Lumberjack fest draws big crowd

Theresa Gardner
Special to the Press-Herald

SPRINGHILL — The 32nd annual Springhill Lumberjack Festival drew in large crowds despite the high temperatures this past weekend.

The two-day event, which was held at the Springhill Convention and Activity Center, had 30 vendors this year and hundreds of local and outside supporters.

Renee Jones, who serves as vice president on the Lumberjack Festival Committee says she was pleased with this year’s turnout.

“We usually have the festival in October,” Jones said. “But we were rained out so bad last year, that we decided that it might be a good idea to move it up some.”

Jones went on to mention other changes the festival experienced.

“We had some very loyal chairpersons to resign last year. Cliff Carter and his wife who is known as the Sticker Lady,” she said. “We also lost the late Jill Hodges.” Jones, who serves in her second term with the festival, also said the success of the annual event is attributed to others such as its president, Sharon Ainsworth, chaplain James Burns and treasurer Kathy Thompson.

The festival ended with a packed house as Springhill’s own country legend, Joe Stampley entertained with some of his famous hits.

“The people are always so supportive and seem to look forward to this annual festival,” she said. “Without them it wouldn’t be a success.”

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