The Maine Forestry Museum is holding its 41st annual Logging Festival Days on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16. r The bean hole dinner will be served on Saturday. Submitted photo

The Maine Forestry Museum plans to hold its 41st annual Logging Festival Days on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, at its fairgrounds at 221 Stratton Road in Dallas Plantation.

On Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the festival will feature artists, crafters and vendors, live music, cookout, and a beer garden. Those who attend can witness the burying of the beans around 3 p.m. for the bean hole dinner to be served on Saturday of the festival and tour the museum. Friday’s admission to the festival is free, according to a news release from the museum.

Saturday events start at 10 a.m. with the Logging Parade down Main Street in Rangeley. This year’s parade theme is Artistry from The Forest. The parade will include loaded big rigs, floats, bands, antique cars and more. Smokey the Bear also will participate. Prizes will be awarded for Best Loaded Truck, Most Appropriate to Logging (logging industry equipment), Best Fitting Parade Theme for floats and other entries.

To register as a parade participant, call parade coordinator Linda Sikes at 207-491-6566.

After the parade, visit the the fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for more artists, crafters and vendors, live music, the famous bean hole dinner, beer garden featuring Baxter Brewing, wood carving demonstratons, barrel train rides for the kids, castle bounce house, mini excavator, face painting, and many other children’s activities — all children’s activities are free.

The Lumberjack and Lumberjill competition will be held with up to $3,000 worth of prizes to be awarded this year. Other competitions include the Watch the Axe Throw, Crosscut, Underhand Chop, Bow Saw, Hot Saw and Vertical Chop. This is a do-not-miss for a Rangeley vacation weekend. Admission is free Saturday for members.

For more information, call 207-864-3939 or visit


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