On the 80th anniversary of Lumberjack Days in Stillwater, Minn. the city is reviving the festival with a new name. Now known as the “Stillwater Log Jam,” organizers are bringing back old favorites. Saturday visitors saw log racing and chainsaw wood carving.
This Friday marks the 80th anniversary of the Stillwater Lumberjack Days Celebration. The festival ended a couple of years ago after a financial scandal involving the past promoter. This year, the city asked a group of locals to bring back the festival under the new name ‘Log Jam.’
Stillwater city officials are asking organizers of a new summer music festival to change the name, saying it could be construed as vulgar. City Administrator Larry Hansen emailed festival organizer Cassie McLemore on Thursday to request that the Stillwater Log Jam find another name, but McLemore called the request “ridiculous.” McLemore told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the festival’s name fits with the city’s history of a logging community. She also said her group tried to lease the name “Lumberjack Days” from the nonprofit Lumberjack Days Festival Association but couldn’t reach an agreement.
Stillwater’s popular summer festival, Lumberjack Days, is in jeopardy.