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End of an era as Randy Oliver returns for one last logging show


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A photograph from 2018's Chuck Oliver Logging Show.

One of the most highly anticipated events in Wrangell's Fourth of July celebration is the Chuck Oliver Logging Show. The contest harkens back to Wrangell's days as an important part of the timber industry in Southeast Alaska. Formed in 1975 by Chuck Oliver, who was then working with Alaska Lumber & Pulp, the logging show drew people from all over to Wrangell. The contest offered numerous events for participants to show off their skills, according to a 1975 paper in the Wrangell Sentinel's archives. The events included axe throwing, "ma and pa" bucking, axe cutting, speed climbing, log r...

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