What should replace Stillwater's Lumberjack Days?
|Lumberjack Days is no more. What will replace it?|
At its February meeting, the City Council voted to disband the annual celebration after an outcry of public disapproval and an ongoing investigation by local law enforcement. Sorry, Smash Mouth, you'll have to look for gigs elsewhere from now on.
Now, business owners are already proposing alternatives to the event. Though the mayor and City Council don't sound optimistic about a new festival just yet, they will eventually have to come up with something to spice up that 4th of July weekend.
With the lumberjack motif out the window, we came up with a few suggestions that we believe still capture the spirit of the area.
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2. Prison Days Celebrating more than 160 years of penal excellence, Prison Days kicks off with the "Chain Gang Parade," featuring the residents of the Stillwater Prison shackled together and forced to walk down main street. Once the inmates have been shipped back to their cells, the event opens into a street carnival for kids, with classic games like "Contraband Hunt," "Bag of Urine Bean Bag Toss," and of course, the round-robin shivving contest. The official mascot of Prison Days is the Outlaw Bob Younger, who roams the fair dying of tuberculosis. It is tradition to beat Outlaw Bob with empty souvenir "Prison Yard-Long" drink bottles.
3. Stillwater Sasquatch Festival Stillwater is sitting on a potential gold mine for its next big festival. It came in the form of this news item last year, when a farmer supposedly shot a video of a strange, Bigfoot-like creature lurking in the woods--a creature dubbed the Stillwater Sasquatch. Yes, the film is a pathetic fake. Yes, it's a cheap ploy for publicity. But who says these festivals have to be centered on something real? There hadn't been an actual lumberjack in Stillwater for a hundred years. Stillwater doesn't need to overthink this. Just hold the same cheesy community events and change the theme: the 1-mile fun run with a Bigfoot costume contest, a torchlight and pitchfork parade, a cheap carnival with a Sasquatch theme and especially hairy stuffed-animal prizes. Every restaurant in town can sell Bigfoot Burgers. It's low overhead, and local shops will clean up selling Sasquatch-related T-shirts, coffee mugs, Abominable Snow Globes, plaster-of-Paris "footprints," and fake clay "coprolites." Ka-ching!