Posted: Jul 21, 2012 10:39 PM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News
Updated: Jul 23, 2012 10:27 AM
DARBY- Darby Logger Days event gives loggers a chance to show off their skills in a competitive setting.
"These are true athletes. These are Montana loggers. These are loggers from across the country. The logging industry has fallen dramatically over the last decade here in the state, and to have something like this to bring everybody together, bring back the memories, and show the talent that these athletes have and these workers, what they've learned over the years. What could you ask for anything better?," Logger Days auctioneer Reed Tobol said.
The event had plenty of fun kid activities on Saturday as well. Coltin Siphakis, who describes himself as 10 going on 11, won first place in the tomahawk throwing contest.
"Grab it with two hands, bring it back above your head, make sure you got a good grip on it and then you just...let go," he explained.
Darby Logger Days are fun for the entire family, but another important aspect of the event is giving back to the community. Half the proceeds from the auction go to local non-profits and fund the upkeep of the veterans memorial.
"Through auction items, through volunteers, if we have a non-profit group who volunteers for a specific job, we make a donation back to their group so there's many ways that we support other non-profit so it's a great opportunity and venue to give back," Logger Days board member Barbara Liss explained.
The non-profits that will receive funding from the event are the Darby Bread Basket, the Special Olympics, Camp Make-A-Dream, and Log Jam.