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Buena Vista Logging Days: Annual event to continue in February

The 28th annual Buena Vista Logging Days will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26.

The inspiration for the first Loggings Days in 1983 was the rescue of a set of rusting sleigh irons from a deserted logging camp near Waskish.

The late Earle Dickinson, his father, Leonard Dickinson, and some friends used the irons to build a replica of the logging sleighs used in the days when manpower, horsepower and ox power brought the timber out of the woods and to the lumber mills. They sawed the lumber for the sleigh at the Dickinson Lumber Mill at Buena Vista.

Dickinson and his friends decided to host a celebration of the lumberjacks of a bygone era. The first Logging Days featured exhibits, loggers' stew and the Tall Timberjacks Ceremony to establish the Lumberjack Hall of Fame.

This year, the continuation of Logging Days was in question, but the Buena Vista Logging History Museum Board decided to go ahead with the late February date and move some of the activities to the Buena Vista Ski Area Chalet.

There will also be a new entrance and parking for Logging Days through a road near the ranch driveway.

Traditional events including sleigh rides with the Go and Whoa Harness Club, the noon parade of teams around the village, log loading demonstrations, pancake feed, music and loggers stew at the Continental Café.

"The teamsters are all gung-ho," said Susan Thomas, Earle Dickinson's daughter. "We're going to restructure the event going back Dad's original Logging Days to honor loggers."

The event will feature the traditional Tall Timberjacks Ceremony recalling loggers and their lives.

Liz Letson, Earle Dickinson's daughter, said the idea is to go back to basics.

"We're sort of reinventing Logging Days," she said.

"It will be as much fun as ever," Thomas said.

Wendell Knutson of the Go and Whoa Harness Club said the teamsters look forward to showing off their horses, giving rides around the area and demonstrating how logging was accomplished a few generations ago.