2018 Maine Forestry Museums Logging Festival Days


Rangeley-The Maine Forestry Museum is holding its 38th Annual Logging Festival Days on Friday and Saturday, July 27th & 28th. The Festival is located at our Fairgrounds at 221 Stratton Rd. in Rangeley. On Friday from 10 am to 4 pm we will have wonderful artists, crafters and vendors. Come witness the burying for the beans around 4 pm for our Bean Hole Dinner to be served on Saturday of the Festival and tour or newly redesigned Museum. Friday’s admission to the festival is FREE.

Friday evening the festivities continue with the 34th Annual Little Mr. & Miss Woodchip contest all boys and girls ages 6-8 are welcome to participate. They may recite a poem or sing a song. The winners will ride in our Parade on Saturday. The competition starts at 7 pm at the Museum and will also include live music by the Pulled Together Band playing bluegrass and folk music along with clogging by the fabulous Triple C Dance Team. If you have a child who would like to participate please contact Liz Pimentel at (917-836-1632).  Admission to the Woodchip Competition is $5.00 for an adult and children under 12 are a $1.00.

Saturday starts out at 10 am with our wonderful Logging Parade down Main St in Rangeley. This year’s parade theme is “Our Friends from the Forest”.  Loaded Big Rigs, floats, bands, cloggers, antique cars and more.  Prizes for “Best Loaded Truck”, “Most Appropriate to Logging” (Logging industry equipment), “Best Fitting Parade Theme” for floats and other entries. To register as a parade participant please contact our parade coordinator Linda Sikes at (207-491-6566).                                                                                                               Following the Parade come to our fairgrounds from 11 am- 4 pm for more artists, crafters and vendors, our famous Bean Hole Dinner, wood carving demo’s, barrel train rides for the kids along with face painting, clowns making balloon animals, and other children’s activities (all children’s activities are free). For the adults, starting at noon, we have the fantastic Lumberjack and Lumberjill competition with up to $3,000 worth of prizes to be awarded this year! This year the competition is being sponsored by Stihl, Boss Power Equipment, Forks in the Air and Rangeley Saddleback Inn. Come watch the Axe Throw, Log Roll, Crosscut, Underhand Chop, Stock Saw and Wood Split! This is a do not miss for your Rangeley vacation weekend. Admission to the Festival on Friday is $5.00 for an adult and $3.00 for children under 12. FMI: call 207-864-3939 or visit www.maineforestrymuseum.org.

Maine Forestry Museum’s Annual Live Auction Saturday July 1st

The Maine Forestry Museum (formerly the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum) Annual Auction

RANGELEY-Saturday the 1st of July the Maine Forestry Museum (formerly the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum) will be holding its Annual Live Auction, their largest fund-raising event of the year. The museum is actively seeking business and individual support with donation items for the Annual Auction. Auctioneers Glen & Rosie Carlow of Carlow’s Countryside Auctions will be running the show again this year! Proceeds from this event are the main source of funds for the running of the museum each year.

The Maine Forestry Museum’s volunteers have been working hard this past year hand peeling 70 logs, donated by Seven Islands, to be used to build an authentic logging camp with blacksmith shop attachment. We also plan an expansion of our large equipment display area to house our “new” 1872 Lane sawmill which we hope to have up and running this season. It is your support of events like this Auction that help the Museum continue to grow and offer more amenities to the community.

So, please, if you have some items, merchandise, gift certificates, or services to donate to the MFM Auction give us a call! Items can be accepted up until mid-day Friday June 30th. You can drop off items at the museum from 10-4 Wednesday thru Sunday or contact the museum by calling 864-3939 and we’ll come and pick it up.

Bidders are welcome to start previewing items at 9:30 am on Saturday, July 1st at the Museum located at 221 Stratton Road, Rangeley and the auction starts at 10 am. The MFM auction is always good fun and everyone gets good deals while supporting this iconic local museum. Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on an awesome and varied selection of items and certificates to help the Museum expand its programs and offerings for the region. We already have some Great Items in! Start your 4th of July weekend in Rangeley with auction fun at the Maine Forestry Museum.
Contact: Ellie Doyle, Maine Forestry Museum, 207-864-3939 or maineforestry@gmail.com

Crafters at the Maine Forestry Museum New Forestry Celebration

PRESS RELEASE Maine Forestry Museum

August 4TH, 2016

Call for Artists/Crafters at the Maine Forestry Museum New Forestry Celebration!

Rangeley- Saturday August 27th marks the date of the first Maine Forestry Museum “Forestry Celebration”. The Forestry Celebration starts at 10 am on the Museum grounds at 221 Stratton Rd, Rangeley, ME.

The organizers are dedicating 38 spaces for artists and crafters and are welcoming new applications for vendors for this one-day event. This is not just a craft and art show! The Museum is hosting a collection of activities that day including the ever popular Bean Hole Dinner, Barrel Train rides, youth build-a- birdhouse, a scavenger hunt for children and also one for adults, Appreciation Ceremonies for our volunteers and the big events will be the induction of many Loggers into our Loggers Hall of Fame and dedication of the “Chief’s Point Trail” in honor of Andre’ Brochu.

Spaces are 10 x 10 plus elbowroom for the special low price of $15 per space. Set up starts at 8 am and hours are 10am to 4 pm. There is no rain date for this event. Please contact the Maine Forestry Museum at 864-3939 for more details and a vendor’s application or click here to download the application.  Deadline for entries is August 20th.

RLRLM Logging Festival and Parade

10:00AM – PARADE

“Celebrating Rangeley’s Heritage” begins
Following parade, festival begins at 11:00AM
(Watch for the White Family’s parade float: “Muscles” Number One!!!)

~~~SPECIAL MUSEUM EXHIBIT (Indoors and Outdoors)~~~

Lance White and family members will gather by “Muscles” Number Three on the Museum grounds and talk with visitors.

In the Museum Building–Continuous presentation of slide program on Elijah “Tiger” White and family: logging, history of “Muscles” from “Muscles” Number One on, and the White Family’s contribution to the Museum. Wayne White and Museum curator Peggy Yocom talk with Museum visitors. The White family sells the book they have written—The Muscles Book—in the Museum for $33.00.


Bean Hole Dinner complete with Bakewell Cream® biscuit donated by New England Cupboard, Logging Exhibits, Logging (Heavy) Equipment Displays, and bluegrass & traditional music performance by the Missisquoi River Band Click HERE to watch their performance on youtube.

LumberJack & Lumber Jill Competitions sponsored again this year by our friends at Stihl®. Matt Galambos will once again serve as RLRLM’s Event Announcer and is also in charge of the event this year – Click HERE to read some awesome logging competition history on Matt!)

At the Vendor’s Court this year will be Woodworker demonstrations – wood burning, wood furniture makers, scroll saw, whittlers, chainsaw carvers and more. Fiber handiwork artisans (spinners, knitters, quilters) will be giving demonstrations and advice of their artistry/craft. All woodworkers and fiber handiwork vendors will have their wares available for sale.

Please note: LumberJack and LumberJill competitions are limited to a number of participants this year in order to complete this event before 4PM. Matt Galambos, Emcee is in charge of this event.
LUMBERJACK AND LUMBERJILL – download Registration Form HERE

Highlights from the 2014 MFM, Logging Festival & Parade 2014

Trails & Sales Festival

trails-salesIn celebration of RLRLM’s “official opening” of trails, we created this new annual event of up to 100 vendors of all types at the RLRLM Fairgrounds. Vendors include holistic (ie.,massage, Reiki); produce and Farmer’s Market; woodworkers; crafters; fiber handiwork; various artisans; photographers; jewelry, non-profits, trail information, etc. Alpacas and sheep petting at their related vendors. Food Court vendors will serve their delectable specialties located near the Pavilion! Live musical entertainment will be available. Chainsaw carving demonstrations, and many vendors will also demonstrate their artistry at their booths.

FUN FOR KIDS! Saddleview Horse Farm’s horse rides for the children (lead by an adult) from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m., alpacas from Shadow Hill Farm in New Gloucester, Maine, sheep from Shepard’s Rugs at Good Tyddyn Farmin Freeman Township, Maine & more!

Thursday, August 7th at 5:30 p.m., “An Evening with Guy Rioux, Author of “The Franklin County Narrow Gauges, The Next Stop is Rangeley” Guy will present information of the Narrow Gauges and the Redington Railroad. He’ll also have some historic relics from his findings. Complimentary coffee & desserts will be available. Free admission; donations appreciated.

**VENDORS – please download “Vendor Registration Form” HERE

Apple Harvest Festival Rangeley Maine

Saturday, October 4 – 20th Annual Apple Harvest Festival

apple-press(our festival coincides with Rangeley & Oquossoc businesses
3rd Annual, 4-day OktoberFest event!

9:00 – 3:00PM. Breakfast bar from 9-11AM; Beef Stew and Butternut/Parsnip Vegetarian soup luncheon at 11:00AM;
complete with Bakewell Cream® biscuits
(*sponsored by New England Cupboard of Hermon, Maine)

DESSERT: Apple Crisp available with Whipped Cream
Includes ingredients by New England Cupboard’s Apple Crisp Mix and donated apples by Terry’s Orchard of Jay, ME
Fresh vegetables used for our stew and veggie luncheon donated by Porter Hill Farm in Farmington and Blueberry Hill Farm in Rangeley

Indoor and Outdoor Vendors, Knitters, Quilters, Artisans, Crafts, Woodworkers; Produce Farms; Alpacas from Shadow Hill Farm, etc. Large raffle of assorted Maine-based prizes; LARGEST baked goods and food table in Rangeley; Indoor and Outdoor Logging Museum displays. Apple pressing and chainsaw carving demonstrations all day. Children’s Pumpkin Activity Center – purchase your little ones pumpkins at the produce farm booths and then bring them inside for your little ones to decorate their pumpkins! RLRLM’s local retired logger, Jeep Wilcox available to sign your purchased copy of “Working the Woods” book (from the RLRLM Booth.) Children can paint a mural wall at the Western Maine Play Museum’s booth, complete with paint smock, paint brush & paint!!
Mr. Moose will also be available for picture taking!


Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum’s
Super 2014 Season!

Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum (RLRLM) is the premiere destination in the area that offers educational and enjoyable activities for all. Located on Route 16, just one mile outside the village of Rangeley, visitors will step into a forgotten world of what life was truly like in the woods for the Maine renaissance logger.

Today, the Museum is home to a remarkable collection of logging equipment ranging from vintage chainsaws to sleds, including one of the last bateaux used on the Dead River drives.  Also on display are the chainsaw carvings of famed local artist, Rodney Richard, (forefront founder of RLRLM) and son, Rodney Richard Jr.; oil paintings by Alden Grant, grandson of the founder of Grant’s Kennebago Camps that depict life in the logging camps from 1915 to 1928; David Barten’s  “Dioramas” exhibit; acclaimed photographer Madeleine de Sinety’s black and white photograph that depicts how draft horses were used in the deep woods to harvest timber – and much, much more.

Enjoy an outdoor family picnic at our covered Pavilion after a hike on our 72-acre trail system that leads to another picnic area on the shore of Haley Pond.  Our trails border the Gull Pond Stream and connect to the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. This acreage would not be part of RLRLM if it were not for the generous contribution of 61 acres by 3rd & 4th generation Maine woodsmen; Adrian, Luke and Guy Brochu; family owners of Pleasant River Lumber in Dover-Foxcroft.

This summer, we open our doors full-time for the third year on June 18th, 5 days a week, Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm in order to accommodate our many visitors. Our doors would not continue to be open if it were not for the generous contributions by many individuals and businesses that continue to support RLRLM through our “Open Door” Campaign.  As Luke Brochu quoted nearly 10 years ago, “The heritage and culture of the logging industry must be maintained to preserve our Maine communities. If we lose that, we’re going to lose a piece of Maine that we’ll never be able to get back again.”  RLRLM will continue onwards with our Mission – “to educate, preserve and share the logging heritage and industry for generations to come.”

Five major expansion and renovation projects are in the works to be completed by RLRLM this 2014 season. Ken Astor, RLRLM President has personally invested $10,000 to our “Renaissance Plan” to kick off this Campaign.  Ken has personally set the bar for individuals and businesses to wisely invest their money, ensuring Maine’s Logging Industry and History is preserved at the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum for our future generations.

Our 2014 season includes six major RLRLM events, with a newly added one slated for August.  Events include;  RLRLM’s Annual Auction held on the 5th of July; 18th; Annual Knit & Craft Fair on July 12th with a performance by storytellers from the Western Maine Storytellers Guild; 34th Annual Logging Festival and Parade on July 25 & 26; newly added event -“RLRLM’s Trails & Sales Festival” to be held on the 23rd of August; and our 20th Annual Apple Harvest Festival held on the 4th of October.

RLRLM grounds are now available to rent for your wedding, reunion and civic organization events. Features include a covered pavilion with picnic tables, electricity, lighting, a performance stage, and stadium benches, plenty of camping space to accommodate a large crowd, RVs, campers and more.  Please contact us with your rental inquiries.

We look forward to seeing you at our events this coming season! 

New President at Rangeley Lakes Logging Museum

ron-hainesNew President Takes the Helm at Rangeley Logging Museum

The Rangeley Logging Museum welcomed their new president, Ken Astor (R), at the August Board of Directors’ meeting. At that time, Ron Haines (L) took on the title of “Past President” after a three-year term that might have set records in this town for amount of projects completed per season for one organization!
Anyone driving by or visiting the Logging Museum in the last few years can testify that the outward appearance has improved dramatically. This can be credited to Ron Haines’ devotion to this organization, his boundless energy, and his ability to motivate volunteers! The list of improvements is too long to list here but it’s worth the visit to see it for yourself.

The Museum’s new President, Ken Astor, of Rangeley and Falmouth, Maine, has had his initiation into the organization by being one of Ron’s work crew volunteers as well as lending the Museum his portable saw mill which facilitated making, among other things, all new stadium seating and a multitude of benches for the Festival grounds and trails this year.

Only minutes after Ken took office he presented his plans for the future of the Museum. Ken is focused on the inside for the near future; getting the building winterized top to bottom to allow for year-round events; making the Museum displays first rate and to include more for children; creating proper space for future donations of artifacts and artwork that are currently on hold awaiting this finished space. That’s just Phase One! Phase Two and Three will be unveiled at the appropriate time in the future–so stay tuned! In Ken’s own words, “this will be THE BEST Logging Museum in New England.”