Have you ever thought of what makes each season or each town unique?
Autumn is a great season of change. School starts up again, the blistering heat of summer fades, cheers from the football game can be heard, the leaves change color and above all it’s a great time reconnecting with friends and family at unique small town events.
Here in our hometown of Orofino, Idaho one of the main festivities in September is Lumberjack Days. Long before wearing flannels the trendy thing to do, the lumberjacks were rocking them here.
Lumberjack Days started in 1947 as a way to improve the county fair. I’m sure there’s way more history than that but 59 years later it’s still going strong. The carnival comes to town, the parades begin on Friday, there is activities all throughout Saturday and Sunday including all the 4-H kids bringing their animals to the barn, like any county fair. It seems to be a “family reunion” for the whole town, catching up with old friends and family.
On Saturday night is when they have horse pull competition where a team of 2 draft horses, will tow a sled of weighs up to 6,000 pounds. It’s impressive!
On Sunday the log show starts and it includes several different activities. Between when the professionals do their competition there is time for the youth to practice new log cuttings skills, working as teams, even the OCI royalty of Orofino got to practice team sawing in their crowns and white pants.
One of the best parts of the log show is watching the men climb up about 50 ft to the top of the poles. It is probably the most extreme event in the show. The guys warm up as if prepping for a race, they have their climbing gear on then when it’s time to start they literally run up the pole, secure themselves in at the top and saw a piece the log off. What impressed me most is how when one guy finished he just stayed up there and cheered on his opponent, “You can do it man! You’ve got this!”
I think that’s a great picture of the heart of these small town events.
This year was the first year I’ve been back for this great weekend in awhile, so I saw everything from a fresh perspective. It’s amazing the kinds of experiences are available right here in our own backyard.
What is just around the corner where you live? Get out and explore!
And if you ever find yourself in Idaho in September looking for a unique experience, don’t miss out on the Lumberjack Days!
Need some natural hot springs to relax this summer? Here are the best natural hot springs in Idaho. No entrance fees- just wilderness.
Weir Creek Hot Springs- 73 miles east of Kamiah along Highway 12. These toasty pools are set above a small creek and surrounded by trees. The hot springs are just a half mile walk along a path above the western bank of the creek. Park in the pull-off just east of milepost 142.
More great Idahoan hot springs…
Council Mountain Hot Springs- 36 miles southwest of McCall
Trail Creek Hot Springs- 19 miles northeast of Cascade
Skinnydipper Hot Springs- 4 miles east of Banks
Don’t forget to take your Rolla Roaster for your après soaking campfire cookout!
Check out www.RollaRoaster.com for more tips to get you out into the great outdoors with your Rolla Roaster- America’s favorite camping fork.
The idea of the Rolla Roaster was conceived and made real in the Clearwater River valley of northern Idaho. The Rolla Roaster, the original marshmallow toasting fork that rotates, are still produced and distributed by a small business in its hometown of Orofino. The region draws tourists from around the world for its fishing and hunting opportunities as well as the 77 miles of curves that is Highway 12. Enjoy these photos from a drive along the National Wild and Scenic River corridor and into the woods- the natural habitat of the Rolla Roaster.
Visit www.RollaRoaster.com to purchase your rotating barbeque forks. Order now and be ready for the holiday gift-giving season!