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Nate Hodges, foreground, waits for District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler to start the Choker Setting race at the 60th Loggers Jamboree. Hodges won the top logger title at last year's event. (photo by George Lurie)

COVID-19 Axes 2020 Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree

NORTH FORK – The board of directors of the North Fork Boosters Club announced last last week that the 2020 edition of the Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree, one of the mountain area’s most popular annual events, is being cancelled due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

“This is tough!” said a post on the Boosters Facebook page. “For sixty straight years Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree has been North Fork’s Biggest 4th of July weekend Community Event. Not being able to bring it to you for year sixty-one breaks our hearts, but it is the right thing to do.”

Club officials said that in the end, the move to cancel the event was not their decision.

“Our hands are tied!” the post stated. “At the direction of state and local authorities and federal guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are so bummed to announce that the 61st Annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree will be postponed to July 3 & 4, 2021.”

Although no official announcement has been made yet, another one of the mountain area’s most popular summertime events, the July 4th fireworks show at Bass Lake, also appears likely to be a coronavirus casualty, with local and state officials reportedly ready to cancel the event because of social distancing concerns.

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