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Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Festival
RUMFORD -- The first annual Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Festival gets underway Friday evening, with a fill slate of activities in the downtown area on Saturday.
Before that though, Envision Rumford! is still looking for a few good Paul Bunyans for their parade on Saturday. 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 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 theme is "Adult Tall Tales."
On Saturday, 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 5 p.m.
Additional events or activities that start at 11 a.m. include:
* An axe or hatchet throw competition from 11 a.m. to noon at Morency Park along River Street, depending on the turnout. Proper attire required.
* 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.
There will be musical entertainment until 3:30 p.m.
A skillet toss will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. That will be followed by a crosscut saw competition (proper attire required) from 12:30-1 p.m.; a two-person log race (proper attire required) from 1-2 p.m.; a log toss contest (proper attire required) from 2 to 3 p.m., and arm wrestling at Hotel Rumford from 3 to 4 p.m.
From 5 p.m. to midnight, outside Hotel Rumford, a Flannel & Jeans Lumberjack Street 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.
Ink Maine hosting chili cook-off
RUMFORD -- Ink Maine will be hosting a chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 72 Congress St. during the upcoming Lumberjack Festival.
Since the Lumberjack Festival was announced in March, Kris Howes, owner of Ink Maine on Congress Street, has been trying to figure out something he could do for the festival.
“Last year, we tried doing a spaghetti dinner-type thing, and it went okay. But this year, for the festival, we're going to get a bunch of people to have a chili-cooking competition.”
There will be a $5 cover charge to sample the chili, with all proceeds going towards Howes' Ink Maine Relay for Life group.
“The $5 cover charge will allow you to sample each type of chili and will give you access to a beverage. We only have 50 tickets to give out. When you get your ticket, there will be a ballot that comes with it so you can vote for your favorite chili," said Howes.
Whoever wins first place at the chili cook-off will receive a $75 prize, with second place receiving $50 and third place receiving $25.