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Lumberjack Show renovations under way

Plan will bring audience members 'closer to the action'

Posted: November 18, 2013 - 1:03am
Workers with Woodwright Construction check out the roof sections for the gallery seating at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan, Alaska on Nov. 1 before their removal. Woodwright removed the roof structures with the help of AAB Boom Truck Co. Woodwright is moving the structures away from the waterfront retaining wall, which is in need of repair. Eventually a boardwalk will go behind the lumberjack show as an extension of the promenade by the Alaska Fish House. (AP Photo/ Hall Anderson, Ketchikan Daily News)  Hall Anderson
Hall Anderson
Workers with Woodwright Construction check out the roof sections for the gallery seating at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show in Ketchikan, Alaska on Nov. 1 before their removal. Woodwright removed the roof structures with the help of AAB Boom Truck Co. Woodwright is moving the structures away from the waterfront retaining wall, which is in need of repair. Eventually a boardwalk will go behind the lumberjack show as an extension of the promenade by the Alaska Fish House. (AP Photo/ Hall Anderson, Ketchikan Daily News)

KETCHIKAN — The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show hasn’t disappeared — it’s being renovated.

“We’re sprucing it up!” said Shauna Lee, general manager of the downtown Ketchikan attraction near Thomas Basin that will mark its 15th year of operations in 2014.

The current project started just one day after the final cruise ship visit of the 2013 season, said Lee.

“The lumberjacks participated in taking the grandstands down,” she said.

Woodwright Construction is the Ketchikan contractor that’s handling all of the major construction work.

The structures that once covered the grandstands were taken down, the climbing poles and lumberjack cabins were moved, and the log-rolling pond was filled in.

The plan is to reconfigure the facility to improve its layout and bring guests “closer to the action,” according to Lee.

The new grandstand area will be located a few feet farther in from the Thomas Basin seawall itself, which will provide some additional space along the waterfront behind the show facility.

The log-rolling pond will be reconfigured, as will the wheelchair area. The climbing poles and cabins will be relocated slightly.

Lee said the facility’s new layout will have a better “flow,” and be more comfortable for guests.

“We’re going to put a fresh face on it,” she said. “I think it will look really nice.”

The reconstruction work will be done within the next few months in advance of the 2014 visitor season.

Lee said the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show will have a show for locals during the season’s first week.

“We’re excited to have people see the new layout,” she said.

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