GRAND RAPIDS - After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota’s biggest logging equipment show returns to Itasca County.

The 67th Annual North Star Expo opens Friday, September 17th at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids. Admission to the two-day event is free. The Expo features more than 100 exhibitors, including over $15 million in the latest logging, trucking, and sawmill equipment and technology.

The 2021 Expo will not only include equipment displays from the world’s top manufacturers, but also contests that allow participants to show off their skills and knowledge of the logging business, including the Loader and Master Loader Contests. Other competitions include “Biggest Tree Cookie,” and “Guess the Weight.”

The Minnesota Timber Producers Association trade organization represents loggers, truckers, sawmills, and allied businesses. The North Star Expo runs from 9AM to 5pm on Friday the 17th and continues on Saturday September 18th from 9am until 2pm on Saturday.


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Friday, September 17

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Equipment Displays Open
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Future Forest Stewards Event
  • 9:30 am Display Contest Judging
  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am Loader Contest (sign up at site)
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Celebrity/Media Loader Contest
  • 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm Loader Contest (sign up at site)
  • 5:00 pm Equipment displays close
  • 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm Cash Bar & Social Hour begins @Timberlake Lodge in the Oak Room with heavy Hors D’oeuvers & Door Prizes

Saturday, September 18

  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am Free Pancake Breakfast (Sponsored by McCoy Construction & Forestry)
  • 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Equipment displays open
  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am Loader Contest (sign up at site)
  • 11:30 am Coloring contest winners announced
  • 1:00 pm Winners announced for Loader, Master Loader, and Best Load contests
  • 1:30 pm Winners announced for Guess the Weight, Big Cookie, Vendor Drawing, Wood I.D. and Big Cookie contests
  • 2:00 pm Equipment displays close


  • Guess the Weight - Guess the weight of a fully loaded truck
  • Wood Identification - See how many tree species you can identify
  • Loader - Test your skills against the clock
  • Masters Division Loader - Loader contest for those 50 and over - sign up at site
  • Best Load - Come and see the Best Loads of Wood on Display
  • Big Cookie- Enter to see if your wood cookie is the biggest of its species.