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Legends and Logging Days Aug. 10-11

Muscle and metal meet logs, Denise Ott among the competitors at last year's Legends and Logging Days. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Legends and Logging will celebrate the area's history, culture, artisans and food Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11 at the Park Rapids Antique Tractor Club grounds on CSAH 6, a half-mile south of Highway 34.

Skilled chainsaw artists and fiercely competitive loggers will entertain; loons and loony contests will call and artisans and crafters will engage visitors.

Activities include kick boxing demonstrations, beekeepers, farmer's market vendors with demonstrations of their craft, spinning, blacksmithing, a cooperage demonstration and a chili and hot wings contest.

Kids' activities will include face painting and caricatures, and wonderful down home, foot stomping blue grass, country and folk music throughout both days.

World record-holding lumberjacks will be back to compete.

Logging Days, Park Rapids' signature event for more than 25 years, was established to honor the rich heritage of logging in this neck of the woods. Logging events feature world champion and world record-breaking lumberjacks and jumberjills competing in wood chopping and sawing contests. Points these skilled competitors earn here will count toward the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wis.

Master chainsaw carvers will create north woods masterpieces during several demonstrations. Competition will be keen as the chips fly and a masterpiece emerges from a raw piece of wood. All finished carvings will be auctioned off to the highest bidders.

Visitors will find the unique creations of area artisans at The Market Place. There will also be demonstrations throughout the day.

Food vendors serve a variety of fare from buffalo burgers and corn on the cob to fresh fruit and smoothies. A Chili and Hot Wings cook-off contest will be sponsored by DeLaHunt Broadcasting.

Terrapin Station will be providing musical entertainment from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Thankful Dirt, will perform. The group developed their musical artistry steeped in Iowa's music scene, a scene as fertile as Iowa soil

The Hollands are seasoned concert performers, engaging audiences with their intimate merrymaking. They are a full-time internationally touring family based in the U.S. via Australia. Their knack for engaging audiences and rousing a sing-a long separates them from the typical observation performance.

No Grass Limit is a new, up and coming bluegrass band with over 100 years of musical experience. With original tunes of tales, life lessons, and love, No Grass Limit truly sets themselves apart. The group also plays the classic bluegrass tunes.

Good Noise produces high-energy music and puts their own spin on tunes from nearly every genre under the sun. Hailing from Bemidji, this five-piece band spans a wide range of musical styles - vocals and guitar, Eric Carlson; vocals and keys, Katie Houg; vocals, cello and saxophone, Brett Cease; drums, Mark Bauer and electric violin, Jordan Lindquist.

Winston Drei Tod features musicians native to Minnesota. The three of them have diverse backgrounds in making noises with certain pitches. They all have a job in the band that shapes the way the different pitches are formed and put together. That's the magic of Winston Drei Tod.

Other activities will include the Park Rapids firefighters' water fights on Main Street Thursday, Aug. 9, the annual Sweet Corn and Burger Feed at the Park Rapids American Legion Friday, Aug. 10 and the Northern Knights Car Club's Run to the Rapids Aug. 10 and 11.