Sam Steele Days in Cranbrook B.C., celebrates the man with legendary fun
Man-up, belly-up or dress up for a weekend of events
CRANBROOK – Back in the day, those that dared to side-step the law in B.C.’s Kootenays, Alberta or the Yukon on Major General Sir Sam Steele’s watch were handled swiftly. Tweet this page.
Steele had to be tough in his territories, located so far from the cities and the lawmakers. His image accounted for his portrayal of power: A big barrel-chested man wearing a flashy scarlet jacket and tall leather boots of a ranger hovered over anyone in his way. He ruled with an iron fist.
But come on - we know it was the black waxed walrus moustache that commanded respect.
And to celebrate the commander, peacekeeper and tough guy, Cranbrook celebrates this colourful character every year during Sam Steele Days, this year being held June 16-19. This is where you get to man-up, belly-up, or dress-up and have a weekend of fun.
Sam Steele lives on
Photo courtesy of Cranbook Tourism
Belly-up to the bar - food galore all weekend long
Thursday, June 16 - The food starts with the Friends of the Cranbrook Library Kick-off BBQ at noon. By the time the festival shuts down on Sunday, you’ve enjoyed at least 12 food events, including four pancake breakfasts, five barbecues, a tea party, a sweetheart banquet and a “Taste of Cranbrook” put on by Spring Honda, which includes nearly 20 of Cranbrook’s finest restaurants.
Saturday June 18- Start your morning early with a pancake breakfast before marking your territory on the curb with lawn chairs and blankets. The St Eugene Golf Resort & Casino Sam Steele Days Grand Parade starts at 10:30 am.
By noon you’ll be hungry and need a beer. Head to the Molson Coors Sam Steele Festival Beer Gardens to belly up to the bar then listen to the tunes of DJ Jeremy and others. Nosh on some truck grub provided by Crepe Affair or some crazy tube steaks from Wicked Weenies.
You could also hang around the Rotary Pavilion at the Sam Steele Days Central Fairgrounds to watch an array of local talent from dance groups to pipe bands to Cranbrook’s own singer/songwriter, Dawson Rutledge.
Man-up, sign-up or watch the manly compete
Talk about tough! You don’t want to be standing in the way of the manly men wielding the axes at the Cranbrook DBA Rocky Mountain Logger Sports Show. These lumberjacks - and maybe a Lumberjill toss axes, chop trees and saw logs into match sticks at speeds we mere city folk will never master. Sit back and watch two shows of the daring feats.
Can you pull a truck? Drag a 275-pound sled or flip 600-pound tires over a 50-foot track? Well, sign-up for the Fitness Inc. Annual Strongman Classic. Or, watch as these Hercules clones compete for the title.
Are you strong enough to compete?
Photo by Sam Steele Days
After that, hurry over to the Sam Steel Classic Arm Wrestling Championship to see if you can handle the competition. It ain’t easy but – go on and try. Sam Steele would have done it.
Maybe you need something sporty but still takes balls. There’s still time to get a team together for the annual BA Blacktop Balls of Steele Bocce Tournament, the Keysa Youth Soccer Tournament and the Sun Life Financial Sam Steele Ball Tournament.
Dress-up for the occasion
Pull out the western wear for the Million Dollar Oldies Show, Comedy and Dance on Thursday night at the Cranbrook Eagles Hall. On Friday night, watch as Cranbrook’s youth dressed in turn-of-the-last-century gowns compete in the Sweetheart Youth Ambassador Pageant. The Sweetheart and her Princess will be crowned.
Saturday night it’s your turn to put a crease in the Levis or step it up and pull on that Tux or ballroom gown for the Sam Steel Sweetheart Banquet and Ball. There is so much more to the weekend but matter what you decide to do to do participate, the annual Sam Steele Days is up for the action.
Find out more about the schedule of events is on the Sam Steele Days website.
Find out where and when the action takes place by visiting www.samsteeledays.org
More information about Fort Steele is at www.fortsteele.ca
Did you know Cranbrook is home to incredible wildlife, culture and history. Learn more about the city of Cranbrook here.
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