NORTH FORK – Saturday, Apr. 6, marked the kick-off of the 54th annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree with a dinner at the North Fork Town Hall.
Four candidates for Jamboree Queen took center stage at the event. Summer Bulmer, Natori Hatfield, Kaylynne Moglia and Rebecca Moisa will be vying for the crown, which is claimed by selling the most tickets before the Jamboree. Sundance Parra, age 5, and Jonathan Bebout, age 2, are Li’l Princess and Li’l Logger candidates, and are both running unopposed.
Queen candidate Summer Bulmer, daughter of Rob and Sheree Bulmer, has lived in North Fork most of her life, and is a 15-year-old freshman at Yosemite High School. She participates in the Varsity Pep Team and student leadership at YHS, and hopes to study law at Pepperdine University.
Natori Hatfield was born and raised in North Fork, and is the daughter of John and Shawn Bethel Hatfield. The 17-year-old Minarets High School student plans to study Agribusiness and Agriculture Education at Fresno State, then go on the Harvard Law School. Natori assisted young Native Americans in developing their career goals by hosting an educational conference as her senior project.
Kaylynne Moglia, age 14, is the daughter of Brett and Kristi Moglia, and moved with her family to North Fork four years ago to escape the effects of allergens in the valley. Her goal is to graduate from Minarets High School with a 4.0 gpa, and study radiology at Fresno State. Kaylynne plays in the band at Minarets, and participated in their recent performance at Disneyland. She participates in both media and FFA.
Rebecca Moisa is a 16-year-old sophomore, and part of the home school program at Chawanakee Academy. She is the daughter of Rudy Moisa Jr. and Jeneice Baiston. Rebecca hopes to become a doctor after graduating from high school, where she plays volleyball, and participates in drama and photography.
The annual Loggers Jamboree, to be held this summer on July 6 & 7 at the North Fork Recreation Center, pays tribute to the loggers of time past, and those still keeping the tradition alive today.
Participants in the Jamboree help spectators appreciate and honor the logger’s craft and hard work, while keeping them entertained through out the competition.
Between events at the Jamboree, there are food and crafts vendors to visit, and if folks feel the need to cool off, they can head down to the swimming area for a dip in Willow Creek.
The theme for this year’s competition is “From Tree to You,” which was the motto at Goodwin Lumber in North Fork. Founder Vince passed away in February of this year at the age of 99.
Proceeds from the Loggers Jamboree are used to fund the free summer program for kids at the Recreation Center, where the Jamboree is held, and for the North Fork Boosters to maintain local facilities, programs and events throughout the year.
For more information please contact Cathey Thornburg 559-877-2237 or 559-676-7766.
Thank you to North Fork’s own Roger Robinette for the photos.