First of all Happy Paul Bunyan Day to all our fellow folklore fans this beautiful June 28th. When it comes to American folklore, Paul Bunyan and his sidekick Babe the Blue Ox have to be one of the biggest (pun intended). Definitely one of Believe It Tour’s favorite subjects because of the wonderful art that is spread out across the country paying homage to this legendary lumberjack. This is why we have put together a list of three fun ways to celebrate official Paul Bunyan Day.
1. If you happen to be in Michigan, which fights for their claim of being the birthplace of Paul Bunyan, you could take a Paul Bunyan statue tour. We did this last summer and we were able to visit all five of the impressive monuments. You will find these unique representations of the folklore giant in: Oscoda, Ossineke, Manistique, St. Ignace, and Alpena. Visit our Paul Bunyan of Michigan photo set.
2. Now if you’re in California you can catch their statue of Paul at the Trees of Mystery in Klamath. This version is huge and even talks to the visitors. We happened to be there on a very busy day full of kids and the conversations between Mr. Bunyan and the kids was extremely entertaining. My favorite line was, “Welcome to my boot!”
Also if you’re in California and looking to celebrate with other people that enjoy mixing folklore with our other favorite legend, Bigfoot, then you’re in luck. Tonight at Bigfoot Lodge (with locations in Los Angeles, Culver City, and San Francisco) in honor of Paul Bunyan they’re having Blue Ox drink specials and prizes for best dressed lumberjack. Sounds like a fun way to spend the special day.
3. Our last suggestion will work just about anyplace, especially if you live out in the country like I do. Just toss on your favorite red flannel shirt, grab an axe, and chop yourself some firewood. Build a bonfire in one of those popular fire pits. Invite some friends over then sit back relax and have your own version of a Blue Ox. A great way to enjoy the great outdoors in honor of America’s woodland hero, Paul Bunyan!
Do you have any other ideas on the best way to celebrate Paul Bunyan Day? We’d love to hear them, so please share.