8th Annual Maxville Gathering

Saturday, August 20 to Saturday, August 20, 12:00 AM
8th Annual Maxville Gathering
It’s an alcohol- and drug-free family event that celebrates the logging history of Wallowa County. There are stories, tours, demonstra-tions and competitions based on the history of Maxville. Also on tap: rides on a mule wagon around the grounds, food booths, vendors, Ma and Pa races, a BBQ pig din-ner cooked by Pigtail Pork of Cove with lots of sides for just $7 per person, and more. This year, lumberjacks of all levels are invited to take part in competitions from chocker setting and double bucking right on down to homeowner chainsaw competitions. Professional loggers from Sinclair Brothers Tree Ser-vices, Trouble Tree Service and Executive Tree Care also will perform. Sign up to com-pete at 9 a.m. before the event starts.Local merchants have do-nated prizes, and Boise Cascade, Grain Growers, Ace Hardware of Enterprise and La Grande, Joseph Hardware and D&B Supply in Island City are event sponsors.It’s not all spectator sports for the kids, either. Jarred Bedard of Enterprise will be creating kid-friendly logger games. Silent auction and raf-fle items include a one-hour flight over the Wallowa Mountains and Hells Can-yon with pilot Joe Spence or a half-hour flight over Wal-lowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness with pilot Tim Locke. There’s also a sesquicentennial Pendleton blanket and a bronze fennec fox sculpture from Tim Parks Bronze.The Brann Family of Enterprise will perform live music and there will be a per-formance by modern ballet dancers from the Hope Dance NYC Workshop being held in Enterprise before the event.“Our event is just like a logging camp is — all inclusive,” said Maxville Heritage director Gwen Trice. As an accompaniment to the Maxville Gathering, award-winning perform-er Dom Flemons & Friends again will perform at the OK Theatre on Friday evening in advance of the Saturday event.Flemons has played live for over one million peo-ple just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robin-son, he has played at a vari-ety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to re-nowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry. “He’s got great stories of old time musicians,” Brann said. “He’s really tapped into the cultural history.”Last year Flemons did three encores for an enthusi-astic and appreciative crowd. Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday at the OK Theatre. Tickets cost $25 and are available at www.eventbrite.com.

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