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Log Jam fest name can stay, Stillwater mayor says in about-face

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Admitting he was "hypersensitive" due to past issues with the city's previous summer festival, Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki has decided that the name of the new festival – the Stillwater Log Jam – can stay, the Pioneer Press reports.

City officials withdrew their request to have organizers reconsider a different name over their fears that "Log Jam" had a sexual connotation.

“We were made aware – how can I put this delicately? – that the name was a vulgar reference that we would prefer not to have associated with a family event in the city,” Haryicki said last week. “We don’t want to be the laughingstock of the nation.”

In a complete turnaround Monday, however, the mayor said he realized any name could have a sexual connotation. He also said he was being overly sensitive about the name because of the legal and financial problems of Stillwater's old festival, Lumberjack Days.

"We just want the best festival that reflects the best face of Stillwater, and we thought that with some of the connotations, it might be appropriate to come up with a different name," Haryicki said.

Council member Ted Kozlowski told the Stillwater Gazette that the name change request is now "a dead issue."

Cassie McLemore of the festival's organizer, The Locals, expressed her gratitude in a written statement over the decision.

“We are pleased that the City of Stillwater has given us the green light to move forward in our planning efforts of Stillwater Log Jam," McLemore said. "We are committed to producing a family friendly festival in our great town, that highlights our history.”

The Stillwater Log Jam is set for July 18-20.

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