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      A loggers dream come true

      It was a familiar sight and sound to the thousands attending the Lake States Logging Congress and Equipment Expo Friday at the Escanaba State Fairgrounds.

      "I like seeing all the machines," said Menominee resident Derek Gagne. "Just fun seeing all the new equipment."

      The event is put on by the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association. Organizers say it's one of the biggest trade shows in the Midwest and attracts anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 people in two days.

      "They get a chance to see what's new and what's available," explained Henry Schienebeck, Executive Director of GLTA. "All the new technology shows up at this event."

      "I'm in the market I wanted to see what's out there," said Lynn Tadgerson a Negaunee resident. "There's a lot to see."

      Live displays from splitters to saw mills filled the event. Those in attendance could even compete in a log and load competition. And for those not so comfortable behind the wheels many companies provided simulators for basic training. The event continues Saturday at the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $10.