Woodsmen's Days offers family fun

TUPPER LAKE - Family fun is the name of the game at this year's Annual Tupper Lake Woodsmen's Days July 10-11 at Municipal Park.

Now in its twenty-ninth year, the Woodsmen's Days weekend promises plenty of activities suited for all ages.

Ursula Vaillancourt, co-owner of Sootbusters Chimney Service, is one of the newest members of the Woodsmen's Association, the group that organizes the event. She said 8,000 people attended last year, and there's a lot of emphasis on making the event even more of a draw.

"A lot of people think the event is dying because the loggers aren't as interested," she said, noting the rising expenses many woodmen are facing. "We're really working hard this year to get more of the community involved in the event."

The festivities start July 9, 6 p.m. at the Park Restaurant where the public is invited to join organizers and competitors at the annual banquet. Those wishing to attend the banquet should call 359-9444 for a reservation.

Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m. is when the event officially begins with the annual Woodsmen's Days Parade. The miles-long procession, featuring floats, marching bands and logging equipment, will wind its way through the business district en route to Municipal Park.

There are already dozens of entries for this year's parade, but more are still being sought. Entries compete for cash prizes in 12 different categories. Anyone interested in participating should contact Vaillancourt at 359-9765 or 637-6837.

There, following the parade, spectators can watch the sawdust fly as woodsmen compete in a number of chainsaw carving events, including a 60-minute carving contest. An auction will be held afterward for their completed work.

Opening ceremonies commence at noon, immediately followed by lumberjack and jill contests. Some of the best woodsmen in the United States and Canada will compete throughout the afternoon in cross-cut and buck-saw matches, modified chain sawing, log rolling, axe throwing, tree felling, and horizontal log chop. At 1 p.m., heavy equipment operators will face off in the loading competition.

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