SOUTH FORK— During the regular meeting for the South Fork Town Board on Aug. 27, board members took a moment to acknowledge the hard work and dedication put into the Logger Days Festival this year by several local volunteers.
The festival was held in July and was one of the largest most successful events to date. Over the past several years, the festival has been dwindling in attendance and several local volunteers decided it was time to form a committee to handle planning for the event. This year, the committee added a car show, concert and marathon to try and bring more people out for the weekend. All of the additions paid off, bringing the attendance to an all-time high.
“The Town of South Fork has celebrated its logging heritage through an annual event weekend called Logger Days for many years. In more recent years the Logger Days event was in jeopardy of fading due to lack of leadership and volunteers willing to donate the significant amount of their personal time to plan, obtain funding and perform the work required to hold this sizable event,” stated South Fork Town Manager Dan Hicks.
In March of last year, the town passed Resolution 18-09 that enabled the town to award people in the community that have gone above and beyond. This year, the town recognized the committee of volunteers that worked on the Logger Days Festival, which included committee chair, Travis and Tanna Cross, Michele Cruse, Cassandra Doyon, Kevin Stickens and Don Spencer.
“Under the leadership of Travis Cross, the Logger Days committee has significantly grown and improved the Logger Days event, and this has resulted in making this year’s event very successful. The Town Board of Trustees, on behalf of the Town of South Fork, offer this award to show recognition and thank the committee for their hard work, contributions and efforts in making Logger Days 2019 a great success,” continued Hicks.
Board members passed out awards to the Logger Days committee, thanking them for their continued efforts. Conversations continue between the committee and the town in regards to the possibility of moving the event to a larger venue just to the east of South Fork in order to accommodate a larger crowd in coming years.