St. Francis Pioneer Days starts the summer off with fun

St. Francis’ annual Pioneer Days celebration got summer off to a fun start.

Marshall Carpenter (left) and Chris Carlson, both of Isanti, work together to cut a disk from the log. Their time in the lumberjack competition was 4:07 minutes. The pair has the best time out of about 12 teams.  Photo by Tammy Sakry

Marshall Carpenter (left) and Chris Carlson, both of Isanti, work together to cut a disk from the log. Their time in the lumberjack competition was 4:07 minutes. The pair has the best time out of about 12 teams. Photo by Tammy Sakry

The three-day event included musical acts, a carnival, a parade with 80 entries and a lumberjack competition.

Attendance was a little lower because of the weather, but there was still couple hundred people who came to enjoy the festivities, said Barb Held, organizer.

Although the event was supposed to end with a bang on Sunday, only the grand finale was fired off.

The storm forced the fireworks to be rescheduled. The new date is pending, Held said.

Prior to the start of Saturday’s parade, parade emcee Joe Haag presented the Rose and Ryan Hedberg with the prize for finding the Pioneer Days medallion.

The pair received $200 in St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce cash, which can be used at any chamber business.

In Community Park following the parade, lumberjacks flexed their muscles for a timed competition.

Of the 12 team to cut a log with a two-person saw, cut fire wood, hit the target with an ax and chug a carbonated beverage, Marshall Carpenter and Chris Carlson, both of Isanti, had the best time.

They completed the tasks in 4:07 minutes.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com


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