August 2, 2018

Farwell Hosts 18th Annual Lumberjack Festival



By Dianne Alward-Biery
Cleaver Staff Writer

Copyright Clare County Cleaver

HARRISON – Last weekend’s 18th Annual Farwell Lumberjack Festival brought out families from near and far to enjoy the high-spirited games, goodies art along with all manner of lumberjack-themed fun.

Giving a nod to the region’s lumbering history, the event featured lots of competitions, tasty offerings both savory and sweet, along with activities which could be enjoyed by the very young and the… much less young.


The kid-oriented fun included a pie-eating contest, barrel train rides, trainpony rides, kids carnival games, a bubble gum blowing event, and the ever-popular greased pig contest. And, yeah, that pie eating wasn’t just for kids, the grownups got to work on that, too -- and ribs!

Attendees who preferred to be viewers also had lots to take in: a dance performance by the Red Hat Strutters, musical entertainment, a display of art works at the museum, the vast array of craft vendors in the Farwell Village Park, and, of course, the ongoing chainsaw carving competitions which went on both Saturday and Sunday.

Log RollAnd, of course, no Lumberjack Festival would be complete without the Great Lakes Timber Show, with its banter-heavy demonstrations of sawing, axe throwing and log rolling.

The winners in each of the competitions can be found on the Farwell Area Chamber of Commerce website:







July 26, 2018

18th Annual Lumberjack Festival On Tap For Weekend

Lumberjack Athletes, Chainsaw Carvers, Pigs, More!


By Dianne Alward-Biery
Cleaver Staff Writer

HARRISON – Families are gearing up to enjoy the old-fashioned summertime lumberjack events and summertime contests awaiting them at the 18th Annual Lumberjack Festival set for this coming weekend in Farwell. Those who are competition minded will enjoy the Fenders & Flags Car Show, Stock Chainsaw Contest, Chicken Chuckin’ Contest,


Horseshoe Tournament (singles and doubles), Rib Eating Contest, Chili Cook-off and Skillet Toss, and of course, the ever-popular Greased Pig Contest with a sized-right pig for every age.

The Festival will include a Lumberjack 5k Run Saturday morning, and the traditional Lumberjack Show both days, as well as barrel rides and pony rides for the kids. Also planned are Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, a craft show, musical entertainment, works by artist Kim Kleinhardt displayed at the Museum, and much, much more.

For a complete listing of activities, event times, contest registration and fees, visit the Farwell Chamber of Commerce website at For information by phone, call 989-588-0580.


Animal Shelter Pets at Elm Creek During Lumberjack Festival


Homeless, adoptable pets from the Clare County Animal Shelter will be at Elm Creek Nursery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28 during the Lumberjack Festival. The shelter will be bringing its most family-friendly dogs, cats and kittens ready to go home with their new families the same day. Check out the shelter’s Facebook page at to see pets currently available for adoption and to find out more about low adoption fees! Donated pet items and money toward vet fees are being accepted at this time.

Stop by and meet the dedicated volunteers and get to know about pet adoption, volunteer opportunities, or this low-kill shelter in general (animals are never euthanized for length of time or lack of space). Clare County Animal Shelter is located off East Cranberry Lake Road one mile north of the Clare County Fairgrounds. The shelter is open weekdays except for holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 989-539-3221.


Art On Display During Lumberjack Fest


The Farwell Area Historical Museum will have art on display again this year during Farwell’s annual Lumberjack Festival.  The art work can be seen from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 and noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 29.  

The artwork of Kim McGuire Kleinhardt is on display this year. Kim is a Farwell graduate and a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in K-12 Art Education.  In addition to teaching at Mid Michigan College and Clare High School, she has created commission pieces that are in private collections throughout Michigan and also compositions selected for exhibition in juried shows.  She developed a Gallery Management class while teaching in Clare.  This started the transition to full-time owner of the 515 Gallery in downtown Clare.  Her personal mixed media artwork is not created just for visual pleasure, but to work through private thoughts as a meaningful process, whereby promoting the viewer to reflect.

This mixed media composition of Kleinhardt 's is composed of old love letters, which you cannot see, and an almost empty closet.  It is entitled “Just Not the Blue Dress”.  The love letters were some her parents wrote and the empty closet represents the loneliness her father felt at the loss of her mother.  When her father said they could donate her clothes, he said, “just not the blue dress.”  A psychic had told them a few days before that this is what their father would say.     Her father was never told about the psychic.  Her mother had worn the blue dress at their 50th anniversary party and it now hangs in Kleinhardt 's closet.

Stop by the museum to see the beautiful art.   Refreshments will be served.