This weekend people will descend on scenic Stillwater, the historic birthplace of Minnesota that's tucked between bluffs along the beautiful (and relatively clean) St. Croix River. While the town has plenty of up-to-date amenities, including a recently added pirate-themed bar and a downtown Dairy Queen, it maintains the feel of a faraway hamlet, making a trip to the Lumberjack Days festival seem like more of a vacation than it actually is. Bona fide lumberjacking exhibitions, of course, pay homage to the industry this riverside town was built upon. And even for non-Paul Bunyan fans, it's hard not be transfixed by burly men hacking their way to the top of a makeshift tree. For the less outdoorsy among us, another hallmark of the festival is the big-name has-beens it boasts for musical entertainment. This year's headliner, Chicago, promises some easy listening and a healthy presence of nostalgic, drunk dads. After dark is when the beer really starts to flow from the several bars that line the river, and (bonus!) stands with fair-style fare will abound. Also playing throughout the four-day blitz are Belfast Cowboys, the Suburbs, Twilight Hours, and the Johnny Holm Band. For more info, visit www.lumberjackdays.com.
Thu., July 22, 12-10 p.m.; Fri., July 23, 9-midnight; Sat., July 24, 7:30-midnight; Sun., July 25, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., 2010
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