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The new big guy in town

Jane Emerick jemerick@squamishchief.

Jane Emerick

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His size might be daunting at first but the people at the Squamish Adventure Centre think he's great and they would like their giant logger, who draws attention to the upcoming Logger Sports Festival, to stay and they are asking the community to give him a name.

"We are so proud of our heritage and logging is a part of that," said the manager of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, Denise Imbeau. "Logger sports is a world-class show and logging built our province and our town."

Imbeau said the statue is "building bridges" between the logging community and adventure tourism, represented by the Squamish Adventure Centre.

"It showcases to the whole corridor where we are going and where we have come from," she said.

The logger was designed by local artist Nick Tattersfield and was donated from the movie set of Are we there yet?, a 2005 family film shot partly in Britannia Beach and starring rapper Ice Cube, to the Squamish Logger Sports Association. They in turn donated it to the Squamish Adventure Centre.

Lesley Weeks, operations manager of the Squamish Sustainability Corporation, in conjunction with Imbeau and the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, played role in bringing the statue to the centre and would now like it to stay.

"It is an opportunity to promote Logger Sports. We have had it since last Friday and dozens of people have gone out to touch it," said Weeks.

The community is now being asked to give the new guy in Squamish a name in the Name that Squamish Logger contest. The deadline is July 15 at 5 p.m. and entries can be dropped off at the Squamish Adventure Centre with the winner to be announced on July 21. The winner will receive two VIP passes to this year's Loggers Days Festival taking place August 4-6. Any questions about the contest call 604-815-4994.

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