Pioneer logger named during Hickory Shirt Days in Forks

FORKS — A former busheler was presented with the Pioneer Logger Award on the first day of Hickory Shirt Heritage Days on Wednesday.

The West End Business and Professional Association presented Homer Kesterson with the award early Wednesday morning.

Kesterson, 93, was an independent logger who lives in Forks.

Hickory Shirt Days will continue today with free admission to the Forks Timber Museum at 1421 S. Forks Ave.

The celebration of West End logging history will offer a variety of events through Sunday.

During the annual event, residents are urged to wear their hickory shirts to symbolize Forks’ logging roots. Hickory shirts are thick, cotton blue-gray- and white-striped shirts designed to stand up to hard work and traditionally worn by loggers.

In addition to the timber museum continuing to offer free admission through Sunday will be the USCG Station Quillayute River Appreciation Day on Friday; the 22nd annual Fish and Brew and the Choker Setters Ball sponsored by Rainforest Council for the Arts at the Rainforest Arts Center at 35 N. Forks Ave., on Saturday; and the Little Loggers Contest on Sunday, to name some of the most popular events.

For more information, see the Forks Chamber of Commerce website at

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