The Maine Forestry Museum, located in Rangeley, Maine, recently received a grant for $3,000. It was for the Logging Festival Days and entertainment. This grant will provide funds for festival activities that have been featured for 35 years.
During the festival, children recite poems and sing for local residents. Winners of the contest are featured in the annual Logging Festival Parade held the next day. Children learn confidence and how to express themselves using the written word. The grant will help the museum recruit cloggers, musicians, and singers to perform at the festival.
The festival promotes traditions found in the logging community. They have clogging, bluegrass musicians, poetry, and singing. The entertainment will be held at the Rangley Inn on July 16 at 7 pm. The festival contest Little Mr. or Miss Woodchip is for children 6-8 that want to recite a poem or sing a song. Winners of the contest ride in the parade the next day.
The Logging Parade proceeds down Main Street in Rangely. The parade has floats, clogging dancers, antique cars, local clubs, organizations, and awards. Prizes are given for the best loaded truck and best fitting parade theme related to logging. Other activities are arts and crafts vendors, barrel train rides for children, face painting, a lumberjack, and lumberjill competition, balloon animals, and more.
Logging Festival Days have an axe throwing contest, log rolling, wood splitting, stock saw cutting, and crosscut competitions. The Maine Forestry Museum has machinery and equipment used in the logging industry. They have chains saws, snubbing machines, sleds, and art by lumberjacks. The art features chainsaw carvings, and oil paintings of activities in the lumber camps.
The museum was established to preserve the history of logging and preservation of the forests. It educates consumers about the history of logging industry and the families that work in the industry.