Pure Americana Lumberjacks’ Picnic

This weekend we had the good fortune to attend the 66th Annual Lumberjack Fiesta.    It was pure Americana like a Norman Rockwell painting.  The Fiesta takes place at Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud, California.  I posted a few iphone photos when we were at the event.  Those pictures didn’t really tell the whole story.  Let me show you around.

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Great form at the axe throw.

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Hoo Hoo Park in McCloud.

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The Lil Lumberjack competition. This boy lets one fly!

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Nice throw young man!

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Mt Shasta provides the perfect backdrop.  The softball tournament went all weekend.

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There was even a horseshoe tournament.

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We were signing books for Red Tail Publishing.

This was the Red Tail Publishing gang on Saturday.  Mary Livingston, The Backdoor ArtistTim Livingston (me) and Ivy Smith, were there signing books.  Phil all around good guy helps us out a bunch!

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Mary visits with a guest who admires a cuddly turkey vulture toy.

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Venders were there with food, art, clothes and all kinds of interesting stuff.

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What picnic would be complete without a watermelon eating contest! The big boys had to sit on their hands.

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The aftermath!
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Blitz and Teka came too. There were lots of dogs in attendance.

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Blitz gets a “little” love.

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The ladies axe throw. The timber sports events were for anyone who wanted to participate.

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Spectators enjoy the men’s double buck competition.

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What better souvenir then a chainsaw carved bear!

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The men’s double buck competition. These guys are cutting like “a house afire!”

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TIME!

A special thank you to Linda Martin Andersen for having me as her guest blogger last week on A Writer’s Playground.  Go check out her awesome site!

Timber Sports–Lumberjack Skills in Axe’tion

Thank you Linda Martin Andersen for the opportunity to be a guest on your blog!

A Writer's Playground

“Timber Sports–Lumberjack Skills in Axe’tion” by Tim Livingston and posted by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

July 25-27 is The Lumberjack World Championships.  To celebrate, Tim Livingston, a forester from California, is here to talk about timber sports.  I met Tim through his blog, the forester artist.  His combined interests intrigued me.  He is also a writer and photographer.  His wife, Mary, shares many similar interests. Together, they own a niche publishing company called Red Tail Publishing.   What a talented couple! 

To learn more about  the Livingstons check here: 

http://thebackdoorartist.com/

https://theforesterartist.com/about/

http://redtail.com/

Readers, please welcome Tim Livingston.  In an earlier blog post, we gave Melissa Barr, our guest zookeeper, our best animal cry.  What if we give Tim our best forest cry:  TIM–BER.  I just realized we’ll be calling Tim’s name when we do that.  Must be meant to be.

Oops, did anyone besides me hear a tree…

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Lumberjack Yard Art

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A really big yard ornament.

So many of the loggers I know have big personalities. It only makes sense that they might have a little something that makes a big statement, or in this case a BIG something that makes a BIG statement.  Why not have a vintage skid cat complete with logs and a chainsaw carved equipment operator of redwood.