Much of Zwolle’s and even the entire Toledo Bend area’s local industry once revolved around the logging business. Still today, the Zwolle area is dependent upon the logging industry. So it is fitting that just about a decade ago, a group of local leaders came up with the idea of the Zwolle Loggers & Forestry Festival.
The festival pays tribute to all the logging and forestry families and industries in the town and parish. Activities include a Blessing of the Fleet (logging trucks), parade, logging activities, contests, music, food, arts and crafts, and forestry exhibits.
Friday, May 11: Gates open at 5:30 pm
Forestry Skills Competition:
Registration from 8-9 am
Competition at 9:30 am
Lunch at 12 pm
Sabine Parish 4-Hers spend the day learning about logging and forestry. Under the careful supervision of local foresters, provided through Walsh Timber, the students participate in hands on learning experiences, competitions, and events.
Cross Cut Sawing
Pulp Wood Throwing
Puzzle Scavenger Hunt
Entertainment and Music
Shop till you drop with our wonderful vendors! Our vendors have that perfect something you just have to have! Not to mention, the food that will be on site!!!! Come shop, drink and eat!!!!
Music will fill the air all festival long. Live Bands with the best southern sounds will make you want to dance the night away. Don’t forget live performances by dance groups, tribal dancers, and more. Zwolle Loggers and Forestry Festival knows how to crank more sounds than just the chainsaw!
Join us in the festival building for everyone’s favorite game – BINGO! Sit awhile and visit as you wait on your numbers to be called and the prizes to be given.
Saturday, May 12: Gates open at 10 am
Join us for a parade experience second to none at 10 am. See floats, 18 wheelers, trucks and more! And, of course, there will be candy and throws galore! All are welcome to ride!
All loggers and forestry are invited to compete in a logging and foresting skills contest from 12:30-2 pm. Try your hand at whatever skill this year may be from skidding, sawing, or loading ! Who will win the bragging rights for this year!
Loggers sure now how to get dirty at the Mud Bog at 2 pm! Join us at the mud bog pit for a muddy good time. Winner will receive a prize. Coolers allowed for a fee and tents spaces available for rent. Come see the mud flying and feel the excitement in the air – an experience you will be sure to enjoy and not forget! Registration is from 9 AM – 1 PM
For more information call Wanda Ezernack, 318-581-0098.