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Estacada's events on Independence Day include annual parade through town, Timber Festival

FILE PHOTO - The annual Estacada Timber Festival will connect interested participants with logging competitions.

On Independence Day, Estacada residents will be able to celebrate America's heritage and their town's own logging roots.

Events on Wednesday, July 4, include the annual Estacada Timber Festival and Fourth of July parade.

The theme of this year's parade, sponsored by the Downtown Estacada Commission, is "Red, White and Blue." The excitement will begin at 10 a.m. at Estacada High School, travel down Main Street, up Broadway Street and back to the high school.

Those who wish to participate in the parade can find entry forms at www.cityofestacada.org and are encouraged to return them to Estacada City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St, prior to Monday, July 2.

Meanwhile, chainsaws will buzz as Estacada's logging history takes center stage at the Timber Festival. Organized by Estacada Area Community Events, the festival begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Timber Park, 30878 N.W. Evergreen Way. The day will feature timber competitions, vendors selling unique items, food, fireworks and live music. Younger participants will enjoy a bounce house and superhero themed puppet show.

Festival attendees can participate in competitions that celebrate Estacada's history as a timber town, or simply watch the fun.

"You will be entertained by the different aspects of logging. Guys have to cut logs, set chokers on them and climb (the logs) to rig them," said Steve Stone, president of Estacada Area Community Events. "It's a nonstop event."

Competitive events will include chainsaw shows, horse pull demonstrations and a 50/50 axe throw.

Those interested in participating in the Timber Festival's competitive events will find registration forms on the festival's website or at Dick's Logging, 751 N.W. Industrial

Way.

Ron Carnes Band, O Brother and Thunder Road will provide live music in the evening, and the event will go out with a bang during the fireworks show.

For a full schedule of this year's Timber Festival, visit www.estacadatimberfestival.com.

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