The Free Press Editorial

The Elk Valley knows how to put on community events.

Griz Days, Coal Miner Days and Wildcat Days are always a big hit, and all the locals come out to celebrate living in the community.

Griz Days is one of my favourite weekends of the year and this year was no exception.

The dummy downhill is also one of my favourite events, but what struck me this year about this event, was that it wasn’t just the community that got involved.

I was chatting straight after the Dummy Downhill on a chair lift with an Englsih man who is on vacation in Fernie.

He told me he had entered The Norseman in the competition. Despite only being on holiday, and having limited time to enjoy being out on the snow, the man had found time to build a dummy for the competition.

And not just any dummy - this one came with a genuine invitation to the upcoming British Royal Wedding!

My other favourite event is the Extreme Griz competition. Locals tell me the event has been “tamed down” over the years, so I would have been interested to have seen the early days of the competition.

But any event that features an axe throwing event still seems pretty wild, and very Canadian, to me.

The best thing about Griz Days is the snow effect it seems to bring with it each year.

As The Free Press went to print on Wednesday, there was a snowfall warning in effect for The Elk Valley.

Since moving to Fernie three years ago, this winter has been the best season so far.

Every time I think spring has arrived and that’s it for the snow, along comes another storm.

Thanks for an amazing winter, Griz. And thanks to everybody, whether a local, or business owner or a visitor, for supporting Griz Days.


Angela Treharne is the editor of The Free Press

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