Mason County Forest Festival begins today


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The annual Paul Bunyan Grand Parade is one of the Forest Festival's most popular traditions.

The first Mason County Forest Festival was staged in May 1945 to celebrate timber and the future of second growth, the same month World War II ended.

Thousands of locals and tourists will descend on Shelton starting today for the 79th annual festival, which continues through Sunday. "Tall Timbers" is this year's theme.

The festival kicks off at noon today with the carnival at the corner of First and Grove streets, and continues through Sunday. Saturday's lineup includes the Goldsborough Creek Run/Walk/Job beginning at 6:30 a.m., and the Firefighters Pancake Breakfast served from 7 to 11 a.m...

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