The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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Or, at the very least, a close second.
And you don’t even need to spend a month shopping for this holiday – you just show up, here, in St. Maries. We do the rest for you.
Of course we’re talking about Paul Bunyan Days, celebrated every year over Labor Day weekend. This year’s schedule boasts many of the same crowd-pleasing events as year’s past, including a weekend-long carnival, junior olympics event competitions, our “Biggest Topless Bar in Idaho,” the Blue Ox and the biggest and best fireworks show in the area.
A Junior Olympian competes in the potato sack race.

A Junior Olympian competes in the potato sack race.

Take a peek at our schedule and start planning your weekend.
Friday, August 29, 2014

All Day Visit St. Maries and have some fun. Spend some time and take a trip up the St. Joe River it’s a beautiful drive. You can go Swimming, fishing, or play a round of golf. Stop by the Hughes House on Main Ave. to learn more about our area’s past. Plan to shop St. Maries for great bargains during the sidewalk sales. The Information Booth located just past the playground in the City Park sells Paul Bunyan T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Hoodies and other stuff for the weekend for a first come first serve basis. The hours are 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Stop by and say “Hi” to all the volunteers and get your questions answered. Be sure to purchase your tickets for the Hospice Wood Raffle while at the information booth! Camping available at AQUA PARK with permits only. Someone will be down there to collect your money and give you a permit.

Noon Community Booths and Blue Ox Tavern. Visit the many interesting booths in City Park and, if you’re 21 or older, check out the “Biggest Topless Bar” in Idaho. ID is required, regardless of age.

5:00 p.m. Pet and Doll Parade Check-In. Kid’s ages 3 to 12 come join the fun. Check in at Grub Box parking lot, 8th and Center AVE.

5:00 p.m. Carnival Opens. Come on down and check it out. Davis Shows Northwest is ready and waiting for the fun to begin!

5:30 p.m. Pet and Doll Parade. Kids dress up your favorite doll. stuffed animal, or living pet and yourself and join the parade. First, Second and Third place prizes! Plan to meet your parents at the Football field, City Park, where winners will be announced and all participants will receive a snack. Parade route will be from 7th and Main to 13th and Main. No parking on either side of Main Street from 8th through 10th. STRICTLY ENFORCED!

6:00-10:00 p.m. Karaoke on stage in the City Park.

8:00-12:00 p.m. Four on the Floor at the Blue Ox. ID REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF AGE

Saturday, August 30, 2014

8:00 a.m. Paul Bunyan Days Karen Ebert Memorial 5K Fun Run/ Walk registration. The 5K race has returned to the Paul Bunyan Days line-up. Pick up races packet at St. Maries High School gym parking lot and get ready for a 3.2 mile walk/run along the beautiful St. Joe River Road. Late registration accepted until race time.

9:00 a.m. Fun Run/Walk begins. The 5k race begins with a bang. Whether you’re an experienced runner, an avid walker or just wanting to get out for good walk, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

9:30 a.m. Junior Olympics Registration. Free and Fun – All kids to age 12 welcome. Football Field, City Park.

10:00 a.m. Helicopter Rides. Come on down to the West End of the City Park and check out the prices for a ride.

10:00 a.m. Junior Olympics. Come on down and cheer these kids on as they compete for awards to be presented in each age group.

10:00 a.m. Blue Ox Opens. ID REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF AGE

11:00 a.m. Register for Water Events at the City Pool. 13-17 years old, parents must be present for sign-up and competition.

All Day Carnival, Food Booths, Blue Ox, and Shopping. The Merchant’s Sidewalk Sales continue and all the fun continues at City Park. Don’t miss it!

11:00- 2:00 p.m. Games – Come on in & sign up to play in the Blue OX. ID REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF AGE

Noon Water Events. Come join the fun. Be part of it or cheer on the others. Loggers water competition is old fashioned fun with Log Birling, Canoe Jousting, Tight Rope Walking, and more. Please bring your own towel. Register to participate – Amateurs only

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. St. Maries Community Band & Choir – on the main stage in the City Park.

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Kevin Gardner on stage at the City Park.

6:00 p.m. Weigh In- Tug Of War. 1500 lbs maximum co-ed teams. On the Football Field pending entries.

6:00-10:00 p.m. Mainstream Square Dance at the Eagles Lodge.

6:00-10:00 p.m. American Bonfire on stage in the City Park.

7:00 p.m. Tug of War. Don’t miss the action as you watch groups compete. Co-ed teams 1500 lb limit. Must have one female on team.

8:00-12:00 p.m. Four on the Floor at the Blue Ox.

9:00 p.m. Low Aerial Fireworks Rose’s Fireworks Show Music provided before the show.

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. ID REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF AGE

A crowd lines the streets of Main Avenue in anticipation of the annual Paul Bunyan Days parade.

A crowd lines the streets of Main Avenue in anticipation of the annual Paul Bunyan Days parade.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

7:00-12:30p.m. Community Breakfast. This is a Humane Society fundraiser and committee personnel will be doing the cooking and serving. Proceeds to benefit the Benewah County Humane Society. Come on down to the Eagles on Main Street and enjoy a great meal. Serving Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, milk, juice and coffee.

All Day Carnival, booths, Blue Ox. All the fun continues at City Park, don’t miss out!

10:00 a.m. Helicopter Rides. Come on down to the West End of the City Park and check out the prices for a ride.

10:00 a.m. Blue Ox opens. ID REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF AGE

10 – 6:00 p.m. Valley Peacemakers Quilt Show Annual quilt show sponsored by the Valley Peacemakers Quilt & Craft Club will be at the Heyburn Elementary School gym 1404 Main Street, just one block from City Park.

11:00-2:00 p.m. Games – Come sign up & play at the Blue Ox. ID REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF AGE

12:00 p.m. Paul Bunyan Auction. If you want a bargain, and like auctions you will love this one. Great items donated by local merchants. Also loads of logs were donated and will be auctioned. Come and get your number and participate. Football Field, City Park.

12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Spare Parts Band on stage at the City Park.
Noon Registration for Kids Pool Events. Ages 6-12. Parents must be present for sign-up and competition.

1:00 p.m. Kids Pool Events. Ages 6-12. Inner Tube races and Parent-child raft races. Parents must be present for sign-up and competition.

4:00 – 8:00 Earl Wear & Haywire on the main stage in the City Park.

6:00 p.m. Joy Night Celebration. Joy Night at the 2nd Street Baptist Church, Come join in the worship – everyone welcome.

6:00 p.m. Fireworks pre show.

9:00 p.m. Fireworks Display. “Circus Circus” is this year’s theme for this spectacular event. Join us for the fireworks display and find out what thousands already know, St. Maries’ fireworks are the best around!! On the soccer field at City Park.

A packed crowd is treated to brilliant fireworks shows, year after year.

A packed crowd is treated to brilliant fireworks shows, year after year.

After Fireworks. Earl Wear & Haywire on stage at the City Park.

10 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Four on the Floor after the fireworks in the Blue Ox. ID REQUIRED REGARDLESS OF AGE

Monday, September 1, 2014

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Register for the Parade. Sign up at Ken’s Body Shop, west end of town. Registration accepted until 9:30 only!
Hurry to get a spot in line for the Parade.

10:00–4:00p.m. Valley Peacemakers Quilt Show The quilt show is sponsored by the Valley Peacemakers Quilt & Craft Club will be at the Heyburn Elementary School gym, just one block from City Park.

10:00 a.m. Helicopter Rides at the West end of the City Park. Come on down and check out the prices.

10:00 a.m. Here Comes the Parade!! Grab a folding chair and line up on Main Ave. Give a hearty welcome to all parade participants. No Parking on either side of Main Avenue from 7th through 11th Street. STRICTLYENFORCED!

12:00 to Close Carnival, Booths, Blue Ox. The fun continues until this evening. Last chance to have fun – grab some lunch, the food is great!

Noon Registration for Logging Events. Sign up at the Football field. Amateurs only.

12:00 p.m. Kids Events meet by main stage at City Park. 2-5 yrs. old.

1:00 p.m. Logging Events. It’s show-down time. Come cheer these loggers and loggerettes on as they compete in various activities. Amateurs only.

2:00 p.m. Duck Races at the river.

 

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