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Looking for Paul Bunyans
On Friday, Envision Rumford! and others worked to get the May 4 zip line project started. Because the two 600-foot-long zip lines from near the Rite Aid street-side parking area to the town snow dump involves crossing the Androscoggin River, they first need to get a line over the river. Here, Gary Warren attempts to shoot an arrow with a fish line onto the rocks by the river. This step would eventually lead to a half-inch thick cable that will carry riders over the river. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Envision Rumford! is looking for a few good Paul Bunyans for their parade on May 4.
The Paul Bunyan Look-Alike Contest is one of the features for the first annual Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Festival. Chairman Tammi Lyons said they would like those interested in the contest to sign up ahead of time so they can be placed "strategically" throughout the parade.
Those interested should contact Lyons at 364-3355, ext. 221. People who would like to enter a Paul Bunyan-theme float can call this number for a registration form as well. Volunteers are also being sought to help with the festival.
The parade, which will feature skidders, pulp trucks, antique tractors and other machinery, will start at the old Puiia site at 10 a.m.
The route will pass in front of the information booth, take a left over Rumford Avenue, continue past the town library and take a right across Memorial Bridge. It will travel down Congress Street and onto Exchange Street, ending up behind the Elks Lodge.
At 11 a.m., the Paul Bunyan Look-Alike Contest winner will be announced at the end of the parade. There will be a prize, to be determined.
The event will start with the Lumberjack Kaleidoscope from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 3 at Scot and Cindy Grassette's 49 Franklin.
Kaleidoscope is a monthly event that brings together performance, visual and other artists for an experience in co-created art, music and play. The May 3 theme is "Adult Tall Tales."
On May 4, the American Legion will host a Lumberjack Breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
The downtown event includes two 600-foot-long zip lines planned to be strung from near the Rite Aid street-side parking area to the town snow dump. It will carry riders over the Androscoggin River. That will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Additional events or activities that start at 11 a.m. include:
* An axe or hatchet throw competition until noon or 12:30 p.m. at Morency Park along River Street, depending on the turnout.
* Paul Bunyan movies for children at Bartash's, at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
* Wagon rides until 2 p.m.
* A coloring/drawing contest until 2 p.m.
* A chain saw carving expo until 3 p.m.
Entries for the Apple Dessert Contest will be accepted until 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are being sought for judging. The winner will be announced at 1 p.m.
At 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., a Tall Tales event will be held for children in various age groups.
Musician Bill Scott will perform fiddle and banjo music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A skillet toss will be held from noon to 1 p.m. That will be followed by a crosscut saw competition from 1 to 2 p.m.; a log toss contest from 2 to 3 p.m., and arm wrestling at Hotel Rumford from 3 to 4 p.m.
Starting at 5 p.m. outside Hotel Rumford, a Flannel & Jeans Lumberjack Ball will be held with live bands performing.
Envision Rumford! is an economic development group trying to grow business on Rumford's island by getting people into the downtown.