RANGELEY — The Maine Forestry Museum was stompin’ and rompin’ on July 29 at the 32nd annual Little Miss and Little Mr. Wood Chip Contest.

The reigning Miss and Mr. Wood Chip, Cecelia Sullivan and Jackson Medoff, were present to hand over their crowns and titles to the new Little Miss and Mr. Wood Chip, Nora Close and Yona Dickstein, both age 8.

Participating in the contest were 7-year-old Lyla Crump, who recited a poem by Christina Rosetti called “The Caterpillar;” and Alizabeth Clark, 6, who sang “Little Bunny Foo Foo.”

Winners Close and Dickstein sang “You Are My Sunshine” and “It’s Such a Good Feeling” by Fred Rogers, respectively.

Prizes and flowers were awarded to all contestants.

The foot stomping and clapping got started with performances by two clogging groups, InClogNeato from Farmington and Triple C Dance Team from Skowhegan. The cloggers were invited to perform their fancy footwork in order to bring back the clogging tradition as part of the event started by Rodney Richard, founder of the original Logging Museum.

Richard also used to arrange for bluegrass music as entertainment, and the Pulled Together Band returned to perform, while the audience clapped along and joined in with singing.

The following day during the Logging Parade, a variety of floats showcased the band, the clogging groups, and both past and current winners of the Wood Chip Contest.


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