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Thank you Mason County Forest Festival 2017 BOARD & VOLUNTEERS President – Amy Cooper Vice President - Mick Sprouffske Secretary - Cheryl Earsley Treasurer - Judy Bidwell Jenna & Rob Allred, Sheryal Balding, Kristine Bowman, Central Mason Fire & EMS, City of Shelton Public Works and Parks Depts., Amy & Forrest Cooper, Lorraine Coots, Sarah DeHart, Nick Earsley, Darren Eiesle, Jodene & Rodgar Garrick, Shelbie Garrick, Jenny Goos, Teddi Green, Rachel Hansen, Susan Johnson, Mike McIrvin, Norma King, Patty Kuhnau, Carrie Lemmon, Steve Martinell, Joel Myer, Kay Pearson, Robin Redman, Tim Rhoades, Pam Schlauderoff, Shelton DECA, Tara Smith, Helen Thomson, Linda Trail, Bill & Lorena Valley, Mike Willig, Lisa Woodard, and the Royalty Court Families for designing, decorating and driving our 2017 Mason County Forest Festival Float to parades throughout the summer! Cover Image: 2016 Parade | © Cooper Studios

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Amy Cooper MCFFA president

On behalf of the Board, Committee Members and Volunteers, welcome to the 73rd Annual Forest Festival! This is truly one of my favorite times of year in Shelton and Mason County. My husband Forrest and I have chosen to raise our family and run our business in Shelton, we simply love it here and love being involved in this community. Every year, when Forest Festival rolls around, there is excitement in the air, downtown gets prepped for this grand event, old photos and stories are shared, this Festival is so loved. To see our community and those visiting fill our city to experience this great event is exciting and so heartwarming. It’s a tradition for many, both for locals and out-of-towners alike. This year’s theme is Forests of the Future, a nod to new technology and advancements in the industry, as well as a focus on sustainability and growth. The winning button artwork was created by Emily Simmons, a 7th grader at Olympic Middle School. Be sure to purchase your commemorative button from any of our participating merchants, as well as during the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade. One of the longest running festivals in Washington, Mason County Forest Festival is sure to entertain; there really is something for everyone.

Don’t miss the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade on Saturday June 3rd. A classic, home-town parade. Complete with floats, marching bands, dance teams, classic cars, local businesses, police and fire departments, as well as the 2017 Forest Festival Royalty Court, and, of course, giant Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox will tower over the parade route as they make their way through town. The cutest parade pre-show, the Family & Pet Parade is an adorable warm up to the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade, so come early! Right after the parade, head over to Loop Field for the Logging Show. Once again we are excited to host the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Western Professional Qualifier. So exciting to watch, whether you are familiar with the sport or not, it’s a crowd pleaser! There are plenty of other Forest Festival events that are not to be missed; the Goldsbrough Creek Walk/ Run/Jog, Carnival, Vendors, Car Show, Duck Race, Pancake Breakfast and Fireworks. Check out our website for a complete schedule of events. It’s an honor to serve as Forest Festival President this year. We have great Board and a fabulous team of volunteers. Without our volunteers, the people that dedicate their time, this event could not happen year after year. We always need more help, so, if Forest Festival is near and dear to your heart, come to a meeting to see what you can do! Once again, thank you for making time for the Mason County Forest Festival experience. We trust you will not be disappointed!

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Welcome to the 2017 Mason County Forest Festival! GREAT MEMORIES THEN AND NOW

Mick Sprouffske | MCFFA Vice President

Wow how the time has gone by, this will be the thirteenth Forest Festival in a row that I have been involved in. It will be the fourteenth counting the year that I was Paul Bunyan in 1984. I have many great memories of attending the annual Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Grand Parade and festivities. In 1984 we celebrated the 40th Mason County Forest Festival. At that time the Mason County Forest Festival Association was made up of just a few people. Darrell Andrews and Bill Valley were running the show, Darrell was President and Bill the Vice President. Our court spent a lot of time with Bill and his wife Barb along with Darrell going to functions and parades around western Washington. Barb was the Royalty Chaperon and the kindest person – what a stellar lady! Bill was also the parade float designer and dec-

orator. He was well known on the parade circuit for his award winning float designs. Being selected for the Forest Festival court was a great experience. It took us out of our comfort zones. We attended and spoke at civic meetings around town in addition to being center stage in eight parades. The Festival was a member of the Keep Washington Green Association so the court attended their annual spring banquet at the Tyee in Tumwater where our Forest Festival Queen, Katrina Eichinger was

crowned Miss Keep Washington Green. The speaker was a retiree from the US Forest Service there to speak about 40 Years of Smokey Bear and the success of that program. Twenty years later in the fall of 2004 I attended my first Forest Festival meeting and the following spring helped organize the 60th Mason County Forest Festival. I found that experience to be extremely rewarding.

It was great to be involved in the community where I spent part of my life growing up, it was great to see all of the smiles on the faces of the young and the old. Knowing that we were continuing the tradition of Forest Festival and making memories for everyone along the way. Thirteen years later that is why I am still involved.



Judy Bidwell | MCFFA Treasurer

Cheryl Earsley | MCFFA Secretary

Have you ever noticed that everyone smiles when they talk about Festival memories? The MC Forest Festival is one of the longest running festivals in WA and each year brings new memories, the kind you smile about. When I moved here in the ‘90s, one of the delightful surprises was the Mason County Forest Festival and the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade. How excited I was to live in a small town where they still have parades! This event really unites the community – if you’re not in the parade, you’re watching it!

I have lived in Shelton most of my life and have so many great memories watching the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade as a child, then with my husband and daughters.

From the parade and logging show to the fireworks and the car show – Forest Festival is filled with free family fun that is sure to generate a smile when you relate your event memories! I hope you and your family enjoy making your own wonderful memories during the 73rd annual Forest Festival.

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We have been involved with the logging show over the years but never officially part of the Forest Festival Committee. Last year my daughter Eryn was Princess of Hemlock on the Forest Festival royalty court. Little did we know that having a child on the court would bring added duties for the parents. Since there isn’t a Forest Festival float committee, the parents and court are tasked with designing, decorating, maintaining, hauling and driving the float.

We spent many hours working on the float, which was exhausting but very rewarding, especially when you are walking with the float in the parade and the judge hands you an award. After all the hard work, I wondered why Mason County residents don’t get more involved with community events. Then I realized I AM a resident and need to do my part which is why I joined the Forest Festival committee. Get involved, it makes a difference!


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A parade, a pageant, and Paul Bunyan. Mason County residents in 1945 had their own unique ideas of fire prevention. To help combat the destructive wildfires — while also promoting the importance of forests — Mason County hosted a forest festival in the spring of 1945. The festival featured a parade through downtown Shelton, a beauty pageant, a Paul Bunyan impersonator, and various other events and activities. The idea proved even more successful than imagined as today’s event still prominently features a parade, pageant, and Paul Bunyan. The history of Shelton is closely tied with logging operations in the area. In 1853, Michael T. Simmons built the first sawmill in Mason County on Mill Creek just south of Shelton. Around this same time, David Shelton staked a claim on a nearby inlet off Puget Sound. Sol G. Simpson came to the area and founded the Simpson Logging Company in the 1890s. The Simpson Company would eventually grow and expand throughout the country.

The area was also notable for being the home of the Shelton Cooperative Sustained-Yield Unit, which became active in 1946 and ended in 2002. The first Mason County Forest Festival in 1945 honored the area’s logging history by showcasing the value of timber, while demonstrating the importance of safeguarding the forests against destructive fires. Fire prevention was a prominent theme, as the Mason County Forest Festival Association was at this time operated as an auxiliary of the local chapter of the Keep Washington Green Committee. People from the northwestern Washington region flocked to Shelton to see, in the words of an ad for the 12th annual Forest Festival, “the dramatic Forest Pageant, the thrilling

parade and the exciting contests in which loggers demonstrate their skills at falling, bucking, tree topping and truck driving.” The ninth annual Forest Festival in 1953 was one for the ages. The monumental event celebrated the 100th anniversary of logging operations in Mason County, and a large sign carved into a piece of Douglas fir was permanently dedicated in it’s location overlooking Shelton’s Oakland Bay.

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SHAYNE LARSON FRANKEL “Douglas Larson, DVM with Scott and Shayne, waiting for the start of the Junior Forest Festival Parade, in which they rode, with Dad (Doug) walking alongside – possibly in case picking up the pieces of me was necessary since I was riding side saddle (not my usual riding style). A few years later, Doug and Jim Kimball armed themselves with shovels and a wheelbarrow, and followed the 4-H horseback riders along the parade route, 2017asForest Festival Program the ‘Super Duper Pooper Scoopers’!”

On the festival’s final day 30,000 people — about six times the regular population of the town — crowded into Shelton to watch the Paul Bunyan Parade through downtown. The 1953 event was an early high point for the festival, but there have been many other great moments throughout the years.


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Meet the 2017 Forest Festival Court

Queen of the Forest

My name is Rosa Castro. I am currently a senior at Shelton High School and I’m so thrilled and excited to be the new Queen of the Forest! This year’s court has many goals and we are striving to achieve them all with our community’s help. As the new Queen, here are some things that you should know about me: I’m very involved in the community, I take great pride in my work and am also extremely family oriented. Growing up, my family has played a huge role in supporting me, and the goals I’ve set for myself. As I began high school, I was scared I wouldn’t fit in, but then I joined Key Club. Key Club is a service club that is very active in our school and community.

As the current President, I’m very proud of how much the membership and participation has increased. My new role as Queen of the Forest not only motivates me to continue helping others, but encourages me to keep striving to show how dedicated and hardworking our youth is. No matter how crazy life can be, I will always work to give 100% dedication to my work and to the activities I am involved in. As royalty we want to be role models to our youth and to be the future of our community. I am truly honored represent Mason County as Queen of the Forest and cannot wait to make lasting memories with the 2017 Court!

18 years old. Math, history, sociology and leadership would have to be my favorite subjects throughout my schooling. After graduating high school this June I will be attending Washington State University where I will pursue my teaching degree. As a child my favorite thing to do was play school, which made me love coming to school just to see my teachers do what I wanted to do. I have been dancing since the first grade and have been on the high school’s dance team since my sophomore year. I am also the vice president of my Key Club’s chapter. Outside of school I love being with my family and friends, camping, tie dying and baking. I have a kind-hearted spirit and am a very caring person. I look forward to making many memories with the royalty court and others that I meet along the way. I am so glad I have been given this opportunity and I could not be more proud to represent my community this year.

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Princess of Douglas Fir

Start freshmen. After graduation, I will be transferring to Saint Martin’s University where I will be majoring in chemistry and minoring in criminal justice... I want to be a Forensic Scientist! At the high school, I am a Honors Society, Key Club, Big Buddies, and Dance Team member. Outside of school, I attend the Shelton Dance Center and work for Taylor Shellfish on Totten Inlet. What’s my secret talent? I recently learned how to make balloon dogs! I look forward to the many memories I will make and people I will meet as a 2017 Mason Country Royalty Court Member!

Hi! My name is Hannah Salapka and I am the Princess of Princess of Cedar Douglas Fir. I am 18 years old My name is Eryn Earsley and and currently attend Shelton I am your 2017 Princess of High School as a senior and Cedar! I am a senior at ShelOlympic College as a Running ton High School and I am 11 2017 Forest Festival Program

The University of Washington Bothell to purse my passion of business. It is an honor to be on the Forest Festival Royalty Court for my second year as the Princess of Spruce. I am very active in high school as I am the DECA president, ASB Secretary, and a Dance Team member. I hope that in this leadership role I am able to leave a positive impact on our future leaders of our forest.

Princess of Hemlock

Hello, my name is Jessica Schreiber and I am the Princess of Hemlock. I am 16 years old and a junior at Shelton High School. After I graduate my goal is to attend Portland State University to pursue a career in the marketing. Within the Mason County community, I am a senior leader of a 4-H club, I host free dog trainings with my best friend to help the youth gain needed skills for 4-H competitions, I am the current Public Relations officer in DECA and will become one of two Vice Presidents for the 2017-2018 school year. I am also actively involved in Honors Society by participating in the “Big Buddies” program where I mentored a younger child from Evergreen Elementary. Being involved in all of these activities has shown me what it means to be a great leader, an outspoken public speaker, and how to truly find a way to help the county. My ever growing love for this community is fueled by every activity that I do. I am excited to share what I have learned and to work alongside this year’s Forest Festival court to continue to shape Mason County into the future.

Princess of Spruce

Hello, my name is Brittani Caldwell and I am a senior at Shelton High School. I am eighteen years old. After high school, I plan on attending

We also do a lot of community service within our community. Outside of FCCLA, I help at the local homeless shelter, serving dinner a couple times a month. I am also part of the RFC women’s rugby team as a starter mid wing/wing. Participating in all these roles this year has helped me become more active in my community and has made me even more excited to be a part of this year’s Forest Festival royalty court.

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Hi, my name is Emily Parks, and I am honored to be the Princess of Pine for 2017. I am currently 17 years old and a junior at Shelton High School and after high school I would love to attend my dream school, PLU to become a pediatrician. Right now, I am currently the Public Relations officer for my club, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). As a public relations coordinator, I help spread the word on our monthly activities we do as a club within our school.

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Hi, my name is Spencer Burris and I am the 2017 Timber the Axe Man. I’m a 17-year-old Junior at Mary M. Knight High School, and attend Running Start at South Puget Sound Community College. I intend to graduate high school with my Associates Degree in Science. I’m not sure what I want to do for a career yet, but I’m told that deciding is part of the fun. I love both reading and music, and have been playing guitar for longer than I can remember. I’ve lived in Mason County my entire life and one of my favorite things about Washington is its rich musical history. I’m very excited to be a part of the Forest Festival court, and look forward to a great year of meeting new people and participating in community events.

Hello everybody, my name is Nico Ramirez. I am 18 years old and a senior at North Mason High School. I am extremely excited to be Paul Bunyan on this year’s Forest Festival Royalty Court, and even more excited that I have one last opportunity to represent the community I am from. I am very involved with my school, and am currently the acting president of three clubs, senior class president, a captain of the football team, and a 2-time recipient of the most valuable wrestler award. I also drive a sweet 1968 royal blue Mustang named Christine. If I am not on the wrestling mat or in the weight room, you can find me stuck in Highway 3 construction in Belfair, or at one of two of my family’s owned video game stores. Upon graduating from North Mason, I will be attending Southern Virginia University in mid-August. At SVU I will pursue my life time goal of majoring in either graphic design or business. I will also be pursuing my love of both wrestling and football, competing as a Knight at SVU. I would like to say one last thing before go, “Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last 18 years of my life. I couldn’t have done it without all of you guys.”


“How much do you know about our Forest Festival float?" I can tell you I didn't even really think of the float (except it was pretty) when I'd see it going down Railroad Avenue, but then my daughter was a princess in 2014 and Queen in 2015. It was then that we volunteered to help and learned just how much it takes to get that float looking so wonderful. Al Tupper and his crew designed and fabricated the float many years ago using the engine of an Oldsmobile Toronado. Thirty feet long, it can hold up to eight court members and a driver. The sides and front fold up and it is put in a very tightly squeezed trailer where there are only a couple inches of room to spare on all sides. Which makes taking it to parades a little tricky. While most other towns hire a crew to build, decorate, maintain, tow and even drive their floats, our royalty and their parents are responsible for those things. A lot of hours and hard work go in to making our float

so beautiful at every parade but it is more than worth it. This year we are fortunate to have had Shelton High School’s DECA helping to decorate the float that has the theme “Forests of the Future.” The court attends about seven parades over the summer, our own Forest Festival,McCleary Bear Festival, and others as far as Sequim’s Irrigation Festival or the Torchlight Parade in Seattle. In the last three years Mason County’s float hasn’t placed any lower than fourth, even when competing against dozens of other floats. The best part of being on the float committee is seeing your hard work pay

off with awards at the parades and seeing it bounce down the streets with the music blasting and our court member’s jamming along on top. This year, our Forest Festival Queen, Rosa Castro, is going to sit in front of the float, while Paul Bunyan, Nico Ramirez and Timber the Axe man, Spencer Burris will stand strong on top. Our five beautiful princesses will be riding along as well to give us all a show! Please support our Royalty and their float by purchasing a button and look for us and our beautiful float at this year’s Forest Festival! See you there!

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Once again we are excited to host the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Western Professional Qualifier again this year on June 3rd at Loop Field in Shelton. As usual the competition is going to be first class again this year. There will be eight of the top STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® athletes competing here for a chance to move onto the U. S. Pro & and Collegiate Championship, July 28th to 30th, at Henry Maier Festival Park, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The top four will move on to Milwaukee. For the second year in a row Walt Page finished fourth at the National Championships last year. I expect him to do well again here at the Western Qualifier. The eight athletes competing this year are: David “Junior” Moses of Snoqualmie, WA; James Hartley of WA; Brain Bartow of Molalla, OR; Mike Forrester of Ideleyld, OR; Jeff Skirvin of Clatskanie, OR; David Green of Sisters, OR; Rob Waibel of Sweet Home, OR, and Walt Page of Tollhouse, CA. The events for the qualifying portion of this show are the Standing Block Chop, Underhand Chop, Single Buck,

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Spring Board Chop, Stock Saw and Hotsaw. During the breaks between the qualifying events will be the following events: On the Spar Poles- Speed Climbing and Topping;We will also have the fan favorite – Birling, log rolling, in the pond. The Forest Festival logging show has had many great logging competitors and exhibitors throughout its history. The most famous was Hap Johnson, an 18 time world champion speed climber. He performed at the World’s Fair in Seattle, New York and Montreal. Hap also was a double for John Wayne in the movie, “North to Alaska”. Others include Paul and Max Searles, Steve and Brain Bartow, and Sterling Hart. So come to Loop Field after the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade. You can visit the vendors and root on your favorite STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® athletes!

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CAR SHOW OFF JUNE 4 – OLYMPIC HWY. NORTH 27TH ANNUAL SHELTON CAR SHOW OFF It all started in 1990 when Darrel Andrews suggested adding a car show to the Sunday of Forest Festival weekend. Over two and a half decades later the community still comes together to celebrate this great addition to the event. For a time, the Shelton T.O.W.N.E. (Through Our Wheels Nostalgia Endures) Cruisers helped put on the car show and raised funds to provide scholarships to Mason County students that planned to work in the auto industry. Scholarships were later broadened to include vocational and technical skills. The name was later changed to the Shelton Car Show-Off and event moved a few times in the early years, but returned to its home on Olympic Hwy where it fills eight city blocks from “C” Street to “K” Street. The Shelton High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. (NJROTC) Booster

Club has hosted this event on the Sunday of the Mason County Forest Festival weekend since 2010. Months of planning go into this event and on the day of the show it takes eight city blocks of space and about 50 volunteers to operate! In 2015, the 25th anniversary of the show, 423 cars registered for the show from all over Washington and some from Oregon and Idaho. The Shelton Car Show Off continues to be a success because of all the support from the car owners, the local businesses that help sponsor the event costs and the dedication of the cadets and volunteers that participate every year.

Proceeds from this event help support the NJROTC cadets’ leadership program and activities. The Booster Club is able to help send cadets to leadership academy and competitions with funds they raise from the car show. Thank you to Napa Auto Parts, Gillis Auto Center, Brown’s Garage and The Shopper for being major sponsors. The event is Sunday, June 4th from 10 AM – 3 PM and is free to spectators. Car registration is 8 AM – 11 AM on “G” Street. The car registration fee is $20 per car. There will also be food vendors on site.

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The run has a history of about 30 years as an event for Forest Festival. It started as a low key gathering for friends to run around loop field and downtown before the parade and then grew to an event we know today. It was even held at Shelton High School with running around Island Lake for a couple of years. The event is for walkers or runners of all ability levels and their family and friends. road. An awards ceremony is held at the Post Office Park at 9:45 AM, giving medals to winners of age categories as well as giving random prizes donated from local businesses. All current events, except the junior jog, begin at Shelton Valley, a farming community west of Shelton city limits. Participants are bussed from the check-in point to the start line. The 7 mile participants follow the Shelton Valley/Deegan

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Road loop before heading into Shelton. 2 mile participants leave Shelton Valley proper and go directly to downtown following the parade route on Railroad Avenue to the Shelton Post Office where all races end. Mile sponsors mark each mile of the course(s). ¼ mile junior joggers, ages 3 to 8, begin their jog at 7th street and continue to the post office, each receiving a medal and book about the forest at the finish line. Centennial Guild, a chapter of Mason General Hospital Foundation, has been managing the event for the Forest Festival Association since 2009. It is a major fundraiser for the Guild. Their proceeds are used to support equipment needs for Mason General Hospital in the memory of Kristi Armstrong,

7-Mile Walk – 7:00 a.m. 7-Mile Run – 8:00 a.m. 2-Mile Walk – 8:00 a.m. RN. Title sponsor of the event is Our Community Credit2-Mile Run – 8:00 a.m. Union. Mile marker spon1/4-Mile Jr. Jog – 9:30 a.m.

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The Mason County Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Grand Parade is celebrating 73 years- and going strong! Come see this year’s theme- Forests of the Future. Who doesn’t love a parade? It’s an annual opportunity to see local and visiting performances, floats, cars, kids, and horses. Don’t forget Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox! Be prepared to be wowed by the marching bands from local schools. There will be plenty of classic cars to appeal to the automobile enthusiasts. The 2017 Forest Festival Court will be on display in all their regalia. The beautiful float that they appear on is the result of many hours of hard work done by the royalty and their families. The court also visits numerous other festivals throughout the year on their float including Seafair. Honoring past Forest Festival royalty is a long-standing tradition look for them appear in classic cars. Also keep an eye out for visiting royalty from other festivals and their creative presentations. Commercial entries in the parade are a great way for organizations to show community support. Local businesses in various industries like shellfish, forestry, insurance, emergency services, utilities, and more make up a large portion of the pageantry of parade day.

Non-profit groups and organizations are always highlights of the parade. From honoring our veterans to guiding our youths these organizations promote good will in our community each and every day.

Look for entries from the Boy and Girl Scouts, Shriners, American Legion, 4-H, and various equestrian groups- just to name a few. Parade participants even compete for various awards in several categories. The unique award plaques have been designed and produced by local high school students. Some of the award categories include Grand Sweepstakes, Grand

Marshall, Motorized Vehicles, Spirit, Creativity, Novelty, Equestrian, Bands, Dance/ Drill, and more! The Forest Festival Parade committee encourages organizations to get creative and be part of the annual Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Grand Parade. Come out and enjoy the parade as a spectator, after all it wouldn’t be a parade without the community!

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FAMILY & PET PARADE DART ( Disaster Animal Rescue Team) invites people of all ages, families, groups and pets to come downtown Shelton Saturday, June 3rd, at 10:00 AM to have some good old fashioned fun in the Family and Pet Parade that kicks off the Forest Festival Grand Parade on Railroad. Dress up with your pets, decorate your bikes, wear a costume, have a forest theme or something totally different! Ribbons for best entries will be awarded. Categories include Group and/or Family, DressUp with Pet, Forestry Theme, Costumes/Fairy Tales, Float or Decorated Wagon, and Decorated Bike. Every kid in the parade is guaranteed to receive a book from South Sound Reading Foundation.

This year will be the first year for DART hosting the event. The Mason County Forest Festival Association thanks the Optimist Club for sponsoring the Family & Pet Parade since 2002 and welcomes and thanks DART for their participation. DART of Mason County, is an organization of volunteers who are trained to assist with rescuing, sheltering and protecting pets, livestock and other animals during natural

or man-made disasters such as floods, fires, wind storms, hazardous material spills and other catastrophic situations. DART of Mason County, provides rapid, coordinated response—after activation by Mason County—to any emergency any time when animals are involved. DART conducts training programs, drills and meetings to develop skills so the Team can provide proper and effective assistance

to animals and their owners in difficult, stressful or dangerous situations. Everyone is welcome to participate in the Family Parade and it is a lot of fun for the whole family! Visit the Forest Festival website to download a copy of the entry form and return to PO Box 925, Shelton, WA 98584.

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In the 1940’s Elmer Manke began a family’s legacy as a timber family in the Pacific Northwest. He and his circle saw are the foundation for what was, and to many people still is, a crucial part of the economy in the logging town of Shelton, Washington. Today Shelton has become more than a logging town, but its timber ties are evidenced by Forest Festival, “High Climbers” and the waterfront dominated by the wood products industry. In the 1940’s Elmer Manke along with sons Chuck and Virgil founded Manke and Sons, Inc. This began a family legacy as a timber, forestry and logging family in the Pacific Northwest. In 1963 Manke and Sons acquired a plot of land on the north bank of Tacoma. This became the first mill of Manke Lumber Company. In 1965 Manke and Sons changed its name to Manke Lumber Company when Elmer retired from the lumber business. Today Manke Lumber Company is still a family owned business with ties to virtually every aspect of the wood products industry. They continue to explore new technologies and business practices to protect resources and provide quality products to their customers.


The Forest Festival is an important way in which Manke Lumber honors and celebrates our community’s heritage. Manke has been a proud sponsor of the Forest Festival’s fireworks show for the past 12 years, among many of the clubs and events they sponsor in the community. Annually Manke Lumber has supported the spectacular fireworks show Saturday evening of the Forest Festival event.

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The fireworks start as the sun sets on Shelton, Saturday evening, June 3. Come early as the parking lots fill quickly while families settle in to surround the viewing areas near Shelton’s Oakland bay Junior High off Kneeland Boulevard. Good spots include the Fred Meyer and Walmart parking lots. The Mason County community and the Forest Festival Association and volunteers thank Manke Lumber and the Manke family for their continued commitment to the community and our wonderful timber heritage –now and into the future!

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Cotton candy, fresh candy apples, churros, giant stuffed animals in brilliant colors – and rides that make your head spin – a popular part of the Mason County Forest Festival. Save $10 on pre-sale wrist band.

The Carnival will be open until 11PM Thursday – Saturday and until 6 PM Sunday – depending upon attendance and weather. The event opens Saturday and Sunday at noon.

Pre-sale wrist bands are available until May 31st at: The Shopper (2505 Olympic Hwy N) and Probuild of Shelton (114 E Cedar Street). Pre-sale bands cost $25 (includes 5 game tickets) and are valid for single sessions – Thursday & Friday from 4PM – Closing; Saturday, two sessions available, noon – 5PM and 5PM to 10PM; Sunday, one session, noon to 5PM. Pre-sale wrist bands are available until May 31, regular price is $35 and does not include free game tickets.

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Paradise Amusements Carnival, a Mason County Forest Festival event, will open on Thursday, June 1st at 4:00PM. The full carnival, located at Gateway Center on Olympic Highway will include rides and “fair” food as well as plenty of games with a variety of prizes.

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KRISTMAS TOWN KIWANIS SUPPORTS THE COMMUNITY Each year Kristmas Town Kiwanis provides four scholarships for local youth. One is awarded to the Mason County Forest Festival Princess of Cedar. The group also presents events and services for the community: • •

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BLUEGRASS FROM THE FOREST May DUCK RACE May – Buy a duck for a chance to win prizes including first prize, $500. Kiwanis members will be selling “Ducks” and Forest Festival Buttons along route during the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade HOLIDAY MAGIC AND TREE LIGHTING First weekend in December – Holiday fun for the family in Downtown Shelton. Tree lighting ceremony, bonfires and marshmallow roasting, caroling and children’ rides on the Kristmas Town Kiwanis train. CHRISTMAS PARADE First weekend in December – a fantastic parade celebrating the holiday season in downtown Shelton. ALUMINUM CAN DRIVE Three times a year HIGHWAY PICKUP Four times a year SHELTON LOG MONUMENT The Kristmas Town Kiwanis provide flowers and maintain the historic “Log Monument” overlooking Oakland Bay as you enter Shelton from highway 3 on Hillcrest.

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EMILY SIMMONS, a seventh grade student at Olympic Middle School, won the 2017 Forest Festival button design contest. She received $100 for the grand prize, and an additional $75 for placing first in the sixth through eighth place division (see below for a full list of the winners in their respective age categories).

2017 Button Design Contest Winners K-5 First Place: Alianna Neal 3rd / Mountain View Elementary/Mrs. Rhodes K-5 Second Place: Mallory Olsen/ 5th / Mountain View Elementary/Mrs. Gregory K-5 Third Place: Madeline Allred 5th/Southside/Mr. White

6-8 First Place: Emily Simmon 7th/Olympic Middle/Mrs. Garner 6-8 Second Place: Haley Cox 6th/Southside/Mr. White 6-9 Third Place: Bella Ackley 7th/Southside/Mr. White

9-12 First Place: Ammon Bailey 11th /Shelton High/Mr. Phalen 9-12 Second Place: Matilda Smither-Winslow 9th /Choice High/Ms.Roberts 9-12 Third Place: Taylor Horton 12th /Choice High/Ms.Roberts

Grand prize winner, EMILY SIMMONS

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FORESTS EDUCATING THE FUTURE Learning opportunities are plentiful at the Cranberry Lake Research and Education Center established by former Forest Festival Grand Marshal Kenny Frank. With an eye toward “forests of the future,” he donated his 640 acre Cranberry Lake Tree Farm in Mason County that today is preserved for education and research of forests and aquatic habitats. Kenny was an acclaimed tree farmer that owned and managed various local forest lands for 65 years. The Foundation that manages the Cranberry Lake property has been guided by former Forest Festival Grant Marshal’s Lyle Coleman and Bill Batstone as well as 2017 Grand Marshal Norm Eveleth who is also currently chair of the Foundation Board. In the diverse forest, students can explore native plants and wildlife as well as learn how to manage healthy forests. Cranberry Lake’s streams afford

students the opportunity to examine and research the biodiversity of healthy aquatic systems and riparian communities. Wetland trails, including a boardwalk, give students an up close view of active beaver dams and other animals and flora native to wetlands. Classroom and outdoor curricula, resources, and instructional staff are available to help schools make the most of their visit to the Cranberry Lake watershed. Educational groups inter-

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ested in visiting the Cranberry Lake Educational and Research Center can contact Teri King at (360) 432-3054 or email cranberrylakefoundation@gmail. com for more information and to schedule a field trip.

Community walks allow the public to participate in organized tours of the forest, learn about our birds, wetlands, beaver, and more! Find out about the next opportunity to visit at

THANK YOU TO AMY & FORREST COOPER FOR “CAPTURING” THE FESTIVAL EACH YEAR Amy & Forrest Cooper are portrait artists. They capture memories for their clients and produce top-of-the-line artwork to adorn a home. This husband and wife creative team; who own and operate Cooper Studios, located on Railroad Avenue in Shelton. Both hold BFA degrees in visual communications. Their “focus” is on perfection and quality mixed with extensive professional experience – and a whole lot of talent!

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Handmade in Shelton, the duo’s Fine Art Portraits are captured, retouched, printed and custom framed in their store-front studio. This process gives them the control to create finished works of the highest quality. Forrest and Amy are ever ready to lend their skills at community events like the Forest Festival and consequently, bring a level of professionalism to everything they are involved in. Cooper Studios is honored to be only the 4th photographer ever to create the official Queen of the Forest Portrait. There has been a long-standing tradition of portrait studios in Shelton, in fact, there has been a portrait studio on the very same block they are located since the 1940s. It’s a tradition the Cooper’s are proud to be a part of and look forward to continuing for many years to come. Thank you, Forrest & Amy for all you do!



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As a major forest products enterprise in Mason County, Green Diamond Resource Company is a long standing supporter of the Mason County Forest Festival. Green Diamond Resource Company traces its roots to 1890 in Mason County, when Sol Simpson founded Simpson Logging Company. After five generations, the company is still privately held and owns working forest land in Washington, Oregon and California. Here in Washington, the company operates under a federal Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Our HCP and our Washington Forest Practices Act and Rules require protection for fish, wildlife, clean water and soils. Our company’s forest land is also certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Standard. This is a consumer’s assurance that the forest products they buy, whether lumber, particleboard or paper, comes from sustainably managed forests. Today’s forest operations don’t look much like the skills displayed at the Forest Festival Logging Show. Nearly all operations are highly mechanized, ensuring the safety of the workers. Green Diamond is proud of its early involvement in Washington’s Logger Safety

Initiative, under which the Washington Department of Labor & Industries works with logging contractors, landowners and others to improve safety through training and audits. One activity still done by hand is reforestation after harvest. Washington, like other western states, requires that lands be replanted within three years of harvest. Planting is conducted when seedlings are dormant during January through April, some of the toughest weather of the year. Imagine the rough terrain, rocky ground and many obstacles planters must work around and then marvel that a good planter can put upwards of 1000 trees in the ground each day! One of Green Diamond’s unique contributions to Forest Festival is a field day, open to 5th graders throughout Mason County. Each year, since 2000, some 400 students learn the value of a tree, an applied math exercise; the habitat in a streamside buffer; forest history, including the teamwork required in operating a crosscut saw;

how to set a choker and fell a tree; and how “round” logs are made into “square” lumber, among other lessons. This field day is paired with other activities to ensure students in Mason County are aware of the

contributions our forests make to our environment and our economy. In short, Green Diamond Resource Company celebrates Forest Festival every day.

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Festival Memories

FOREST FESTIVAL QUEEN 1959 | ANDREA KNEELAND EGG: “I so enjoyed being chosen as your 15th Forest Festival Queen and the Miss Keep Washington Green Queen for 1959. It was a dream come true for an 18-year-old girl remembering the thrill of past celebrations most of her life – the outdoor pageants on Loop Field, the Kiddie Parade, the main Forest Festival Parade, logging show and competition, and even the evening street dance and carnival where up to 50,000 people would be drawn to our county for the events. The year I was queen, the theme honored the Mason County Pioneers. Because I was a third generation Shelton-born citizen, and my great-grandparents, John and Marie Kneeland, arrived in 1883 from Maine, I qualified as being from a pioneer family. I was also given the privilege of dedicating Tollie the Shay in Brewer Park that year. Representing Shelton and Mason County, advertising our forest industry and festival to various communities, being on radio and television, and meeting several celebrities like Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Phil Harris and Will Rogers, Jr. are still fresh in my memory. It is still a blessing for me to come back and be in the parade from time to time, and to enjoy being a spectator, watching everyone have such a wonderful time continuing to celebrate Shelton’s heritage, community, and future.”

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Tickets can be purchased at the Mason County Forest Festival info booth during the parade (near the clock tower on Railroad) Saturday, June 3rd and at the entrance to the Logging Show at Loop Field.

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Drawing is held Saturday, June 3rd at the end of the Logging Show at Loop Field. Must be 18 to enter. Need not be present to win.

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Festival Memories

SINGING THE ANTHEM - 1990 SARAH DEHART | 2017 Forest Festival volunteer

One of my fondest memories of the Forest festival is the 1990 Logging Show. I remember standing in the middle of Loop Field in matching denim outfits my mom made, on a little wooden box so that I could reach the microphone. My heart was pounding but I was so excited to sing the National Anthem with my Mom, Carol Seeley, and my sister, Laura Dailey. We have always loved singing together. I was elated when the crowd cheered. Then the real excitement began. It was thrilling to watch the ax men climb the poles with such ease, my neck straining to see them all the way at the top. Then suddenly they would nearly freefall to the ground, their quark boots only snagging the pole two or three times on their descent.


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I gasped and held my Mom’s hand tight, thinking they were falling, and before I knew it they would land safely on the ground. To watch the wood chips fly while they swung axes that were taller than I was. The loud, high powered chainsaws that cut through enormous logs like a hot knife through butter. I had never seen anything like it. To me, being six years old, they were like superheroes covered in saw dust. This gave me a whole new respect for my dad, a high climber who also spent some time logging with draft horses. I loved growing up in such a small town and being a part of a festival that brought everyone together. Now we have the great pleasure of raising our daughters in this same tight-knit community, where our kids are friends with our friend’s children, and we all support each other. If you have never been to the logging show I highly recommend you do, and definitely bring the kids. They are sure to love it.


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Queen Lois Gibler & her court, 1945

Have you wondered what’s become of the royalty of past Forest Festivals? Here’s a quick look at where life has taken some of them since they rolled down Railroad Avenue in the Paul Bunyan Parade. Presiding over the first Forest Festival, in 1945, was Irene S. Reed High School senior Lois Gibler. Eighteen years later, in 1963, her 14-year-old daughter, Linda LaBissoniere, was a Forest Festival junior princess. The Journal reported that Linda said her mom, wearing the current queen’s robes, looked “even more beautiful” than she had in 1945. Five years later, Lois’s younger daughter, Leslee LaBissoniere, was a princess in the festival’s royal court. Lois and her husband, Les LaBissoniere, had been married for 23 years when he died of a heart attack. Later, still living on Hood Canal, Lois met Bob Kussman, a retired Naval Air Corps pilot with two sons Lois and Bob married 42 years ago and lived in Tacoma, then Olympia. They have been active and honored volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound, and have enjoyed extensive travel. Bob’s health is failing these days, but “We’ve had a wonderful life,” she said. Linda LaBissoniere Frady lives in Montlake Terrace and Leslee

LaBissoniere Bailey lives in Olympia. Lois Kussler rejoices in 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. In its second year, the festival named Max Schmidt Jr. as Paul Bunyan. A 1937 graduate of Irene S. Reed High School, he began studies at Stanford but left to fight in World War II. After being injured in Germany, he returned to finish his degree in forestry at the University of Washington. Max spent his career as a real-life version of the legendary lumberjack, working for Simpson Timber Company as a log bucker, forester, logging manager and Washington Timberlands Manager from 1946 until his retirement in 1984. He and his wife, Louise, had two sons and a daughter; two live in Shelton. He died in December, 2012, at 92, and called Shelton home for all those years. The 1964 festival queen, Liz Somers, and that year’s Paul Bunyan, Ron Orr, made it a permanent duo. Ron attended Washington State University,

Liz the UW; when Ron entered the Air Force and was stationed at Williams Air Force Base, she put her speech therapy degree to work at the Gompers center in Phoenix; when he was posted to Rome, New York, she worked for the school system there. Later, he flew private planes for International Paper, and Liz worked in Vancouver schools. Ron flew for Western Airlines and Delta, retiring in 2004. His last four years, he flew out of New York to Europe, Russia, the Middle East and India. When the Orrs moved to Bainbridge Island in 1980, Liz directed the Montesorri program there until her death at 52 in 1998. The Orrs had two children, Matt and Kjirste; Matt has one daughter. Ron resides on Bainbridge Island. North Mason’s first Forest Festival queen was Patsy Bixenmann, who reigned in 1965. Patsy recalls with delight the court’s participation in other parades (she had her first taste

Liz Somers, 1964

of bear stew at McCleary’s Bear Fest), and chaperon Alma Burke’s proper manners and stunning Thunderbird car. Patsy, who lives in Olympia, married, raised a family of three, worked with senior services for Lewis County, went back to school, and became human resources manager for Providence Centralia Hospital. She’s now single again, enjoying retirement, and working as a CASA volunteer with Thurston County courts. Patsy notes that in its first decades, Forest Festival had a distinctive fire-prevention theme. “The queen was also Miss Keep Washington Green for the year,” she said, recalling that she and Smokey Bear visited children’s camps promoting fire safety. continued next page

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Smokey the Bear, the fire-prevention icon, was an appointed role in those years. Michael Connolly said he and his older brother, Jim Connolly, both of whom worked at KMAS Radio and participated in high-school drama, were probably chosen on that basis for the Smokey role in 1972 and 1970, respec-

tively. “The Smokey the Bear costume was borrowed from the Forest Service,” he said. “The body of the costume was all one piece, with itchy fur above the blue jeans. There was an absolute rule that you were not to appear in public with the head off.” He recalls returning during his freshman year at the UW

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to do a Smokey interview with Katherine Wise on KOMO Radio. Jim (James A.) Connolly attended Gonzaga and law school at Willamette University before practicing law in Olympia. He died of cancer in 2010. Michael went on to study music, earned his master’s and doctorate in musical arts at University of Southern California and studied music in Vienna as a Rotary International Scholar. He is a professor of music at the University of Portland, and maintains his county connection at his family’s Hood Canal cabin and now with his own cabin at Kamilche Point. From the festival’s first year until 1967, Paul Bunyan with his axe stood atop a load of enormous old-growth logs. “I was the last one,” Art Tozier recalls. “I was up there on the top log of a three-log load.” Art figured that standing, he was about 24 feet up. “When we turned the corner at First Street I had to literally crawl through the wires.” Now Paul Bunyan rides at a lower level. Despite the danger, Art loved being Paul Bunyan.

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Art Tozier & Shayne Larsen, 1967

“It was a really special group of people,” he said of the court. In subsequent years, Art did a brief stint in the woods himself, but has spent most of his career in business in Shelton with his brother, Evan. First, they bought the Western Farmers Co-op on First Street. “We had no idea what we were doing,” he said. But they got the hang of it; today, their Tozier Brothers business at the east end of First Street includes farm and garden supplies, equipment sales and rentals, and hardware. Forest Festival Queen Shayne Larson reigned the same year Art did. Shayne, however, didn’t stay local. She got her degree at Washington State University, went to work, married former Paul Bunyan Dan Barrom, and had a son. After five years, however, the two divorced and went their separate ways. Shayne worked in the financial department at Stanford University’s medical center; she remarried, and she and Mike Frankel have a daughter. She left her job as finance officer at Stanford when Mike was transferred to the Pentagon, but they have now retired and returned to San Jose.

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Dan lives in Laguna Hills. Remarried, he has twin daughters. His career has been in program planning in the world of business computers. Forest Festival tends to be a family event. The year after Shayne was queen, her mom, Edee Larson, assisted Miss Burke, and the next year, Edee began a seven-year stint as the court’s chaperon. One year, with Edee’s encouragement, Queen Janice Wittenberg and her court made their own dresses. Art Tozier’s niece, Julie Johnston, was a Forest Festival princess in 1995. After completing her Master’s degree in college student services at Oregon State University, Julie works as an

Parade Memory

May 1965 ROB LEE

“I was in the Jr. High Drum and Beugle core around ‘65. We drummers were marching up front. Right behind a whole lot of people riding horses

that had apparently just eaten a large lunch... had to march very carefully while trying to stay in step!”

academic advisor at the University of Washington Tacoma Campus, and recently competed in a half-Iron Man competition in Lake Stevens. She lives in Covington. Billie Howard, Art’s aunt and Julie’s great-aunt, was the parade’s first woman Grand Marshal in 1999. Paul Hunter, who was Paul Bunyan in 1981, earned his bachelor of science degree at WSU and works in the family business, Hunter Farms. Paul married Leslie Schumacher; their son works in the family business and their daughter is a junior at WSU. Looking back on his festival experience, Paul said it gave him “the confidence in myself to face life as a young adult.” continued next page


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He says he encounters other Paul Bunyans as business and community leaders, and called his festival role “one of the most positive memories of my life.” Paul’s nephews followed in his festival footsteps. Tyler Schlauderaff carried the axe in the parade in 2003, and Abe Schlauderaff did the same honors in 2008. Tyler works for Paul in the farm business, and Abe’s in medical school in Wisconsin. Their brother, Caleb Schlauderaff, was the festival’s Smokey Bear; he went on to play football for the Jets, and is retired. At 27. “He was my timber faller this year,” his uncle said. Caleb plans to attend medical school in the fall. Molly Eveleth, who reigned in 1982, has lived in many places since. She attended the UW, married Sheltonian Bruce Parker, and soon afterward went to Germany where Bruce was posted with the Army. “Since then, we have moved into 19 different homes, eight different states, and will make our final move this summer to Aberdeen, N.C.,” she said. They have three daughters, Paige, Kayl and Cassie. Molly later finished school and puts her RN degree to work as case manager for high-risk Medicaid and Medicare patients in Pinehurst, N.C.

Jeff (3) and Juli (5) admire the “foliage” their father, Wayne Allen has “sprouted “ for his role as Paul Bunyan, 1955.

Molly Eveleth, 1982

Bruce retired as a colonel after a career that took him to Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan. “We have lost friends and fellow soldiers and officers in the war – and we regularly visit Arlington Cemetery,” she said. Molly and Bruce, and often Molly and their daughters, have traveled widely: Mexico; Canada; 35 states; Berlin when the wall was intact and under guard and again when East and West Germany reunited; England; Italy; and most of Western Europe. Molly has spent hundreds of hours volunteering with military families. Two of their daughters are married, and one is in college in Georgia.

Festival Memories


SCOTT TANNER | Kiddie Parade Participant, 1966

In 1966, I was just shy of 6 and my brother was almost 8. Mom got the idea that Dad could fix up my tricycle like a Simpson Railroad locomotive, with a log car behind it, and my brother could be a Simpson logger while I was the engineer. It was a big secret between Mom and Dad, but my brother and I were going to be in the Mason County Forest Festival Kiddie Parade. I got mad that I couldn’t ride my trike for a few days because “Dad was fixing it” in the garage, and I couldn’t even go see it. I had no idea it needed fixing. Finally Saturday morning arrived. Mom had picked up some overalls and gloves for me. She dressed me up like an engineer, and dressed my brother like a logger. We still knew nothing about the Kiddie Parade. We thought it was sort of like Halloween, and we were just going downtown to watch the parade in our costumes. But then as we were getting into the car, Dad loaded my trike and the log car into our station wagon, and finally Mom and Dad spilled the beans. We were going to be entered into the Kiddie Parade!

We ended up with the award for “Outstanding” entry – family lore always referred to it as the “Grand Prize.” Maybe it was. I do remember that except for two sisters who led the parade with a big “Kiddie Parade” banner, my brother and I were at the front of it all. I was living large that day! We got a ribbon marked “Outstanding,” a trophy, and a small transistor radio. My brother got the radio because “he was older.” Even at the age of 5 I saw absolutely no logic in that. Dad coached my brother to give me some helpful pushes with his carefully covered axe when it got too hard for me to peddle the load of logs along the street. Mom told me once

years ago that I was hard to manage because I kept stopping and talking to kids I knew who were there to watch the parade. Near the end of the parade, with only a couple of blocks to go, a wheel fell off the log car and my train and I were unceremoniously yanked off to the sidewalk. I felt such an obligation to the expectant crowd near the parade’s finish line that I was really depressed to be letting them all down (I’m pretty sure I started bawling). But the magnitude of that defeat was quickly overcome by someone who gave us cold chocolate milk – in glass soda bottles! Chocolate milk in soda bottles – what a hoot!

[Photos include Scott Tanner (locomotive engineer); Greg Tanner (logger); Bob Tanner (in red felt fedora).

Festival Memories March 1967

SHAYNE LARSON FRANKEL “The royalty candidates attended a dinner with a panel of “judges”. Each candidate spoke and visited with the judges. The decision was announced during first period classes at the high school. It was agreed that the Shelton High candidates would go into the office as a group so we would all hear the decision together. When I walked into my zero period class, one of the judges was my substitute teacher. We spent the entire hour working hard to not look at one another – I knew she knew the name of the 1967 Forest Festival Queen, and she was determined to not give anything away. Some added anticipation to a memorable Forest Festival of 1967.”

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NORM EVELETH GRAND MARSHAL FOR THE 2017 PAUL BUNYAN GRAND PARADE Norm is a fourth generation Shelton resident, born in Shelton, in 1932. Other than time spent in the military, college and a few years in Oregon he has been in Shelton all of his life. Norm grew up in a farming family. The first farm was located in the Isabella Valley. Later he spent time on a farm on Buck’s Prairie. He attended Lincoln Grade school and Irene S. Reed high school, graduating with the class of 1950. Norm’s great-uncle Wallace Johnson founded the Ford agency in Shelton. His grandfather was a logger and millwright, working at various jobs with Simpson throughout his life. In 1954 Norm married his high school sweetheart Marian Lee Ashford at St. David’s Episcopal Church. Marian is also a Shelton native, born in Shelton on April of 1935. She to attended Lincoln grade school and Irene S. Reed high school graduating with the class of 1953. They raised four children in Shelton. In 1951 Norm joined the Navy, spending four years in the Seabees. During his tour of duty with the Seabees he worked construction on islands of Guam and Chichi Jima, then served on an air field in Korea. After returning to Shelton, he worked at Simpson’s Olympic Plywood for two years then left to attend college. He received his BSc in Forestry, class of 1961. While attending college he spent summers working for Simpson leading a crew of college students performing plantation examinations. After college, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture,

A partial list of past Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Grand Parade Grand Marshal’s

Forest Service on the Rogue River National Forest, based in Ashland, Oregon. This was a great job, in the winters Norm traded in his caulk boots for snow shoes. In the summers he was on the region six wildfire suppression team. In 1964 Simpson called and offered Norm a job in Shelton. As a Tree Farm Forester he was responsible for tree planting, cone buying, operating the seed plant, herbicides, maintaining University of Washington. and Oregon State University research sites, and bear trapping. In time Norm would wear many hats at Simpson: working in the personnel department, responsible for logging, railroad, boom, central shops, the power plant and the forestry departments; oversight of all contract logging engaged in thinning Simpson timber stands, harvesting purchased timber, road right-of-way logging, clear cutting hardwood stands; Log Distribution Manager, managing the Nahwatzel Log Yard and Oakland Bay Boom, responsible for controlling log inventories, log scaling and grading, delivery of sorted logs to Shelton Mills, rafting and towing of logs from various

2016 Ron Pannell 2015 Carolyn Olsen 2014 Nita Bariekman 2013 Frank Bishop 2012 Lyle Coleman

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locations on Puget Sound, the buying and selling of logs, both domestic and export. Norm retired from Simpson in 1993 and then became the Manager of the Port of Shelton. Norm and Marian have many connections to Forest Festival. In their high school years, as members of Shelton High School band, they both marched in parades. They were involved as band members with the Paul Bunyan Pageant that was staged at Loop Field. In the 1960’s, part of the festival was to have school children make Keep Washington Green posters. There were three levels: Senior High, Junior High and Grade school. Norm was in charge of that program for several years. He went to all the Shelton schools, Camp Grisdale School and Harstine Island School educating students about forest fire. After a time he would return and the gather posters, they were then judged and he would return and award prizes. The winning posters were displayed in storefront windows on Railroad Avenue. In 1982 their youngest daughter, Molly was Forest Festival Queen. Norm helped work on the parade float.

2011 John Tarrant 2010 Bill Hunter 2009 Joan Manke 2008 Bob Puhn 2007 Betty Wolf

2006 Max Schmidt 2005 Bill Jackson 2004 Dean Palmer 2003 Mike Fredson 1999 Billie Howard

Norm is a life member of the Society of American Foresters. He served eight years as the City of Shelton Civil Service Commissioner. He served twenty five years on the Executive Committee of the Puget Sound Log Scaling Bureau, five terms as president. Puget Sound Log Scaling and Grading Bureau. Served on Executive Committee twenty five years. President five terms. He has been the president of the Frank Family Foundation. Norms interests and hobbies include: lifting weights three mornings a week, with his trainer; he is a lifelong book worm; some traveling; he is currently writing a history of the Episcopal Church in Mason County and has authored a diary of his four years in Navy for his family and various short articles on growing up in Mason County. The most fascinating hobby is reading, writing and translating the Japanese language, which he says “is an odd hobby but it beats crossword puzzles.”

1991 Berwyn Thomas 1978 Ada & Rudie Oltman 1969 Gabert James 1965 “Teeny” Safeway Clown 1946 Captain E.H. Faubert


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SIERRA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES –SHELTON DIVISION As this program goes to press, the new mill is in full-blown testing mode and getting closer to a grand opening. A 3rd generation family owned and run forest products company, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is proud to have its newest division in Shelton. The state-of-the-art dual line stud mill and planer may be the largest volume stud mill in North America when at full capacity; right here in Shelton! The mill will produce 2x4s, 2x6s and some 4x4s, each up to ten feet long. In addition to the saw mill and planer lines, the site includes 10 dry kilns, a boiler for steam generation, a truck shop, and a metal fabrication shop that will supply machinery and parts to all SPI’s facilities in Western Washington. With some additions to the original plan, like the Fab Shop, it is clear that the site will employ far more than the original workforce estimate of 170. According to Lisa Perry Community Relations Manager for SPI, “it looks like we will employ more than 225 crew members by the end of the year. A large majority of these hires are local, drawing on the community history in both the forest products and other local industries.”

A local business, Quigg Brothers, was the lead contractor on the site. Both city and state agencies worked quickly and efficiently to make sure the project moved forward. Local businesses and organizations including the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce, Mason County EDC, and many others, helped with communication and logistics. At least two new businesses, Gem Shavings and Azure Security, have opened in response to the mill construction.

“SPI is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Mason County Forest Festival and even more proud to be member of this community.”

“SPI is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Mason County Forest Festival and even more proud to be member of this community. We’re looking forward to a long and proud continuation of the forest products legacy in Mason County,” Perry says. SPI also owns mills in Centralia, Aberdeen, and Burlington as well as now has acquired over 290,000 acres of forestland in Washington.



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Paul Bunyan rides the parade on a Manke truck in the parade | photo: © Cooper Studios

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