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RLRLM’s 34th Logging Festival is THE event not to miss this summer!

University of Maine-Orono students, Nicole Whitney and Katie Pooler compete in the crosscut Lumber Jill competition at RLRLM's Annual Logging Festival, always held on the last weekend of July.
University of Maine-Orono students, Nicole Whitney and Katie Pooler compete in the crosscut Lumber Jill competition at RLRLM's Annual Logging Festival, always held on the last weekend of July.
Posted May 19, 2014, at 7:38 p.m.

RLRLM’s 34th Logging Festival is THE event not to miss this summer!

Voted “2014 The Best of New England’s Top 20 Events in Maine” by Yankee Magazine

Friday, July 25th kicks off the 2-Day Logging Festival. Head on over to RLRLM to learn how logging life used to be with Bob Giles’ presentation, “Horse Logging in Down East Maine in the 50’s and 60’s.” Bob, who grew up in Ludec, Maine logging in the woods, combines an educational and historical presentation along with his great sense of humor. Two teams of draft horses will be in the presentation; one team is owned by Scott Stevens of Stratton, the second team is owned by Harry and Tammy Hutchinson of Andover, Maine.

Friday afternoon at RLRLM, enjoy bluegrass and traditional music by the Missisquoi River Band, sawmill owners and woodworkers alike. Food Booth will be open. Watch how biscuits are baked on reflector ovens, the same way logging camps used to prepare them. New England Cupboard, home of the original Bakewell Cream ® has again donated their biscuit mix for the Festival. Enjoy a free biscuit, hot off the reflector ovens! You’ll also have the opportunity to watch the authentic, “burying of the bean-hole beans” preparation for Saturday’s bean dinner.

Friday Evening’s Program will include the 27th Annual Little Miss & Mr. Woodchip contest, held at the Church of the Good Shepard, located on Main Street, Rangeley. Children between the ages of 6-8 years are welcome to enter the contest to recite or sing the work of their choice. We encourage children visiting the area to participate in this event. Winners will ride in the Logging Festival Parade on Saturday and all participants receive a prize. Included in the evening will be the Logger’s Hall of Fame. The Missisquoi River Band will provide bluegrass and traditional musical entertainment.

Saturday, July 26th at 10AM, be ready for the 34th Annual Logging Festival Parade, by far the largest parade in the area! This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating Rangeley’s Heritage.” We encourage you to submit an entry in the parade!

Immediately following the parade, head to the Festival to enjoy an authentic baked bean dinner while you watch the men and women’s logging competitions. Both competitions are sponsored by our friends at Stihl ®; overall winners are awarded a new Stihl ® chainsaw.

This year, we will showcase woodworkers and handiwork vendors. Woodworker artisans will give demonstrations of their various trades such as live-edge furniture design, wood burning, chainsaw carvers, scroll saw designers, rustic framing, and more. Handiwork knitters will demonstrate their skilled craft, as they once did for the loggers. Vendors will also have their wares available for sale.

Rounding out the day will be a concert by Kenny Loggins, Blue Sky Riders Band and Maine’s own Mallet Brothers 4PM, to benefit the Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Center

This will surely be one “Loggin’ Festival, Parade and Concert weekend not to be missed!

For more information about RLRLM, including hours of operation and a complete list of 2014’s events, please visit our website at www.rlrlm.org or call 864-3939.

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