Leonard Lea Frazer
Bob Griffin, left, in the Log Rolling contest.
Bob Griffin, left, in the Log Rolling contest.
Carl Beyer drives the Valemount Fire Truck in a past parade.
Carl Beyer drives the Valemount Fire Truck in a past parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I think of Sports Days in Valemount, “Valemountain Days” comes to mind. You know, clowns with balloons, kids on decorated bikes, an endless line of floats in a parade, ball teams in their uniforms, Miss Valemount riding shot-gun with the mayor, log rolling, nail pounding, and crowd pleasing events that made everyone proud to be a resident and gave us all permission to unwind and enjoy ourselves.

Tete Jaune and Valemount residents have congregated for summer picnics for years. These included games, socializing and drinking. In 1940 a crowd gathered in Valemount and watched Les McKirdy win the Pole Vaulting contest. With a population of 70, back then it was easy to find volunteers to help organize both children and adult events.

Fast-forward to the year 1992: Valemountain Days continued with the following line up: Friday - Wheelbarrow Races, Roller Blade Races, Teen Video Dance. Saturday: Fastball and Slow Pitch Ball tournaments, Concession, Parade, Beer Gardens, Outdoor Volley Ball, Street Hockey, Dunk Tank, Gymkhana, Bingo, Horse-shoe Tournament, Chicken Crap Bingo, Raffle, Barbeque, Dance at Curling Rink. Sunday: Pancake Breakfast, Poker Ride, Logging Events and Mountain Bike Races.

As long as volunteers and community spirit exist, the legacy of “Sports Day” in Valemount will continue, if not this year, perhaps in the future.

 

The cotton candy man.
The cotton candy man.
Pipers from Kamloops preparing for the Valemount Sports Day parade.
Pipers from Kamloops preparing for the Valemount Sports Day parade.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meersman prepare for the parade.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meersman prepare for the parade.
The Robson Valley Riding Club members in a past 
parade.
The Robson Valley Riding Club members in a past parade.
A women’s event, “The Rolling Pin Throwing Contest”.
A women’s event, “The Rolling Pin Throwing Contest”.
 Clowns get ready for the parade.
Clowns get ready for the parade.
 “Hauers Heroes” clean up on their float.
“Hauers Heroes” clean up on their float.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local kids on the Valemount Shopping Centre’s float in the big parade.
Local kids on the Valemount Shopping Centre’s float in the big parade.
Sara Oloffson, “Miss Congeniality 1986”.
Sara Oloffson, “Miss Congeniality 1986”.