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New exhibit at fair will show how logging and milling gave birth to city

The Madera District Fair is just around the corner, and this year fair-goers will be able to connect with the roots of the community by joining the “party down in lumber town.”

The fair, set to open Sept. 6, will feature a replica of the whole lumber industry that gave Madera its name and will present it as it was at the turn of the 20th century. The entire exhibit, including the steam donkey, saws, and water wheel, will be running.

Fairgoers can follow the lumber cycle from its beginning in the mountains to its finish at the end of the flume in Madera. The first stop will be an original, 1911 steam donkey, which operated on skids and pulled the logs out of the woods to “Old Betsy,” the mountain locomotive that took the logs to the Sugar Pine mill.

Next, visitors will be able to walk to the lumber pond and watch the logs bob in the water as they wait their turn on the conveyor belt that will take them to the saw to be rough cut before their ride down the flume...


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