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El Paso Days celebrates logging industry

This year marks the 29th annual celebration of El Paso Days, set for Aug. 21-23. The long-running celebration will honor the area’s logging industry, which according to El Paso Community Club president Merlin Blaisdell is a rich part of the community’s history.

“There has been much logging in the area,” Blaisdell said. “All of the side hills in El Paso.”

The Community Club chooses a different theme each year for the big event. Blaisdell said they are asked often if they’re running out of ideas, but he said they have plenty more in the hopper.

The Schmitt family of Spring Valley’s Schmitt Timber has been chosen as grand marshals for the El Paso Days Parade, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. Larry and Sharon Peterson are this year’s El Paso Honorary Citizens.

Thursday, Aug. 20
  • Pre-celebration festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 with a Jelly/Cake Roll Dessert Contest at the El Paso Bar & Grill. Tasting starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $5 to enter a dessert, and $2 per person to taste and vote. Call Linda Traynor at 715-778-5978 for more information.

  • The Joe Janisch Memorial Euchre Tournament follows at 7 p.m. at the bar and costs $5 to enter. For more information, contact Mark Raleigh at 715-307-0160.

Friday, Aug. 21
  • The Pony Pull will take place from 5-9 p.m. at Adolph’s Log Cabin.

  • P&S “We Love You” Karaoke runs from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the El Paso Bar & Grill.

Saturday, Aug. 22
  • The Millie Christopherson/Ivo Schlegl Memorial Breakfast will whet appetites from 7:30-11 a.m. at the El Paso Bar & Grill. Proceeds will go to the El Paso Community Crisis Fund. Tempting menu items include scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, toast, orange juice, milk and coffee.

  • Registration for the “Great Walk of Life” Cancer Walk begins at 8 a.m. Walkers leave from the El Paso Bar & Grill at 8:30 a.m. A $10 registration fee and suggested fundraising goal of $50 includes a t-shirt and door prizes. Contact Renee Tatzel at 715-778-5545 ext. 239 for details.

  • The fifth annual Shine & Show Car Show runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Adolph’s Log Cabin. It costs $5 to enter, which includes a dash plaque. Contact Steve Straub at 715-273-3040 or Dick DeCosta at 715-273-5234 for details.

  • The Lawrence N. Paasch Memorial Horseshoe Tournament kicks off at 1- a.m. at the El Paso Bar & Grill. Phil Huggett has information at 715-273-5111.

  • The Old-Fashioned Horse Pull, including Powder Puff, takes the reins at noon at Adolph’s Log Cabin Bar. The event is presented by the Midwest Farmers Horse Pulling Association. Adolph Johnson is the contact at 715-698-2839.

  • Adolph’s Log Cabin will host kids games from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

  • A 2 p.m. Bean Bag Tournament starts up at El Paso Bar & Grill. One hundred percent payback, $10 entry fee.

  • Logging events and competitions will follow the horse pull at roughly 3 p.m. near Adolph’s Log Cabin. Teri Nestrud has the details at 612-802-2879.

  • The Skipping Stones will perform from 2-6 p.m. at the El Paso Bar & Grill.

  • The fifth annual Cow Race begins at 6:30 p.m. at the El Paso Bar & Grill. Each floating cow is $10. Prizes awarded for first through third places.

  • The El Paso Bar & Grill will host live music from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 23
  • Draw your partner for the Randy Christopherson Memorial Horseshoe Tournament at 10 a.m. at the El Paso Bar & Grill. Cost is $10 per team. Call Phil Huggett at 715-273-5111 for more details.

  • An ecumenical worship service with music provided by the Skipping Stones will be held at 11:45 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Worshippers are asked to bring lawn chairs. Any offering collected will benefit the St. Joseph’s Cemetery Fund.

  • The Grand Parade featuring the El Paso Marching Band leads off at 2 p.m. Blaisdell said over 100 entrants are the norm. Contact Reed Oeltjen at 715-821-6612 or Larry Traynor at 715-778-5978 for more information.

  • El Paso chainsaw raffle drawings will follow the parade.

  • The Bear Creek Band will play from 4-8 p.m. at the El Paso Bar & Grill.

  • Take in the Greased Pig Contest at 5 p.m. at Adolph’s Log Cabin. The classes are ages 5-7; ages 8-9; and ages 10-12.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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