Organizers of the Loggers Jubilee in Morton aren’t sure if the event started in 1937 or 1938. There apparently isn’t an official record.
But to the best of recollections, the festival of the forests will be marking its 70th year with a four-day run Aug. 9-12 that will include competitive exhibits of logging prowess, parades and an assortment of other entertainment.
Called by some “the graaddaddy of all logging shows,” the jubilee is a celebration of Morton’s past and present connections with the logging industry. The only years the shindig skipped were during World War II. In 1946, the celebration was revived as Timber Wolves Daze. It was renamed Loggers Jubilee the next year.
This year’s festivities will open with the queen’s coronation the first night, followed by the annual “National Championship Lawnmower Races” the second day.
Saturday is the busiest day, packed with a 10K run, bed races, the grand parade, an all-ages street dance, and the start of the two-day logging show, which organizers say will include some of the nation’s top professional logging competitors sawing and chopping logs and scampering up poles, all as fast as they can. Events that have paid admission are the lawnmower races ($8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 6 to 12 years old), the logging shows ($7 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids 6 to 12), and the loggers breakfast ($4 for adults, $2 for 12-and-unders).