Saturday, June 1, 2013

69th Mason County Forest Festival

Above: Paul Bunyan does the limbo today under power lines in downtown Shelton at the 69th Mason County Forest Festival parade.

by Janine Unsoeld

You haven't seen the Mason County Forest Festival until you've seen Paul Bunyan do the limbo under power lines on Railroad Avenue in downtown Shelton. And he did that trick, without bending his knees, to audible gasps from parade goers today.

Did he make it? You betcha, courtesy of Industrial Hydraulics, Inc., who has given the big man himself the extra lift in his step.

Trucks, classic cars, decorated horses, representatives of the armed forces, princesses, trucks, American flags, school marching bands, (did I say trucks?) participated in the annual parade under sunny skies.

Above: A live Paul Bunyan with Manke Lumber Company.

Above: Capital High School student Katherine Nguyen, the 2013 Capital Lakefair Queen, far right, greets Mason County residents today. The jukebox themed float blared old rock and roll classics and came in third place for the Best in Show parade category award. Later, the Queen and her court toured the Shelton farmer's market. Capital Lakefair will be held in downtown Olympia July 17 - 21, 2013.
Above: The North Mason High School marching band.
Above: The Mason County 4-H horses sported beautiful purple pedicures. Mason County 4-H won the Novelty category for the parade.
Above: The chips were flying for David Moses, Jr. during the vertical log chop contest at the Forest Festival's Log Show.