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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.

Griz Days Schedule

Girl Days. It’s kind of a big deal in these parts. And this is the 40th Griz Days! Fernie has endless events scheduled from March 3rd to 5th. It’s almost too much. You gotta just pick something here and there and be alright with missing the rest.

You can find a detailed schedule on Tourism Fernie’s website:

Griz Days on Fernie Tourism 2017 - Yukon Blonde, Parade, Craft Fair, Schedule

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

How Will You Remember?

How Will You Remember at Home?
I took this picture!

There is a Remembrance Day parade in Fernie but I can’t seem to find any details anywhere online. It’s a bit frustrating…just as frustrating as searching for the time a City of Fernie Council Meeting begins. I went into City Hall and asked and, in case you’re wondering, it’s 7 pm. The next Council Meeting is November 22nd.

A good article on The Free Press about Fernie and Sparwood Legions and how they (and you can) support veterans 365 days a year.

Coal Miner Days in Sparwood

Sparwood Coal Miner Days 2010

Sparwood Coal Miner Days in Sparwood from June 10th to the 13th is a big event for this little town. The whole community gets involved and, judging by the schedule, it’s a really good time!

This is the intense SCMD schedule:

Thursday, June 10th

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm    Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

Friday, June 11th

9:30 am – 5:00 pm  Blue Water Day Activities – RBC @ Royal Bank in Sparwood
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm   Information Booth in Curling Rink
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Bike Rodeo – Teck & RCMP – Arena parking lot
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Inflatables for Kids – EKCCU & CMD Society – Curling Rink
4:00 pm – 11:30 pm   BBQ sponsored by Sparwood Search & Rescue – behind Curling Rink
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey Tournament – Arena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Brewer’s Hardball Tournament – Mountain View
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Horseshoes & Bocce Tournaments Registration @ Info Booth
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Adult Soap Box Derby Fundraiser
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm   Slo-pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Centre Field
6:00 pm – 12:00 am   Refreshment Gardens & BBQ – CMD Society – Tennis Court
11:00 pm – 11:30 pm   Fire in the Sky – Sparwood Fire Department – Soccer field at Rec Center

Saturday, June 12th

• 8:00 am – 10:00 am     Lions Pancake Breakfast – Overwaitea parking lot
• 8:00 am – 10:00 am     Trial Runs & Registration for Soap Box Derby – Red Cedar Hill
• 8:00 am – 8:00 pm      Slo-pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Centre Field
• 8:00 am – 6:30 pm      Brewer’s Hardball Tournament – Mountain View
• TBA Horseshoes Tournament – CMD Society – Horseshoe Pits
• TBA   Bocce Tournament – CMD Society – Lions Park
• 9:00 am – 8:00 pm      Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey Tournament – Sparwood Arena
• 10:30 am – 3:30 pm    Beach Volleyball Tournament – Beach Volleyball Court
• 11:00 am – 7:00 pm    Refreshment Gardens & BBQ – CMD Society – Tennis Court
• 11:00 am – 11:45 am   Parade – begins at Overwaitea
• 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm    BBQ hosted by Teck at corner of Red Cedar & Pine Avenue
• 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm    Information Booth in Curling Rink
• 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm    3rd Annual Street Market – CMD Society – Rec Centre Field
• 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm    Kids Fest – Soccer Field at Recreation Centre
• 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm      Turning Pointe Dancers – Curling Rink
• 1:00 pm – 3: 30 pm     Crib Tournament – Senior’s Centre
• 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm      Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (Kootenay Trout Hatchery) – BP Canada Energy – soccer field
• 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm      Knights of Columbus Soap Box Derby – Red Cedar Hill
• 2:00 pm – 2:40 pm      Keister Family Fiddlers – Curling Rink
• 4:00 pm – 4:40 pm      Keister Family Fiddlers – Curling Rink Parking Lot
• 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm      3rd Annual Bed Races – Vipond Fire Protection – Recreation Centre & Pine Avenue
*$500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, $200 for 3rd, $100 Best Mechanics, $100 Best Costume*
• 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm      SMS Poker Tournament – Recreation Centre Hall
• 9:00 pm – 1:00 am      Cabaret – CMD Society – Curling Rink

Sunday, June 13th

• 8:00 am – 5:30 pm      Slo-pitch Tournament – Lions Park & Rec Centre Field
• 9:00 am – 5:00 pm      Brewer’s Hardball Tournament – Mountain View
• 9:00 am – 12:00 pm    Sparwood Classic 4K/8K Run/Walk – start at Recreation Centre Soccer Field
• 11:00 am – 3:25 pm    Coal Miner Cup Ball Hockey Tournament – Arena
• 11:00 am – 5:00 pm    Refreshment Gardens & BBQ – CMD Society – Tennis Court
• 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm    1st Annual Demolition Derby – pits across from Titan on Hwy 3

How To Get Involved:

Bed Races $500 1st prize sponsored by Vipond Fire Protection – be sure to enter your team for your chance to win – the registration fee is only $25.
Parade EntryDownload the word document for more information
Food Vendors Wanted – If you are interested in being a food vendor during Sparwood Coal Miner Days please contact Renee MacCormack at 250-425-0021 for more information or download this document.
Volunteer – We need volunteers! Please let Renee know and sign up for an hour or two on Friday, Saturday or Sunday! This event can’t run itself and needs the help of individuals in our community! Contact Renee MacCormack at 250-425-0021.