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Family Forestry Expo
We woke up on a damp Motherís Day morning in early May,
disappointed. The previous day, Dad had said that we would go to the annual
Family Forestry Expo. But Mom and Dad watched a long movie that night, and thus went to
bed very late. It was 8:30 A.M by the time they awakened, and the Forestry Expo
9 :00 A.M. We did not think that we would get there in time and the
Forestry Expo would be over. Upon asking Mom if we could still go, she said that
it really started at 10:00, and would last until 4:00 P.M. We were glad that we
could go and got dressed.
At about 12:30 P.M, we left for the Forestry Expo.
Upon our arrival, we were not quite sure what to do. A woman told us that there
would be a logging demonstration at 1:00 P.M, and that in the meantime, we
should go eat hot dogs at the free lunch. We were cold, so we got on our
jackets, then proceeded to the free lunch. The free lunch would be eaten in a
big tent with long picnic benches for people to eat at. We prepared our hot dogs
and filled paper cups with soft drinks. At the table where we put mustard on our
hot dogs, M knocked over her soft drink and
spilled Mountain Dew all over the
table. She felt like a slob, so tried to clean it up with napkins before anyone
noticed. After refilling Mís cup, we all walked over to another table where we
ate our hot dogs, Oreoís, potato chips, and soft drinks.
While we still had soft drinks and cookies to finish, Dad said that it was
getting near time for the logging demonstration. We quickly got up, threw away
our plates and leftover chips, and walked back to the small grandstand. Upon
finding a spot, we sat down and waited for the presentation to begin. After a
few minutes, a man came with a microphone and began to introduce us to what
would be happening and the Forestry Expo. It was announced that there was going
to be a contest between people from the Flathead Valley Community College. There
would be the blue team and the green team. The audience was assigned teams to
cheer for according to their location in the grandstand. We got the blue team.
The first contest was who could climb faster up a 50-foot tall pole. M was
wondering if someone would fall down the pole. The contestants put on straps
that connected them to the pole, then scampered up the pole. The person from the
green team accidentally slid down the pole before he reached the top. The other
contestant made it all the way up and slowly made his way down.
sports contests were performed, including races sawing off pieces of wood, and
chopping logs in half. There was also a chainsaw game where two contestants used
a chainsaw to cut off one end of a long log, run to one end, touch it, then run
back to the starting point and touch it.
Also demonstrated was a dangerous logging sport called springboard
chop. A professional chopped a notch in a medium-tall log, stuck in a board, then
hopped on the board. The player then chopped another notch, stuck
in a board, hopped up, and cut off the top of the log. The blue team won
Then, there was a chainsaw carver who came to show his work. He said
that he was going to carve a bunny with his chainsaw. The man, after doing lots of
silly clowning around, wound up carving a good mini chair instead of a really
stupid rabbit. He gave the tiny chair to a kid who sat on it for the rest of the
After a few more logger sports competitions, it was time for the machinery
logging demonstration. M was wondering if one of the machines would topple
over, since it was near the base of a hill. Suddenly, the operators
revved up their engines. The big red machine began to move. We were shocked when
it suddenly sawed a tree down in a split second, and grabbed the tall, shaking
tree. M was expecting the machine to pull and uproot the tree from the ground.
All M could do from then on was to smile in shock and excitement. Another
machine came and dragged the trees to another machine, which would do the next
job. That machine was quite exciting as well. The machine smoothly pushed the
tree out of its claws and then sliced the tree into a section. It looked like
the tree was falling from the machine grip. The machine peeled the limbs off
cleanly, then cut the tree into a
couple of pieces. The machine did its work
more simply than if it was peeling and chopping a carrot. Yet another machine
came along which would later take the wood to Stoltz, the nearby lumber company.
The next show was a mule train. The mules came along to the area where all the
logger sports were being played. There were nine mules in the train, ranging in
age from 5 years old to 28 years old. The mules started walking in circles,
being led by a man on a horse. The horse started to pee, and the entire crowd
began to laugh (we only let out a tiny giggle). The horse left a foamy pile on the
ground. A mule also began to pee, creating even more laughter throughout the
grandstands. A man explained that the packs carried by the mules weighed 100 pounds
each. Most humans cannot carry 200 pounds on their back! The mules
left and the show was over.
After the show, we left to view the exhibits. We first went to observe the
fish exhibit. We saw the marine animals of Trumble Creek, a creek near
the Forestry Expo. At this exhibit we saw crawfish, a turtle, and fish. We even
held the turtle and fish. The crawfish had blue arms, but most of its body was a
red hue. In an ice chest, there were several trout that were caught in the
waters of Flathead Lake. One of the fish was quite massive. We thought that it
was strange, because one of the deceased fish was a Cutthroat Trout. Due
to conservation efforts, it is illegal in some cases to keep a
Cutthroat Trout in the state of Montana.
We continued our way along the trail though the
woods. We went to see the llamas
and talked to a couple who owned the llamas.
They told us all about llamas, as we plan to get some at a later date.
After about 15 minutes there, we continued to the forestry tent, where we
received many fun things such as stickers, pins, magnets, fake tattoos, and
pencils. At another tent, we received a free tree to sow at home. Yet another
tent enclosed two owls, and many stuffed bird corpses. After going into a few
more tents, we visited a place where there was supposed to be a paper making
machine. But, the Expo was almost over, and as you may have guessed, the
paper making machine had been taken away. There was some paper on
display that had already been made that was still damp. After looking around that tent, we went back to our vehicle and drove
On the way home, near the Forestry Expo, we had to stop for a very long train to
pass. At home, we watched the videos we took and remembered all the fun we had.