28th Annual Logging Festival kicks off in Rangeley

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RANGELEY – Sunny skies and smiling faces marked the 28th Annual Logging Festival today, with a parade starting off the day’s festivities.

Consisting of the Old Crow Band, trucks from Rangeley and other surrounding communities’ fire departments and, of course, skidders, the parade begins a day of music, games and logging equipment displays at the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum site on Route 16. The museum, which sponsors the weekend events, will also be raffling off cash, prizes and gif certificates.

The Franklin County Old Crow Band, in their standard uniforms.

The annual beanhole bean dinner begins at 11:30 a.m., featuring a buried firepit and a massive pot of beans. Music will be provided by Simon St. Pierre as well as the Rangeley Ramblers. Famed woods crafting artist Rodney Richard, Sr., will carve a chain-saw bear and auction it off to the highest bidder.

At noon, people can participate in woodsmen’s competition. Artists will sell crafts such as wooden trucks, wooden household items, pottery, doll clothes, home cooking, Christmas crafts, knitting, books, and more throughout the day.

A 1963 Garrett Skidder, owned by Lewis Abbott, with Abbott’s family. He was inducted into the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum’s Loggers Hall of Fame on July 25.

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