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Annual Independence Day event puts logging feats on display at the Estacada Timber Park

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Andy Rolston, a finalist in the 2018 Estacada Timber Festival axe throw, prepares to hit the target on Wednesday, July 4.

What was the best part of the Estacada Timber Festival?

For many, it was the sense of community at the annual Fourth of July tradition.

"It's a good crowd and a good show. You can't ask for better people," said Andy Rolston, a finalist in the axe throw competition.

"Everyone has a good time," added Dylan Jennings, who participated in the obstacle pull, log roll, double buck, single buck and stock saw competitions. "It's more about the crowd learning and seeing things."

Numerous festival goers were captivated by the timber competitions, during which participants raced to the top of poles, moved to saw through logs as fast as possible, ran along large pieces of timber with chainsaws in hand and balanced on logs that floated on water.

"I sat and watched for three hours," said Debbi Buckles. "It's great to see those guys out there doing their craft, and everyone cheering them on."

The positive atmosphere also stood out to many in attendance.

"The whole vibe has been good. People have been very positive," said Wendy Shroder of Triple S Carvings, who sold a variety of decorative wooden creations. "We've met a lot of nice people. The community is fantastic."ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The Estacada Timber Festival on Wednesday, July 4, featured many activities for children, including a hang gliding ride.

Along with the timber competitions, the event included a section with children's activities such as bounce houses, sawing demonstrations and a hang gliding ride.

The day also featured numerous vendors who connected attendees with everything from food and drink to wood carvings, handmade jewelry and information about the surrounding area.

The Ron Carnes Band, O'Brother and Thunder Road provided a soundtrack for the annual Estacada tradition, which went out with a bang during the fireworks show that evening.

Jennings appreciated that the event brought smiles to many faces.

"It keeps the families and kids happy," he said.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Sawing was one of several activities children could participate in during the 2018 Estacada Timber Festival.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Sherri Tallmon of Hidden Oaks LLama Ranch in Estacada brought this furry friend to the Timber Festival on Wednesday, July 4.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A competitor in the 2018 Estacada Timber Festival saws as quickly as he can.

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