Stillwater festival under pressure to change 'vulgar' name


Organizers of the Stillwater's new summer festival are already in a jam over the event's new name.

The Pioneer Press says city officials are asking The Locals – the group that's organizing the festival – to reconsider using Stillwater Log Jam because it's a "vulgar reference" and could be construed in a sexual way.

Plans for the Stillwater Log Jam were approved by the Stillwater City Council in November.

The festival used to be known as Lumberjack Days, but organizers had to be changed because they couldn't reach an agreement with the Lumberjack Days Festival Association, which has had a service mark on "Lumberjack Days" since 1994. The last Lumberjack Days festival was held in the city in 2011, and the city discontinued the event in 2012 due to unpaid bills, pending litigation and public disapproval.

Concerns about the new Stillwater festival's name were reportedly raised after a citizen contacted Mayor Ken Harycki.

"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, according to the Pioneer Press. "We don't want to be the laughingstock of the nation."

Word of the city's request had several readers at odds with each other in comments section of the Stillwater's Patch's story of the controversy.

One reader wrote, "This is ridiculous! Seeing as how the name 'Ice Cream Social' is already taken, how about something totally controversial like 'Stillwater Days?'"

The Pioneer Press says festival organizer Cassie McLemore was notified by email by City Administrator Larry Hansen of the request.

"Honestly, I mean how ridiculous do you have to be? Are we 14-year-old boys? Seriously. Ninety-nine percent of the people, that wouldn't even cross their minds," she told the Pioneer Press. "Why make a mountain out of a molehill? I think we're just a little too sensitive."

McLemore said the name of the festival works because logging is part of the city's history, and didn't hear a negative word about the name until Thursday. She's concerned about the timing of a possible name change because the group needs to keep on with its marketing efforts.

Stillwater's summer festival is set for July 18-20.

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