Park Rapids Legends and Logging Days will celebrate the area’s logging and lumberjack heritage Saturday, Aug. 14. New for 2021 “The Backyard BBQ Challenge.”
The activity on the 4th block of Main Avenue in Downtown Park Rapids starts when gates open at 8 a.m. Activities include the return of the award-winning Timberworks Lumberjack Show. Four times throughout the day, lumberjacks will compete against each other in log rolling, pole climbing, cross-cut sawing, axe throwing and log chopping.
The Backyard BBQ Challenge is an open class backyard grilling challenge with contestants competing to win prize money in three different cooking classes: Ribs, Chicken and Sides. Heading up the Challenge is Grand Pit Master, Leonard Hawkins. Other family-friendly attractions include a Civil War encampment, kids’ candy cannon shots multiple times during the day, the Smokey Hills Archery Challenge for kids and adults, and tomahawk throwing. The Army National Guard will be on hand with wall climbing.
Throughout the day, a food court and beer garden will be available. The Logging Camp comes downtown to serve up a huge loggers’ breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Pike’s sweet corn, Lamb Weston RDO fries and Main Street Meats pulled pork sandwiches will be served starting at 11 a.m. Vendors will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artist 2 Towns Down will bring live music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 5 to 8 p.m. Eli Mosley, award-winning writer, singer and Nashville performer, will provide music. ImagiNick also will entertain from 5 to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Aug. 15, there will be a free concert featuring artist Levi Pelzer from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on the beach at Sleeping Fawn Resort. Proceeds will benefit Northwoods Wildlife Rescue Inc.