August, already?! We here at ParksByNature can’t believe it either. End your summer right by heading to one (or all!) of these great events at the State Parks.
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
August 1-3, 2014
Cross-cutting at the Woodsmen’s Show [Image: www.sungazette.com]
Want to see lumberjacks fell, saw, carve, haul, axe and roll giant logs? Come celebrate the life of a woodhick at the three-day annual Woodsmen’s Show
at Cherry Springs State Park
! Since 1952, thousands have flocked to the Woodsmen’s Show to watch cross-cutting, spring board chopping, chainsaw carving, and horse pulling competitions. Inspired by all the axe throwing and log rolling? Then sign up for the show’s amateur lumberjack competitions! At the historical logging camp, you’ll find demonstrations of traditional hunting, forging and raft-making techniques. Rousing live folk and bluegrass music will play throughout, and don’t forget to indulge in all of the show’s hearty food. Besides its logging history, Cherry Springs State Park is legendary for its dark skies
. The skies at the park are so dark that the Milky Way casts a shadow! Reserve a campsite so you can see for yourself.
Jericho ATV Festival
Jericho Mountain State Park, New Hampshire
August 1-3, 2014
Nothing like a good mud pit! [Image: www.coupleofsports.com]
It’s all about the mud at the 5th Annual Jericho ATV Festival
. For one weekend, hundreds of ATVs, quads, dirt bikes, and dune buggies will be mudding it up
in the waist-deep mud pits, cruising down Main Street, and tackling Jericho Mountain’s plentiful ATV trails. From amateurs to pros, everyone can compete in poker runs, obstacle courses, ATV pulls, mud pit races and grudge runs, and the popular “wreck the dress” race. For demos, giveaways, live music, beer tent and plenty of good BBQ head to the festival’s Downtown Block Party
in Berlin, New Hampshire. And be sure to check out the Rave X Freestyle Show: A dirt biker and quad rider will perform heart-stopping stunts 20 feet in the air!
Away from the competition, take a ride along the 80 miles of trail at Jericho Mountain State Park. This extensive trail network offers the best OHRV riding New England has to offer with breathtaking views and varied terrain to satisfy all riders. Use Pocket Ranger®’s Official Guide for New Hampshire State Parks to mark waypoints and keep track of friends while ATV-ing together on the trails.
Twin Peaks Festival
Olallie State Park, Washington
August 1-3, 2014
This August, fans from all over the world will flock just east of Seattle to Olallie State Park for the annual Twin Peaks Fest. Aired in the early 1990’s, this cult classic TV show by director and writer David Lynch was inspired by the area’s waterfalls, dense woods, and small town-feel. Look forward to touring the show’s filming locations and watching the pilot episode of Twin Peaks on the big screen. On Saturday night, get gussied up as your favorite character for the costume contest and dine alongside actual Twin Peaks celebrities. This year’s celebrity guests include Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), Chris Mulkey (Hank Jennings), James Marshall (James Hurley) and more! The festival closes with a Tibetan rock-throw contest and that iconic piece of cherry pie.
Sioux River Folk Festival
Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota
August 1-3, 2014
Get ready for three days of live fiddlin’ music, dancing, and family fun! The annual Sioux River Folk Festival at Newton Hills State Park features traditional music, such as folk, bluegrass, old time, and gospel played by some of the very best. Throughout the weekend, music and yoga workshops will also be held. During the Saturday break, musically-inclined festival-goers can sign up for a juried campground contest. Winners of this talent contest open for the festival’s big closing set on Saturday night and receive an original Headley Eyesore artwork signed by the artist himself. So you don’t miss a moment, reserve a campsite at the park using Pocket Ranger®’s Official Guide for South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks app.
World’s Longest Yard Sale
DeSoto State Park, Alabama
August 7-10, 2014
Miles of bargains! [Image: worldslongestyardsaleproject.blogspot.com]
Did you miss Kentucky’s 400 Mile Sale
or are you just hungry for more thrifting? This August, the heart of the World’s Longest Yard Sale
traverses Alabama’s DeSoto State Park
. As seen on HGTV, USA Today
, and The Tonight Show, the World’s Longest Yard Sale follows U.S. 126 Corridor from Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan for more than 690-miles of scenic beauty and bargain finds. Take a dip in DeSoto State Park’s Olympic-size pool before hitting the road for another day of yard sales.
Annual Day of Honor Event
Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Montana
August 30, 2014
Traditional dancing at the Day of Honor [Image: visitmt.com]
A day of cultural sharing, the 20th Annual Day of Honor
at Chief Plenty Coups State Park
commemorates the last chief of the Apsaalooke (Crow) people and his legacy of promoting understanding, peace and harmony among races. Visitors can tour Chief Plenty Coups’ log house and gravesite, and place prayer flags at the sacred medicine spring. Throughout the day, listen to storytellers and watch traditional dancing accompanied by drumming. Browse the craft fair for treasures, such as beaded items, Native American dolls, and paintings. Don’t leave before partaking in the park’s FREE buffalo feast! To feed the 600 guests, the park staff at Chief Plenty Coups State Park
slow-roast a buffalo in a giant pit for twelve hours on the Day of Honor. Roast bison is served with all the traditional fixings, including corn on the cob, fry bread, watermelon and berry pudding.
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