LUM­BER­JACK FUN

Bar­ring­ton event a suc­cess.

Tri-County Vanguard - - COVER STORY - KATHY JOHN­SON

There were fun times to be had, good mem­o­ries to be shared and sto­ries to be told dur­ing the Canada 150 Great Cana­dian Lum­ber­jack Cel­e­bra­tion held in Bar­ring­ton.

There was a full house on hand for the screen­ing of the Na­tional Film Board of Canada’s pro­duc­tion, The Last Log Drive, staged in 1983 by Bar­ring­ton’s Scott fam­ily. Di­rec­tor Polly Ben­nell was on hand to share the ex­pe­ri­ence, as were some of the log driv­ers.

A trib­ute to the Beaver Dam Sports Meet was held over two days at the Wild Axe Park, where com­peti­tors from back in the day took up the chal­lenge in var­i­ous wa­ter sports and sports­man skills. A ju­nior edi­tion was also held, with an en­thu­si­as­tic bunch of com­peti­tors ready.

The Tri­als, Tribu­la­tions and Tri­umphs of the Cen­ten­nial Ca­noe Pageant, held in 1967 as part of Canada’s 100th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, brought to­gether five mem­bers of Team Nova Scotia to share their sto­ries, in­clud­ing Bar­ring­ton’s own Phil Scott, Richard Ger­rior, Gerry Jamieson, Shawn Hadley, all from Guys­bor­ough, and Tony Navratil, Bridgetown.

At least three gen­er­a­tions of the Scott fam­ily helped wrap up the week­end cel­e­bra­tions, stag­ing two lum­ber­jack shows that had the crowd laugh­ing, clap­ping.

“I think over­all ev­ery­body had a re­ally good week­end,” said Suzy At­wood, tourism and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton. “A lot of peo­ple said it was a great week­end and they re­ally en­joyed them­selves watch­ing the com­pe­ti­tions on and off the river.”

At­wood said she was happy with the turnout through­out the July 28-30 event, say­ing, “I think it was suc­cess­ful.”

KATHY JOHN­SON

Twins Va­le­ria (left) and Karla Thibeault have fun logrolling dur­ing the ju­nior edi­tion of the Beaver Dam Sports Meet at the Wild Axe Park.

KATHY JOHN­SON

Rene Scott does a chain­saw carv­ing as part of Scott Fam­ily Tim­ber Show dur­ing the Great Cana­dian Lum­ber­jack Cel­e­bra­tion.

KATHY JOHN­SON

Tony Navratil showed he could still han­dle a ca­noe with the best of them dur­ing the Great Cana­dian Lum­ber­jack Cel­e­bra­tion in Bar­ring­ton on July 29. Navratil was a mem­ber of Team Nova Scotia that com­peted in the 1967 Cen­ten­nial Ca­noe Pageant, re­trac­ing the route of the orig­i­nal voyageurs from Rocky Moun­tain House, Al­berta to Mon­treal.

KATHY JOHN­SON

Mar­cel Scott (left), Ray­mond Scott and Rene Scott (in tub) get things ready on the river for one of the acts in the Scott Fam­ily Tim­ber Show dur­ing the Great Cana­dian Lum­ber­jack Cel­e­bra­tion.

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