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Denise Ott, of Deer River, competes in the single buck competition with her father, Gus Carlson assisting at Legends and Logging Days in August. She was the women's single buck world champion in 2010. The annual event moved to the East 40 grounds in 2011, which allowed for expansion. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Legends and Logging Days to be staged Aug. 10-11

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Legends and Logging will celebrate our 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 ½ mile south of Highway 34.

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

Activities will 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 including face painting and caricatures, and wonderful down home, foot stomping blue grass, country and folk music throughout both days.

In 2012, 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 Lumberjills 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. Since joining musical forces in October of 2008, they've performed at various Iowa venues, including coffee shops, benefits, and area bars.

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 and 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 from any bluegrass band. And, for all you traditional bluegrassers out there, fear not, we definitely play the songs you know and love.

Good Noise makes high energy music and puts their own spin on tunes from nearly every genre under the sun. Hailing from Bemidji, this high energy 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 all born in 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.

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