Paul Bunyan Days has kept alive a small-town spirit and a way of honoring old-time traditions that feels, for lack of a better word, homey. This event makes it worth your while to join the crowds.
Stand in awe at the logging show, where “the best” will participate in the Axe Throw, Single Buck Handsaw, Hand Chopping, Pole Climb, Chain Saw Bucking, competing for $10,000 in prizes. Paul Bunyan, band and drill teams, and this year’s “Belle of the Redwoods” are among the highlights of the parade.
You can dance to live music at the Fireman’s Ball, the Blue Ox Beer Fest or the Big Brothers/Big Sisters BBQ. Then, for a slower pace, browse the Soroptimist craft fair or try your luck at horseshoes.
Although one of the smallest events, my favorite is the Ugly Dog Contest, which also includes categories for Dog & Master Look-alike, Smartest Dog, Best Frisbee Dog, Smallest Dog, Largest Dog and Prettiest Dog. I have never seen so many breeds, sizes, and variations of dogs in one place. I entered my dog, Gilmour, one year. Although he was a good sport about it, he wasn’t thrilled by the experience.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a genuine, hometown experiences. For a full schedule: www.paulbunyandays.com.