The region’s lumberjacks and ‘jills wield axes, chainsaws and other equipment in a series of individual and doubles events as part of the 39th Woodsmen;s C0mpetition, sponsored by the Wayne Conservation District as part of the Wayne County Fair. Along with bragging rights, first place finishes will earn the competitor $100, with $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. Competitors pair up for the Two Person Cross Cut, the co-ed Jack & Jill Cross Cut and the Log Rolling competitions.
However, the big crowd pleaser is the Axe Throwing Contest, in which competitors throw either a double or single-headed axe with a handle of at least 24 inches long at a stationary target from a distance of 20 feet. The highest score wins.
The Tree Felling contests returns this year with both the chainsaw and skilled tree felling events back on the schedule. During the traditional event, contestants try to fell a pole onto a pin they placed themselves. In the professional event, timber harvesters are also scored on accuracy, cutting technique as well as placement nearest the target the cutter sets.
Entry fee is $10.00 per person for the first event and $5.00 for each additional event entered. No maximum number of events may be entered (with the exception of tree felling) but competitors can compete in events only once. Competition rules and payment information will be sent to all who register.
For questions about the event or becoming a sponsor, contact the Wayne Conservation District by phone at 570-25-0930 or email.