The 65th annual Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee offers four action-packed days of family fun starting today, complete with a queen coronation, parade, carnival rides, live music and old-fashioned contests for all ages.
The weekend culminates on Sunday with lumberjack events and the historic tug-of-war, an intense feat of strength that less than a century ago was an Olympic event.
Jubilee organizers say it is one of only two places in the United States where an Olympic-style tug-of-war competition is still held.
About 4,000 people are expected converge on downtown Tuolumne over the course of the four-day celebration, said event co-organizer Jayleen Munsel.
"It gets packed down here," she said.
A parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the downtown area. Riding in places of honor will be the new Lumber Jubilee Queen and her court, who will be crowned in a ceremony Friday, and the 2014 grand marshal of the Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee.
The grand marshal is traditionally a longtime community member with ties to the jubilee.
Saturday's parade will be followed by children's games, women's events, a hot dog eating contest, arm wrestling and the junior tug-of-war, where a team from Summerville High School will face off against a team from Sonora High School.
Live music will provided by the 209 All Stars at 7 p.m. Friday, with Greg Noll and the Sin City All Stars playing at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Except for the daily carnival and logging contestant entry fees, all jubilee events are free.
Carnival tickets are $25 for one day, all day rides.
Here's the full schedule:
5 to 10 p.m. - Carnival rides.
5:30 p.m. - Queen obstacle course, essay reading.
7 p.m. - Karaoke contest.
3 to 10 p.m. - Carnival.
5 p.m. - Mini Jack and Jill look-alike contest.
6 p.m. - Queen coronation.
7 p.m. - Live music with the 209 All Stars.
10 a.m. - Parade.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Carnival.
12:30 p.m. - 5 Claw martial arts performance.
1 p.m. - Children's games.
2 p.m. - Women's events.
3 p.m. - Hot dog eating contest.
3:30 p.m. - Arm wrestling.
4 p.m. - Junior tug-of-war (Sonora High vs. Summerville High).
7 p.m. - Live music with Greg Noll and the Sin City All Stars.
9 a.m. - Church service.
10 to 11:30 a.m. - Sign up for logging events.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Carnival.
Noon - Logging contests start.
4 p.m. - Tug-of-war.
For more information, visit www.tuolumnerecreation.com/tuolumne_lumber_jubilee.html.