Heritage, homecoming and overcoming theme Lewiston Timberfest

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 28th annual Lewiston Timberfest Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11.

This eagerly awaited family-friendly event features activities ranging from bands, arts and crafts, chainsaw carvers, outhouse races, pie eating contest, beer tent, food, inflatables, trackless train rides, family activities and much more.

"In many ways, Timberfest is a homecoming, a celebration of our roots as a lumbering town that has know hardship, overcome adversity and adapted to a changing world," said Rik Cryderman, author of the Pure Lewiston Post and festival promoter, via Facebook. "The folks here are still resilient, resourceful and respectful of heritage and lasting values."

New this year is the antique tractor, vintage snowmobile and motorcycle show, with setup beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10.

Timberfest favorite Jedi Mind Trip is back bringing their delightful mix of 70s, 80s, and 90s covers that will keep the festival dancing.

Another stand out performer for this year's Timberfest is The Dwellers, an alternative rock band from the Metro Detroit area. Local small business owner and Lewiston Chamber Of Commerce Past President Jodi Gordon "discovered" the group when they performed an impromptu jam session at her store, Attic Addict Auction House. The seven-piece interchangeable band all met while taking music lessons and started their band in April of 2018. The band plays a combination of both covers and originals,

Also, new on this year's ticket is Corvus Cohort, is a group of enthusiastic educators that recreate history. The group will reenact early Michigan life at a logging camp. This interactive event serves to entertain and educate Timberfest goers. The encampment will be located on the grassy area facing True Value Hardware, 4421 Hanson St., both Friday and Saturday.

A special treat this year is the cross-cut sawing contest. Contestants showcase their speed and strength in this old-timey battle of skill. The competition falls perfectly in line with Lewsison's unique heritage and connection to lumber.

"Lewiston and lumber share a glorious history of heavy work and hard winters," Cryderman said. "We are Timbertown, tough and tenacious, survivors and thrivers. It’s a unique community, a beautiful fusion of locals with deep and longstanding roots."

Tickets can be purchased at True Value, Ace Hardware, 4910 Salling Ave., Lewiston BP Sunrise, 4791 Salling Ave., and Marathon, 5021 County Road 612. Buttons, which must be worn to enter the entertainment tent, cost $5 each, wristbands for kids' inflatables cost $10 for one day or $15 for the weekend, train rides cost $1 per ride and T-shirts are $15. At the beer tent, $2, $3 and $4 drinks are available.

Certain other events will have an individual fee.

See the full lineup at https://bit.ly/2LBuecG.