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Park Rapids to celebrate notable logging history Aug. 12-13 at East 40

Park Rapids Legends and Logging Days will revisit days of yore with a weekend of celebrating the area's history, culture, artisans and food Aug. 12-13 at the East 40, Park Rapids Antique Tractor and Engine Club grounds.

Skilled chainsaw artists will be sculpting masterpieces and fiercely competitive loggers will thrill audiences. Loon calling contestants compete for the best calls in their age category.

The two-day event also offers a chili and wing contest, sponsored by Hospice (with a $1,000 purse), food and beverages and family activities for visitors of all ages.

A variety of live music from folk to bluegrass to gospel will be performed both days.

The musical lineup for Friday includes The Hollands, performing gypsy, Celtic and folk from noon to 1:30 p.m.; Tom Feldman, performing blues and gospel from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; and Brady Perl and the Band, performing folk, blues and grass from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday's lineup includes Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, performing Americana roots from noon to 1:30 p.m.; Two Many Banjos, performing gypsy folk ballads from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; and Charlie Parr, performing Piedmont style slide resonator blues from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, from 7 to 11 a.m., the Antique Tractor & Engine Club will serve a logger's breakfast.

Kinship invites all to watch CLIMB Theatre perform three unique one-act plays multiple times on Saturday at the festival.

The performances are free of charge. Look for the brightly painted CLIMB truck next to the Kinship clubhouse.

Professional actors will delight all ages with their energetic, family friendly plays.

A $5 button, purchased at the gate, will allow entrance to the event both days

Downtown Park Rapids will host a variety of events that will tie in to the historic and artistic aspect of the festival.

Water Wars on Main will once again be part of the festivities during the event.

The event, held at 6 p.m. Thursday on Main, is free to watch. Come support the local teams who compete for bragging rights year after year. Spend the evening downtown shopping and enjoying an ice cream cone or refreshments at one of many establishments along Main.

The Antique Tractor & Engine Club grounds are located on CSAH 6, one-half mile south of state Highway 34 on the east side of Park Rapids.