Maine Forestry Museum Logging Festival Days is scheduled for July 12 and 13 at the museum’s fairgrounds at 221 Stratton Road in Dallas Plantation. During a previous festival, contestants participate in the women’s standing block chop event during the logging competition. Submitted file photo

The Maine Forestry Museum is set to hold its 43rd annual Logging Festival Days on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13.

The festival is located at the museum fairgrounds at 221 Stratton Road in Dallas Plantation.

The museum hosts multiple events in mid-July to celebrate its region’s timber heritage. This two-day event features Arts & Crafts Vendor Days, working forest tour, logging parade, and Logging Festival, according to a news release from Kevin Cyr with the museum.

Arts and Crafts Vendor Days is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Maine Forestry Museum is located at the museum fairgrounds at 221 Stratton Road in Dallas Plantation. Submitted photo

On Friday, experience a Working Forest Tour (registration required, 8 a.m. departure) or swing by and listen to the Pull Together Band starting around 1 p.m. Explore fun and vendors booths will be onsite. Burying of the beans will begin around 3:30 p.m. for the bean hole dinner that will be served on Saturday, cookout, beer garden, and more. Admission is free to the public on Friday.

On Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. the  Logging Parade along Rangeley’s Main Street will feature Smokey Bear, loaded big rig logging trucks, floats, antique cars and more.


This year’s parade theme is “Forest Fire Prevention.” The Maine Forest Service plans to participate in the parade featuring a one-of-a-kind Smokey Bear Balloon Float. Plus, it is Smokey’s 80th birthday. Winners for Best Loaded Truck, Most Appropriate to Logging (logging industry equipment), and Best Fitting Parade Theme for floats and other entries will be chosen.
If you’re interested in participating call the parade coordinator Linda Sikes at 207-491-6566.

At the conclusion of the morning Logging Parade, the Logging Festival kicks off at the museum fairgrounds with opening ceremonies followed by Hall of Fame inductions, bean hole dinner, biscuits baked on reflector ovens, and the logging competition.

There will be children’s activities all day including the barrel train ride, mini excavator, face painting, bouncy house, a beer garden and more.

Admission to the fairgrounds will cost $8 for adults, $5 for children 6-17, and free for those 5 and younger.

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


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