• What: Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee.

• When: Today through Sunday.

• Where: Westside Memorial Park, downtown Tuolumne.

• Admission: Free; cost for carnival rides and participation in contests.

The 67th annual Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee — held today through Sunday — combines contests, carnival rides, food and live music in downtown Tuolumne.

The event originally began as a way to celebrate the reopening of the town’s lumber mill after the Great Depression.

A highlight of the family-friendly festival is watching — or competing — in contests ranging from arm wrestling and hot dog eating contests to tug of war and hot saw competitions.

Carnival rides will be featured each day by Paul Maurer Shows. Tickets and $30 all-day carnival wristbands can be purchased at the carnival. Organizers don’t recommend wristbands for children less than 3 feet tall as most of the larger rides have height limits.

A queen obstacle course and speech will be held tonight, while a coronation takes place Friday evening.

A parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Grand marshal is Galen “Mut” Mutzner, a longtime supporter of the jubilee.

Live music starts Thursday with Dossi on the Rocks, followed by Remedy on Friday night and Uplands Drive on Saturday evening.

For the kids, a “Mini Jack and Jill Contest” will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, while children’s activities will begin at noon Saturday.

A junior tug of war is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by the event’s grand finale adult tug of war at 4 p.m. Sunday.

14319528