Five great places to watch the experts cut up in Oregon and Washington
Brownsville Loggers Jamboree. Now in its 117th year, this isa real, old-fashioned loggers' carnival, right down to the axthrowing. But chopping and sawing events are no less spectacular.Jun 20; free. Pioneer Park, Park Dr.; 541/367-3803.
Buckley Log Show. Start the morning with the LumberjackPancake Breakfast on Saturday. You'll need it ― just watchingthe fast-paced events might make you feel exhausted. Jun 26-27;free. Log Show Grounds, River Rd.; www.buckleychamber.orgor 360/897-8324.
NEAR DEMING, WA
Deming Logging Show. Loggers' breakfast starts at 6 a.m.After seeing all the events, don't miss the enormous machinerydisplay, then hit the chicken, beef, and salmon barbecue. Jun12-13; $6. On Cedarville Rd., 10 miles east of Bell-ingham; www.demingloggingshow.comor 360/592-3051.
Estacada Timber Show. A pair attack an 18-inch block withaxes in the two-man underhand butcher-block chopping event. In thespringboard chopping event, sweat drips like rain as 12-inch blocksare hacked apart in 50 seconds. Jun 19; free. Timber Park, offState 224; 503/699-0765.
NORTH BEND, OR
Oregon Bay Area Lumberjack Competition. The spar poles forspeed climbing and tree top- ping tower 50 feet. At the "hot saw"events, souped-up chain saws tear into log rounds with startlingspeed. Jun 26; free. Mill Casino Hotel on U.S. 101, north of CoosBay; 541/672-0757. ― Steven R. Lorton