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All new fun featured at Logging Days

An all new lumberjack show will be featured at this year’s Legends and Logging Days event. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

By Anna Erickson

Park Rapids Legends and Logging Days, the area’s signature event, features all new entertainment Aug. 7-9 at the East 40, Park Rapids Antique Tractor & Engine Club grounds.

Legends & Logging Days celebrates the area’s logging heritage and will feature an all new lumberjack show with log rolling and more.

Kicking off the events is Water Wars Thursday night on Main.

Visitors will find many activities during the two-day event including: a pre-1840 encampment with tomahawk and archery demonstrations and costumed historical interpreters who will demonstrate and discuss what it was like to live centuries ago, master chainsaw sculptors and a sculpture auction, loon calling, a marketplace of artists, crafters and demonstrations.

In the spirit of good natured competition and a honing of skills, the gauntlet has been thrown down for archers of all ages to come from the depths of the jackpine woods and loose their arrows for the chance to become the “Legendary Archer.”

Classes in youth and adult as well as primitive and compound bows will be administered. A traveling trophy and bragging rights to the winner.

For more information, contact Jared at Smokey Hills Outdoor Store at

or 237-5099.

The Park Rapids Fire Department is hosting the inaugural 5 Alarm 5k on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. The fun walk/run will start at the Fire Department and end at the East 40 Tractor Grounds.

Registration is available online at The $30 entry fee gains each participant a t-shirt and wristband for Legends and Logging Days. Proceeds benefit education and prevention training for the Park Rapids Volunteer Fire Department.

Other additions include the Saturday morning followed by a Logger’s Breakfast and a concert Saturday night featuring Incredibly Real and the Wilson Bradley Band. A beer garden will be at the grounds both days.

Among the carvers this year is Matt Clementson, who has gained fame for being part of CMT’s Chainsaw Gang.

Clementson grew up in Park Rapids and graduated in 1983. He put himself through college in North Dakota majoring in business. After 20 years as a sales representative for three major corporations he grew tired of wearing suits, short haircuts, and shaving. He decided to head to the mountains in Malibu, California to clear his mind. After meeting 2 chainsaw artists he launched his own business “Wild West Sculptures” which led into a 10 episode TV Series on CMT called “Chainsaw Gang.” Matt’s Motto: “Freedom is worth more than money.”

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Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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