The Locals Estimate 28,000 Attended Stillwater Log Jam

The Locals estimate that 28,000 people attended over the course of the three days of Stillwater Log Jam 2015. That’s nearly double last year’s attendance. The amphitheater and layout of the park worked great this year — there’s been a lot of positive feedback, Brad Glynn, of The Locals, told the Stillwater City Council last week. The park itself, the layout, and all of the time spent planning the event really paid off. Although Stillwater Log Jam’s attendance nearly doubled that of the inaugural event, Glynn said this year’s festival showed there is still room to grow. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Log Jam: Saturday Music Schedule Features Charlie Parr, Ruben, Frankie Lee, Black Market Brass & The4ontheFloor

It’s night two of Stillwater Log Jam. Music starts Saturday afternoon, and includes Moors and McCumber,Barley Jacks, Ruben, Charlie Parr and Frankie Lee.  Black Market Brass and the “Stompin’ Blues” group The 4onthefloor Saturday night in Lowell Park. “Music is a big part of Stillwater Log Jam, and it’s probably one of the biggest change areas from Lumberjack Days,” Local Board Member Paul Creager said. “Our focus is doing music programming that enhances and gives opportunities to local musicians, while bringing in some of the best acts from across the region.”

Here’s Saturday’s lineup:

On the Main Stage in Lowell Park

1:30-2 p.m. Vallee de Croix

2:30-3:15 p.m. Moors & McCumber

3:45-4:30 p.m. The Barley Jacks

5-5:45 p.m. Ruben

6:15-7 p.m. Charlie Parr

7:30-8:15 p.m. Frankie Lee

8:45-9:30 p.m. Black Market Brass

10-11 p.m. The 4ontheFloor

Here are a few videos of Saturday night’s Stillwater Log Jam musical acts:

“He’s My Boyfriend” – Ruben | General B + The Wiz from Beaudry Filmworks on Vimeo. Continue Reading →

Photos: Stillwater Log Jam Down Hill Derby Crashes

The second annual Stillwater Log Jam Down Hill Derby is in the books. Craig Casperson’s Rubble Racer beat out the Harbor Bar Racer driven by Stacie Brown by a matter of inches to take home the crown. Dan Schwarz of Stillwater Lift Bridge Brewing Co. finished third with the Stillwater Elks car driven by Scottie Radke coming in fourth. Here’s a look at a few of the crashes that happened on the Second Street hill on Friday afternoon:

Acapulco Derby Car Crash

Baby Buggy Crash 1

Harbor Bar Crash 1

Harbor Bar Crash 2

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Stillwater Log Jam: Friday Night Music Schedule (Videos)

Stillwater Log Jam is here. The headliners for this year’s festival will be Afro-Cuban dance band Malamanya on Friday night and Afro-beat group Black Market Brass and the “Stompin’ Blues” group The 4onthefloor Saturday night in Lowell Park. Other musical acts are a mix of local and regional musicians including: Colin Campbell and the C-Notes, Blue Hazard, The Roe Family Singers, Thrift Store Sonata, The Z Puppets Kids Show Choir, Church of Cash, Moors and McCumber, Barley Jacks, Ruben, Charlie Parr and Frankie Lee. Emmy Award winner Choo Choo Bob will take to the stage on Sunday after the parade. “Music is a big part of Stillwater Log Jam, and it’s probably one of the biggest change areas from Lumberjack Days,” Creager said. “Our focus is doing music programming that enhances and gives opportunities to local musicians, while bringing in some of the best acts from across the region.” Continue Reading →

Stillwater Log Jam: First Medallion Hunt Clue Released

The first clue of the 2015 Stillwater Log Jam Medallion Hunt was released on Thursday night. Here it is:

All following clues will be read at 1 p.m. at the Warden’s House on North Main Street each day and at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. You can also find them on Stillwater Current shortly after they’re read. The Medallion will be hidden at an undisclosed time on public land within Stillwater city limits. You can find the full list of rules here. Continue Reading →

Help The Locals Out: Volunteer for Stillwater Log Jam

The Locals are still looking for volunteers for this year’s Stillwater Log Jam. The festival kicks off on Thursday, July 16 with the Ice Cream Social and Talent Show at the Historic Courthouse. Log Jam continues in Lowell Park through Sunday, July 19. The Locals are looking for volunteers to help as set-up and tear-down crew members, music stage hands, working in the beer garden and helping with the parade. Check out the available times and positions, and sign up to help

If you have questions about volunteering, email thelocals.stillwater@gmail.com. Continue Reading →

Schedule of Events for Stillwater Log Jam 2015

Stillwater Log Jam – Year One Video from Beaudry Filmworks on Vimeo. Stillwater Log Jam is right around the corner. This year’s celebration is set for July 17-19. Stillwater Log Jam kicks off on Thursday night with the 15th annual Ice Cream Social and Amateur Talent Show at the Washington County Historic Courthouse. The Ice Cream Social and Amateur Talent Show begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at the Historic Courthouse. Continue Reading →

Stillwater’s Summer Festival Will Once Again Be Called … Lumberjack Days

Lumberjack Days will return to downtown Stillwater next summer. The Stillwater City Council on Tuesday night will discuss amending the city’s contract with The Locals, possibly allowing them to use the name and logo for Stillwater’s traditional summer festival, Lumberjack Days. The Locals brought a summer festival back to Stillwater two summers ago. When The Locals were awarded the contract to put on Stillwater’s community festival, they entered into negotiations to use the name Lumberjack Days, but couldn’t come to an agreement. So The Locals named their festival Stillwater Log Jam. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Log Jam Chef’s Competition is Saturday at Lowell Park

Two local chefs will battle it out during the Stillwater Log Jam Chef’s Competition on Saturday. Reigning champ Chef Aaron Cave of Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar will battle head-to-head with Chef Nate Peterson of Phil’s Tara Hideaway Saturday in front of a live audience at Lowell Park. The chefs will begin the competition at the Stillwater Minnesota Farmers Market at 9 a.m., where they will spend $50 on local produce. The chefs then head downtown to clean the produce, and set up to cook in front of a live audience. The competition will start around 12:30 p.m. The competition will be judged by three James Beard Award winners who will watch, taste and ultimately crown the 2015 Chef’s Competition Champion. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Log Jam: Schedule of Lumberjack Shows

Lumberjack shows will be happening all weekend long in Lowell Park for Stillwater Log Jam. Throughout the weekend, Lumberjack Enterprises will put on Lumberjack Shows, hold interactive Lumberjack Camps for kids, and have chainsaw carving demonstrations. Shows are typically 30 minutes in length; however they can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as an hour.The Lumberjack Shows will happen, beginning Friday afternoon, at Mulberry Pointe in Lowell Park. Here’s a schedule of Lumberjack Shows this weekend:

Friday Shows

3 p.m. Lumberjack Show

3:30 p.m. Lumberjack Camp (all are welcome to participate)

6 p.m. Lumberjack Show

7:30 p.m. Lumberjack Show

Chainsaw Carving throughout the day

Saturday Shows

Noon Lumberjack Show

12:30 p.m. Lumberjack Camp (all are welcome to participate)

3:15 p.m. Lumberjack Show

4:30 p.m. Lumberjack Show

7 p.m. Lumberjack Show

Chainsaw Carving throughout the day

Sunday Shows

11 a.m. Lumberjack Show

11:30 a.m. Lumberjack Camp (all are welcome to participate)

3:30 p.m. Show

4:30 p.m. Stock Saw Competition

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Stillwater Log Jam Kicks Off Thursday with Talent Show, Ice Cream Social

Stillwater Log Jam kicks off on Thursday night with the 15th annual Ice Cream Social and Amateur Talent Show at the Washington County Historic Courthouse. The Ice Cream Social and Amateur Talent Show begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at the Historic Courthouse. The first clue for the Stillwater Log Jam Medallion Hunt will be read at 5 p.m.

The Ice Cream Social features the Fantasy Corral Petting Zoo, children’s games and activities, hot dogs, brats and chips for sale, $.25 root beer floats, frozen novelties and penny candy.  

All food proceeds benefit local nonprofits. The event is free and open to the public. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Log Jam: On Thursday Night, the Down Hill Derby is All About Style

At the end of the day, Stillwater Log Jam’s 2015 Down Hill Derby will be about who gets to the bottom of the Second Street hill first. But until then, it’s all about style. On Thursday night, this year’s Down Hill Derby contestants will be judged on the best costume, the most creative racer, the car that looks the fastest and the best lumberjack ride. Here’s a look at last year’s Derby Car Show. Stillwater Log Jam Soap Box Derby 24 Photos & 1 GoPro Video

The Derby Car Show is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16 at the Freight House. Continue Reading →

Commemorative Stillwater Log Jam Buttons On Sale Now for Medallion Hunt

Commemorative Stillwater Log Jam buttons are now on sale for the Medallion Hunt. Buttons are on sale at the Daily Grind, Lift Bridge Brewery and Stillwater Motors. The prize is $500 with a button (sponsored by Stillwater Motors) or $100 without a button. The prize also includes a bonus $100 gift certificate provided by the Stillwater Independent Business Association. Here’s a link to the complete rules. Continue Reading →

Here’s the Lowdown on the Stillwater Log Jam Parade

The 2nd Annual Stillwater Log Jam Parade is set for Sunday, July 19. The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Stillwater’s Washington Square Park. Beginning at the corner of Greeley and Churchill Streets, the parade will have music, dancing and treats for all ages. Mister Twisty, the clown, will be making his balloon creations beginning at noon at Washington Square Park, and then will make his way along the route with the parade. The Street Treats Ice Cream truck will be selling frozen treats at the intersection of Myrtle and Owens Streets. Continue Reading →

Stillwater Log Jam Announces 2015 Music Lineup

Stillwater Log Jam has released the band lineup for this year’s festival. The headliners for this year’s festival will be Afro-Cuban dance band Malamanya on Friday night and Afro-beat group Black Market Brass Saturday night in Lowell Park. “The headliners play dance music,” Paul Creager said. “So there will be plenty of opportunity for people to get out and party.” Other musical acts are a mix of local and regional musicians including: Blue Hazard and Thrift Store Sonata, The Z Puppets Kids Show Choir, Moors and McCumber, Barley Jacks, Ruben, Charlie Parr and Frankie Lee. Emmy Award winner Choo Choo Bob will take to the stage on Sunday after the parade. Continue Reading →