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Stillwater's Lumberjack Days kicks off Wednesday

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Many native Minnesotans have roots that hearken back to the forest rather than a little house on the prairie. Forests are a big part of the Minnesota experience, and the town of Stillwater still pays homage to the industry that their city was built on up until the 1800s.


The annual Lumberjack Days Festival in Stillwater kicks off tomorrow at the Washington County Historic Courthouse with an amateur talent contest, ice cream social, petting zoo, and the first clue for the treasure hunt. It would be great to find the treasure on the first day if possible--the thousand dollar prize would be more than enough to fund the rest of the weekend!

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In addition to all of the festival-type activities such as a parade, BMX stunt shows, an inflatable playland, and baking contest, there will be an authentic 1860s-style baseball game on Saturday, and Sunday night will feature Thunder in the Valley, which is the largest choreographed firework display north of Chicago.

Live music is a large part of the festival as well. Featured acts this year include Hairball, Collective Soul, Gear Daddies, and Smashmouth.

Lumberjack Days 2011 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20 and activities continue through Sunday, July 24. A complete schedule of events can be found on their website.