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from the editor-what you don’t know about jamboree

Many people attend the Vernonia Friendship Jamboree and Logging Show each year in Vernonia.  Many people return year after year because they enjoy seeing old friends and meeting new people.  Others enjoy the events: the parade, lawn mower races, horse gaming and logging competitions.  Others enjoy the food, music or other activities.  Some celebrate our heritage, whether it’s the logging culture or the fact that Jamboree weekend has been a part of the Vernonia community for almost sixty years.

The Vernonia Jamboree and Logging Show Committee recently distributed a survey to find out just how much attendees really know about the Jamboree.  Mostly they wanted to know if people really understand who organizes and pays for Jamboree.  It turns out many of us don’t understand just how Jamboree actually comes together each year.

According to the survey results, over a third of respondents think that Jamboree is run by either the Chamber of Commerce or the City of Vernonia. One third had no idea how much it cost to organize and run the Jamboree each year.   A third of those  who responded thought the Jamboree cost $5,000 or less to run.   Read More