Doug Jones, 59, and Donna Jones, 57, said having the 2012 Loggers Playday festivities dedicated to them is special because the honor comes from the people who have worked side by side with them over the years to make the event the success it is today.
“It’s an amazing community that we’re really proud to be a part of,” Donna said.
Doug is a metal fabricator and a lifelong Harbor resident. He was born and raised in Hoquiam. Donna is real estate agent who works out of Ocean City. She is a transplant who moved to Hoquiam from Seattle in 1980s. She said she moved here in part because was tired of living in the city and because she loved the friendliness and down-to-earth nature of the people in Grays Harbor.
Doug said he was at the first Playday and has been involved in the event in some way probably every year since then. Every year, Doug has watched the annual event get bigger and bigger. Its competitive events used to be only open to locals. Now it is nationally known and open to people who live outside of the area.
Over the years, the Jones have volunteered for just about every duty involved with Playday from splitting firewood to raising money for the children’s charity programs to leading the main committee for the event. But the Joneses said they see their work as just part of an effort of a larger group of people.
“It takes a lot of work from a lot of people, there’s no one person I think that really does more than anybody else. It takes the whole committee to do it,” Doug said.
Doug chaired the committee in 1991. Donna chaired the main committee in 2004.
“It’s a real honor being chairman, and it’s an honor you can’t decline.” Doug said.