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Frisco celebrates the season with fall festival next weekend

There’s no need to end the summer kicking and screaming.

Frisco is offering plenty of ways to fall in love with fall next weekend during the Frisco Fall Fest. The event celebrates everything awesome about autumn, including activities like the Lumberjills — an all girl lumberjack crew — an art show, the Mount Royal Hill Climb and a Colorado Proud Farmers Market.

“We love our summers, but they are so short it’s almost a tease,” said Frisco’s marketing and communications manager Suzanne Lifgren. Even though it’s sad to see summer go, Lifgren said she loves autumn just as much.

“The cool mountain mornings make the air so crisp that when you look at the sky it’s an unbelievable shade of blue. Then you have the aspen leaves of yellow kind of pulling against that and it is visually stunning,” she said. “It’s that feeling too — those cool nights that make you want to bundle up and be cozy with your family and friends.”

The town’s celebration will evoke all of the five senses, offering food, music and activities for all ages along the town’s Main Street. Festivalgoers can stroll along, and watch the woodcarvers, buy some fresh seasonal produce and participate in a cake walk. Children can work off their energy in bounce houses and pick out their favorite face painting.

The Lumberjills will show their physical prowess and fancy footwork performing log rolling techniques, axe throwing, crosscut sawing and more. They’ve been on the road for 18 years delivering shows to crowds across the globe.

“Timber” Tina Scheer, the group’s founder, started log rolling when she was a little girl. As she got older, she decided she wanted to learn all of the lumberjack trades.

“I started watching the men chop and saw, and I thought, ‘I want to chop and saw,’” Scheer said.

After being the only female in a show, the future Lumberjill decided she wanted to put together a team of all women and take to the road.

“We are all really fit and we look like girls. I think the audience all expect ‘Helga’ looking women,” Scheer said.

Even so, Lifgren said, “They are girls you don’t want to mess with. Anybody who can split a log that fast is amazing to me.”

In addition to the Lumberjill show, festival-goers can watch a live musical performance by Grant Farm Band, hang out on the lawn and take in the sights and sounds.

A two-day Meet the Artist show will add to the festivities in a showcase of fine art, sculptures, photography and more by Colorado artisans. The show also includes a silent auction, produced by Summit County Arts Council.

Funds raised from the Fall Fest and the arts showcase will help support local nonprofit Friends of the Dillon Ranger District — a nonprofit that works to preserve the natural resources recreationists thrive on in Summit County.

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The Summit Daily Updated Aug 31, 2013 10:42PM Published Aug 31, 2013 10:42PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.