Loggers Jamboree kick-off

The 56th annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree kicked off March 28 with the announcement of the Grand Marshals, Craig and Shari Pinkerton, and the Jamboree Queen candidates Heather Lutz, Nichole Fiske and Brittany Burnett. The announcements were made at Town Hall during a dinner/dance.

Jamboree is the major fundraiser each year for the North Fork Boosters, who own and maintain both Town Hall and Recreation Center, which is home to the free summer program for North Fork youth.

Jayce Thornburg is running unopposed for Lil’ Logger and Karissa Owens is running unopposed for Lil’ Princess. They are both 3. Last year’s royalty was Queen Cheyenne Whitener, Lil’ Logger Timothy Villa and Lil’ Princess Kestler Thomas. Royalty wins a title by selling the most reduced price tickets to Sunday’s Jamboree events.

Lutz is 13, a seventh grader at North Fork Elementary. She is a North Fork native who hopes for a career in Marine Biology. She loves to swim, camp, and go boating. She loves the people of North Fork and their caring attitudes. She said her favorite Jamboree event is the Log Burling because it’s fun to see who knocks another person off the log into the swimming hole. She is sponsored by Box Feed.

Fiske, 14, is a Minarets High School ninth-grader, who hopes to become a nurse. She is part of the school’s FFA program and enjoys photography. Sponsored by Gas ‘n Stuff, Fiske wants to win to help raise money for the Recreation Center. She loves what the community does for the people of North Fork. Her favorite Jamboree event is the Jack and Jill Double Hand Buck because it demonstrates team work.

Burnett, 23, recently moved to the Mountain Area from Laguna Beach to be a part of Bandit Town, North Fork’s renamed Old Town, which is being renovated as a venue for music locals and visitors to enjoy musical events and have access to local arts and craft vendors. She also wants to help raise money for the Boosters. She loves that North Fork is a small town where everyone is really involved, and are both considerate and caring. Her favorite event is the Women’s Axe Throw and she plans to compete in that event this year.

Theme of the 2015 Jamboree is “Handle It.” The annual celebration of the logging industry will be held July 4-5, with the amateur events on Saturday and the professional events on Sunday.

The weekend also includes a parade, dinner where the Lil’ Logger and Lil’ Princess are announced, a horseshoe tournament, and a dance under the stars where the queen is announced.

Jacquie Davis Van Huss was emcee at the kick-off dinner, which was catered by North Fork Booster Vice President, Jesse Hutchins and his family.

Details: Booster or Jamboree information, (559) 877-7700 or