Volunteers to revive Quilcene logging show

QUILCENE — The smell of sawdust, the ring of axes and the rasp of crosscut saws will once again pervade the streets of a town that is facing an unknown future by reviving a tradition from its past — the logging show.

“Logging is the heritage of Quilcene,” said Claudia Monroe. “Everybody was a logger.”

A staple of the Quilcene Fair for 20 years, the logging show was discontinued about five years ago.

With the fair no longer underwriting expenses, Monroe and other volunteers — including father-in-law John Monroe, sawmill owner Mike Hughes and Joe Thompson of Port Ludlow’s Olympic Tree Service — are donating their time and labor to put on the traditional contest at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, during the Quilcene Fair.

“We’re trying to boost morale and community spirit,” Monroe said. “We want to promote interest in Quilcene.”

Where logging trucks once rolled through town several times a day on U.S. Highway 101, volunteers have erected a dozen 40-foot poles in a vacant field next to the first block of stores.

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The rest of the story is in the Monday Peninsula Daily News.

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