Downtown Newaygo to celebrate Labor Day weekend with logging festival

Arts and crafts, activities and much more are available for Newaygo community members and visitors during this year’s Logging Festival, set for Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2. (Courtesy photos)

Submitted by the River Country Chamber of Commerce

NEWAYGO — There is something for everyone at this year’s Logging Festival, sponsored by Elders Forest Products and Great Lakes Energy. Kids of all ages can enjoy chainsaw carvings, lumberjack demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors and more. Festival visitors also can explore the expansive museum exhibit showcasing items from the logging boom on the local Muskegon River.

In a previous amateur log rolling contest, participants tested their balance. The amateur log rolling competition will return this year and is slated for 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The festival is set for Friday, Aug. 31, to Sunday, Sept 2, and will feature an arts and craft show, chainsaw demonstrations, a parade and more. The arts and crafts booths will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Exhibitors should visit the River Country Chamber of Commerce website, rivercountrychamber.com, for more event details, online registration and more.

Visitors can get in the lumberjack spirit by watching the Elder’s Mid-Michigan Professional Lumberjack Competition or participate in the amateur challenge from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Another returning event this year is the Log Rolling Contest, in which spectators age 5 to 17 can try their skills from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Sign-ups will be available at the chamber booth all weekend long, as well as from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the event.

This year’s festival schedule also includes:

Friday

• All day — Sidewalk sales, Newaygo County merchants

• All day — Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations, Brooks Park

Saturday

• All day — Sidewalk sales, Newaygo County merchants

• All day — Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations, Brooks Park

• 1 p.m. — Mid-Michigan Professional Lumberjack Competition, Lumberjacks Corner (corner of Wood and Justice streets)

• Noon to 5 p.m. — Second United States Log Rolling Association sanctioned Amateur Log Rolling Competition, Justice Street

• 2 to 7 p.m. — Mid-Michigan Lumberjack Competition, Lumberjack’s Corner

• 4 p.m. — First Annual Leppink’s Food Center Hot Dog Eating Contest, registration will begin at 3 p.m. at chamber booth in front of the stage

• 7 p.m. — First “Big Boys” horse pulls, register online for this event at Shaw Park

The annual Labor Day parade in downtown Newaygo will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, and will begin on Clay Street before turning onto Barton Street. From there, parade participants will travel along Quarterline Street and turn on Justice and Wood streets, before coming to a close on State Road M-37.

Sunday

• All day — Sidewalk sales, Newaygo County merchants

• All day — Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations, Brooks Park

• 1 p.m. — Mid-Michigan Professional Lumberjack Competition, Lumberjacks Corner

• 1 p.m. — Labor Day Parade Sunday 1:00 pm Labor Day Parade, this year’s theme is “Superheroes” and lineup begins at noon in the back parking lot of Magna Mirrors, 700 South Park Drive

• 4 p.m. — Waterbattle Tournament, open to all active firefighters and registration begins at 3:30 p.m. on Justice Street

For more information about the event, contact the Logging Festival Steering Committee or Denise Anderson, at the River Country Chamber of Commerce, (231) 652-3068 or at events@rivercountrychamber.com.

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