Libby Logger Days History

Logger Days, a community event held since 1960, is the longest running celebration in Libby.  Designed to highlight Libby’s logging industry and heritage, the community celebration draws people of all ages and occupations.  Originally started for the men who “worked hard and played harder”, the event has changed over time into one of a true community celebration. 

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Logger Days grew out of earlier festivals held in Libby.  Starting in 1931, loggers and mill workers competed in events held annually during Labor Day.  Competitions held in Pioneer Park were observed by the entire town that brought picnic lunches to watch the men competing for cash prizes and year-long bragging rights.  In 1955 Libby and Bonners Ferry in Idaho started celebrating Kootenai River Days.  Celebrations held in each town were organized with the main event being a raft race held over two days.  Competitors would be timed as they raced from Warland to Libby and from Troy to Bonners Ferry on day two. 

In 1960, the local chapter of Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) organized Libby’s first Logger Days.  This event still had logging competitions, it kept the popular raft race though changing it to one day only, and added a parade and carnival of amusement rides for children.  Widely popular, Logger Days has remained Libby’s most popular community celebration.  Even during times of economic change and decline, Libby still identifies itself with its logging industry and heritage.

Education of Libby’s residents and visitors takes place during Logger Days.  Logging companies display and demonstrate machinery and techniques.  Information booths set up by corporate forest owners and the United States Forest Service inform visitors on the role forests play in our society.  Mill and lands tours historically were held for people wanting to learn more about forestry and wood products manufacturing. 

In these contemporary times of changing land and resource values, celebrations like Logger Days are important for keeping focus on the land surrounding Libby and it’s effect on the local economy.  Without this annual festival, awareness and knowledge for residents and locals alike would diminish and, over time, fade away.

Logger Days Buttons are required for entrance to Grounds.  Buttons allow entrance to all festivities.  Button prices are $8 in advance or $15 at the gate.  Children under the age of 12 are free.

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Libby Logger Days
June 22-24, 2017
J. Neil's Memorial Park