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Logging Days history

Logging Days hosts a large variety of horses used to pull the wagons around the festival but even they need a rest. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Logging Days was first organized in 1983 by Earle and Leonard Dickingson and Ben Rajala “to honor and preserve the heritage of lumberjacks and early logging in Minnesota.” The Dickinson family, with help from many volunteers, continues to follow the late Earle Dickinson’s legacy to

keep the midwinter celebration alive.

1984 – The first Logging Days was held in the Buena Vista Chalet.

1985 – The Lumberjack Hall of Fame was built for events in the Buena Vista Village. It is now a museum of logging tools, photos, artifacts and is used for Logging Days, Snowjourn X-C Race, running races, Boy Scout camps, trail and covered wagon rides.

1990 – The Lumberjack Hall of Fame nonprofit corporation was formed.

1995-1996 – A smaller Blacksmith Shop was built next to the Hall of Fame for blacksmithing and harness repair demonstrations.

2003-2004 – A Northwest Minnesota Foundation grant and Valspar Paint allowed painting and staining of sleighs and buildings in the Village.

2004 – Celebration of the 20th annual Logging Days and building of the Livery Barn.

2005 – The 22nd annual Logging Days had the largest attendance with about 1,500 visitors.