The region’s lumberjacks and ‘jills wield axes, chainsaws and other equipment in a series of individual and doubles events.
The competition has grown even fiercer since the Wayne Conservation District, which organizes the contest each year, raised the prize money in the events in 2017. First place finishes will earn the competitors $100, $75 for second and $50 for third place.
The program includes three classes of Chain Sawing events, where contestants make three complete cuts in a rounded log, and the fastest time wins. Time will also determine the winners in the Vertical Standing Block Chop, where competitors use an axe to chop a log into two pieces from two sides.
Competitors pair up for the Two Person Cross Cut, the co-ed Jack & Jill Cross Cut and the Log Rolling competitions, but the big crowd pleaser is the Axe Throwing Contest, in which competitors throw either a double or single-headed axe with a handle at least 24 inches long at a stationary target from a distance of 20 feet. The highest score wins.
Due to constraints on the amount of time to set up for the event, the Tree Felling contests will not be held this year. But both the chainsaw and skilled tree felling events are expected to return to the competition next year.