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BC premier to attend logger sports in Powell River

John Horgan will visit Loggers Memorial Bowl this weekend
BC premier John Horgan
BC premier John Horgan, seen here at Westview Ferry Terminal on April 12, will return to Powell River to take in events at Loggers Memorial Bowl on Sunday, July 14. Peak archive photo

Premier John Horgan will be attending Powell River Logger Sports on Sunday, July 14.

The premier will be at the logger sports venue at Willingdon Beach during the late morning. It will be his only stop in Powell River over the weekend.

According to Powell River Logger Sports past president Gary Amundsen, the premier will come into the show site low key, a presentation to the premier will be made and the expectation is that he will be doing a little bit of colour commentating for the logger sports that are happening while he is in attendance.

“We might even get him out on the Loggers Memorial Bowl grounds and get him to set a choker or two,” said Amundsen.

As well as time for the premier to view some of the world-class logger sports events, there is hope he can spend some time viewing some of the first-class chainsaw carving that goes on as part of the event. In addition to Canadian entrants, there will be some carvers from the United States and Europe this year.

There should also be the opportunity for the premier to chat with logger sports fans in attendance during his visit to Powell River. Amundsen said he hopes Horgan has an opportunity to talk with some of the many volunteers who show up for the event each year and make it possible.

It’s anticipated that the premier will be at the event for a couple of hours.

“It’s a big deal,” said Powell River Logger Sports president Tyler Brady. “We’ve tried in the past to get him to come and it has not previously worked out. Finally, we got him.”

Horgan will be accompanied by Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons, who will also be participating in the official opening ceremony of the logger sports weekend on Saturday.

This is the fourth logger sports event in Powell River since an 11-year hiatus from 2004 to 2015. Both national and world events will be featured this year.

Amundsen said the premier will be able to witness a world-class logger sports event, featuring competitors from around the world, as well as some awesome competitors from here in Powell River, in a spectacular location.

Powell River Chamber of Commerce was the point of contact for the premier’s visit, with manager Kim Miller facilitating the logistics.