes for a very happy and successful day. The children especially really seem to enjoy this event. It’s all about “children having fun!” We held two Adult Soapbox Derbies, with a goal of the racers getting pledges, and all the proceeds going towards a local project - the new Sparwood Water Spray Park. Between these two races, over $13,000

was raised, and many laughs and fun was had by all participants and spectators. In the past years, our Knights of Columbus group has raised funds for hospital equipment, reclining chairs for seniors, and parks or projects in the community. The Knights also sponsor our local school with two $500 scholarships yearly, and also have coaches helping school teams. We also give donations to sports teams for travel to provincials (hockey, basketball, volleyball, cadets). On a personal level, we have given support and financial help to families and individuals in the community in need. The Knights are active in the Sparwood Food Bank with monetary and labor donations. We are also members of the Sparwood Futures Society, which we help with many of their projects. Within B.C. or Canada, we give donations to various non-profit groups. One of the world projects we help with is to supply wheel chairs to the unfortunate people around the world who are home stricken due to loss of their legs, either through birth defects or the biggest one being land mines. To date, we have purchased 20 wheelchairs and in joining with other councils, ship containers of wheelchairs throughout the world. We support disaster relief around the world and have supplied finances for a community building in the Philippines.

Photo courtesy of the Coal Miner Days Committee

SMS Equipment supports local Coal Miner Days for 2014. For more information about SMS Equipment, please contact your local dealer or visit Elkford Branch #1 Intata Road, Elkford, BC 250-865-4651 • Fax: 250-865-2644



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Ryan Leech

Performing for this year’s Coal Miner Days!

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Photo courtesy of the Coal Miner Days Committee


yan Leech is known worldwide for his extraordinary skills on a mountain bike; his abilities have been showcased by performing stunt shows for millions over his sixteen-year career. Having been featured in over 20 mountain bike films, performed with Cirque du Soleil, and travelled with the Vans Warped Tour, Ryan still continues to progress with careers as a Certified Yoga Instructor

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and Integral Master Coach™. Experiencing the Ryan Leech Trials show is a must see no matter what kind of cyclist you are. www. Come see Ryan Live 5:30 at the Sparwood Rec Centre. Drop into the Bike Rodeo at 3:30 then come outside to be amazed by Ryan. Everyone who has seen Ryan perform are blown away - it should be a great start to the CMD weekend.

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Overwaitea Foods wishes you a wonderful Coal Miner Days!

eck, RCMP and local volunteers have teamed up to bring the Annual Bike Rodeo to Coal Miner Days. On Friday, June 13 children of all ages are encouraged to take part in the FREE bike rodeo inside the arena at the Sparwood Recreation Centre. Bring your bike and helmet and have fun learning about bike safety. Any bike works – even one without pedals! Rodeo stations include: • Bike inspection, • Bike and helmet fit, • Starts and stops, • Scanning, • Rock dodge, and • Demon driveway. All participants receive a goody bag full of fun stuff. It will be at the Arena from 3-5:30 pm. The kids learn bike safety so important & fun. It is open to all kids who can ride a bike, tricycle or strider. Photo courtesy of the Coal Miner Days Committee

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Happy Coal Miner Days!

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 5:00 pm

11:00 am

Check In for Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Shot gun start for Golf Tournament at Sparwood Golf Course Deadline for Elkwinkle Colouring Contest - hand in to Overwaitea in Sparwood

5:30 pm 6:00 pm

Friday, June 13, 2014 11:30am – 2:00 pm 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

4:00 pm –8:00 pm 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm 7:00 pm – 10:45 pm 11:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Royal Bank Hot Dog BBQ Bike Rodeo. Arena Parking lot. Teck Coal and RCMP Information Booth at the main Stage outside Curling Rink. Bounce Houses – Soccer Field @ Rec Center – CMD society Face Painting - Sue Hanlon – Curling Rink Show & Shine – Centennial Square – Coal Miners Diner Canadian Indie Music – Centennial Sq – Lynch Records Search & Rescue BBQ - behind Curling Rink Ryan Leech – Mountain Bike Tricks Display @ Rec Center - Sparwood Fire Dept Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Adult Social @ the Chamber Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey– Derek Cimolini @ the Arena Slo Pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Center Field – Dawn Weatherbee Sparwood Knights of Columbus Soap Box Derby Registration, Inspection & Practice @ Red Cedar Hill. Adult Soap Box Race during practice time. Bed Races – Adult and Youth – Rec Center Parking Lot - CMD Beer Gardens – Tennis Courts – Slo Pitch group. Teen Dance – Sparwood Futures Upstairs at the Rec Center Fire In the Sky – Soccer Field @ Rec Center. Sparwood Fire Dept

Saturday, June 14, 2014 8:00 am – 10:30 am 8:00 am – 8:00 pm 9:00 am – 8:00 pm 9:00 am 9:00 am – 10:00 am 10:00 am

Lions Pancake Breakfast – Overwaitea Parking Lot Slo Pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Center Field – Dawn Weatherbee Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey Sparwood Arena, Derek Cimolini Bocce Registration – Bocce pits by Rec Center – Sparwood Fire Dept Parade Registration - @ Chamber of Commerce: Form at Greenwood Mall Parade Judging

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 12:00pm - 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 3.00pm – 5.00pm Throughout weekend 3:00 pm 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Parade begins at Chamber of Commerce – Greenwood Mall. Colten Kunst Bocce tournament begins – Bocce Pits by Rec Center – Sparwood Fire Dept Teck BBQ – Corner of Red Cedar & Pine Ave Beer gardens – Tennis Courts – Slo Pitch group Street Market – CMD society outside Rec Center Information Booth by Curling Rink – CMD Society Kids Fest – Soccer Field – bounce houses, face painting, clowns Fire fit challenge for kids – Sparwood Fire Dept – Curling rink Parking lot - across from SparComm Laser Tag – Bike Jumps Sparwood Knights of Columbus Soap Box Derby Volley Ball @ the Rec Center Fields Elk Valley RFC vs Nelson Rugby game @ Rec Center field – kids Games, 50/50 and raffle prizes at half time Cutest Grandparent – CMD – Greenwood Mall Tug of War - Registration – Volley Ball Court – Renee MacCormack Tug of War – Volley Ball Court Cabaret – Curling Rink – CMD Society

Sunday, June 15, 2014

8:00 am – 5:30 pm 9:00 am 10:00 am

11:00 am – 1:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm 11:00 am – 3:25 pm 11:00 am – 6:00 pm 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 12:00pm – 5:00pm 2:30 pm 2:35 pm

Slo Pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Center Field – Dawn Weatherbee EKC Sparwood Classic 5k /8k Run/Walk – Rec Center Registration EKC Sparwood Classic 5k /8k Run/Walk – Soccer Field – Sarina Beran 1st Annual Coal Miners Disc Golf Tournament Registration. Disc golf shot gun start – Parwood Course – Sparwood Heights – James Woodall. Kids Fest – Soccer Field – bounce houses etc Face Painting – Sue Hanlon Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey– Derek Cimolini @ the Arena Beer gardens – Tennis Courts – Slo Pitch group CMD Society Youth Duathlon. Soccer field at Rec Center Pre registration preferred but not required. Lilac Terrace BBQ – Rec Centre Pin Draw Main Stage Elkwinkle winner - Main Stage

Weekend Fun! Purchase your Coal Miner Days pin for your chance to win


Draw Date: Sunday, June 15

Sparwood, BC

Ambulance Ball Hockey Tourney Balloon Animals Bed Races Bounce Houses Bumper Balls Carnival Games Children’s Train Duathlon Face Painting Fire Fit Challenge

Food Vendors Lilac Terrece BBQ Pancake Breakfast Soap Box Derby Slo Pitch Street Market Teck BBQ Teck Bike Rodeo Tug of War Parade

New Activities in 2014 Bocce Tourney Disk Golf Rugby Game Indie Music Stage Laser Tag Ryan Leech Sac Races Show and Shine Teen Dance Volleyball Tourney

Times, locations and events are subject to change - Check our Facebook Page for updates

**Plan B for poor weather – check inside curling rink and upstairs



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Winner’s Bracket Lions, 6:00 - 7:30 (Fri)


Baseball Tournament Schedule

Lions 9:30 - 11:00 (Sat) (7 Lions 3:30 - 5:00 (Sat)


Heights, 6:00 - 7:30 (Fri)

Lions, 7:30 - 9:00 (Fri)

(6 Lions, 11:00 - 12:30 (Sun)

Heights 8:00 - 9:30 (Sat)


Rec Centre 3:30 - 5:00 (Sat)

L11 L2 L3 L1 L10 L4 L5 L7 L8 L9 L12

Lions, 12:30 - 2:00 (Sat) (15

L14 Heights, 11:00 - 12:30 (Sat) (12

Rec Centre, 11:00 - 12:30 (Sat) (13

Lions, 2:00 - 3:30 (Sun)


Rec Centre, (10 9:30 - 11:00 (Sat)


L22 Lions, 2:00 - 3:30 (Sat) (17

Rec Centre, 2:00 - 3:30 (Sat)



Loser’s Bracket L8



Lions, 8:00 - 9:30 (Sat) (5 Rec Centre 8:00 - 9:30 (Sat)




Heights, 7:30 - 9:00 (Fri)

Heights 9:30 - 11:00 (Sat)

There will be a home run competition on Saturday starting at 5:00 pm. Enter for $10.00; 1st place winner.

Lions, 8:00-9:30 (Sun)

Lions, 9:30 - 11:00 (Sun)

Lions, 3:30 - 5:00 (Sat)

Lions, (29 12:30 - 2:00 (Sun)


(29 Rec Centre 11:00 - 12:30 (Sun)


L30 If First Loss

(24 Lions, 11:00 - 12:30 (Sat) (11 Heights, 3:30 - 5:00 (Sat) (19 Rec Centre, 8:00-9:30 (Sun)

Heights, (14 2:00 - 3:30 (Sat)

L13 Heights, 12:30 - 2:00 (Sat) (16


Rec Centre 2:00 - 3:30 (Sat) (20

Rec Centre, 9:30 - 11:00 (Sun)



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Friday June - Sunday June Friday June 13 13 - Sunday June 15, 2014 15, 2014

Game # Friday 1


Teams (Dressing Rooms in Parenthesis)


6:05 - 7:05 pm

Whalers vs Oh Nos

Pool A Round Robin


7:10 - 8:10 pm

Jager Bombers vs Cobra Kai



8:15 - 9:15 pm

Team Beer vs Fernie Hockey Club

Pool B Round Robin

Saturday 4

10:30 - 11:30 am

Whalers vs Winner Game #2

Pool A Round-Robin


11:35 am - 12:35 pm

Team Beer VS Loser Game #2

Pool B Round-Robin


12:40 - 1:40 pm

Oh Nos VS Winner Game #2

Pool A Round-Robin


1:45 - 2:45 pm

Fernie Hockey Club VS Loser Game #2

Pool B Round-Robin


2:50 - 3:50 pm

2nd Pool B vs 3rd Pool A

Quarter Final #1


3:55 - 4:55 pm

2nd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B

Quarter Final #2

Sunday 10

10:00 - 11:10 am

1st Pool A vs Winner Game 8



11:15 am -12:25 pm

1st Pool B vs Winner Game 9



1:00 - 2:10 pm

Winner 10 vs Winner 11




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HAPPY COAL MINER DAYS! 585 Michel Creek Sparwood, BC 1 800-663-2705

Committed to Community Teck is committed to putting safety, communities and the environment at the forefront of every decision we make. Have a safe and happy Coal Miner Days – visit the Teck barbecue and watch for our float in the parade.



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oal Miner Days Cabaret is on Saturday June 14 - 9 pm to 1 am. This year we the musical styling’s of - DJ McRae (he’s based out of Fernie) - and he has great reviews. There will be a Light show throughout the evening. Tickets are on sale at Sparwood Esso and at the Sparwood Chamber . The Cabaret always sells out quickly- so get your tickets early.



he Coal Miner Days Society is hoping Sparwood and Elk Valley residents will dig into their photograph archives for some past images of Coal Miner Days. As the event has been a big part of the Sparwood community over the years the CMD Society would like to compile record and preserve its history. The Michel-Natal Heritage Museum is sharing the information they have gathered on Coal Miner Days –


Pancake Breakfast

nce again this year the Sparwood Lion’s Club will be hosting a Pancake breakfast on Saturday June 14th from 8am-10:30am Cost is by Donation and all proceeds will go to Anthony Pinksen for his wheelchair ramp/lift!

but we would like to expand and fill in the gaps on the timeline. If there are any seniors out there (or not so senior) with a story or information on past Coal Miner Days we’d love to hear from them. Photographs will be shared on the CMD Society Facebook page and website ( If you have any information or photographs to share please contact:

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he Kids Duatholon will be back again for Coal Miner Days 2014 - Sunday June 15th. 12-2 pm. This is so much fun for the kids - and the adults watching. Looking for volunteers to help with this event !!

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Teen Dance

rand New to Coal Miner Days this year the Sparwood Futures Society is Sponsoring a teen dance to help raise funds and awareness for their next project …. A Modern Concrete Skateboard Park. Jesse Sutherland will be the Dj.

Anyone between the ages of 13-18 are welcome. Admission is $10. There will be a concession with pop, water, chips and candy. Come enjoy an evening of music and fun with your friends!

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egistration at 3 pm Saturday, June 14. Competition will start at 4 pm. Teams can register the day of the event. There will be a men’s competition, women’s competition and kids. There will be four categories for kids 14-18, 11-13, 8-10 and 7 and under. Age categories for the kids may change based on interest and the teams we have. Photo from The Free Press files

Photo courtesy of the Coal Miner Days Committee

Enjoy your


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ohn Randall is organizing another new event for CMD 2014. The 1st Annual Sparwood Fire Dept. MD Bocce Tournament is going to be held on Sunday the 15th taking place at the Sparwood bocce pits north of the Sparwood Recreation Center. Same day registration with times to be posted soon. $20 per team and all proceeds are going to Muscular Dystrophy. Come on out for a great day supporting a great cause.

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arina Beran is the organizer of the Sparwood Classic 5 & 8 Km Run/Walk which will be held during CMD on Sunday June 15 2014. Sarina raced in the Classic placing 2nd in 2011 & 1st in 2012 and happily accepted the challenge to organize the event in 2013 - and again in 2014. She had never organized a community event before but wanted to give back to Sparwood. Sarina "loves this race because we have a great group of volunteers, there are prizes from many generous Sparwood & Fernie businesses, EKCCU is a supportive sponsor & the course winds thru some of the best scenic parts of Sparwood". Thanks Sarina for keeping the Sparwood Classic running! The EKC Sparwood Classic 5/8km run/walk is on Sunday June 15th. It is a simple route (a jaunt around Sparwood) - and family friendly for all ages young and old. There are many prizes - for placing & door prizes. Register at Remedys Rx ahead of time or on the day at 9am at the Rec Center Soccer Field. Race time is 10 am.

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Rugby clash for Coal Miner Days


oal Miner Days will host a new spectator event in 2014 as the Elk Valley Bulls and the Nelson Grizzlies rugby clubs battle it out in their quest for the provincial championship. The Bulls are defending their title after winning the Saratoga Cup in their inaugural season last year. However, unlike last year’s undefeated status, the Bulls’ difficult start to the season means they must win the game at Coal Miner Days in order to advance to the next stage. Many of the players on the home side work at Teck sites and for mining companies throughout the Valley, so spectators are likely to recognise someone they know on the pitch. The Bulls are always recruiting new players for both their men and women’s teams, and those who are interested in joining are welcome to

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Join us for our Golf Tournament Thursday night, June 12th and Business Sociable at the chamber building Friday night, June 13th! Please call chamber for registration and tickets to both events

seek more information on the day. Kick off will be at 2 pm at the Sparwood Recreation Centre on Saturday, June 14. Come on down to support your local rugby team and enjoy watching this fun and physical sport in action. Go Bulls!

Photo courtesy of the Elk Valley Bulls

Photo courtesy of the Coal Miner Days Committee

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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 2014 a wonderful weekend event that had something for everyone!!!

Sparwood, BC

Event Organizers/Sponsors/Donors Platinum

Apex Power & Automation BC Hydro Cat Rental Store Columbia Basin Trust District of Sparwood EKCCU Elk Valley Thrift Shop GRDi Joy Global Port Metro Vancouver RDEK Sparwood Chamber of Commerce TECK The Free Press Tronovus Western Financial Group


Finning Frontline Giver Shirt Works McElhanney Overwaitea Rayco


Bighorn Welding Headwater Equipment Mt Mechanical

Royal Cdn Legion SMS Equipment


Calaway Park Canadian Tire Dr Ray Chow Intermountain Local 115 McDonalds Resorts of the Cdn Rockies Royal Tyrrell Museum Schickendanz


Lions Club of Sparwood Lyndsay Gerscht Marcia Johnson Royal Bank of Canada Renee MacCormack Sarina Beran - Remedy’s RX Shelley Lynch – Lynch Records Shona Williams Sparwood Fire Dept Sparwood Futures Sparwood Search & Rescue Tammy Ogden Tracey Brook-Baker


Alex Millar Allan Barrass Andrea Horton Coal Miners Diner Colten Kunst Dawn Weatherbee Derek Cimolini Dixie McClinchey Gene VonMatt Holly Peebles James Woodall Jim Jones John Randall Justine Bowen Knights of Columbus Leigh Stickney

Derrick Thummerer Dylan Johnson Emilee Cook Jamie Ray Kenton Johnson Kenz Bowen Keyten Kunst Kyra Von Matt Kyrsten Johnson Nikita Paskiewich Robyn Howard Sean Thummerer Tess Laidlaw Britney Laidlaw Colten Loberg

Nick Demers Malorie Demers Noah Devine Austin White Harlee Reghenas Katie Miller Hannah Brewer

Special Mention:

Alpine Lumber Arrowanna Causeway Bay Cummins East Kootenay Security Elk Valley RCMP Jim Pattison Co Joey Deluca K&K Lilac Terrace NAPA Newalta Manitoulin Sherri Taylor Sparcom Sparwood ECD Committee Sparwood Esso Sparwood Library Sparwood Recreation Dept Subway Sue Hanlon

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 2014! Est. 1898




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