In Estacada, the buzz of chainsaws is one indication that Independence Day has arrived.
The town's annual Timber Festival is scheduled for Thursday, July 4, at Timber Park, 30878 N.W. Evergreen Way. Admission is $5 per person for those ages 5 and older, and parking is $10 per vehicle.
A longtime Estacada event, the festival disappeared in the 1980s but was eventually resurrected as the Estacada Timber Show in the early 2000s. It was discontinued again for a spell, but the Estacada Area Community Events brought back the festival in 2012.
The festival features a variety of competitive activities that showcase the town's logging roots, including pole climbing, chainsaw show offs, ax throws, jack and jill competitions, log ponds roll offs and horse pull demonstrations.
The events are open to anyone who wishes to participate, and they draw in both experienced competitors and those who wish to get their feet wet. Participants should fill out the registration form available online or at Dick's Logging, 751 N.W. Industrial Way.
Estacada Area Community Events President Steve Stone noted that festival attendees of all ages enjoy watching the competitive events.
"(The best part) is the look on the kids' faces as they watch the events," he said.
The day also features vendors selling everything from food to art, children's activities and live music. Bands at the festival will include the Clear Creek Renegades, The Ron Carnes Band and Reckless Company. The night will go out with a bang during the annual fireworks show.
For a full schedule of activities, visit www.estacadatimberfestival.com.
"You'll be in for the thrill of a good time and see some of the best fireworks in the state of Oregon," said Stone.
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