Updated: 05/13/2013 3:16 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls
Last summer, Lumberjack Days faded away and now Stillwater officials are working behind the scenes to bring it back.
Promoter David Eckberg was charged with felony theft and Lumberjack Days died in 2012.
Stillwater businesses are anxious to bring the four-day summer festival back because it was a cash cow for many of them. As many as 30,000 people would descend on Stillwater for Lumberjack Days which has been a constant since 1934.
Jeffrey Dalrymple manages the Freight House restaurant and bar along the St. Croix River. He tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that on a Saturday during Lumberjack Days his sales would triple, compared to a regular weekend day.
Stillwater Mayor, Ken Harycki, says the city hopes to hire an event coordinator and then put out requests for proposal to have a private event promoter take on the risk and run the event.
If everything moves along without a hitch, the Mayor says Lumberjack Days should return next summer.