Big smiles all around for Florida Forest Festival

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By MARK VIOLA / Staff writer

In a year when the 58th annual Florida Forest Festival honored the state’s rich history under the theme of “Viva Florida Forestry,” the festival was historical itself on several notes, from a visit by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the celebrated return of several “fan favorite” activities, all attended by one of the larger crowds in recent memory.

Although weather is never on call, if organizers could have put in an order for this past weekend, there would have been no difference from what arrived, with clear days waking up to crisp mornings and warming to comfortable afternoons.

PHOTO: The log rolling competition is always a highlight of the lumberjack show presented during the Florida Forest Festival–even if it means a wet dip into what was surely cold water given the low temperatures at night over the weekend.

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