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Logging Days to entertain this weekend

Adam Lasalle competes in a Logging Days competition at last year's event. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Legends and Logging will celebrate the area's history, culture, artisans and food this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11 at the Park Rapids Antique Tractor Club Grounds on County Road 6, ½ 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 will include kick boxing demonstrations, beekeepers, farmers market vendors with demonstrations of their craft, spinning, blacksmithing and a cooperage demonstration.

Kids' activities will including face painting and caricatures, and wonderful down home, foot stomping blue grass, country and folk music throughout both days. Bouncy games will be sponsored by Arvig.

Terrapin Station will be providing musical entertainment at the tractor club grounds from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.

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.

Visitors will find the unique creations of area artisans at The Market Place. There will also be demonstrations throughout the day, including barrel making demonstrations from Black Swan Cooperage.

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.

In correlation with Logging Days, the Park Rapids American Legion will host the annual Sweet Corn and Burger Feed Friday, Aug. 10.

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