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Timber Festival to celebrate area's logging heritage

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A competitor takes part in the single buck competition at the 2015 Estacada Timber Festival.The Estacada Timber Festival isn’t limited to lumberjacks. In fact, families are encouraged at the annual event.

“There are a lot of serious competitions out there, but this one is for fun,” said Jordan Winthrop, one of the event’s organizers.

The annual festival, scheduled for Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, at Timber Park, 30878 N.W. Evergreen Way, is a tribute to Estacada’s history as a logging town.

The event is organized by Estacada Area Community Events.

“Most of us aren’t loggers, but we still want to put this on,” Winthrop said. “A lot of towns have fireworks for the Fourth of July, but we wanted to have something different as well.”

A variety of competitions await anyone who chooses to participate in the fun, including log rolling, speed climbing, horse pulls and an ax throw.

Winthrop believes one of the festival’s most memorable competitions is the horse pull.

“It’s amazing to see how much weight the horses can pull, and that that’s how loggers used to work,” he said.

There also will be events for children to learn the basics of logging, including the way to put a choker around a log in order to move it.

This year, finalists in the festival’s log rolling competition will be invited to compete in a log rolling championship at the new Estacada Water Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20, at Promontory Park Marina.

Winthrop is excited for this addition to Estacada’s summer festivities.

“The collaboration between multiple events is a good thing,” Winthrop said. “This way, the fun can be extended throughout the summer.”

Also new to the Timber Festival this year is a carnival with rides and games.

“Before we just had bounce houses, but this year we’re having a real carnival, with a ferris wheel, and everything you’d imagine a carnival having,” Winthrop said.

The two-day festival will also feature live music, with Crush and Strawberry Roan playing on Sunday and the Jessie Leigh Band playing on Monday.

The festival will culminate on Monday night with a fireworks show.

Winthrop encourages anyone interested in participating in the festival to stop by.

“There’s something for everyone here,” he said. “It’s a hometown festival that’s full of heritage and put on for fun.”

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