Rib eating, rubber chicken toss make festival unique

August 3, 2017

The highlight of the Lumber Jack Show is the log rolling demonstration.

The highlight of the Lumber Jack Show is the log rolling demonstration.

By Steve Landon

Beautiful bright sunny skies, temperatures near 90 degrees and a vastly improved village park with ample shade greeted visitors and vendors to the 17th Annual Farwell Lumberjack Festival July 29-30th in beautiful downtown Farwell.

Activities got underway way Friday night with the annual spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Surrey Township Fire Department while crafters, vendors and chain saw artists from as far away as Ohio and Indiana set up their booths in the village park and grounds adjacent to the historic Pere Marquette Rail Trail. By Saturday morning the park was alive and bustling with activity as some of the most talented craftsmen and artist in the region created, displayed and sold their unique creations to shoppers and collectors.

In the carving arena outside the Farwell Farmers Market chainsaw artists turned old logs into breathtaking works of art. A few steps east the popular lumberjack show once again entertained young and old with their antics and superb skills.

Throughout the weekend events like the ever popular and entertaining greased pig competition, a limbo contest, an all new rib eating contest, ladies rubber chicken throw, skillet toss, pie eating contest, chili cook off, horseshoe tournament, kids games, pony rides, prize drawings and more kept visitors active and entertained.

New to the festival this year was the Farwell Lumberjack Festival rib eating contest. Each contestant had four minutes to gobble down a full three-pound rack of Texas Roadhouse Spareribs. The first one to finish or whoever had eaten the most was the winner.

No one was able to eat the full rack requiring the judges to bring out the food scale to weigh each contestants uneaten portion of ribs. The winner and a runner-up went home filled and happy.

Overall the 2017 Farwell Lumberjack was another huge success thanks to all the volunteers and merchants who once again came together to make it happen.  In the weeks ahead officials will begin planning for 2018 when chainsaws will roar as families will enjoy a weekend of old fashion fun once again at the Farwell Lumberjack festival.

Farwell Area Chamber of Commerce 221 W. Main, P.O. Box 771 Farwell, MI  48622   PH (989) 588-0580 e-mail facc@farwellareachamber.com


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