Come to Greenville for Forest Heritage Days 2021! Forest Heritage Days is an annual event honoring Maine’s historic logging industry in Greenville, ME. The 30th annual return of this beloved tradition is scheduled for Saturday, August 14th, 2021.
If I asked you to close your eyes and think of Maine, chances are you’d picture our long, rocky coastline or lobster, of course.
While commercial fishing and tourism definitely play a big role in our state’s economy, manufacturing rules and that means paper and wood products. In fact, one out of every 20 jobs in Maine is associated with forest products. The industry is one of the state economy’s single biggest contributors and it’s storied history remains deeply entwined in many communities.
That’s certainly true of the Moosehead Lake region and why Greenville hosts Forest Heritage Days every August.
Forest Heritage Days
Forest Heritage Days has been a Greenville tradition since 1991. The event typically runs for 4 days, beginning the second Thursday of August and running through Sunday.
2021’s festival will be a little different, with all events occurring on one day, Saturday, August 14th.
The festival is a cornucopia of fun, exciting, and even educational events. Things like working forest bus tours, a craft fair, carriage rides, chainsaw carving, and guest presenters and entertainers.
The Lumberman’s Breakfast is a great way to kick off the day’s fun. It’s a delicious buffet at the American Legion Hall of eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and more. Yum!
One of the biggest attractions are the Colby College Woodsman Team’s old-time, Woodsmen Demonstrations. The Colby College Woodsman are a co-ed student athletic club practicing old-time logging skills for intercollegiate competitions. You’ll marvel at their skills in the standing-block chop, log rolling, pole climbing, axe throwing, and more.
The most popular event, however, has to be the annual Game of Logging competition. This exciting event sees skilled woodsman compete in 11 precision chainsaw events for cash and prizes.
2021 Schedule of Events
Saturday, August 14th
7am to 10am – Lumbermen’s Breakfast at the Greenville American Legion Hall
9am to 10am – NREC Fire Warden’s Cabin Exhibit at the Destination Moosehead Lake Visitor’s Center
10am to 3pm – Game of Logging Competition and Colby College Woodsman’s Team Demonstrations at the Greenville School
11am to 4pm – Guided Tours of the Lumberman’s Museum and Outdoor Heritage Exhibits
4pm to 7pm – Woodsman’s Dinner at the Greenville Jct Masonic Temple
7:30pm to 9pm – Live music from Xtreme Country at the East Cove Gazebo
Most festival events take place in and around Greeenville and Greenville Junction, just minutes down the road from our Moosehead Lake bed and breakfast, The Lodge at Moosehead Lake.
Learn more on the Forest Heritage Days website. You can also follow this event on Facebook.