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Griz Days Is Coming – February 25-March 3

Griz Days 2015 Fernie Winter Festival parade - The Griz, Mayor Mary

There’s always so much going on, you can’t keep it all straight, but there is a website for Griz Days and the whole schedule is on it. www.ferniegrizdays.com.

This year’s fashion is jean on jean so get those jean jackets out of those boxes in your basement closet and find some nice hoodies to go under it because jean jackets are typically not that warm.

Here’s a write up from the website:

“This year the Griz is getting his Canadian Tuxedo out to celebrate Fernie’s 42nd year of Griz Days. The Powder King of the Lizard Range is embracing our Canadian fashion tradition of jeans and jean jackets for Griz Days Gone Denim 2019. This year’s winter festival, from March 1-3, will celebrate our casual, rugged style in the same legendary party fashion.

Through partnerships with various community organizations, new events were added to the weekend party in 2018 – these will return bigger and better. By hosting activities and participating in the Griz Days Most Wanted more than $8000 was raised by local non-profit societies.

The festivities will start during the week with events like a community scavenger hunt, with daily opportunities to win great prizes, and a cross-country ski challenge. This year the focus is on offering new and creative family events, that encourage getting out into our great Canadian winter.

Of course the Griz will be roaming the community in his best “Denim on Denim” outfit starting with a visit to local schools and a ski trip around Fernie Alpine Resort on Friday, followed by a special visit to the Fernie Arts Station’s family friendly Griz Story Time that night. And for the adults the popular Griz Days Pub Crawl will be back – a taste of Fernie for the foodies out there.

Many of Saturday’s staple events like the Griz Days Craft Fair, the Griz Baby Crawl, and, of course, the Extreme Griz Challenge to crown the King and Queen of the Mountain will return.

The Junior Griz Training Ground will be back for its second year. This is the perfect opportunity for Fernie’s young people to see if they have what it takes to compete for the title of the Griz. Set up with a series of fun, skill-testing activities the Junior Griz Training Ground is for kids of all ages.

Saturday’s festivities then focus in Station Square in downtown Fernie. Starting in the late afternoon and continuing into the evening the square will be the location of the lumberjack show, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and, of course, spectacular fireworks.

One of the most popular events, the Griz Days Parade, will be the highlight of the evening as it winds down 2nd Avenue in the early evening. Building on last year’s expanded participation there will be more floats, more horses, more organizations and more of everything in this crowd favourite.

The Dummy Downhill, held at Fernie Alpine Resort on Sunday, is a chance for the more tactile and creative to see if they can build the ultimate ski jumping machine. These creations, built from cardboard to paper mache to wood, slide down a steep runway on skis or snowboards in an attempt to fly the highest and go the farthest – and to have the most spectacular crash.”


Where Does The Time Go?

Griz Days 2015 Fernie Winter Festival parade - The Griz, Mayor Mary

We had a such a fun weekend in Fernie, I forgot to post on Small Town Social! That’s what happens when the sun comes out and the kids want to be outside from morning to night.

This next weekend is going to fly by just as quickly. Griz Days are upon us.

I’m not going to list all the events going on in Fernie next weekend because there is this really informative website called ferniegrizdays.com which will making your planning a breeze.


Highlights for us: Dummy Downhill, Craft Fair and the Parade. We will try and watch the fireworks and maybe participate in the scavenger hunt but the rest will be bonus if we see or participate in them. Time flies when you’re having fun.

Fernie’s Griz Days Winter Festival

Griz Days 2015 - Fernie Winter FestivalThe biggest Griz Day Festival of the year is about to begin. It’s a three day winter festival for us all to enjoy from February 27th until March 1st. I am looking forward to the market (for my belly), the family dance party (to see Roman dance) and the dummy downhill (for all of us). Plus, did you know Kevin Martin is going to be in Fernie for Griz Days? That’s pretty cool.

If you’re looking for a schedule, I found a pretty detailed one on TourismFernie.com. Check it out!

But here’s is a short list of my own favorites:

• Saturday, 9 – 2 pm – Griz Days Craft Fair at the Fernie Community Centre

• Saturday, 11 am – Bacon Spectacular charity breakfast (pancakes, bacon, ham, sausage) at The Northern- all proceeds benefit the Heart & Stroke Foundation

• Saturday, 6:30 pm – Griz Days “Fire & Ice” Parade down 2nd Avenue

• Saturday, 7 – 11 pm – Fire and Ice Dance Party – Aquatic Centre Parking Lot with Scenic Route To Alaska playing live and fireworks at 8 pm and you can’t miss Commit 2 Pain Rail Jam finals.

• Sunday, 1 pm – Raging Elk Dummy Downhill at Fernie Alpine Resort.

• Sunday, 2:30 – 4 – Griz Days family dance at the Community Centre.

Kevin Martin Curler in Fernie BC for Griz Days

If you want to see Kevin Martin, you have three possible events that may or may not already be sold out.
1) Friday night at 7 pm, A Fernie Museum Event – Road to the Olympics. Presentation by Canadian Olympic curler Kevin Martin. Comp tickets may be available at the museum.
2) Buy tickets to The Road to the Olympics – Draw Weight: Banquet & Presentation by Canadian Olympic Curler Kevin Martin at Fernie Curling Club on Saturday at 7pm – $50 Banquet tickets available online at eventbrite.ca, at the Fernie Museum and from Fernie Curling Club executive.
3) You can also get a few curling tips at 1pm on Saturday – Improve your Curling with Kevin Martin – $15 student/$25 adult

(Scenic Route To Alaska – video for Paris)

Griz Days Schedule

Not the easiest file to read….but you can still make out most of the details. Click on the schedule to make it slightly bigger.

One day I’m going to see what this pancake breakfast is like…but 8 in the morning?? It might not happen again this year.

Griz Days Fernie 2011 - Schedule - March 4th, 5th and 6th

Fernie’s Griz Days – Part 2

Griz Days Pin - Fundraising
Once again, I didn’t do all I wanted to do…and there wasn’t even that much going on Sunday. Rod, Dwight and I ended up catching the Dummy Downhill (hilarious) and then played a few “Griz Day” games at our house. We played in an intense Dangle Ball Tournament on our driveway and then moved inside, once the sun went down, for a three player (not as fun) Euchre Tournament. Griz Days are over – and boy did that go fast. Now we get to take a moment to think about and appreciate women.

March 2010 Summarizational

If it looks and feels like Spring…is it spring? Think about it.

March is going to be action packed, although it will be hard to beat February (not that it’s a competition.) There’s Griz Days with family friendly community events, Waiting For The Parade theatre production by Freckles Theatre Group, ‘A’ Girls Basketball Championships, Saint Patrick’s Day, The Dummy Downhill, Rod’s band Winter’s Son (u.t.b.k.a. Forty Winters) plays at Grand Central, International Women’s Day is on the 8th, the premiere of Hot Tub Time Machine is coming up, Elk Valley Hospital Foundation Gala is at the end of the month and the rest! It’s all very exciting – we’re not even a day into March and I’m STILL EXCITED, Ken.

On a personal note, my nephew Max turns 10 on St Patrick’s Day, love that kid, and I’ll sing in front of people for the 1st time since I was 18. Scary.

It’s going to be a good good month.