Courtesy of Camp 5
Fans of steam trains, vintage rail cars, autumn leaves and logging lore will want to head to Laona for the Lumberjack Steam Train and Fall Festival September 19 and 26 and October 3.
But a ticket at the vintage depot on Highway 8, on the west side of Laona, for an educational trip to Camp 5 Logging Museum and all of the attractions that are offered.
While a visit to the Camp 5 Logging Museum is a visit to the past, there are attractions for the whole family. The pumpkin patch, face painting, and roasting marshmallows are always a hit with the younger crowd.
The museum gives an insight into the life and times of those pioneer loggers and lumbermen who built sawmills and towns in the wilderness. A working blacksmith shows how everyday tools and implements were created to do the work that was needed for this huge enterprise.
On October 3 the Green Bush-Wacker Cowboy Re-enactors will be on board. Beautiful horses, ridden by skilled horsemen, all dressed in the clothing of the era, liven up the scene as they fire “pretend,” but loud bullets, and will likely pull off several train robberies during the course of the day. But the Old West wasn’t just populated with cowboys. Also riding train might be a preacher, or a sheriff with his prisoner. Dance hall girls have also been known to ride the Lumberjack Steam Train when the Cowboys visit.
Fall Festival is a great family event in which to enjoy the train ride and the scenery. The Lumberjack Steam Train leaves the depot at 11a.m. and every hour on the hour until the last run at 2 p.m. Food is available on the grounds, and the Cracker Barrel store is well-stocked with candy and toys.
For more information, visit lumberjacksteamtrain.com or call 715-674-3414.