Full slate for Annual PBD weekend

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The largest celebration in St. Maries returns this weekend.

Paul Bunyan Days is Friday, Sept. 1, to Monday, Sept. 4. Dale Hill, president of the PBD committee, said guests can expect only minimal changes for the 49th annual event.

“One of the main messages we are trying to get out is no stakes in the field to hold down blankets and tarps for the firework show,” Mr. Hill said. “Volunteers put a lot of work into the field, which is irrigated and we don’t want anybody to come in and ruin it.”

During the fireworks show, members of the crowd will not be allowed to use stakes to hold blankets or tarps. Dale Hill said volunteers put a lot of time into making improvements at the field incluidng an irrigation system and they do not want it to get ruined.

During the fireworks show, members of the crowd will not be allowed to use stakes to hold blankets or tarps. Dale Hill said volunteers put a lot of time into making improvements at the field incluidng an irrigation system and they do not want it to get ruined.

Instead of stakes, the committee is asking individuals to used canned food items or canned dog or cat food to hold down their tarps and blankets.

“After the show they can leave it on the field and we will go pick up the canned items and whatever the food is will determine whether it goes to Hope’s Haven or the food bank,” Mr. Hill said.

Outside of the fireworks show, Mr. Hill said residents and guests can expect familiar activities and competitions. Mr. Hill said this will be the third year for the demolition derby, which has become “one of our biggest money makers for Paul Bunyan Days.”

“We’re beefing it up,” he said. “We are working with a group from Smelterville and with the fair board. There will be a beer garden down there as well and Kiwanis will do the food.”

Mr. Hill said the demolition derby as well as other events throughout the weekend could always use more participants.

“Come down and enjoy and get involved,” Mr. Hill said. “We need more participation especially in the water events. Every event is free to enter, except the demolition. The water and logging events pay out cash and you don’t have to pay to participate.”

In addition to competitors, Mr. Hill said the PBD committee always has room for more volunteers.

“We are down members this year and like everybody else could use more,” he said.

The celebration begins Friday with the carnival, community booths, information booth and Blue Ox opening at noon. Bingo will be held and the pet and doll parade for area children ages 3 to 12 is at 5 p.m. Check-in at the Grub Box.

Saturday’s activities include the Karen Ebert Memorial 5K, Junior Olympics, bingo, helicopter rides, water events, the Crash for Cash Demolition Derby, tug-of-war, Rose’s fireworks show and more. Music will be offered at the community amphitheater throughout the weekend.

A community breakfast will be served Sunday at the Eagles Lodge by the Benewah County Humane Society. Children’s pool events will take place and the quilt show opens. The Paul Bunyan Days auction is also Sunday and the main fireworks show will light up the skies.

The parade is Monday with logging events to follow in the afternoon. Ed and Claudia Spooner will lead the parade as this year’s grand marshal. Children’s events for 2 to 5 year olds will also be offered.

Throughout the weekend, the information booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily in city park. Paul Bunyan apparel, hats, memorabilia and more will be available for sale.

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