Hoquiam Elks Seeking to Distance Parade From Playday Committee

HOQUIAM, Wash. – Loggers will also be invited, in fact celebrated, at the Hoquiam Elk’s Grand Parade on Logger’s Playday September 8th. The relationship between the Hoquiam Elks and the Logger’s Playday Committee is apparently hanging by a jagger.

Chair of the Parade, Bonnie Cable, told the Hoquiam Council at last night’s meeting that this year’s t-shirt may be the last straw for the Elks Lodge “The picture is of a Wild Olympics man bent over and a logger shoving a [toilet] plunger up his rear, but they have a toilet made out of a log and the words ‘parade route’.

The route was changed two years ago, and seems to still be a problem to some members of the Logger’s Playday Committee. “This year there is a handful of those committee members that have done little things to just ruin it for the Elks, the latest thing was when they told us we could not use the words “Logger’s Playday” in anything to do with the parade.” Cable said the Elks Lodge will meet next Tuesday and discuss trying to disconnect their name from the Playday by next year’s event.

Each year the festival begins with the Rotary Club’s Famous Pancake Feed, with the vendor fair starting at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Hoquiam. 

The Elks Lodge Grand Parade begins at 12:00, with the Lions Salmon Bake at 2:00. The Festival concludes with Hoquiam’s renowned Loggers Show at 6:00 at the historic Olympic Stadium.

Participants from throughout the Northwest participate in events at the evening logging show.