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Can-Log rolls into town

The Morinville outdoor arena was turned into a logging camp for a day on June 21. Can-Log rolled into town to take part in this year’s St. Jean Baptiste Festival. Looking for something different for the festival this year, the Morinville Festival Society voted to relace fireworks with a day-long lumberjack competition. The new event drew a steady audience of lumberjack fans and those interested in seeing a variety of impressive skills.

Male and female competitors from the United States and Canada spent Fathers’ Day in Morinville competing in everything from axe throwing to spltting logs with axe, saw and chainsaw, all looking to walk away with $6500 in prize money.

The Morinville Festival Society is hoping to make the event an annual one with the long-term goal of getting the Morinville stop on television.

Details on the winner of Sunday’s event were not available by our press deadline.

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Below is our video of some of the Lumberjack Competition highlights.

Here is a bit of today's SJB Lumberjack Competition, including some local faces chucking axes.

Posted by MorinvilleNews.com on Sunday, 21 June 2015

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They’re open for sports

Plenty came out to congratulate the Richardson Family on the official grand opening of Morinville Sports Saturday. The family held a free hot dog lunch to introduce people to their business. The store is located next to The Flower Stop on 100 Avenue.

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Running for a cause

The 3rd Annual Jessica Martel Memorial Run took place Sunday. The 5-kilometre walk/run started five minutes after the 10-km and had more than 100 participants. The event is a fundraiser for the Foundation.

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Firefighters’ challenge

The annual St. Jean Baptiste Festival provided Morinvillians and visitors an opportunity to watch a variety of alternative sporting events. One of those was the Morinville Fire Department’s Annual Firefighters’ Combat Challenge, often referred to as the toughest two minutes in sports. Competitors must ascend a scafold carrying a fire hose, haul another to the top of the scafold, then wind their way through an obstacle course of firefighting skills, culminating with dragging a rescue mannequin the length of the course. Above: Morinville firefighter Josh Cust pulled off an impressive time of 1:26 in the first round, defeating his competitor from the Bon Accord Fire Department by almost a minute.

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Taking it to the street

Nineteen-month-old Flynn Postill plays a little street hockey Friday afternoon before the downporing of rain. Residents of 86 Street held their third annual block party, an opportunity for old neighbours to get together and for new families to get to know their new neighbours.

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A family joust

The Morinville Public School Children’s Carnival was an opportunity for families to try some medieval games. The medieval troop was sponsored by Morinville News.

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Fishing fun with the Legion

Thank you to all who participated in the Legion’s annual Phil Grant memorial fish derby . Winners Nathan Snoek , Angelica Aviles, Eric Snoek and Noah Coen-Andrew.

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