Tall Timber Days Celebrates 30 years

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2011 Updated Aug 9, 2011 at 5:31 PM CDT

This year was the 30th annual Tall Timber Days Festival in Grand Rapids. Dr. Lee Jess is a co-chair for the event. He said the festival draws in thousands each year and has a positive impact on local businesses.

"[People that have business here] They say, Wow. You can sure tell when Tall Timber Days are here because my cash register is ringing a lot faster than it was other days of the week," Jess said.

Joseph Moudry has been coming to Tall Timber Days for 22 y ears.

"I used to do competitions here and I've just been coming ever since," Mourdry said, "This is where I learned how to carve. So, coming up here just brings up old memories."

Dr. Jess said that almost fifty percent of people who attend the festival have attended it before.

"It attracts a lot of attention and it's a great season for Grand Rapids," said festival volunteer, Gina Schaar, "Grand Rapids brings in a lot of people this time of year."

Dr. Jess helped found the Tall Timber Days Festival.

"Our town had nothing, really. No parades, no celebrations. The surrounding towns had other celebrations like Bovey Farmer's Day and things like that," Jess said, "So we decided [to do] something to do with the lumberjack or the lumber industry."

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the festival's parade was extended.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin