When the Stillwater Log Jam is held from July 18-20, Mayor Ken Harycki hopes it will have a different name. The Mayor did admit that "to a certain extent it really doesn't matter what we want” but he would like to see name changed.
"I feel strongly against it because of its connotation," Harycki said. "Frankly, I didn't know that existed. I guess there's a whole subworld out there that I just found out about."
Here’s one of the less offensive definitions from UD: “Logjam: When you defecate and a chunk of fecal matter is pinched off/left behind and you are unable to push this small remainder out. As a result, when you wipe, you can never get completely clean.”
A city resident alerted Harycki’s office about the connotation.
"They said, 'check it out,'" Harycki said. "And my wife is a teacher, and she told me, 'We use Urban Dictionary all the time to understand our students,' so I checked it out and there's quite a few variations. I'm not quite sure I understand them all."
Festival organizer Cassie McLemore said there are no plans to change the name at this time.
"Oh my Lord," McLemore said. "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. Why make a mountain out of a molehill? I think we're just a little too sensitive."
"We were a logging community; there were log jams; and 'jam' kind of goes with the name of a festival. There's a big mural of a log jam painted on a building in downtown Stillwater. Honestly, you can turn anything in a sexual meaning. There's probably something called The Lumberjack, too."
Actually there is.
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