16th Annual Forest Heritage Festival set Oct. 21, 22 at Dover

October 17, 2011

Loggers, lumberjack shows, a giant charity auction and even a good hearty breakfast are available this weekend at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds at Dover.


And the best part – free admission and free parking for all.


The 16th Annual Forest Heritage Festival will be held this Friday (Oct. 21) and Saturday (Oct. 22) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the fairgrounds. The festival features a giant auction with hundreds of items, constant entertainment, food, games, dozens upon dozens of craft booths, a car show and more.


There’s even a pancake breakfast planned for Saturday morning from 7 to 10 a.m. and the cost is only $3 per person.


“The Forest Heritage Festival is northeast Ohio’s celebration of professional woodland stewards and the products, tools and expertise of the forest industry,” said Robert Boyles, state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “We encourage woodland owners and other visitors to take advantage of a variety of educational activities featured at the festival.”


Co-sponsored by the East Central Ohio Loggers Chapter and the New Philadelphia Wal-Mart, the Forest Heritage Festival generated nearly $70,000 last year for Akron Children’s Hospital as part of the Log-a-Load for Kids and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals programs. Since its founding, the festival operated by a group of volunteers has donated nearly $900,000 to the hospital.


These proceeds are raised through exhibitor fees, a silent auction, donations, food sales and the big charity auction that will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. The auction will feature many Amish-made furniture items, quilts, autographed photos and sports memorabilia and many other items and has become an annual destination for many area residents and visitors over the past decade.


On Friday, as part of their school day, students from throughout the region will be in attendance and mingle with foresters and loggers, discover how trees grow, and learn how wood products make their way from the woods to the shelves of Wal-Mart. Displays featuring trucks, equipment and forest products will also be on hand.


The Great Lakes Timber Show will perform scheduled shows numerous times each day at the fairgrounds grandstand and the RC Tuff Truck Pulls are planned throughout the two days. In addition, numerous wildlife and forestry workshops for landowners and others also are planned.


The Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau has partnered with the festival again this year and will present the “Storybook Barn” with fun and lessons available for all ages. The program will be held throughout the two-day festival.


Other events include a car show on Saturday with registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., educational exhibits, a sausage barbecue, logging and forestry demonstrations and exhibits and more. The popular kiddie tractor pull will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday.


The fairgrounds also will come alive with a number of carvers, crafters and others showcasing their talents during the two days of the festival.


For more information, go to www.forestheritagefestival.com on the Internet, visit the Forest Heritage Festival page on Facebook or contact Karen Korns at (330) 339-3991.


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