North Star Expo

Vendor registration materials for the 68th Annual North Star Expo--Minnesota's largest logging equipment show--will be available in Spring, 2022.

The 2022 Expo will be held at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids on Friday September 16th and on Saturday September 17th.  To make sure you're on the mailing list for our vendor packet, please call the TPA Office at 218-722-5013.

At right is the vendor packet for the 2021 Expo.  The packet for the 2022 event will be substantially the same, so if you're new to our event, take a look at the 2021 version to get an idea of what's in store this year.  We'll post the updated version when it becomes available.

The Expo is free and open to the public each year, so if you're wanting to come see the latest and greatest in logging equipment at the 68th Annual Expo, there's no need to register.  

We're looking forward to see everyone in Grand Rapids on September 16th and 17th!

For pictures from the 66th Annual Expo, see below.

2021

 North Star Expo Vendor Packet

In this year’s Loader Contest, Zach Kimball of Park Rapids topped of the leader board, earning the $100 first prize. Ten-time champion Matt Lundberg of Solway finished second, while Ryan Sokoloski of Buyck rounded out the top three. Dan Lundberg of Solway captured the Masters Division.

More than 135 students from six area high schools participated in the Future Forest Stewards event at this year’s Expo, which included a visit to a live harvest just north of Grand Rapids. More than forty volunteers from a variety of companies and agencies spoke to the students about the forest products industry and potential jobs after graduation. Participating schools included Grand Rapids, Greenway, Bigfork, Nashwauk-Keewatin, Deer River, and Chisholm.

Congressman Pete Stauber was one of several lawmakers and agency policy makers from the county, state, and federal levels who visited the Expo to learn about the hot-button issues of the day in the logging industry. Here, Rep. Stauber visits Park Rapids loggers Robin and Steve Walsh.

Red pine logs are loaded onto a Ponsse Buffalo King forwarder the day before the Expo as vendors prepared for their displays for the 67th Annual event the next day.

At the Future Forest Stewards event at this year’s Expo, students heard from Congressman Pete Stauber (at right) and State Rep. Spencer Igo about the importance of our industry to our region

Best Load entries were shined up and ready to be judged at the 67th Annual North Star Expo.

Congressman Pete Stauber was one of several lawmakers and agency policy makers from the county, state, and federal levels who visited the Expo to learn about the hot-button issues of the day in the logging industry. Among those Rep. Stauber visited with was Duluth logger Josh Hull.

L-R: Loggers Mike Pelland, Chad Lovdahl, and Mike Imhof get a chance to talk business. After the event was cancelled due to the pandemic a year ago, it was great for loggers from all over the state to get together and renew acquaintances.

After displays closed for the day on Friday, loggers and vendors re-convened at the TimberLake Lodge for a reception with a cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres. It was a chance to enjoy great people, great food and drink, and some pretty good door prizes, too, including a Pheasant hunting trip at Wilderness Wings in Effie, donated by McCoy Construction and Forestry, a Browning rifle, donated by Lunemann Equipment, and a Stihl Chainsaw, courtesy of TPA.

What’s the favorite kind of pancakes and coffee for Expo attendees? The free kind served by the folks at McCoy Equipment and Forestry. L-R: Dale Erickson, John Marchand of Compeer Financial, and Mike Rieger enjoy this Expo tradition, the perfect way to start Saturday morning at the Itasca County Fairgrounds.

In the Best Indoor Booth competition, LVI Supply took top honors. Mid-States Equipment and Nelson Wood Shims rounded out the top three.

In the Best Display—Large Equipment competition, the team at Ponsse won the Blue Ribbon. McCoy Construction and Forestry took second place, while ZieglerCAT finished third.

In the competition for Best Outdoor Display Laona Machine captured the Blue Ribbon. Pomp’s Tire was the runner-up, while the Cardey4ever Oil display was third.

2021 Celebrity Loader Contest: (L-R): Bemidji Mayor Jorge Prince, Sen. Jason Rarick (R-Pine City), Rep. Matt Grossell (R-Clearbrook), Sen. Paul Utke (R-Park Rapids), Sen. Justin Eichorn (R-Grand Rapids), Rep. Spencer Igo (R-Grand Rapids), Iron Mining Association Executive Director Kelsey Johnson, and UPM Blandin Forest Resources Manager Quintin Legler. Sen. Eichorn posted the quickest time in the loader, edging Sen. Utke by fifteen seconds. Rep. Grossell was third.