HONESDALE (June 19, 2018) – Since the early 1980s, the Wayne Conservation District has provided a public forum for the men – and women – of the timber harvesting industry to strut their stuff by organizing the annual Woodsmen’s Competition at the Wayne County Fair.
Now in its 35th year, the event features three classes of chain sawing, in which competitors make three complete cuts in the provided logs and the fastest time win the prize money. They also attack the logs with bow saws, and two person crosscut saws, including a co-ed version call the Jack & Jill.
They really show off their skills in the Tree Felling competitions, where they are judged on accuracy among other things. They use axes to chop a block in half and even compete for points by throwing axes at a target.
While competitors can start signing up online, Forestry Specialist Kelley Stewart said the agency is currently seeking sponsors for the event from among area sawmills, consulting foresters, lumber companies, equipment companies and logging outfits.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Stewart at 570-253-0930.
The event will be held in front of the grandstand at the Wayne County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4, starting at 2 pm.