Forks Heritage Days includes carving pumpkins with chain saws, saying farewell to old school

FORKS — A chain saw carving contest — with a twist — will be among the events at Forks Heritage Days on Saturday.

Instead of carving images out of lumps of wood, contestants will turn pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns.

It is the first time the contest has been organized for the annual Heritage Days celebration, said Sherrill Fouts, Forks Timber Museum manager.

“It will be a lot of fun,” Fouts said. “The contest is first-come, first-served, and I’ve ordered 30 pumpkins.

“Each person gets one, so if they destroy theirs, that is it. That is their pumpkin.”

The contest will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Forks Timber Museum, 1421 S. Forks Ave. Contestants must bring their own chain saws.

The first place winner will receive $75, the second place, $50, and third place, $25.

Photographs in costumes reminiscent of Forks’ logging history will be taken at the museum for $5 per photo. A few costumes are available, but attendees may also bring their own costumes, Fouts said.

Forks High School is the focus of this year’s Heritage Days celebrations.

The old portions of the high school — including the 1925, 1962 and 1957 parts of the building — will be torn down in summer 2010 in order to make way for a new high school.

Voters approved in February a bond that will allow portions of the building to be replaced.

Memories of the old school were recalled during the Old Timers Roundtable on Wednesday, and students conducted tours of the building Thursday.

Today, a special exhibit of Forks High School yearbooks will be on display at the Forks Public Library, 171 S. Forks Ave., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit also can be seen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Also on Saturday, music will commence at 7 p.m. in the old portion of the Forks High School.

Music will include gospel, bluegrass by Crescent Blue and some Dixieland jazz. The Forkestra will wrap up the evening with music selections from 1920s to present day.

Breakfast, apple cider

A breakfast Saturday at Forks Congregational Church, 280 S. Spartan Ave., will include a traditional breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, french toast, juice and coffee from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The breakfast is $10 per person.

The event is a fundraiser for the church which needs repairs to the roof — which is currently protected by a tarp.

The Forks Open Aire Market will hold its last market of the year Saturday at the Timber Museum. At the market, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be an apple press for making fresh juice.

The annual Fish and Brew will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 110 Business Park at the corner of LaPush Road and U.S. Highway 101.

For a $5 donation, apple cider, root beer, smoked fish and brew will be available.

For more information, contact event coordinator Christi Baron at 360-374-3141.

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Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at [email protected] news.com.

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