The recent accidental death of Terry Selby while performing at a logging event in Juneau cast a shadow over this year's Ketchikan Timber Carnival, held last week.
Selby, who taught high school in Oregon, was a longtime performer and competitor in Ketchikan's annual show.
"Terry's outgoing personality and sportsmanship will be greatly missed," said Dick Madden, who called for a minute of silence before the carnival's first event, the ax throw.
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens led the crowd in saying the Pledge of Allegiance to open the show, putting special emphasis on the words "under God."
The carnival, Ketchikan's 30th, was dedicated to Alaska Women in Timber. The group, formed in 1978 to support logging in Alaska, is shutting down after this year.
The logging events drew 14 competitors this year, with John Stefanski placing first overall, winning him the Bull of the Woods title. Eight people competed in the equipment events with Al Roskam winning the Smooth Operator prize.