Page 1

MAY 28 – 31

Shelton, Washington


FREE Family Fun!

1 2015 Forest Festival Program

Paul Bunyan rides the parade on a Manke truck. photo: Cooper Studios

We’re your neighbors. For four generations MANKE LUMBER COMPANY has been proud to call Mason County home. Our livings, families and futures are all connected. That’s why we are honored to annually sponsor the Mason County Forest Festival. Congratulations on 71 years of success! Relying on a wealth of experience from over 50 years of hands-on operation, Manke Lumber continues to explore new technologies and business practices protecting resources and providing maximum value to our customers. Our forestry divisions work together to ensure maximum recovery, sustainability and value yielded from our local forests. It is our pleasure to serve timberland owners, lumberyards, distributors as well as wholesalers both domestic and abroad. 2015 Forest Festival Program



On behalf of the Association Board of Directors, Committee Members and Volunteers-welcome to the 2015 Mason County Forest Festival. Today the Mason County Forest Festival Association proudly presents The 71st Annual Mason County Forest Festival, one of the longest running large festivals in Washington. The theme of this year’s Forest Festival is “Celebrate The Seasons of Our Forest.” The Paul Bunyan Grand Parade will without a doubt be as spectacular as ever. The Honor Guard from the USS Nimitz is leading off the parade. There will be something there for everyone, parade floats, dance teams, logging trucks, marching bands, classic cars, fire trucks and much more. STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® is returning this year to Loop Field with the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Western Regional Qualifier. It is a huge honor for us to host this regional event. The competition is going to be fierce with the 2 time National Champion competing here. STIHL and

RAM Trucks, two of the major sponsors, will both have booths at the Logging Show, showcasing some of their products. Come out to Loop Field for the Logging Show, root on your favorite competitor and visit the vendors while you are there. Forest Festival is not just the parade and the logging show, there are many other events to attend and participate in: The Goldsborough Creek Run/Walk/Jog, Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast, The Shelton Car Show Off, The Wood Duck Race and the Spectacular Fireworks Show. Mason County Forest Festival Association is a volunteer organization, incorporated in 1947 as a non-profit. If it were not for the volunteers of the past we would not be celebrating the 71st Forest Festival. As with years past we are always welcoming new volunteers. If this is something that you think might interest you please contact us, give back to the community, it is very rewarding. In closing I would like to thank my fellow Board Members, Committee Chairs and all who volunteer, for all of the hard work that they have done to make this one of the best Forest Festivals. Thanks for joining us!

Thank you!

Mason County Forest Festival 2015 BOARD & VOLUNTEERS President – Mick Sprouffske Vice President – Janis Carter Treasurer – Judy Bidwell Secretary – Lori Gorby Jenna Allred, Sheryal Balding, Kristine Bowman, Mel Carter, Amy & Forrest Cooper, Lorraine Coots, Nick Earsley, Deidre Eaton, Jodene & Rodgar Garrick, Teddi Green, Rachel Hansen, Susan Johnson, Norma King, Marie LaRock, Steve Martinell, Jackie Ouellette, Kay Pearson, Pam Schlauderoff, Jessica Smith, Helen Thomson, Linda Trail, Patti Tupper, Bill & Lorena Valley, Mike Willig and the Royalty Court Families for designing, decorating and driving our 2015 Mason County Forest Festival Float to parades through out the summer! MCFFA volunteers are regular folks who’ve rolled up our sleeves to do what we can to put on a free, fun-filled, family event each year. This volunteer has done her best to list everyone. If I have missed you, please accept my heart felt apology.

Program created & produced by Rachel Hansen


Shelton, WA | 360-427-5599

3 2015 Forest Festival Program

Messages from the Festival board – CELEBRATE THE SEASONS OF OUR FOREST Janis Carter | MCFFA Vice-President

I was raised in Raymond, where my father was a log truck driver, so I definitely feel at home here. I Iove seeing the log trucks, watching the tug boats– yes, and even waiting for a train. (Well, sometimes). I heard that the Forest Festival Committee was in need of volunteers if the festival were to continue. Somehow I couldn’t picture there not being a float that represented our great County or bands that represent our schools. This event brings citizens together to celebrate all the beauty that God gave us. So I went to a meeting to see if there was something this “little-ole-lady” could do to help make a difference. I was needed. It was the time to come out of my comfort zone, step up, and say “How can I help?”

Before I knew it I was the Vice-President as well as the Grand Parade Chair. I won’t say I am not nervous about all this responsibility – but I have lots of help and support from the fine group of people who are also so sincere about keeping our Mason County Forest Festival a living legend for many years to come. I hope the citizens of Mason County will feel the same motivation and get involved in our community. There’s always a spot for you. See you there!

Lori Gorby I MCFFA Secretary

It’s important to have these family events to celebrate our Mason County heritage. Just being part of an organization that promotes and recognizes Mason County provides me a great sense of pride and spirit. Judy Bidwell | MCFFA Treasurer

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!

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 71st annual Forest Festival.

80 19 3 5




2 0 1 5

E i g h t i e t h Anniversary

Credit Union

FOR 80 YEARS Peninsula Credit Union has been there for our members.

Your savings federally insured to at least $250,000 and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government


521 W. Railroad Ave., Shelton 360-426-1601 • 800-426-1601 •

National Credit Union Administration, a U.S. Government Agency



Platinum Festival Supporters Silver Festival Supporters

94.5 FM Roxy AAA Septic

Alpine Way Retirement Center

Anna’s Bay Chorale

Anytime Fitness of Shelton BCP Landscape Supplies Beco’s Tree Service & Wood Carving Black Star Graphics

Boulder Equipment

Bowman Financial Group Centennial Guild Mason General Hospital Foundation Christmas Village Cooper Studios

Cut Rate Auto Parts D & H Printing


Dr. Grimes Optometry

Kristmas Town Kiwanis

Gateway Rental Center

Little Creek Casino Resort

Green Diamond Resource Company

Lynch Creek Floral

Extreme Auto Body Gillis Auto Center

Hanson Motors

Les Schwab Tires Live 95.1 FM

Manke Lumber Company Mariano’s Fine Jewelry

Hood Canal Communications

Mason County Garbage

JX Construction

Hood Canal Lions

Mason County Historical Museum

Simpson Door

Our Community Credit Union

Simpson Lumber Company

Phyllis and Duane Guenther Memorial Scholarship Fund

Squaxin Island Child Development Center

Peninsula Credit Union

Port Blakely Tree Farms

ProBuild of Shelton and Hoodsport

Roosters Family Restaurant

Skookum Rotary

Teal Shaw Enterprises The Shopper

Tozier Brothers Ace Hardware

Mason County Journal

Shelton High School NJROTC Booster Club and Cadets

Tupper’s Floor Coverings

McFarlane Cascade

Shelton Outfitters

The Woodshed

Karen Everett

Mason County Optimists

Kix 95.3

Napa Auto Parts

Kiti 1420 AM

Olsen Furniture

Transmissions Plus

Shelton Kiwanis

Willis Auto Services

Shelton Rotary

Zanna Kadoun

Magazine created & produced by Rachel Hansen | Image in Action Design • (360) 427-5599 Shelton, WA 5 2015 Forest•Festival Program

2015 Forest Festival Program


MAY 28 – 31 | SHELTON, WA It is a fun time to celebrate our beautiful forest that we love so much! Come out and support the Forest Festival. Join the fun as events celebrate the rich timber history in Mason County with downtown Shelton Paul Bunyan parade, runs, fireworks, vendors, logging show, great food, car show and carnival. (See schedule page 24-25)

Cotton candy & corn dogs, brightly festooned parade floats, shiny classic cars and spinning carnival rides – all hallmarks of the start of Summer as locals flock to celebrate the local timber heritage. 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 present-day Shelton. Sol G. Simpson came to the area and founded the Simpson Logging Company in the 1890s establishing Shelton as a center of timber operations for much of the following century. The first Mason County Forest Festival in 1945 showcased the value of timber to the commu-

nity while demonstrating the importance of safeguarding the forests against destructive fires. Over the years visitors 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 1953 Forest Festival 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. 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 Mason County Forest Festival Association is a non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers. Without their dedication and the support of our community sponsors and the many friends of the Festival – this event would not be possible. Thank you! Please consider volunteering or serving on the board. With your help, the Mason County Forest Festival will continue to be a memorable event for everyone – young and old, lifelong residents, and visitors alike. For information visit

2014 court at Seafair Famous pageant showing the remarkable Paul Bunyan backdrop. 7 2015 Forest Festival Program Photo reproduced with permission from the Mason County Historical Society

Celebratethe Seasons

in your Subaru Forester

2015 Forest Festival Program hanson_2015.indd 1

8 4/14/15 3:56 PM

Carolyn Maddux | Author

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.

Queen Lois Gibler & her court, 1945

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.

THE 1967 FOREST FESTIVAL COURT visit the Washington

governor, Dan Evans. Shayna Larson, queen, and Art Tozier, Paul Bunyan, are surrounded by the princesses of the Forest. 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.

Liz Somers, 1964

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.

9 2015 Forest Festival Program

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.

Patsy Bixenmann, 1965

2015 Forest Festival Program


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 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 and other places all summer, promoting fire safety.

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, respectively. “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 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. “It was a really special group of people,” he said of the court.

We Like To See You Smile!


2015 Forest Festival Program

Your local home improvement discount store! The Habitat Store inventory changes daily with new & recycled home furnishings, home repair items, tools, appliances and much much more!

Open to the Public! Tuesday—Saturday 10:00 AM—5:30 PM



22653 NE State Rte 3

1826 Olympic Hwy N

(360) 275-9118

(360) 426-2198


Monday thru Saturday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Celebrating five years of delicious food in downtown Shelton! 405 Railroad Ave., Shelton, WA 98584 2015 Forest Festival Program 12

Art Tozier & Shayne Larsen, 1967

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. 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,

Janice Wittenberg, 1969

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 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;

The South Sound’s Most Music Station From Shelton to Yelm, Tacoma to Tumwater – and beyond – 94.5 ROXY 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.” 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.

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

Proud sponsor of the

Molly Eveleth, 1982

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. 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.

intensive format with a wide range of rock and roll favorites from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s combined with today’s most popular music. :

94.5 Roxy is employee owned and operated. Our Studio is located in Olympia, our tower is in Mason County, and our signal reaches and S. Kitsap County.

We are happy to support the Mason County Forest Festival

Olympia: 360.236.1010

Studio 360.754.7108



Shelton: 360.426.9333

2015 Forest Festival Program


to the contestants of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Western Regional Qualifier

Your Local STIHL dealer

Come by and see us for STIHL product demonstrations. If you are not sure which STIHL product is right for your needs, we will assist you. As always, we want you to have the right STIHL tool for the job. Family owned & operated since 1984.

Store Hours

• • • • • •

Sales, Parts & Service Chainsaws & accessories Brush Cutters & trimmers Blowers Full line of safety equipment and protective clothing Sharpening & repair

(360) 426-0875

Tuesday – Friday 8:30 – 5:30 Saturday 8:30-4:00 Closed Sunday and Monday

1603 Olympic Hwy N Shelton, WA 98584

Celebrating over1430 years in Mason County

2015 Forest Festival Program skipworth.indd 1

4/21/15 3:13 PM

Forest Festival hosts professional logging competition MICK SPROUFFSKE | MCFFA President

We are excited to host the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Professional Western Qualifier again this year on May 30th at Loop Field. Officials from STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® were so impressed with the success of last year’s event that they invited us to host it again. The Mason County Forest festival received many accolades from the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series organizers and competitors, many of whom have competed around the country and world. One of the competitors said that Forest Festival was one of the best overall logging show’s in the world he had been to in recent years, that we had the best setting at Loop Field and we always have a huge crowd of fans supporting us.

Loop Field has been the site of most of the Forest Festival Logging Shows. It truly is a grand setting with the lush green grass and the back drop of the majestic fir trees. We are grateful to the City of Shelton in particular Parks and Recreation for the way they go the extra mile in maintaining Loop Field. Established in 1985, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series assembles lumberjacks from around the globe to compete. The Series is seen

2014 Logging Show, Cooper Studios

FOREST FESTIVAL is pleased to once again host the STIHL ® TIMBERSPORTS ® Professional Western Qualifier. by over 20 million viewers annually in over 62 countries. Athletes compete in a variety of disciplines based on traditional logging skills to determine the best all-around lumberjack. Disciplines include Hot Saw, Single Buck, Springboard Chop, Standing Block Chop, Stock Saw and Underhand Chop. The professionals in the Series compete in five regional professional qualifiers throughout America. This Series Professional events will be broadcasted on ABC Network. Since 2011, with the growing popularity of the Series and growth of international competitions, the U.S. Series has only been open to U.S. athletes in the regional qualifiers. The World Championship competitions are the venue for international competition. There are 40 total open slots, 8 from each region, for professionals looking to compete and

2014 Logging Show, Cooper Studios


2015 Forest Festival Program

“No Job too BIG or too small!”


e e r S T e s r ’ v o ic c e & Wood Carving

earing l c d n a L • nding i r g p m u ping • St p o t & l a ov • Tre e re m i n g & l i m b i n g mm • Tre e t r i


ing p p i h c d o • Wo 4 hour 2 l l a C n •O ar ving c d o o w • C u s to m ailable v a d o o w • F i re call ! a s u e v i ... g

Knowledge & Experience

We take pride in maintaining the natural beauty of your property and are committed to delivering expert services and customer satisfaction for every property that we work on.

(360) 490-2670 2015 Forest Festival Program 16

Convenient Rewards! SAVE ON FUEL Insert your club card at the pump and save 4¢ each gallon on our everyday low prices on fuel.

EARN POINTS & DISCOUNTS Earn points and receive special membership

pricing on in-store purchases!

For more information visit


(continued from page 15)

qualify for the championship. Athletes are ranked, and then divided up with ten athletes per region based on ranking and home location. The top four individuals from each region then move on to the championship venue. The top U.S. chop saw competitor advances to the World Championship competition. The competition is going to be first class this year as we have the defending 2 time US Professional Champion Matt Cogar of Diana, West Virginia vying to return to the Championship Round. Here are the

2014 Logging Show, Cooper Studios

other athletes competing in the Western Regional Qualifier for a chance to compete at the U. S. Pro & and Collegiate Championship, June 20, in Central Park New York. Brain Bartow, Molalla, OR; T. J. Bexten, Hoquiam, WA; Mike Forrester, Ideleyld, OR; James “Mad Chopper” Hartley, Newport, WA; David “Junior” Moses, Snoqualmie, WA; Sam Mulholland-Wong, Saratoga, CA; Walter Page, Tollhouse, CA; Jeff Skirvin, Clatskanie, OR; Josh Stoken, Hoquiam, WA.

61 West Highway 108 Shelton, WA (360) 426-5254

Hama Hama Oyster Farm Seafood Store and Oyster Saloon

Live oysters & clams Grilled oysters Specialty seafood House-smoked salmon Local artisan food Located 12 miles north of Hoodsport on Highway 101 Retail store open 7 days a week 9:30 to 5:30 Call for Saloon hours - 360-877-5811

2014 Logging Show, Cooper Studios

17 17

2015 Forest Festival Program

(continued page 21) Forest Festival logging show has had many great logging sport competitors and exhibitors at the shows throughout its history. The most famous is Hap Johnson, 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. If you have an interest helping with the Logging Show or any part of Forest Festival please let us know.. We always welcome new faces and new ideas. Visit the Mason County Forest Festival website at The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® event will be hosted May 30, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Loop Field in Shelton. Admission is free. For more information visit or check out the current list of competitors and their bios at


thinner on the edges and thicker in the middle, resembling a banana.

BONE -- Another word for hard wood.

PEG AND RAKERS -- The cutting and pulling teeth found on a cross-cut saw.

SPAR -- The wooden pole climbed in the speed climb event.

CHAINMAIL SOCK -- Protective socks worn

THREE-CUTTERS -- A single buck saw featur-

COOKIE -- The circular wooden discs cut during

THROWING THE CHAIN -- A devastating

by professional lumberjacks sawing events.

DNF -- “Did Not Finish” DQED -- Disqualification in an event. HELICOPTER TURN -- Underhand chop

competitor jumps, with axe raised, and turns to begin backside cut in one fluid motion.

MISERY WHIP -- The affectionate nickname for the single buck event.

2015 Forest Festival Program

ing three cutting teeth or pegs, and one raker. event most common in the hot saw when the chain comes off the bar or breaks all together.

TOE - The edge of the axe that is furthest from the handle or top of the axe blade.

TWO-CUTTERS -- A single buck saw featuring two cutting teeth or pegs, and one raker.

WEDGER OR OILER -- The wedger or oiler tends to a single buck competitor’s saw as the competitor is competing.

For a complete list visit 18

20/20 for 20 Years – Thank you!

Enjoy the Fe


20% OFF

Bring a co ANY FRAME p 2015 For y or mention the est Festiv al Pro ad for 20 % off any gram frame. Restrictio n may ap ply.

From the grateful staff at the OPTICAL SHOP OF WA., INC. to our families, friends, patients and community, THANK YOU for allowing us to support and care for your vision needs! As we celebrate our youthful years, we are committed to continuing our education to attain and preserve our patients’ clearest and most comfortable vision for another 20+ years. To show our appreciation we will offer specials throughout the year. In June, our birthday month, we will celebrate by supporting your favorite locally recognized charity. Come in and say "hello" and let us help you with any questions, concerns or adjustments.

Again, from the Optical Shop of WA., Inc. to you, THANK YOU!

The OThe Optical Shop p t ical Sh DR DO op LOR DR DOLORES FRAIRE





2026 Olympic Hwy. N., Suite 102 Shelton, WA 98584 2015 Forest Festival Program

performance performance versatility versatility take cutting and clearing to the highest level with husqvarna’s commercial-grade 500 series take cutting and clearing to theinnovations, highest level handheld products. our latest with husqvarna’s 500 series engine and an ergonomic advanced X-torq®commercial-grade handheld products. our latest innovations, design provide operator comfort and superior ® engine and an ergonomic advanced X-torq performance. Built for the toughest jobs and design provide operator comfort and the most demanding professionals, thissuperior lineup performance. Built for the toughest jobs and delivers the power and durability you need the mostthe demanding to finish job right.professionals, this lineup delivers the power and durability you need to finish the job right. For more information visit your local Husqvarna dealer or For more information visit your local Husqvarna dealer or

CoNNeCt with us oNliNe

CoNNeCt with us oNliNe FiND YouR husQVARNA At


TOZIER BROS. INC | 110 Mill Street, Shelton WA 98584 | (360) 426-2411 © 2015 husqvarna AB. All rights reserved. © 2015 husqvarna AB. All rights reserved.

2015 Forest Festival Program


Every day is Forest Festival for Green Diamond

As a major forest products enterprise in Mason County, Green Diamond Resource Company is an ardent supporter of Mason County Forest Festival. “So many people have kept this tradition alive over the years,” said Paul Wing, vice president and general manager of Green Diamond’s Northwest Division, based in Shelton. “On behalf of Green Diamond and the forest products industry, I want to thank each of the hard-working volunteers who are carrying this legacy forward today.” Wing and others at Green Diamond remember as children watching the parade, logging show and other traditions of the Forest Festival. With older siblings in the North Mason

GARY SCHUYTEN, retired contract logging superintendent, at Forest Festival Field Day

Photo credit:Wing Green Diamond High School band, sat on the sidelines during many a parade. As a senior at North Mason High School in 1974, Wing was chosen as Paul Bunyan. He remembers having to maneuver the giant ax to get under the power lines. Today’s Paul Bunyan stands on a platform midway up the stack of logs, instead of perching on top. Wing saw his first logging show that same year. “It was fascinating to see how quickly the contestants could chop through logs, the big chips flying every which way,” he recalled.

Green Diamond’s employees are responsible for diverse activities in the forest such as planting 2 million-plus trees per year, laying out harvest units with protection for fish,wildlife and clean water, logging trees to be made into homes and other wood products around the world, or providing support to these management activities, Green Diamond celebrate Forest Festival every 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. Thank you to Green Diamond for their continued involvement and support of the Mason County Forest Festival. For information visit greendiamond. com.

You’ll notice the difference.

Unlike national banks, we’re in the business of helping local businesses. Columbia Bank takes pride in supporting communities and making sure that decisions affecting your business are made right here, with you. Find out more at or call 360-426-5581.

Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender 21

2015 Forest Festival Program

Journal Profile 8.375” x 10.875” CMYK 2’15



2015 Forest Festival Program


A partial list of past Mason County Forest Festival Paul Bunyan Grand Parade Grand Marshal’s 2014 Nita Bariekman 2013 Frank Bishop 2012 Lyle Coleman 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 1991 Berwyn Thomas 1978 Ada & Rudie Oltman 1969 Gabert James 1965 “Teeny” Safeway Clown 1946 Captain E.H. Faubert

2015 Parade Grand Marshal: Carolyn Olsen Her smile – Her loyalty to everything Mason County. Her support for everyone and every cause. Her ability to laugh at herself and make others comfortable. These are a few of the reasons why Carolyn Olsen was nominated & chosen to be the 2015 Mason County Forest Festival Grand Marshal. Carolyn moved to Shelton with her husband, Rod Olsen, in 1969. She & Rod had 5 children – Sandy, Kristen, Karin, Robert & Rod Jr. – while building their business, Olsen Furniture. In 2002, Carolyn opened Sage Book Store- combining her love for books with her desire to bring a positive and fun retail store into the community she loves. For 13 years she fulfilled that dream for herself and the community. Carolyn is known as the “Energizer Bunny” in Kristmas Town Kiwanis.

She is a supporter of Harmony Hill as well as South Sound Senior Services. She is an integral part of Mason County Foundation For Hope, which is dedicated to success of Mason County Problem-Solving Court Programs. A Past President of the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the North Mason Chamber and the Mason General Hospital Arts Commission, Carolyn is currently an active advocate for Save the Pool, Save the Library, the Alcoholism Task Force,


Mason County Literacy, Pioneer School District, MCDAP and the Mason County Forest Festival – just to name a few. Now that she has “retired”, she has time to spend in her beautiful new home with 11 beautiful grandchildren to enjoy. Please join us in celebrating your 2015 Grand Marshal, Carolyn Olsen.

2015 Forest Festival Program



Railroad Ave, Shelton WA |FREE see page 26-27 for details


Check-in at the Post Office see page 28 for details




Loop Field, Shelton WA | FREE see page 15 for details



Railroad Ave, Shelton WA | FREE

Central Mason Fire & EMS Station 58, 122 W. Franklin

MAY 31 - SUNDAY 1O:00 AM – 3:00 PM 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHELTON CAR SHOW-OFF Supporting the Shelton NJROTC Olympic Hwy N, Shelton WA see page 41 for details

Sponsored by Manke Lumber | FREE Oakland Bay Junior High see page 36 for details


Proudly Presented by the Kristmas Town Kiwanis 7th ST to 1st ST, Goldsborourgh Creek 1st Prize $500


Meet the Forest Festival Royal Court & enjoy food, crafts and other booth displays at the exhibit areas

SATURDAY – Loop Field | SUNDAY – Olympic Hwy N


PARADISE AMUSEMENTS CARNIVAL A Mason County Forest Festival Event at Gateway Center on Olympic Hwy North

THURS 4:00 PM-11:00 PM | FRI 4:00 PM-11:00 PM SAT Noon –11:00 PM | SUN Noon – 6:00 PM Closing time dependent on attendance & weather


(1 Wrist Band & 5 Game Tickets)

Available at these fine locations: TOZIERS ACE HARDWARE 110 Mill Steet


Advance ticket sales end at the close of business Wednesday May 27, 2015 Wrist band tickets at the gate are $30 and do not include game tickets




Thank you SKYDIVE KAPOWSIN for providing great aerial images of the 2014 Mason County Forest Festival. Skydive Kapowsin is the only fully certified skydiving center available 6 days a week – 360-432-8000. 25

2015 Forest Festival Program

  

 


  


 

 

  

   

 


 

   

  

 

  

2015 Forest Festival Program


The Optimist Club invites people of all ages, families, groups and pets to come downtown Shelton on Saturday morning, May 30th, at 10:00 a.m. to have some good old fashioned fun by participating in the Family and Pet Parade that kicks off the Forest Festival Grand Parade on Railroad Avenue. Dress up with your pets, decorate your bikes, wear a costume, have a forest theme or something totally different! Cash prizes 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. Visit masoncountyforestfestival. org to download a copy of the entry form and return to PO Box 925, Shelton, WA 98584. For more information call Lorraine Coots 360-426-9852 or

The Optimist Club has been sponsoring the Family & Pet Parade since they chartered in 2002. Before becoming the Optimists, they were the Kiwaniannes and sponsored the parade that was known then as the “Kiddee Parade.” The Mason County chapter is part of an international group of clubs throughout the United States and around the world. The Optimist motto is “Bringing out the Best in Kids.” Lorraine Coots, Club President stated, “Sponsoring the parade is one of our favorite community activities. It’s so great to see everyone dressed up and the little ones so excited to be part of the procession. And, we get to promote reading by distributing books!”

HAVE FUN AT THE FESTIVAL! PO Box 344 Aberdeen, WA 98520 888-522-1130 1130


2015 Forest Festival Program

HOSPITAL GUILD HOSTS ANNUAL GOLDSBOROUGH CREEK FUN RUN The run has a history of about 20 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. 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. 7 mile participants follow the Shelton Valley/Deegan 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). Âź 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. Check-in and day of race registration begins at 6:00 AM at the Shelton Post Office Park on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

To pre-register prior to May 27th go to or visit to download a registration form.

While the family is away... Rest


Relax Dine



Respite Care at Maple Glen Senior Living is the perfect solution for you when your family is away. Stay in a comfortable furnished apartment. Dine with new friends. Join in all the activities from movies and cultural events to entertainment, and arts and crafts. Enjoy quiet time to read or listen to your favorite music. Be cared for by trained staff 24-hours-a-day. Find out what Celebrating the ART of Life means at Maple Glen Senior Living.

Visit today – join us for a free lunch and tour Call us at 360.427.0300 Learn more about Maple Glen Senior Living and our Services and Amenities at

2015 Forest Festival Program


The 7 mile walk starts at 7:00 am so that walkers have completed the course by roughly 9:30. The main events, the 7 mile run and 2 mile run/walk begin at 8:00 am. The junior jog begins at 9:30 am on Railroad Avenue. An awards ceremony is held at the Post Office Park at 9:45, giving out medals to winners of age categories as well as giving random prizes donated from local businesses. 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 purchase equipment for Mason General Hospital. Title sponsor of the event for the last three years has been Regence Blue Cross. Mile marker sponsors are Hiawatha Evergreens, Armstrong and Armstrong Christmas Trees, Gillis Auto Center, McCarty and Associates Marketing Firm, Don Small and Sons Oil Distributors, Simpson Lumber Company, and South Sound Radiology. Lynch Creek Farm sponsors the finish line area. AAA Septic provides porta-potties at the race start and on Deegan Road for the 7 mile walkers. To pre-register prior to May 27th go to or visit html to download a registration form or find locations to pick one up. Early registration before May 12 is $20. After May 12 registration is $25. A commemorative dry-wick shirt may be ordered by the May 12 deadline for an additional $20. Entry fee for the Junior Jog is $12. A group rate for four or more pre-registered participants is available by contacting

Your Local New, Used & Service Center

Stop by & see us!

We service and repair all makes, models & types of vehicles – foreign, domestic and motor-homes!

(360) 426-5585 • 1-800-365-4096 Gillis Auto Center West 180 Hulbert Road Shelton, WA (Railroad Ave. & 101 Interchange)

Sales: 800-365-4096 Local: 360-426-5585 Fax: 360-426-5935

Department Hours Sales: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am – 7:00pm Parts/Service: Monday - Friday: 7:00am – 5:30pm Open 2nd & 4th Saturdays Detail: Monday - Friday: 7:00am – 5:30pm 29

2015 Forest Festival Program

Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast Come out and support your local fire department (Donations Accepted) Pancakes, French toast, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Orange Juice and Coffee

Location: Central Mason Fire & EMS Station 58 – Downtown Shelton 122 W Franklin Street Shelton, WA 98584

Forest Festival Weekend Saturday, May 30th, 2015 Serving 7am – 11am

Mason 5 Firefighters Association

Mason County Title Company Title Dept.

Escrow Dept.

w w w. m a s o n c o u n t y t i t l e . c o m (360) 427-8088 (360) 426-9713 Fax 427-7179 Fax 426-0716 Title Insurance Agent for: Stewart Title and Old Republic National Title Co.

P O B o x 2 7 8 , S h e l t o n , WA 9 8 5 8 4 2015 Forest Festival Program


Meet the 2015 Mason County Forest Festival Court The Mason County Forest Festival 2015 Coronation Ceremony was held in March at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Students competed for Queen, Princesses, Paul Bunyan and, new this year, Timber. Shelbie Garrick was crowned Queen of the Forest during the 2015 Coronation Ceremony. Chris Frost is Paul Bunyan and Kameron Jones is Timber the Axe Man. “After many decades with the Forest Festival Royalty, Smokey Bear has been retired. The committee gave careful consideration to several great ideas and “Timber the Axe Man” was selected. We congratulate Kameron for making Forest Festival history by being the first ever Timber.” Says MCFFA President Mick Sprouffske.

Princess of Hemlock is Ally Anderson. Ally also won the Friendship Award voted by her peers. The Essay Contest winner is Kameron Jones.

by the Mason County Forest Festival Association, Princess of Hemlock by Christmas Village and Princess of Pine is sponsored by Karen Everett.

Queen of the Forest $1,000 scholarship is provided by the Phyllis and Duane Guenther Memorial Scholarship Fund. $1,000 Paul Bunyan scholarship by the Shelton Rotary and Mason County Forest Festival Association combined, and Timber the Axe Man receives his $1,000 scholarship from Skookum Rotary.

The Mason County Forest Festival Coronation Ceremony is sponsored by: Alpine Way Retirement Center, Anytime Fitness, Cooper Studios, Lynch Creek Floral, Mariano’s Fine Jewelry, and Tozier Brothers/ Ace Hardware.

Princess of Cedar is Veronica Aguilar, Princess of Douglas Fir is Riley McDougall, Princess of Spruce Chelsea Saeger, Princess of Pine is Emily Frost, and

Each Princess receives a $500 scholarship from their sponsor. Princess of Cedar is sponsored by Kristmas Town Kiwanis, Princess of Douglas Fir by Shelton Kiwanis, Princess of Spruce


Hello! My name is Shelbie Garrick and I am honored to represent Mason County as this year's Queen of the Forest. I am a senior at Shelton High School and a second year Running Start student at Olympic College.


I will have my Associates degree from OC by this fall then will continue my education at Pacific Lutheran University where I will major in Communications to become a journalist. I have always enjoyed reading and writing and therefore hope to turn one into a career, but my favorite hobby is spending time with my family at the dunes, tearing up the sand on my pink quad. I had the blessing of being a part of this historic royalty court last year as the Princess of Hemlock and had the most amazing time at parades, elementary schools and meetings; simply just being more involved in our community. I look forward to another incredible experience and

2015 Forest Festival Program

will wear my crown proudly everywhere I go to represent our great county in the way it deserves. Thank you for the opportunity and tremendous honor to serve as this year's Queen of the Forest. See you all at the end of May for Forest Festival 2015! Let's make it the best one yet!


Hi! My name is Chelsea Saeger and l am the 2015 Princess of Spruce. I'm 18 years old and a Senior at Shelton High School and a New Market Skill Center student for their Nursing Program. This fall I will start my prerequisite to obtain my RN at Olympic College. Then I plan to transfer to a University to acquire my Bachelor's in Science and study Oncology. In the

future I plan to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. I love working with children and have been a volunteer cheer coach for a local Shelton Climber cheer program, formally known as Shelton King's, for 2 years. I could not be more excited to be more involved with Mason County. I cannot wait to make lasting memories with our 2015 Forest Festival Royalty Court.


Hello! My name is Riley McDougall and I am privileged to be the 2015 Princess of Douglas Fir! I am 18 years old and currently attending Shelton High School as a senior. Next fall I plan to attend Grays Harbor College and study Criminal Justice.

Shelton Dental Excellence –Now Accepting New Patients!

Creating Smiles Through Gentle Techniques We have a well-trained clinical staff to assist in the delivery of your dental care: • • • • • • •

Bleaching/Teeth Whitening Cosmetic Dentistry Crowns and Bridges Dentures and Partials Digital Radiography and Charts Extractions Implant Restoration

• • • •

Pediatric Dentistry Preventive Care & Hygiene Program Sedation Dentistry Invisalign/Fastbraces

Meet our dentists and team

360-426-4712 dentalexcellence.indd 1 2015 Forest Festival Program

1626 Olympic Hwy North, Shelton, WA 98584


4/20/15 1:24 AM

I enjoy playing three varsity sports for Shelton: soccer, bowling and tennis! I also enjoy representing my school through leadership programs and ASB council. My parents own a restaurant in Hoodsport, The Model T Pub and Eatery, where I spend summers working. I also have a pet poodle named Bentley! I look forward to representing Mason County on the 2015 Forest Festival Court!


My name is Emily Frost; I am currently 17 years old, and a Junior at Shelton High School. I plan on graduating from high school in the year 2016, then furthering my education at a Community College and receiving my Associate’s Degree. I am very active in my community as an Explorer of Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Mason County Fire District #4. I enjoy serving meals with Community Dinners for the less fortunate. I have participated in “Faith Acts!, a ministry of Faith Lutheran Church” theater for three years. With my youth group, I went to a California food bank last summer and sorted and packed over 13 ½ tons of crates full of oranges, and filled many boxes of food for people who could use it. At

school I am involved in Spanish Club and hold the position of Secretary. I am also involved in sports including: Cross Country, Bowling, and Track and Field. I can’t wait to make wonderful new memories with this amazing group of people. I am honored to represent my town and I can’t wait for the wonderful new adventures to come this year.


Hello, my name is Veronica Aguila; I am the 2015 Princes of Cedar. I am a Senior at Shelton High School and I am 17 years old. After graduating this June, I plan to attend South Puget Sound Community College and get my Degree in Fine Arts to become a Photographer. I enjoy being active and I also enjoy playing Rugby and doing Track. I am super excited to be a part of the Forest Festival Royalty Court and to make awesome memories with the rest of my fellow court members. They are like a family to me now and have made me feel like a part of this community. It's like a dream come true because I have always wanted to be a princess for Mason County.

(360) 490-4964 Text GOLDCOASTOYSTER to 22828

to receive our quarterly newsletter with great ideas, information and recipes! 33 2015 Forest Festival Program


Hello, I'm Ally Anderson and I am the 2015 Princess of Hemlock. I am 16 years old and currently a Junior at Shelton High School. After graduation in June of 2016, I will attend South Puget Sound Community College for two years to complete my prerequisites. After completing my prerequisites I will transfer to a major University where I will further my degree in teaching. Outside of school I enjoy many outdoor activities such as fishing, boating and camping with family and friends. I am so excited to represent the wonderful community of Mason County and to spend quality time making memories with my fellow court members!

Hello my name is Chris Frost and I am the princess of… oh wait!!! Just kidding, I am actually Paul Bunyan for the 2015 Forest Festival Royalty Court. I am 18 years old and a senior at Shelton High School. I am so glad to have been chosen for this position, and to be able to share this opportunity with my other fellow royalty members. I am a proud Eagle Scout, athlete, actor, singer, musician,

Representing our Mason County as part of the 2015 Forest Festival Royalty Court is an honor and a duty that I take such pride in. I look forward to sharing the history of Forest Festival and our new story of Timber the Axe Man with community organizations, while meeting other courts and being a role model for children.




Hello, I’m Kameron Jones. As a senior preparing to graduate with honors from Shelton High in June, I realize I have been planning for this since I was eight years old, when I knew I had an important role to help others and to bring efficiencies to the world. Recently accepted into The Evergreen State College’s nationally recognized Psychology program, I intend to achieve my bachelors and PhD in psychology, as well as becoming a Lean black belt, with additional majors in philosophy and Japanese studies. I enjoyed paging for the Legislature, interning for the Governor’s Results WA Office, and spend my free time with family and independently collecting warm coats for the 400+ homeless children and the battered women of Mason County.

Chris Frost, Paul Bunyan 2015

2015 Forest Festival Program

swim teacher, Explorer, FBLA member, and Life guard. I hold many leadership roles in and out of school. I am a National Honor Society member and I am graduating in the top ten percent of my class. I am planning on attending community college so that I can keep costs down and then transfer to a four year university to obtain a major in either Law, Teaching or Electrical Engineering. I would also like to help my country by serving in the military. I am very involved in my community and church. I look forward to this coming year and can’t wait for what this position has in store.

Thank you Smokey Bear

Forest Festival is about tradition. This year we are retiring a tradition and starting a new one. For over 30 years Smokey Bear has been a part of the Forest Festival Royalty Court. Last year Smokey Bear celebrated his 70th birthday, 70 years of promoting the message “ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES”. SMOKEY BEAR is administered by three entities: the United States Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the Ad Council. Smokey Bear’s name and image are protected by United States federal law, the Smokey Bear Act of 1952. The Smokey Bear suit that Mason County Forest Festival has been using was determined to be out of date and in need of replacement. The current decision makers have said that we do not meet the guidelines for purchasing a new suit. Therefore, Smokey Bear will no longer be on the Forest Festival Court, though he will always be a part of the Forest Festival in spirit. Through much deliberation it was determined to welcome a new tradition into the Mason County Forest Festival. We are proud to welcome “Timber the Axe Man.” Check out the poem to the right to hear his story as created by our first Timber, Kameron Jones! Welcome, Timber the Axe Man!

Local Shellfish Market Retail Store Open Daily 10-6 (360) 432-3300 130 SE Lynch Rd, Shelton

Oysters • Clams • Mussels • Geoduck

Following 70 years of Forest Festival – there’s a legend that’s not been told, For our hero, Paul Bunyan, was always alone with no one but Babe as he grew old. A new story tells us there’s more info to be aware, His best friend was Timber – with thick black hair, They met as young children playing deep in the wood, Both carrying giant axes as lumberjacks should. Inseparable they were – for many reasons, Taking care of each other through each of the Seasons. Each Fall the friends hunted for food as a team, The forest – their home land, keeping them lean. Kameron M. Jones Timber the Axe Man Winter came quickly in these snow covered hills, They took shelter under fir trees to stay warm from cold chills. Springtime brought sunshine for logging their trees, Together they enjoyed the flowers, the birds and the bees. As Summer arrived the friends gratitude was shown, Celebrating the beautiful forest that gave them their home. Over the years they logged acres – best friends they would stay, Until in their old age they each went their own way. When the seasons of the forest continue each year, Their lasting friendship is felt far and near. Wind through the trees – leaves fall to the ground, Birds chirping softly – with all of their sound, So as the seasons change in our beautiful land, Remember 35 Paul & Timber - and shake a new friend’s hand. 2015 Forest Festival Program

Manke Fireworks Light the Forest Festival Night 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. The fireworks start as the sun sets on Shelton, Saturday evening, May 30. Come early as the parking lots fill quickly while families settle in to surrond the viewing areas near Shelton’s Oakland bay Junior

SAT MAY 30 | 10:00 PM FIREWORKS Oakland Bay Junior High High off Kneeland Boulevard. good spots include the Fred Meyer and Walmar parking lots. The Mason County community and the Mason County Forest Festival Association snd 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!

legacy is your future, roots run deep Mason County.

Our and our in

On December 3, 1941, we began as Simpson Employees Federal Credit Union.

In 2006 we changed our name to Our Community Credit Union to better reflect a growing and diversified member base. Today we have seven branches to provide you with solutions and a lasting relationship.

Simpson Logging Co., Old Camp 4 Schaletske Prairie near Satsop River ca. 1930-1940

2015 Forest Festival Program

800.426.5657 •


PAUL AND BABE WELCOME FESTIVAL ATTENDEES One of the most famous and popular North American folklore heroes, Paul is usually described as a giant as well as a lumberjack of unusual skill, and is often accompanied in stories by his animal companion, Babe the Blue Ox. Over 30 states and nine provinces have some form of giant Bunyan to be proud of. Shelton is no exception. In the early 1960’s, the Bingers Brothers brought Paul Bunyan, a fiberglass statue of legendary proportions to stand tall overlooking the local Binger gas station in Shelton. Through Paul’s history in Shelton he had many faces and many locations, until he eventually fell into ruin. In 1995, Lloyd Prouty and a group of friends stepped forward and took on the daunting task to restore Paul. Later Babe was added to his side. With the restoration of Paul and Babe, Mason County has been able to step back into the ranks of the communities throughout North America that celebrate the heritage that is represented by these logging folk lore legends.

As the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade passes by on May 30 be sure to check out the hydraulic limbo action as Paul navigates the power lines! We need to look no farther than ingenuity and integrity of this community for the resources to enhance and honor this heritage even more. Paul Bunyan and Blue are iconic mascots for Shelton and Mason County, visiting parade and festivals throughout the Northwest. They are also great draws for tourists to the area. Thank you, Lloyd Prouty, for dreaming big -really BIG- and bringing us Paul and Babe. Thank you also to all the sponsors and contributors to this project!


photo Cooper Studios

2015 Forest Festival Program

$1.00 Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast or the Forest Festival Information booth at Loop Field Saturday

Stihl® Chainsaw Donated by Stihl®

4-Foot tall chainsaw carved bear Donated by Beco’s Tree Service and Wood Carving

1 Cord of Firewood (Three winners, 1 cord each) Donated by Beco’s Tree Service and Wood Carving The Woodshed

Stay & Play at Little Creek Casino Resort Donated by Little Creek Casino Resort Includes: One night stay, round of golf, spa treatment & dinner for two

Garden Package Donated by Tozier’s Ace Hardware: Wheelbarrow, garden tools & potting soil Donated by BCP Landscape Supplies: 5 Yards of: Topsoil, 3 Way Mix or Garden Mix. (Picked up only) Drawing held Saturday May 30th at the end of the Logging Show at Loop Field. Must be 18 to enter Need not be present to win

  2015 Forest Festival Program


Thank you Kristmas Town Kiwanis! The Kristmas Town Kiwanis Club is a non-profit organization in Shelton that does many things in support of the Mason County community. Each year Kristmas Town Kiwanis provides four scholarships for local youth. One is awarded to the Mason County Forest Festival Princess of Cedar. This year’s Princess is Veronica Aguilar a senior at Shelton High School. Kristmas Town Kiwanis presents events and services for the community: • • Thank you AAA Septic for supporting the 2015 Mason County Forest Festival.

(360) 427-6110

BLUEGRASS FROM THE FOREST May 15-17 “DUCK RACE May 3, 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 December 4 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 5:00 PM, December 5 ALUMINUM CAN DRIVE Three times a year

Veronica Aguilar

• •

HIGHWAY PICKUP Quarterly 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.

Shelton’s Mattress & Appliance Shelton’s Mattress & Appliance Center


Shelton’s Mattress & Appliance Center • 360-426-4702 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm • Sat 10am-5:30pm • Most Holidays 12pm-4pm 414 Franklin Downtown Shelton • 360-426-4702 414 Franklin Downtown Shelton

8:30am-5:30pm • Sat 10am-5:30pm • Most Holidays 12p 414 FranklinMon-Fri Downtown Shelton • 360-426-4702

Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm • Sat 10am-5:30pm • Most Holidays 12pm-4pm

Proudly supporting the community for three generations Shelton’s Mattress & Appliance Center with fine furniture & excellent customer service! 414 Franklin Downtown Shelton • 360-426-4702 Shelton’s Mattress & Appliance Center Complete your home Furniture. Shelton’s Mattress & Olsen Appliance Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm • Satwith 10am-5:30pm • MostCenter Holidays 12pm-4pm 414 Franklin Downtown Shelton • 360-426-4702

Franklin Downtown Shelton ••Most 360-426-4702 Mon-Fri 414 8:30am-5:30pm • Sat 10am-5:30pm Holidays 12pm-4pm Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm • Sat 10am-5:30pm • Most Holidays 12pm-4pm 39

2015 Forest Festival Program

With the help of Jerry Larimer, the A & W restaurant was a registration point for that first show and they used the Mountain View neighborhood as the location for 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.

According to Annette McGee, people were very supportive of the scholarship program. After a couple of years, the name was changed to the Shelton Car Show-Off. The car show moved a few times in the early years, but returned to its home on Olympic Highway North where it fills eight city blocks from “C” Street to “K” The inspiration for the plaque Street. Car entry and registra- came from a photo provided by McGee. tion is now on “G” Street. The dash plaque that is a part of each show was originally designed by former middle school art teacher, Bill Valley.

Many people and organizations have been involved in putting on this car show over the years. In 2007, the

Shelton High School NJROTC Booster Club became involved in running the car show and has been planning and running the show since 2010. Proceeds from this event help support the Forest Festival and the NJROTC cadets’ citizenship/leadership program and activities. The Booster Club is able to help send cadets to leadership academy and help get their teams to competitions because of the funds they raise from the car show. Six months of planning go into putting on the Car Show-Off. On the day of the show, it takes about 50 people to run the show. In recent years as many as 400 cars have registered for the show.

2015 Forest Festival Program



Photo: Skydive Kapowsin

It all started in 1990 when Darrel Andrews wanted to add a car show to the Sunday of Forest Festival weekend. That was the start of the Mason County Car Show-Off.

Keeping our community connected



Cars come from all over Washington, some from Oregon, Idaho and even one from Alaska. Helen Thomson, Car Show-Off Chair, adds, “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. The Shelton High School NJROTC Booster Club is proud to be a part of this 25th year celebration and we want to extend our thanks for all the continued support for the Mason County Forest Festival, Shelton Car Show-Off and the Shelton High School NJROTC.” The Car Show-Off is open and free to spectators on Sunday from 10 to 3. Car registration is from 8 to 11 on “G” Street. The car registration fee is $20 per car.


2015 Forest Festival Program

Powerfully Versatile. Affordably Priced.

$2,750 Customer Instant Rebate with Purchase of a New Kubota L3301** and Two Qualifying Implements*


0 0% 60 $ 1,750 Down,

A.P.R. Financing for




Customer Instant Rebate with Purchase of a New Kubota L3301*** and Two Qualifying Implements*

Offers end 6/30/15.

Tozier Brothers, Inc. 110 Mill Street Shelton,WA 98584 (360) 426-2411

*Customer instant rebates (C.I.R.) of $750 are available on purchases of new Kubota L3301 Series tractors with two or more qualifying new Kubota or LandPride implements to qualified purchasers from participating dealers’ in-stock inventory through 6/30/2015. Dealer subtracts rebate from dealer’s pre-rebate selling price on qualifying purchases. Sales to Rental, National Accounts or Governmental customers do not qualify. C.I.R. not available after completed sale. Financing is available through Kubota Credit Corporation, U.S.A., 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503; subject to credit approval. Some exceptions apply. Offer expires 6/30/2015. **Customer instant rebates (C.I.R.) of $2,000 are available on cash or standard rate finance purchases of new Kubota L3301/L3901/L4701 All Series equipment to qualified purchasers from participating dealers’ in-stock inventory through 6/30/2015. C.I.R. is not available with 0% A.P.R. or low-rate financing offers. Dealer subtracts rebate from dealer’s pre-rebate selling price on qualifying purchases. Sales to Rental, National Accounts or Governmental customers do not qualify. C.I.R. not available after completed sale. Financing is available through Kubota Credit Corporation, U.S.A., 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503; subject to credit approval. Some exceptions apply. Offer expires 6/30/2015. ***Customer instant rebates (C.I.R.) of $1,000 are available on purchases of new Kubota L3301/L3901/L4701 Series tractors to qualified purchasers from participating dealers’ in-stock inventory through 6/30/2015. Dealer subtracts rebate from dealer’s pre-rebate selling price on qualifying purchases. Sales to National Accounts or Governmental customers do not qualify. C.I.R. not available after completed sale. Financing is available through Kubota Credit Corporation, U.S.A., 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503; subject to credit approval. Some exceptions apply. Offer expires 6/30/2015. ****$0 down, 0% A.P.R. for 60 months on new Kubota BX, B/B26, L (excluding L39 & L45) and M Series (excluding M59, M Narrow, M96S, M108S and M9960HDL models), K008, KX, U, R, SVL75-2, RB, DMC, DM, RA & TE Series equipment is available to qualified purchasers from participating dealers’ in-stock inventory through 6/30/2015. Example: A 60-month monthly installment repayment term at 0% A.P.R. requires 60 payments of $16.67 per $1,000 financed. 0% A.P.R. interest is available to customers if no dealer documentation preparation fee is charged. Dealer charge for document preparation fee shall be in accordance with state laws. Inclusion of ineligible equipment may result in a higher blended A.P.R. Not available for Rental, National Accounts or Governmental customers. 0% A.P.R. and low-rate financing may not be available with customer instant rebate offers. Financing is available through Kubota Credit Corporation, U.S.A., 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503; subject to credit approval. Some exceptions apply. Offer expires 6/30/2015. See us for details on these and other low-rate options or go to for more information. Optional equipment may be shown.

2015 Forest Festival Program © Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2015


MASON COUNTY STUDENTS CREATE 2015 BUTTON DESIGNS In the early years of the Forest Festival, the button had two purposes. The first was to admit you to events that were held during the festival. The second, as stated by Rudy Werberger the President in 1959 of the Mason County Forest Festival Association, “it identifies you as a citizen who is interested in his community’s biggest civic event of the year.” For many years the design of the button has been the result of a contest for students. The contest is open to all Mason County students and each year hundreds of designs are submitted. The theme for the button design this year was “Celebrate the Seasons of Our Forest” and 469 entries were received. At the annual coronation ceremony held in March the top three designs in each age group were announced. The grand prize design by Lauren Dagle became the 2015 Forest Festival Button. All the outdoor events are now free to spectators but we encourage everyone to buy a Forest Festival Button and wear it proudly! Buttons are $3 each and the proceeds support the Forest Festival.

2015 Button Design Contest Winners K-5 First Place: Danner Ragan 5th/Mt. View/Mrs. Gagnon K-5 Second Place: Donald B. Hageman III 5th/Mason Co. Christian/Mrs. Carey K-5 Third Place: D. J. Kelley 5th/Mt. View/Mrs. Gagnon

6-8 First Place: Kiana Henry 7th/Olympic Middle/Mrs. Garner 6-8 Second Place: Ne’a Moffett 7th/Southside/Mr. White 6-8 Third Place: Melanie Sanders 7th/Southside/Mr. White

9-12 First Place: Lauren Dagle 12th/Shelton High/Mr. Phelan 9-12 Second Place: Evan Weinman Shelton High/Mr. Phelan 9-12 Third Place: Rosi Lorza 12th/Shelton High/Mr. Phelan

Grand prize winner, LAUREN DAGLE

FESTIVAL HEROES – Bill & Lorna Valley Darrel Andrews | Author

After the 1979 Forest Festival, a special meeting was called to vote on whether or not the Forest Festival would continue. Bill Valley cast the deciding vote and made it possible for this wonderful tradition to be part of Mason County’s history. In 1980, in debt and with a broken down float, Bill Valley and several others started a donation campaign called the “Green Chain Committee”. After several weeks of phone calls and solicitation of local businesses and individuals, the Forest Festival was able to pay all its debts in full and had enough money to start building a new float which Bill designed. The float he designed in 1980 was the first time the Mason County Forest Festival made an entry in the Seafair Torchlight Parade. He is also credited with the design of beautiful award winning floats for many years after that.

Bill has been instrumental in all phases of the Festival. He would willingly be the “go to guy” who you could rely on to get the job done. Bill and Lorena took over the button design competition and grew the number of designs submitted by local school students from a few to over 400 this year. Their enthusiasm is contagious and they are truly ambassadors of the Mason County Forest Festival. Please join us in thanking Bill and Lorena for their many years of heroic community support!


Bill and Lorena Valley photo: Cooper Studios

2015 Forest Festival Program

Button, Button – Who Has the Button? Dr. James Grimes does! In fact, Dr. Grimes has a Forest Festival Button for each of the last 70 years. Collecting these buttons has been a hobby of his since 1985. One of his complete collections is on display at the Shelton Civic Center for all to see. The first year of the Forest Festival was 1945 and the button was of Smokey Bear. The button was also printed in yellow and brown and is a very rare find according to Dr. Grimes. He continues to look for that button as well as ones from 1946, 47, 48, 98 and the nickel-sized children’s buttons from the early years. One button, the 2004, was issued incorrectly with the first year of the festival as 1944 instead of 1945. Photos of all 71 buttons are featured here for everyone to enjoy a little piece of our Mason County Forest Festival history. Want to start your own collection? Check out the purchase locations on the next page for details on where you can pick up your 2015 button!

Serving Mason County since 1939

Clean, Renewable, Reliable Energy Every Day

Mason PUD 3

• Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider • 97 % Carbon Free Electricity • One of the fastest wholesale fiber optic networks in the U-S • • 2015 Forest Festival Program 44

Button Locations:

The 2015 MASON COUNTY FOREST FESTIVAL BUTTONS are $3 each and can be purchased at: BLONDIE’S RESTAURANT 628 Railroad Ave., Shelton CAMEO BOUTIQUE & WINE SHOP 6871 Hwy. 106, Union CASE BY CASE JEWELERS 221 Railroad Ave., Shelton COFFEE CREEK ESPRESSO 1781 W. Shelton Matlock Rd, Shelton GREEN DIAMOND RESOURCE COMPANY 215 N. 3rd St. Shelton

MASON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 427 Railroad Ave., Shelton LYNCH CREEK FLORAL 331 Railroad Ave., Shelton ROOSTERS FAMILY RESTAURANT 3001 Olympic Hwy. N. SHELTON MASON COUNTY CHAMBER 215 Railroad Ave., Shelton SKIPWORTH’S SAW SHOP 1603 Olympic Hwy N., Shelton

TOZIERS ACE HARDWARE DR. GRIMES OPTOMETRY 110 Mill Street, Shelton 422 West Birch, Shelton TUPPER’S FLOOR NITA’S COFFEE SHOP COVERINGS & INTERIORS 325 Railroad Ave., Shelton 1069 SE St. Rt 3, Shelton Buttons will also be sold along the parade route by representatives of Kristmas Town Kiwanis and at the Fire station Pancake Breakfast, Logging Show and Car Show-Off

Celebrating the seasons in our commmunity for over 50 wonderful years! WINDERMERE REAL ESTATE/HIMLIE, INC

is proud to support the 2015 MASON COUNTY FOREST FESTIVAL representing over seven decades of community strength & passion! Since 1964 the Himlie family has helped many families open doors to new beginnings and call Mason County “home” – thank you for joining us on the journey!

Windermere Real Estate/Himlie, Inc


Contact Windermere/Himlie, Inc today!

(360) 426-2646 920 Railroad Avenue Shelton, WA 98584

45 himliead.indd 1

2015 Forest Festival Program 4/15/15 7:32 AM

Thank you to Cooper Studios Almost as important as having a great community event that encompasses so many elements of an area’s traditions and heritage – is having great photographers who can capture the spirit and preserve the memories. Some early memories of Forest Festival only remain in a tattered black and white image; but even so, are still immensely powerful. Amy and Forrest Cooper, have taken on the task of capturing and freely sharing their images of events such as the coronation, parade and logging show!

Thank you Dr. Grimes for sharing his collection. Thank you to Helen Thomson for collecting images of each one! Next step– tracking the artists!

Amy & Forrest Cooper are a husband & wife team; who own and operate Cooper Studios, located on Railroad Ave in Shelton. Their focus on perfection and quality mixed with extensive training and professional experience, make for a service unique in the Photography industry. Amy & Forrest hold BFA degrees in Visual Communications; with Amy having a major in Graphic Design and Forrest a major

in Fine Art. Forrest is also a CPP - (Certified Professional Photographer). This prestigious title is currently held by less than 30 photographers in Washington. Forrest is the only CPP in Mason County. Recently the Coopers were integral in the beautification of Shelton with the implementation of new arrival to Shelton signage on Railroad Ave. Thank you, Forrest & Amy for all you do!

Proudly supporting the 71stAnnual Mason County Forest Festival

Dr. James H. Grimes Kornmesser Optometry Clinic


422 West Birch Street, Shelton, WA grimes.indd 1

2015 Forest Festival Program


4/20/15 2:05 AM

Thinking About Tomorrow in a Million Ways

This year is a milestone in our commitment to sustainable forestry, as we plant our 100 millionth tree in 125 years of doing business. YEARS


2015 Forest Festival Program

Congratulations Mason County Forest Festival on celebrating 71 wonderful years! Since Sol Simpson started the company 125 years ago, the Simpson Lumber Company LLC has been honored to continue his legacy. The annual Forest Festival represents our strong timber ties to Mason County communities through our employees, families & friends. Thank you to our employees and thank you to Mason County for being a great place to live, play and do business. 2015 Forest Festival Program 48

Profile for Rachel Hansen

2015 Mason County Forest Festival  

Celebrate the 71st anniversary of this community timber celebration in Shelton, WA. Parades, logging show, carnival, car show, fireworks, ve...

2015 Mason County Forest Festival  

Celebrate the 71st anniversary of this community timber celebration in Shelton, WA. Parades, logging show, carnival, car show, fireworks, ve...