Luther Logging Days festival to start next weekLUTHER — Keeping with approximately 50 years of tradition, organizers are making sure to put the logging back into this year’s Luther Logging Days. The annual festival will be held from July 5 to 7 in the Village of Luther. The festival will feature food, vendors, crafts, parades, music, a car show and a host of other activities for children and adults. Most importantly though, the festival will feature a lumberjack contest once again, said Dorothy Wheelock, Luther Logging Days Association vice-president. “A lot of people come to see the log show,” Wheelock said. “When the log show is not here, it kind of bums them out because we are Luther Logging Days.” The contest will begin at 3 p.m. on July 6 with expert competitors competing in chopping, cross cutting, bow sawing, hot saws, ax throwing and Canadian water boil events. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, amateurs will compete in cut, split and stack events. Also keeping with the logging theme, the festival will raffle off two loads of fire wood each day. A raffle also will be held to win a chainsaw, trimmer and blower. The festival also will hold a 5K run/walk on July 6. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. at Mill Pond Park. The cost to register is $15 and medals will be awarded for first, second and third place in six age groups. Coinciding with the festival, the Fellowship Baptist Church will celebrate its 40th anniversary and will hold events on July 6 and 7 to mark the occasion. This year’s festival also will be held in memory of Bill Raymond, of Luther. Raymond passed away in April and was known as the voice of the Luther Logging Days for many years. Luther Logging Days is an annual tradition that allows the residents of the village to celebrate their heritage while also inviting visitors into the area. “For the out-of-towners, I know they enjoy coming up and having a good time,” Wheelock said. “We have a bunch of events for children and adults. And for us as a community, it brings in business for us.” For more information, including a complete festival schedule, search “Luther Logging Days” on Facebook.