Bobby Dowling

Bobby Dowling

Loggers sports a crowd pleaser

The 21st Annual Canadian Loggers Sports Association spectacle was once again a fan-favourite event at this year’s Williams Lake Harvest Fair.

The 21st Annual Canadian Loggers Sports Association spectacle was once again a fan-favourite event at this year’s Williams Lake Harvest Fair.

Located at the infield of the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds Saturday, close to 30 loggers sports competitors chopped, hacked and sawed for prizes and points to the cheers of hundreds who attended throughout the day.

Competitors, along with their finest axes and saws, took part in some 15 events including axe throw, underhand chop, single buck, Jack and Jill bucking, 140cc saw with pipe, standing chop, springboard chop and hot saw.

This year’s local competitors were John Walker, Stephanie Ferguson, Luke Brown-John, Sarah Jackman and Jody Evans, who is a former Williams Lake resident.

In the novice standing chop category Brown-John collected a time of 41.66 seconds for first place.

In the intermediate single buck, Evans took first in 15.13 seconds.

The Jack and Jill bucking event, which required a male and female competitor to operate a double bucksaw, Walker and Ferguson took first with a time of 16.62 seconds.

Jackman, who was originally volunteering at the event but decided to give it a shot, finished in third with teammate Bobby Dowling in 21.57 seconds.

Walker and partner Terry Basso finished second in the double buck event in 15.42 seconds, while Evans took third in 16.42 seconds with partner Ben James.

Later, in the unlimited hot saw event, Walker took fourth in 8.74 seconds, before finishing fifth in the standing chop.

Brown-John, in what would be his best event of the day, finished first in axe throw with a 14-point score.

The event, held as part of the 35th Annual Harvest Fair, was put on by the Williams Lake Axemen and was supported by local sponsors and volunteers, including the Williams Lake Blue Fins on time keeping.