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Huge Crowd Enjoys Loggers Jamboree

NORTH FORK – The 55th Annual Mid-Sierra Logger’s Jamboree was a rousing success, which is great news for the kids who enjoy the Summer Youth Program funded by this event.

Over 1,600 people attended the weekend’s competition, enjoying the cloud cover on Sunday which made finding a shady seat a breeze.

Fifteen vendors served up food and cold drinks and sold hand crafted items, while kids enjoyed several options in the bounce house area and a swim in Willow Creek.

Nathan Hodges Stock Power Saw - photo by Roger RobinetteIn the arena, the competition was hot and fast, with Nathan Hodges taking the title of Champion Logger for the second year in a row.

Hodges took first place in the Pro Am with Gina Brancato, and went on to win the Jason Taylor Ax Throw, Choker Setting, Stock Power Saw, Hand Chopping, Jack and Jill with Cathy Hodges, and Birling (log rolling).

Thirteen teams participated in Saturday’s Pro Am competition, and twenty contestants tried their hand at the Jason Taylor Ax Throw.

Kittie Lavell Ax Throw - photo by Roger RobinetteThis year, the Jamboree built on the popularity of this contest, adding a Junior Ax Throw that drew five participants, age 12 – 15. Justin Wilson took top honors in the inaugural event.

In the Ladies’ Ax Throw, Kittie Lavell scored the highest during Sunday’s competition.

Also on Saturday was the ever-popular Horseshoe Tournament, with 28 teams vying for the title. In the end, it was Willie Chepo and Bob Midkiff of Coarsegold who captured top spot.

Getting sprayed with water from the fire trucksAfter the events at the Rec Center, the festivities moved to the center of town for the Loggers Jamboree Parade. Nearly 50 entries made their way down the main street, with lots of folks tossing candy to the kids lining the route, and fire engines spraying a refreshing blast of water.

The parade was followed by a barbeque dinner at the Town Hall where Little Loggers winners Kessler Lopez and Timothy Alex Valle were announced.

Kessler Lopez Little Princess - photo by Roger RobinetteTimothy Valle Little Logger - photo by Roger Robinette

Cheyenne Whitener Jamboree Queen - photo by Roger RobinetteBack at the Rec Center, the Woodchopper’s was highlighted by the crowning of this year’s Loggers Jamboree Queen, Cheyenne Whitener.

It was Cheyenne and the rest of the queen candidates who accounted for the higher-than-normal pre-sale of tickets this year, providing much-needed funding for the maintenance of the Rec Center and the Summer Youth Program.

On Sunday, 52 contestants took part in the action in the arena, including 12 women. The weather on Sunday was cool for a Jamboree, but as always, the competition was hot, and the event a huge success. (See more parade photos below the results. Click to enlarge)

2014 Loggers Jamboree Results

Saturday, July 5

Pro Am

1st Nathan Hodges/Gino Brancato

2nd Jerami Middleton/Aaron Morrow

Nathan Hodges Choker Setting - photo by Roger Robinette3rd Rudy Bates/Mark Ahrens

4th Charlie Rose/Brian Terry

Jason Taylor Ax Throw

1st Nathan Hodges

2nd Brian Davis

3rd Buck Scroggs

4th Bill Antill

Junior Ax Throw

1st Justin Wilson

2nd Keagan Mackey

Kathy Logee power saw - photo by Gina Clugston

3rd Emily Bourdan

4th C.J. Minton

Jackpot Saw

1st Aaron Morrow

2nd Bill Antill

3rd Mike Morrow

4th Jessie Hutchens

Sunday, July 5, 2014

Champion Logger

1stt Nathan Hodges

2nd Aaron Morrow

3rd Buck Scroggs

4th Indy Elming


Event

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Ax Throw

Nathan Hodges

Mike Morrow

Kyle Jansen

Dale Tex

Choker Setting

Nathan Hodges

Indy Elming

Buck Scroggs

Charlie Rose

Double Hand Bucking

Mike Morrow

Aaron Morrow

Bill Antill

Buck Scroggs

Nathan Hodges

Pat Hodges

Stock Power Saw

Nathan Hodges

Aaron Morrow

Bill Davis

Tim Elming

Hand Chopping

Nathan Hodges

Aaron Morrow

Buck Scroggs

Jeff Shamblin

Tree Falling

Indy Elming

Buck Scroggs

Aaron Morrow

Nathan Hodges

Hot Power Saw

Mike Morrow

Tim Elming

Scott Hamilton

Indy Elming

Ladies Power Saw

Kathy Logee

Susie Lavell

Cathy Hodges

Melissa Hodges

Ladies Ax Throw

Kittie Lavell

Toyahni Beihn

Sheri Pinkerton

Mindy Greer

Jack and Jill

Nathan Hodges

Cathy Hodges

Susie Lavell

Mike Morrow

Kittie Lavell

Aaron Morrow

Gino Brancato Toyahni Beihn

Birling

Nathan Hodges

Jetty Hodges

Pat Hodges

Hutchens family on Circle W Ranch firetruckKids race to collect candy at the Jamboree ParadeShellee Hance Queen CandidateMotorcycle in Jamboree ParadeThrowing candy to the kidsThink Local FirstTimothy Alex Valle - Little Logger ContestantSierra National Forest and Smokey BearCal Fire Engine 4255 Red White and Blue ponyKids float in Jamboree ParadeRachel and Frank on Squad 11

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