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Cars, carving, chopping galore in PR

The Northern Knights Car Club filled downtown Park Rapids with classic cars Saturday morning during a show and shine event. The streets were filled with people eager to see the fancy vehicles. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 2
Lawrence O'Toole Jr. takes a swing during the standing block chop competition Saturday afternoon at Legends and Logging Days. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 2

People flocked to Park Rapids over the weekend to see classic cars in downtown Park Rapids and catch some chainsaw carving and logging events at Legends and Logging Days at the Antique Tractor Club grounds.

Friday and Saturday master chainsaw carvers sculpted wood into creative pieces of art. The carvers created a variety of masterpieces from bear welcome signs to ornate benches. One of the pieces was a bear sitting on a turtle, a whimsical take on how a bear must travel. Several quick carve events wowed the audience both days as well.

Saturday at noon the pieces were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Kids and adults entered the annual loon calling contest to show audience their take on the state bird's call.

Bleachers were packed to see the logging events with world champions lumberjacks and lumberjills competing to saw or chop through logs. The event brought world champions with a lifetime of experience under their belts.

Musicians entertained under the shelter and demonstrations from artisans and crafters provided alternate activities. Demonstrations included spinning, blacksmithing, beekeepers and more.

The chili contest, sponsored by DeLaHunt Broadcasting was a hit, with chili running out by early afternoon.

The event continues to grow at the tractor grounds, with space for additional artisans and vendors in future years.

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