The 19th Annual Logging Jamboree was a huge success, thanks mostly to the extensive planning, preparation, and hard work of the “staff”. Among things contributing to the success were: Great weather, getting lots of publicity out to the public thanks to the media, most astounding of which was the visit by Fox40 the morning before the event. However gaudy that was, we also owe a big thanks to the local papers, local on-line news, our Facebook page, and more. The support of Sierra Pacific Industries and the incredible amount of planning and preparation by SPI’s employee and our favorite son, Steve Kafka. I say favorite son because his mother, Ginny, was the overall chairman and worked so hard and so many hours that in a sense the Jamboree was at least-in-part a family affair. The Moose served great food, the wineries gave us wonderful wines, the Snowshoe beer was particularly good, the folks visiting the museum were so interested and courteous. USFS was more active than they’ve ever been, much more than just Smokey. Local businesses that donated prizes for the raffle were very generous and we appreciate their willingness to help out.
The photographs that follow were taken by Angela Baldwin who had friends and relatives competing in the events. Interesting side note, her husband Russell is the grandson of Al Copeland the owner of the 1945 logging truck that we were given by the family. Al’s design and building of the self-loading log trailer is well documented elsewhere on this site.
We certainly appreciate Angela sharing her photos with us, but Angela was most interested in her family and friends, so we’d love to have more photos showing more of who was there and what was happening.
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I think I got it!
Bullseye, but no beer, darn!
George Harrison throwing the axe
It’s on its way, is it any good? Feels good.
No beer, but oh, so close. George has had a lot of practice at this.
Eden bucking a log from the Rim Fire, furnished by Sierra Pacific Industries, see the stains. These are private property logs, probably SPI’s. As of this Labor Day, still no logs harvested from Forest Service land and probably will never be. What a shame.
Eden using a one man misery whip to buck a log with George Harrison lubing and dissolving pitch.
Renee and Eden in Jack and Jill bucking
Renee bucking with the one person misery whip
Russell Baldwin whose grandfather, Al Copeland, owned this truck.
We modified the 5th Wheel setup and put a conventionl log trailer on it, but Mr. Copeland used a self-loading trailer that he designed and built. See the story at:
Mr. Peyton Armstrong with the welcoming bear, photo by his mother.
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We didn’t have a current out-on-a-limb photo of a contestant, so here is Brandon Archer