The Locals seek volunteers, plan to reveal Stillwater festival name Jan. 21

The Locals are looking for help from the community as they start gearing up to get things rolling for Stillwater’s new summer festival.

The Locals — the group planning the new festival — will appear at Lift Bridge Brewery on Jan. 21 to talk with potential volunteers and reveal the name chosen for the festival.

There have been talks about bringing the Lumberjack Days name back to the festival instead of the originally proposed name, Stillwater Log Jam.

“I can’t really say much about that since we’re still working on it, but we’ll know the final name by Tuesday,” said Cassie McLemore, a member of The Locals.

McLemore said that the group has been meeting with several different
organizations to talk about sponsorships.

It’s also reported that festival organizers have been meeting with corporations such as Walmart, Andersen Corp., Cub Foods and Associated Eye Care to discuss sponsorship opportunities ranging from $500 to $50,000. No sponsorships have yet been confirmed.

The summer festival is scheduled to take place July 18-20. The Locals were awarded the rights to plan the summer festival in November, winning out over large event-planning companies such as Filo Productions and Mid-America Festivals Corp. after getting a huge outpouring of support from the community. The renewal of a festival comes on the heels of two summers without a city festival. Lumberjack Days was discontinued after the original organizer, David Eckberg, was charged with 10 counts of check fraud. His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 3.

As plans have moved forward, time constraints have caused The Locals to drop a few events from the list originally floated to council in the fall.

“Some things have changed,” McLemore said. “Those things that are historically-themed have not changed, but the Miss Stillwater pageant will be put off until year two, since we didn’t feel we had enough time to plan it. The fireworks idea has been tabled simply because of the cost of the event. If we end up getting money for that, that would be great, but we’re really working on focusing on the major important events and making the event a great experience.”

Family-friendly events that remain include the soap box derby, a fishing tournament, historically themed rooms throughout the area, bingo in the park, historical boat tours, lumberjack demonstrations, a parade, water-ski show, vintage baseball, tethered hot air balloon rides, a medallion hunt and a “fun run.” Music will be played in parks throughout the city, including Pioneer Park, Lowell Park and Teddy Bear Park.

“We’re focusing on getting these right, and we want to make it a really nice event and focus on quality rather than quantity,” McLemore said.

Musical acts would play Friday and Saturday and would be along the lines of The Replacements, Mason Jennings or The Suburbs.

The Locals plan to meet with local residents and business owners 5-9 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Lift Bridge Brewery to discuss their plans, sign-up volunteers and solicit donations.

“We’ll be looking for volunteers to help with different aspects of the event,” McLemore said. “We’d hope that someone would volunteer to put together the soap box derby and find different support parts that people can help by volunteering. For example if someone can help with the beer garden or help set up vendors. There are a lot of different areas where we need volunteers and a lot of different places that people can apply their skills and make this a great event.”

Contact Avery Cropp at avery.cropp@ecm-inc.com

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