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Are you ready for a Lumber-Jack Rowdy Good Time?

Posted on: July 24, 2015 at 6:02 pm by Sharon Davis

Paul Bunyan Days Logging ShowLabor Day in Fort Bragg means that Paul Bunyan Days are coming!  September 4th-7th will be filled with more than 20 family-friendly activities including the action-packed Logging Show where men and women loggers compete for over $7,000 in prize money!

Other fun activities include the Ugly Dog Contest, Fish Fry, Pie Sale, Labor Day Parade, Old Fashion Dress Review, Craft Show, Classic Car Show and so much more!  For the kids, there will be a Tricycle Race, Kiddie Parade and Kiddie Games.  There is something for everyone during Paul Bunyan Days!

Paul Bunyan himself will be hosting all of the exciting events.  Pose for a picture with Paul or just say hello.Paul Bunyan Days

The theme this year is “Happy Trails with Paul and Babe” to celebrate completion of the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail and the public’s access along the City’s coast for the first time in over a century.  See the Paul Bunyan Days website for more information on the festivities!

75th Anniversary of Paul Bunyan Days

Posted on: August 18, 2014 at 10:31 am by Julia Conway

Paul Bunyan Days


This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Paul Bunyan Days celebration!  Named for the bigger-than-life logger and his giant blue ox, the festival celebrates the history of the community and pays tribute to the strength of the people who live here.  Whether you attend the logging show and competition or the parade, or many of the other events, this Labor Day weekend festival is not to be missed!  For the schedule of activities, go to  The festival will run from Friday, August 29th through Monday, September 1st, 2014.


Fort Bragg’s 125th Anniversary Celebration!

Posted on: August 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm by Julia Conway 1 Comment
 A scene from by-gone days.

A scene from by-gone days.

The City of Fort Bragg is observing an important anniversary this year!  August 5th will mark the date of the official incorporation as a City, which occurred on August 5, 1889.  In celebration, the City and the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee have planned a series of community events, with participation from various historical and civic organizations and businesses.

C. R. Johnson, president of the Fort Bragg Redwood Company, was named the first president of the board of trustees, and the town was laid out much as it exists today – with a uniform street grid and mid-block alleys.  The City was established on the sight of the historic military post, established in 1857 about a mile north of the Mendocino Indian Reservation.  Native Americans of the Pomo tribe have inhabited the area for approximately 10,000 years, with their seasonal villages, located along the coast.  The military post was short-lived, and records show that in 1864, after the forced relocation of the Native American population, commemorated as the Trail of Tears, the military post was formally abandoned.  However, the booming logging industry ensured the continued existence of the settlement.

In historic Town Hall, the Fort Bragg Promotion Committee will sponsors a display of historic photographs  and will be open from 4:00P – 8:00P on Friday night the 8th, on Saturday the 9th from 10:00A – 4:00P and on Sunday the 10th from 11:00A to 4:00P.  In conjunction with this exhibit, the Paul Bunyan Days Association sponsors a historic logging display under the arbor at Town Hall.

On Saturday the 9th, from 12:00 noon – 3:00P, there will be an Community Picnic held at Bainbridge Park to be enjoyed at picnic tables or seated on your own picnic blanket in the lawn area.  There will be live music, a petting zoo sponsored by Fort Bragg High School FFA.  City officials will re-enact the signing of the City Charter, complete with period costumes and appropriate ceremony followed by cutting and serving a cake.  Rumor has it that Paul Bunyan will make an appearance at the picnic.  Bring the family and enjoy lunch, which includes a hot dog, chips, watermelon and water, and of course, some of the City’s birthday cake!

On Labor Day weekend, in conjunction with the annual Paul Bunyan Days events, there will be a dedication of the Founders’ Grove in Otis Johnson Park.  The Founders’ Grove dedication will acknowledge the City’s 125th years of incorporation and will commemorate the 75th celebration of Paul Bunyan Days, which celebrate the colorful history of the logging and forest products industry on the north coast.  More information on this event will be available in the Paul Bunyan Days program, available soon at or at

The City and the Paul Bunyan Days Association are seeking committee members and community participants to assemble a time capsule.  Contents for the capsule will be collected throughout the City’s 125th year (starting August 9, 2014) and it will be buried at the end of the celebration year, in August of 2015.  Do you or your family have a place in Fort Bragg’s history?  If so, the organizers welcome you contributions of photos, memories and memorabilia.   Please contact City Hall at 707-961-2823 if you are interested in participating in this activity.


Where Do You Find the World’s Best Beaches? You Start in Fort Bragg

Posted on: March 16, 2014 at 7:00 am by bruce

Glass Beach Treasure, Fort Bragg, CaliforniaTravel blogs, magazines and newspapers (printed and Web-based) regularly publish stories about the best destinations to visit or where you can find the most romantic getaway or best beach.

In fact, the New York Times recently said the Mendocino Coast (where you will find Fort Bragg) is #3 among 52 must-see destinations in 2014.

There is a good reason for that endorsement: it’s isolated from big city hustle-bustle (100 miles from the nearest big shopping mall or Apple Store), but has plenty to offer in Downtown Fort Bragg (where you’ll find lots to buy and friendly merchants to serve you). You may be a long way from the big box stores, but you are minutes away from a world of beauty, including world-class botanical garden, ecological staircase, a pygmy forest, a waterfall, giant redwoods, a beach piled high with beautiful sea glass, surfing, abalone diving, whale watching, seaweed farming, horseback riding (beach and forest), a microbrewery, a working lighthouse with original Fresnel lens, a real blue whale skeleton, and five California State Parks or preserves. Did we mention pristine beaches that stretch for miles?

If you need more reasons to visit — such as festivals or special events – we’ve got those, too:

Annual Whale Festival – Saturday and Sunday, March 15 & 16 (just this past weekend)

Fourth of July Fireworks – Saturday, July 5

World’s Largest Salmon Barbecue – Saturday, July 5

Paul Bunyan Days – Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Holiday Lights Parade – Saturday, December 6

Then, of course, there are simple pleasures everyone can enjoy (and most of these you won’t find in your town).


An All-American Labor Day Celebration — Monday At The Paul Bunyan Days Festival

Posted on: August 31, 2012 at 9:57 am by gary

There's Nothing Like The Paul Bunyan Days Parade

What’s more all-American than a hometown parade followed by a big-time barbecue with all the trimmings? Nothing! If you haven’t made Labor Day plans yet, then plan on heading for downtown Fort Bragg, where the fun begins.

The parade starts at 11 am, immediately followed by a sizzling BBQ featuring perfectly grilled beef, pork and lamb served with plenty of beans, coleslaw and bread sides. Don’t eat meat? No worries, veggie burgers will also be available.

Discounted BBQ tickets are available in advance –$12 for adults and $8 for kids and seniors — at Harvest Market, La Bamba, Columbi Market, Paul Bunayn Thrift Store, Chamber of Commerce, Fort Bragg Community Credit Union and Mendocino’s Out of the World.  Tickets at the event are $15 for Adults, $10 Seniors and kids.

Anybody Hungry?

Here’s a line up of Monday activities. A complete schedule, with event locater map, can be found at:


10 am-6 pm: Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, Town Hall, N. Main & Laurel

11 am: Labor Day Parade, Pine to Franklin to Oak to Main to Pine

After Parade: Labor Day BBQ, Todd’s Point & Hwy 1

We’ve Got Your Saturday Planned For You At Fort Bragg’s Paul Bunyan Days, This Labor Day Weekend

Posted on: August 28, 2012 at 10:59 am by gary

We’ve been talking about how much fun Paul Bunyan Days are, and how much there is to do. Before you know it, it’ll be time to pack up the kids, come early, and have a “Lumber-Jack Rowdy Good Time”!

A complete schedule, with event locator map, can be found at:

Here’s a line up of Saturday activities:

10 am: Tricycle Race, N. Franklin & Laurel

10 am-5pm: Soroptimist Craft Fair, CV Starr Community Center, 300 S. Lincoln

10 am-6 pm: Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, Town Hall, N. Main & Laurel

10 am- 6 pm: Classic Car Show, 501 N. Main

10 am until sold out: Presbyterian Women’s Pie Sale, 367 S. Sanderson Way

Who wants home made pie!

10 am-5 pm: Library Book Sale, Veteran’s Hall, N. Harrison & Laurel

10 am: Horseshoe Tournament, Todds Point

11 am: Kiddie Parade, N. Franklin & Laurel (register at 10:30)

Kiddie Parade

Kids love a parade, especially one they're in!

11 am-4 pm: Fish Fry, N. Main & Spruce

Noon-3 pm: Kiddie Games, CV Starr Center, 300 S. Lincoln

2 pm: Old Fashioned Dress Review, St. Michael’s Church, Franklin & Fir

3 pm: Walk In The Park, Otis Johnson Park, E. Laurel

3 pm: Ugly Dog Contest, CV Starr Center, 300 S. Lincoln (register at 2 pm)

Harley, last year's ugliest dog and best in show...C'mon, he's cute!

3 pm: Firemen Water Fight, N. Main & Spruce

8-9:30 pm: Footlighters, 428 N. Main

9 pm-1:30 am: Firemen’s Ball, Pentacost Hall

Action Packed Paul Bunyan Days Logging Show Demonstrates Fort Bragg’s Roots — Sunday Of Labor Day Weekend

Posted on: August 20, 2012 at 10:17 am by gary
Paul Bunyan Days Logging Show

The competition's lively at the Paul Bunyan Days Logging Show

On Sunday of every Labor Day Weekend local town folk pay respect to the area’s rich logging heritage, with a wide range of rollicking competitions demonstrating lumberjacking skills. This Paul Bunyan Days mainstay is not only entertainment for the entire family — it’s a chance to see activities that are rapidly becoming a lost art.

Contests include the pole climb, chocker-setting, 20 ft ax throw, chain saw bucking, Jack & Jill handsaw, single buck handsaw, double buck handsaw, and horizontal hand chop. Events also include a Youth King-of-the-Log Pillow Fight, and an Ol’ Timers competition for loggers over 60.

Men and women who live in Mendocino, Humboldt and Lake County compete for more than $7,000 in prize money, so you can bet the competition will be lively!


Looks like a bull's-eye!

The logging show is one of Paul Bunyan Days’ most popular events, with more than 1000 people attending each year. It’s easy to find. From Highway 1 near Highway 20, look for a field of tents and a really tall pole.

Don’t miss this chance to see local men and women demonstrate the skills that helped build Fort Bragg.

Paul Bunyan Days: A “Lumber Jack Rowdy Good Time” For The Whole Family, Labor Day Weekend September 1-3

Posted on: August 16, 2012 at 9:58 am by gary 1 Comment

There’s really no simple way to describe Fort Bragg’s annual Paul Bunyan Days celebration on Labor Day Weekend. It’s like a homegrown three-day, three ring circus of fun, food, thrills, and down right zaniness spread out all over town. There’s so much to see and do, you really need a program and map. Viola! Take a look and start planning your weekend.

Join Paul Bunyan For A Lumber Jack Rowdy Good Time

Leading up to the celebration we’ll be blogging about various events, but you don’t need to wait for us. Our information comes from the great group of volunteers who work so hard to make Paul Bunyan Days — in their words — such a “Lumber Jack Rowdy Good Time” every year. We encourage you to visit their website, which includes a terrific slide show from the 2010 celebration.

You say you’ve never had a Lumber Jack Rowdy Good Time? Join us this Labor Day Weekend and find out what you’ve been missing!

A Fantastic Paul Bunyan Days Celebration!

Posted on: September 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm by fbpc

Paul Bunyan Days is always a rowdy-good time, but this year it was more fun than ever.

8ft weather balloon 379ft in the air - before it escaped!
8ft weather balloon 379ft in the air – before it escaped!

The weather was perfect, the events were packed, there were some new things and some old favorites returned. We said good-bye to Norm Shandel, Paul Bunyan for the last 40 years, and hello to Mike Stephens – the new Paul, who taught us to hoot like an owl.

Paul Bunyan and Smokey Bear at the Logging Show
Paul Bunyan and Smokey Bear at the Logging Show

Women and men won more than $8,500 in cash prizes at the Logging Show,  an 8ft weather balloon with 35ft streamers escaped from the Forest Expo and flew off to who knows where.

Stella, 'Ugliest Dog'
Stella ‘Ugliest Dog’

Stella upset the Ugly Dog Contest by winning first place over Rascal. Smokey Bear, the Kangaroo Kort, and the Keystone Cops all showed up at the Logging Show to see the crowning of the Belle of the Redwoods.

Belle of the Redwoods
Belle of the Redwoods

We set 2 records – 1 for the Largest Dog Bed and another for the Biggest Dog Pile.

The Humboldt State marching band stole the show at the parade – again. And the Coast Guard did an impressive flyover.

We’ll let you know where and when photos and videos of the events are posted. Meanwhile, if you’re wondering who won prizes at the parade, logging show, pillow fight, dog contest, kiddie parade, tricycle race, belle of the redwoods, or dress review, visit the Paul Bunyan Days web site for a complete list.

Paul Bunyan Days is put on by the community, for the people who live here. Donations, sponsorships and volunteer labor make it possible to have so many free and inexpensive events.

If you didn’t attend this year, put it on your calendar for next Labor Day Weekend.

If you’d like to help with the celebration next year, send an email to the association at

Who is the New Paul Bunyan?

Posted on: August 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm by fbpc

Who is our next Paul Bunyan? paul bunyan mystery manI can’t tell you.

But I can say his first public appearance will be Friday, Sept 3rd, at 5:45. That’s when the current Paul will “Pass the Ax” to the new Paul, at First Friday’s Block Party on Laurel St.

I’m terrible at keeping secrets, maybe if I give you some hints you’ll guess…

According to the new Paul, people tell him he looks like Paul Bunyan. He’s a big bear of a man – at 6’6″ he’s just an inch shorter than Norm Shandell, Fort Bragg’s Paul Bunyan for the last 40 years.  New Paul has dark curly hair and a full beard; he also works in the woods.

While he works in the woods, he’s not the clear-cutting, ax-wielding man of the tall tales. This Paul is a modern folk hero;  he does wildlife surveys, including research on the Northern Spotted Owl.  He works on lands owned by some of the nation’s top forestland conservation organizations including; The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, and Redwood Forest Foundation Inc.  Instead of an ax, he respectfully imitates the owl’s contact call, or uses digital wildlife callers, radio transmitters and database programs on computers. But he’s not afraid to get dirty, he hikes steep and rugged terrain – often at night – orienteering with map, compass and GPS units. Sometimes instead of hiking he uses a 4×4 vehicle or an ATV on rugged unimproved dirt roads. And like most people in the woods, he runs a chainsaw, often in harsh weather.

This Paul is also an educator; he likes helping people – especially kids – learn about today’s logging practices, the future of the Redwood forests,  and logging’s surprising impact on birds and animals who live in the woods.

He’s in his early 40’s, he went to Forestry school in Maine, and he has his own ‘logger’ clothing.  Know who he is? Don’t tell! Let’s see if you’re better at keeping secrets than I am.