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Estacada's popular logging-themed event won't happen for third year in a row

PAMPLIN MEDIA FILE PHOTO - A competitor takes part in the single buck competition at a past Estacada Timber Festival.

Estacada's popular Fourth of July Timber Festival has been canceled for the third year in a row.

"It's not happening this year," said Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine.

"It will come back," he vows.

The fireworks that usually go along with the Timber Festival are also canceled for 2022.

The Fourth of July parade that winds through town will go on as usual this year, the Downtown Estacada Commission has said.

Held at Timber Park, the Timber Festival celebrates Estacada's history as a logging town.

It draws families and loggers from all over the area for a day of fun.

It typically features vendors, live music, fireworks and competitive logging events like pole climbing, chainsaw show offs, ax throws, jack and jill competitions, log pond roll offs, choker setting and horse pull demonstrations.

The well-attended festival was canceled two years ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then last year the wildfires and continued concern about the virus canceled it again.

This year Drinkwine said there wasn't enough time to get the event organized and off the ground.

"It takes a good year to get the celebration back on its feet," he said.

He also explained that the economy is a little weak and the loggers are having a tough time and things just didn't come together for the Timber Fest.

"We hope to be back next year bigger and better. It's coming back. It's not going away," the Mayor said.

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