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Mountain Days events to continue Sunday despite forecasts

A competitor in the 2011 Stony Creek Mountain Days lumberjack contest whacks into a standing block of wood while the crowd observes. The five-hour competition, sanctioned by the NYS Lumberjacks Association, was scheduled to return to Stony Creek on Sunday Aug. 5, the third day of the 2012 Mountain Days festival.

A competitor in the 2011 Stony Creek Mountain Days lumberjack contest whacks into a standing block of wood while the crowd observes. The five-hour competition, sanctioned by the NYS Lumberjacks Association, was scheduled to return to Stony Creek on Sunday Aug. 5, the third day of the 2012 Mountain Days festival. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Activities at the Stony Creek Mountain Days are going to be held Sunday regardless of the weather predictions of possible storms, local Chamber of Commerce officials said at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

As of 9 a.m. members of the New York State Lumberjacks Association were chopping and sawing wood and revving up their chain saws, readying for a sanctioned lumberjack competition scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Stony Creek Chamber official Kathy Garrow said.

The lumberjacks have set up large tents so they can compete sheltered from rain, if indeed it occurs, she said. Also, the vendors, musicians and demonstrators will also be sheltered from rain if it falls, as they will be situated under the Chamber's "big top" tent, Garrow said.

Whether it’s dancing for hours in the town’s main intersection or watching skilled lumberjacks compete, this weekend's Mountain Days has in recent years provided a lot of fun for both area residents and visitors.

The weekend’s activities began Friday night Aug. 3 with dancing in the streets to the sounds of Adirondack Gold.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival moved to the town park, focusing on vendors, crafters, mountain music and entertainment. Activities for youth include kite and glider building, rock painting and tie-dyeing, as well as some educational nature sessions.

On Saturday Aug. 4, Musician Randy Rollman, master of the steel slide guitar, performed in the park during daytime hours, followed by Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers mid-evening in the town center. We hear this Saturday night dance drew a substantial crowd.

Also, there will be an encampment of Viking re-enactors, sharing their ancient culture’s customs, including cooking, crafts, weaponry, music, and blacksmithing. We hear there will be demonstrations of all of these skills.

Lumberjacks to compete?

More than a dozen woodsmen and woodswomen from northern New York and Vermont were planning toput their traditional skills to the test during a lumberjack competition to be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday Aug. 5 at Mountain Days. Sanctioned by the New York State Lumberjacks Association, the event features such skills as axe throwing; crosscut, chain and bow sawing; and wood chopping.

Demonstrations at Mountain Days included wool spinning and dyeing by Lisa Bartow, Live Birds of Prey programs on Saturday, and Exploring Creatures in the Creek with naturalist Dean Moore during both days.

If the festivities weren’t enough to draw a crowd to Stony Creek for the weekend, the accompanying Townwide Garage Sale is also attracting hundreds more. We hear that dozens of households are opening up their barns and garages allowing people to browse for bargains.

For more information on Mountain Days, see the Stony Creek Chamber of Commerce website at www.stonycreekchamber.com, or call the group at 232-5987.

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