Luther Logging Days festivities commence next week

Fun for the whole family awaits

LUTHER — The pride people of Luther take in their logging heritage and local history shines through during the annual Luther Logging Days.

After the event was canceled last year due to COVID-19, residents and visitors alike are ready for the fun and thrills the three-day event offers people of all ages.

Luther resident Patti Pacola, Lake County Clerk, is excited to see the festival in swing again.

"The annual Luther Days festivities are part of the historical heritage in Luther - an event which I have enjoyed since my childhood and now share with my grandchildren," she said. “We look forward to it every year, and this year is going to be even more exciting after a year of COVID restrictions."

The fun commences at 9 a.m. Friday, July 2, with the Youth Mill Pond Fishing Tournament, which goes until noon. At noon, the entertainment continues with music by J& B Beats at the Main Stage, a Chinese auction at the Ellsworth Township Hall, as well as the Beautiful Baby contest. At 12:30 p.m., medals will be awarded for the fishing tournament at the Main Stage.

A good-old-fashion watermelon eating contest will add to the summer fun at 1 p.m. at Main Street. Kids activities in the park will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Purchase Pavilion and Adult games are from 5 to 7 p.m. on Main Street. Bingo will take place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., at Newkirk Hall.

The day winds down at 6 p.m. with a softball tournament at the Luther Ball Field, as well as “Dusk Dancing through the Decades” on Main Street, and at 7 p.m., young ladies of Luther will compete for the crown during the Miss Luther Days pageant.

The Luther firework display, which draws onlookers from miles around, will begin at dusk. Community members are asked to take special note of a purple firework, which will be set off in memory of Sharon Baker, who devoted herself to serving the Luther area.

On Saturday, July 3, there will be all day softball tournaments, and ongoing events such as the Chinese Auction and Beautiful Baby contest will continue.

Some of the features on Saturday will begin early with a 5k run/walk at 7 a.m., beginning at Main Stage. At 8 a.m., folks are invited to bring their appetites to a Lions breakfast, hosted by the Luther Lion's Club.

At 10 a.m., the "First Leg of Luther's version of Amazing Race will start at the Main Stage.

The Grand Parade will be at 11 a.m., with resident Don Robins as the grand marshal.

Following the parade, there will be a chicken barbecue at the Luther museum. A fireman water slide at Mill Pond Park will provide entertainment for children, as well as a show from Gordon the Magician at Purchase Pavilion, where there will be face painting and inflatables.

Other events will be a hot dog eating contest at 12:30 p.m. on Main Stage, and a hot dog give away and cake walk at 1 p.m., hosted by the Baptist Church. At 1 p.m., there also will be Fear Factor, Luther style; an arm wrestling tournament; and an outhouse race at Main Street. A penny scramble will take place at the Newkirk hall garage driveway. Kids games will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Purchase Pavilion.

At 2 p.m., there will be a corn hole tournament, from 2 to 4 p.m., a mechanized logging demo will be hosted by Rothig Forest Products at the elementary school.

At 5 p.m., event-goers are invited to "Come on down," for Luther's version of the “Price is Right.”

Evening entertainment will include “burning of the masks” at 10 p.m., and a street dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. by Jedi Mind Trip at the Main Stage.

The festival concludes on Sunday with another day of fun, including all day soft ball tournaments. At 8 a.m. there will be an All You can Eat Breakfast hosted by the Lions Club.

Some of the highlights of the day are as follows: At noon there will be a kids water slide at Purchase Pavilion Park. Deline Farms also will display exotic farm animals. The fun continues with a kid and pet parade at 12:30 p.m., followed with a cake walk at 1 p.m.

People can participate in Karaoke with Jenn from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Purchase Pavilion. At 2 p.m. there will be a dance-off on Main Stage, as well as a paint party with Shirley Grahek at Newkirk Hall. Horseshoe tournaments will take place at the Lions Hall, with $5 entry. At 3 p.m. there will be chicken throwing on Main Stage and a rubber duck run at the Mill Pond.

At 5 p.m. the beautiful baby winner will be announced, and at 6 p.m. the big raffle drawing will be on Main Stage. First place prize is a Yeti Tundra - 75 gallon cooler, 2nd place is a 10' Pelican kayak with a paddle, and third place is a Yeti Hopper - 30 gallon soft cooler. Tickets are $5 each for the drawing and will be available at the Grand Central.

Throughout the event, people also can throw someone in the Luther Jail. Look for the sheriff's desk and jail next to Ellsworth Hall. Donations to have someone arrested will be accepted. Full time has to be served unless bail is equal to the arrest-warrant donation. All proceeds benefit the Luther Logging Days festival.

Grand Central is now accepting debit/credit cards. Organizers ask people to practice social distancing.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.facebook.com/LutherDays.