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Community tradition held Thursday, July 4, and featured logging events, children's activities

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A competitor races to cut through a log during the Estacada Timber Festival on Thursday, July 4.

Estacada celebrated Independence Day by paying tribute to its heritage as a logging town.

During the annual Timber Festival on Thursday, July 4, competitive logging events drew participants from Estacada and surrounding cities.

Competitors in the annual festival participated in pole climbing, chainsaw show offs, ax throws, jack and jill competitions, log ponds roll offs, choker setting and horse pull demonstrations.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Participants in the Estacada Timber Festival's jack and jill competition are triumphant after winning the event.

For some participants, the activities are a family affair. Jerry Warren of Sandy and his son, Forest, both participated in choker setting.

Forest noted that his favorite part of the Timber Festival is "seeing my dad (participate) and doing choker together."

The family has been attending the festival for many years, and Jerry appreciates his memories of watching the competitions as a child.

Lisa Veelle of Molalla didn't compete in the logging events, but acted as one of the timers for the competition.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - A young attendee of the Estacada Timber Festival is eager to participate in the youth choker competition.

"My family is into logging," she said. "I love the whole thing, mainly the choker setting and single buck (competitions). The coolest thing is when my family wins."

Daniel Wood of Estacada participated in the hot saw, single buck, modified saw and pole climbing competitions.

Wood has attended the Timber Festival for many years and enjoys the event's sense of community.

"(The best part is) hanging out with everyone," he said.

The Timber Festival strives to engage attendees of all ages. A new element at this year's event was a choker setting competition for children and teenagers.

Children also enjoyed the Kid's Zone, where activities included sawing, a dunk tank, a bounce house, giant games like Jenga and Connect Four, and crafts.

Susan Buchanan of West Linn attended the festival for the first time with her grandchildren and appreciated the variety of activities that were available.

"It's wonderful. We're having a ball," she said. "We'll be back next year, I'm sure."

The Timber Festival was organized by Estacada Area Community Events.

A variety of groups assisted with the festival, including Timber Lake Job Corps, who put up 200 signs for the event.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - An attendee of the Estacada Timber Festival participates in the  choker competition.

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