From pancakes and racecars zipping down Main Street to logging contests and a dance, West Point Lumberjack Day attracted a large crowd Saturday.
Eleven racers as young as 6 carefully controlled their Soapbox Derby cars in the early morning race that sends the small vehicles down the hill toward the center of town. When the dust settled – the winning racer did worry some bystanders when she whizzed past them and skidded to a stop near a brand new Ford Thunderbird – Delaney Tiner, 10, of Santa Cruz had the winning time.
Aviel Bowsher won the Lumberjack Day Queen crown for 2012 by selling $2,010 worth of tickets for a drawing that earns contestants scholarships. Ben Frye sold $3,081 worth of tickets to claim the king’s crown, fittingly, in the celebration of the logging industry that has supported the town for so long, a cap. The contestants raised more than $9,500.
Politicians, donkeys, schoolchildren and numerous equestrian entries stepped off at 11 a.m. for the largest parade in the county. Familiar entries cavorted with some newcomers to excite the crowd before everyone moved to the logging contest arena to watch the sawdust fly.
“This is just a great hometown event,” said Jane Hess, one of the judges for the parade.
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