Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days

Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days

Third weekend in September
This international lumberjack event attracts loggers from throughout the world to little Orofino, Idaho (population 3,000). Goldminers came to Orofino to establish the state's first settlements in the 1860s, and more settlers came at the turn of the century to stake out timber claims. Lumbering is now a major part of Orofino's economy. Lumberjack Days began in the early 1940s as a local contest and kept growing.
The events begin on Thursday, a children's parade is held on Friday, and the lumberjack events come on the weekend. The logging competitions include log birling, ax throwing, chopping, chain-saw events, a speed pole climb (130 feet), jack-and-jill sawing, and a skidding, or weight-pulling, contest. The cash prizes total more than $30,000 and attendance is about 6,000.
CONTACTS:
Orofino Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 2346
Orofino, ID 83544
208-476-4335
www.orofino.com