(Right) Colton Sutherland

Sparwood celebrates Coal Miner Days

The annual Coal Miner Days celebration took over the streets of Sparwood from June 11-14.

The annual Coal Miner Days celebration took over the streets of Sparwood from June 11-14.

Thousands of residents and visitors took in the festivities that catered to a multitude of ages.

Passing floats during the parade on Saturday morning threw candy for waiting children, adults and kids alike enjoyed the soapbox derby races and car enthusiasts took in the Coal Miner Show & Shine.

Other popular events included the annual slo-pitch baseball tournament, laser tag, local food vendors, rock climbing and bouncy castles.

Despite a rainstorm that resulted in the cancellation of one of Friday’s reptile shows, organizers reworked the schedule to their advantage.

“We were able to be pretty flexible when it came to the big rainstorm on Friday night,” said Coal Miner Days Society President Marcia Johnson. “We cancelled one of the reptile shows and we put the Elk Valley’s Got Talent competition inside the curling rink and we had hundreds of people attend that so I’m actually sort of glad it rained because we had that many more people show up inside to watch that happen.”

The competition was the first of its kind for Coal Miner Days and had a dozen contestants show off their skills in music, singing, harmonica players and fire juggling.

Singer/guitarist Sienna Longo was the ultimate winner of the contest, claiming a $1000 cash prize.

The two runners-up were Keyten Kunst who also sang and played guitar as well as Jeff Southerland who performed a feat of fire juggling.

Longo donated $100 back of her winnings to the Coal Miner Days Society.

“It was a well-rounded show and we had great participation from the crowd. It was a really close contest and it was so hard to name the winner,” said Johnson.

Fireworks on Friday evening moved forward as the rain let up and were “sensational” according to Johnson.

On Sunday, Emergency Preparedness Day invited organizations like the Initial Attack first-response fire team and Sparwood Search and Rescue to inform the public about the role they play in emergency situations and display their safety equipment.

Plans are already moving forward for next year’s Coal Miner Days celebration, as it will coincide with Sparwood’s 50th Birthday.

“We’ve already been discussing our plans for next year and we hope to make it bigger and better than ever,” said Johnson.

Johnson said she hopes that more volunteers will register to help out with next year’s festival.

“The more volunteers we have the more of Coal Miner Days they can actually see. They can do less and enjoy more of the events,” said Johnson who added the event could not have been pulled off without the work of Justine Bowen, event coordinator, and Shona Williams, media coordinator.

To register as a volunteer visit www.coalminerdays.com and use the contact form.


Just Posted

Fernie joins global celebration of women

SheJumps co-founder inspires at inaugural International Women’s Snow Day celebration in Fernie

Glory for Fernie Ghostriders in four-point weekend

Riders back at home on January 25-26 for games against the Kimberley Dynamiters and Nelson Leafs

Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek help locating missing man

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

Spike in Jaffray bear calls cause for concern

In 2018 there were 38 calls about bears spotted in the Jaffray area, compared to one call in 2017.

Snow on the way for Elk Valley

Winter weather advisory issued for East Kootenay with up to 15cm of snow expected over the next week

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

China detained two Canadians on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng

9 brains, 3 hearts: Some wild facts about octopuses

Things to know about the giant Pacific octopus, which is naturally found in the waters of the U.S. West coast, the Aleutian Islands and Japan

Hollywood announces 2019 Oscar nominations

Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Most Read