Logger Days draws large crowds

Photos by Lyndsie Ferrell The 2021 Logger Days in South Fork drew competitors came from all over the US to participate in several different logging events like the cross-cut, ax throwing and much more.

SOUTH FORK — The 2021 Logger Days has ended, and the results are in — the weekend was a hit. Though rain clouds threatened throughout the weekend, people gathered at the South Fork Community Center and watched some epic logging events.

Competitors from around the United States competed for the top spot in several different types of events, including the two-man cross-cut, choker races and much more. For the past 29 years, the South Fork Logger Days has highlighted the talents of people who worked in the forests around the town and has grown into one of the best annual events in South Fork.

Saturday, July 17, bloomed cool and damp as vendors set up shop at the South Fork Community Center. This year, a group of local citizens as well as the visitor center and business owners planned the event with the goal of making it better than previous years. The effort of the planning committee paid off as South Fork welcomed one of the biggest crowds for the event in years. There were a few vendors lined up all along the parking area outside of the center and more inside the building, offering everything a shopper could ask for.

There were several times throughout the day that there was standing room only in the bleachers by the event field. People came from all over to see the events take place such as the youth and adult ax throwing competitions, speed cutting and team events.

South Fork Visitor Center Director Mark Teders helped time the events and compiled a list of winners after each event was over. Results will be published once they have been compiled.

Event coordinator and planner Michele Cruse gave a huge shout out to all who worked to make this event happen.

“A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s traditional Logger Days festival a success. Travis and Tanna Cross, Kevin Stickens, Cassandra Doyon — the hours and hours you donate to assure a great event, the contestants who participate each year, our vendors who travel to our event and spend so much time setting up and providing great items for everyone, the people who generously volunteer their time for set up, during the event, and for tear down, our tourists, locals, and part-time locals who attend and support Logger Days and those who generously donate to Logger Days! Thank each and every one of you,” she said.

The South Fork Friends Foundation (SFFF) purchased and donated a sign to the South Fork Community Center that was carved by High Country Carvers.

“The South Fork Friends Foundation would like to introduce the new Community Center sign. We would like to say a big thank you to High Country Carvers for their work on the new bear sign, you guys did an amazing job with this one! Also, a huge shout out to Judee Sandman for the design of the bear. The SFFF will be working toward placing two more bears in our local parks so stay tuned,” SFFF officials stated.

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Photos by Lyndsie Ferrell The 2021 Logger Days in South Fork drew competitors came from all over the US to participate in several different logging events like the cross-cut, ax throwing and much more.

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