GREENVILLE, Maine — There’s only one place in Maine where you can take a bus tour through the state’s working forests, try your hand at ax throwing, cheer on your favorite logger as they race head-to-head in a speed cutting competition and eat a traditional bean hole dinner all in one weekend. The 23rd annual Forest Heritage Days returns to Greenville, Friday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Greenville Consolidated School, 130 Pritham Ave.
This free, family-friendly event honors the state’s most historic industry and celebrates Maine’s woods by combining education and entertainment while maintaining a focus on forestry stewardship and sustainability.
The event schedule is below:
— Friday, Aug. 8: Working forest bus tour, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; $15 per person.
— Friday, Aug. 8: Colby woodsmen demonstration, 3 p.m.; free.
— Friday, Aug. 8: Woodsmen supper, 5 p.m.
— Friday, Aug. 8: Sumner McKane’s “In the Blood” performance, 7 p.m.; $10 per person.
— Saturday, Aug. 9: “Game of Logging” competition, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; free.
— Saturday, Aug. 9: Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
— Saturday, Aug. 9: “Forest Fire Lookouts of the Moosehead Region” presentation, 7 p.m.; free.
In addition to the main attractions, the event will offer free horse and carriage rides, forestry exhibits, food and beverages and a Log-A-Load for Kids Raffle to benefit local hospitals through the Children’s Miracle Network. Guests can enter the raffle to win a four-foot wood-carved bear and chainsaw.
Advanced registration is required for the working forest bus tour at 695-2241 x 210, and Sumner McKane’s “In the Blood” performance at 695-2909. For a full event listing and details, visit www.forestheritagedays.com.