By David F. Rooney
Be sure to take in Timber Days at Centennial Park on Saturday if you want to make this Homecoming an authentically Revelstoke event.
It has shrunk some — to just one day — since those bygone years when it was held over a full weekend, but it nonetheless manages to be a true reflection of the community’s logging heritage.
While the full event occurs on Saturday, August 16, from 11:30 am until 5 pm, you can get a leg up on the day with a hearty Pancake Breakfast put on by the United Church from 8 am until 11 at the United Church or a Logger’s Buffet Breakfast at the Village Idiot from 8 am until 10:30 am.
If you’re a real enthusiast you can head down to Centennial Park at 9 am to take in the “birling and ax practice with the pros.”
If you’ve never seen Timber Days, you’re in for a treat.
Among other things there’s a berry cook-off, the Westcoast Lumberjack Show, kids’ events, men’s and ladies’ axe throwing, a “political saw-off” between Mayor David Raven and MLA Norm Macdonald, the tea boil and the Groucho Marx competition. And, lest you think all of the axe-tossing and sawing competitions are only performed by professional loggers, there are always a few non-loggers who like to test themselves against the pros. You’d be surprised at how well they perform!