by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Nobody does the Fourth of July like Estacada.As you know, nobody does the Fourth of July like Estacada. Here’s what’s in store for this year.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - This is the American Legion Carl Douglas Post 74's float from the 2013 Chamber parade.


The day’s celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday, July 4, 2014, with the Chamber of Commerce’s parade.

City leaders have been making strides toward turning Estacada into a cycling haven, so it’s only fitting that “bicycling” is the theme of the 2014 parade.

Representatives of Reliance Connects will serve as grand marshals.

The parade begins at Estacada High School and travels down Main Street, turns on Fourth Avenue and goes back up Broadway to finally disband back at the high school.

Expect elaborate floats.

If you are interested in being in the parade, applications are available at

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - All of the Fourth of July fun is consolidated in one day this year. The Chamber parade, Timber Festival and Big Bang Fireworks show are bound to draw crowds.

Timber Festival

The Timber Festival has long been a hallmark of Estacada and was brought back in 2012 after being discontinued for a spell.

Since the return of the Timber Festival, the popular event has drawn hordes to the area to watch the logging competitions, browse interesting vendors, enjoy live music and savor excellent food.

This year’s logging events include horse pulling, log loading, a truck show ‘n’ shine, axe throwing, choker setting, bucking, log rolling, stock saw, hot saw, pole climbing, kids’ choker setting and more.

Some of the competitions encompass old-time practices and techniques, so the show is almost a history of logging.

Many of the competitors are local loggers.

Several kid-friendly draws are planned. For example, there will be exotic animals from non-profit animal rescue group A Walk on the Wild Side and the Timber Clown will be back.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - The Timber Festival features a variety of logging competitions.Adults can look forward to a beer garden.

Event organizers are thrilled that PGE is allowing the 2014 festival to be held in Timber Park, the historic site for the event.

“We’ve come full circle. It’s back to where it all began,” said Sean Drinkwine, Estacada Area Community Events president.

The festival runs from noon to 11 p.m., Friday, July, 4, at Timber Park, 30878 N.W. Evergreen Way.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - The ax throwing event is back for this year's Timber Festival.A $10 parking fee per car grants free admission to all of the car’s occupants. Walk-ins are admitted for $5 each. Kids ages 10 and under get in for free.

Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair for optimum viewing comfort.

For more information visit, find Estacada Timber Festival on Facebook or call 1-800-630-7858.

Big Bang Firework Show

The extravagant Big Bang Fireworks Show starts at 10 p.m.

You’ll have a great view of the pyrotechnic magic from Timber Park.

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