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Video: Squamish Loggers Sports Fest begins with kettle boil and chili cook-off

Find out who won the two opening events on Thursday evening

The 65th annual Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival kicked off on Thursday evening at the Squamish Valley Golf Club, with a fiery battle to see who could create the hottest fire — both culinarily and literally.

The kettle boil competition is a yearly ritual where competitors are given a block of wood, an axe, a handful of matches and a tin of water. Whoever can make their tin boil over the fastest is the winner.

At the same time, local restaurateurs vied for gastronomical supremacy in between (sometimes literal) heats of the kettle boil. Each competitor served up their best chili, and tasters cast ballots for the best one. The results were then tallied at the end of the evening.

Adult kettle boil winners: Paul Maki and Dave Stitt - The Axe and the Fire

Junior-Adult kettle boil winners: Lucas and Colin McCarthy - The Dentville Bears

Chili cook-off winners: Jaime Grant and The Squamish Valley Golf Club team

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