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Come find your inner lumberjack

May 30, 2014

By Samantha Pidde, Clinton Herald, Iowa

May 30--CLINTON -- For anyone who has ever wanted to be a lumberjack, or maybe just watches them on television, the Sawmill Museum's fourth annual Lumberjack Festival will offer a variety of activities Saturday, June 7.

Located at Main Avenue and Grant Street, the festival will cater to the whole family. Sawmill Museum Director Matt Parbs is proud to announce this year's festival will feature children-oriented activities like never before.

"We really do want a lot of families to come," Parbs said.

In previous years, area volunteers have worked to provide activities in the free "kid's zone." However, because of some uniques circumstances that have previously prevented the execution of some of theses activities, the museum went ahead this year and purchased inflatables and hired other children's games and rides.

The children's area will feature carnival games, pony rides and a trackless train children can ride. Area Boy Scouts will run a sling-shot range.

Education Coordinator Brenda Linville said children need more interaction.

"It's important that we have activities that are kid friendly," Linville said.

While Parbs and Linville are excited about the children's activities, they agree the key element of the festival is the professional lumberjack competition and logrolling demonstrations from 1 to 6 p.m. Parbs said the lumberjacks appearing at the festival are "all the guys and gals you see on ESPN."

"You don't realize how strong they are, how big they are, until you see them up on their spring board, chopping," Parbs said.

Another event that Parbs felt should be highlighted is the lumberjack camp, running from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants have a chance to get up on a log and try their hands at logrolling. He warned people to bring their swimsuits or a change of clothing, as they will probably only stay up for a few seconds.

"It's probably your only chance in your life to try logrolling," Parbs said.

The Lumberjack Festival is the museum's largest fundraiser each year. Once again, Parbs and Linville are hoping to break the 2,000 mark in attendance. Typically, the event sees 1,500.

Admission is $5 in advance and $6 at the gate. Any children age 4 or younger get in for free.

For more information on the event, visit or call 242-0343.

Samantha Pidde can be contacted at


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