What is the Louisiana Forest Festival?
Forestry is the number one industry for Winn Parish, and a top industry for the state of Louisiana. Forestry-related employment accounted for 51,874 jobs in the state. Forest industries manufacturing employers in Louisiana provide about 19,969 jobs in 2017 (Louisiana Forest Association website). We at the Louisiana Forest Festival feel It is important to promote and stimulate the industry for not only the economic well-being of Winn and surrounding parishes, but also for the state. The Louisiana Forest Festival, which reorganized in 1979, salutes the timber industry in our state. The festival encompasses a wide variety of timber related activities. There are numerous forestry equipment displays and related exhibits. Professional lumberjack sports competitors come from throughout the United States to participate in the show. There will be 13 lumberjack events to cheer on with 6 different chainsaw events. We represent both historical and modern forestry and logging practices as we pay homage to our history and celebrate our future with deep roots in the forestry community around us. In addition to the forestry activities; The festival will have excellent fun and food throughout the day. We will host a wide variety of vendors and entertainers. We invite you to come and look at the homemade crafts and join in the fun of contests and prize drawings. There will be children’s activities and games along with live music and entertainers. If you haven’t been to the festival in a while or you are a first timer we invite you to come out and enjoy a truly unique, family friendly adventure deep in the heart of North Central Louisiana.
Below, you will find a short snippet of what a day in the life of a modern day logger looks like. Video credit belongs to Thomas Johnson of Cutting Edge Logging. His website and merchandise can be found here.