Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paul Bunyan Days in St. Maries

Labor Day weekend. The last long weekend of the summer before kids go back to school and the weather begins to turn cool again. Everyone needs this weekend to soak up sun rays, enjoy a little more free time and just relax. One great place for all of this is Paul Bunyan Days in St. Maries, Idaho. The festival takes place over four days, from August 31 - September 3.

Paul Bunyan Days

An audience watches a portion of the Civil War reenactment show held during the 2011 Paul Bunyan Days celebration. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

Celebrating the logging history in the region, St. Maries (pronounced Marys) comes alive with an exciting series of competitions and entertainment. Paul Bunyan Days boasts a bevy of attractions that include a carnival in city park, a Junior Olympic skills competition, a quilt show, a 5K fun run and pool events. Get ready for logging competitions, water events, Moto-cross races, food & craft vendors, music, a stunning fireworks show and much more during this family friendly send-off to summer. Sunday at dusk is one of the country’s largest arena firework shows. Monday morning is the Labor Day parade – bigger and better every year.

Visit St. Maries, Idaho

Have you visited St Maries before? If so, was it for Paul Bunyan Days? What else did you like about the city? We recommend you  shop St. Maries sidewalk sales for great bargains. Also check out the city park, which boasts “The Biggest Topless Bar in Idaho” called the Blue Ox (the beer garden doesn’t have a roof).

St. Maries, ID Lodging

There are numerous bed & breakfasts where you can stay the weekend.

St. Maries Paul Bunyan Days Event Highlights:

Saturday, Sept. 1:

10:00 a.m. Lawn Mower Races,  Registration and Inspection down at Hill A Beans Esspresso 801  Railroad Avenue across the railroad tracks.

9:00 p.m. St. Joe Valley Car Club Dance. Everyone 21 years or older is invited to the Cormana Building, City Park, to have some fun and dance the night away. Music provided by the King Pins. Tickets $5 at the door.

Check out the full schedule of events at the Paul Bunyan Days Facebook page.

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