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Tupper Lake’s Woodsmen’s Days keeps traditions alive

The Adirondacks largest horse pull filled the grandstand bleachers Sunday afternoon.

The Adirondacks largest horse pull filled the grandstand bleachers Sunday afternoon. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

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Jon Vincent, of Barnerville, NY, was one of several participants in Sunday’s chainsaw carving contest.

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Joshua Bousher, 7, of Tupper Lake, spent the day monkeying around on the Coconut Challenge.

— Tupper Lake celebrated its founding lumberjacks during last weekend’s Woodsmen’s Days.

“This event has been going on for more than 30 years, and it’s important because this (logging) is what Tupper Lake was built on,” said Crystal Boucher, executive secretary of Woodsmen’s Days.

Boucher said the logging industry has changed with technology, but some of the events, like the greased pole climb and the horse pull, are as old as the village itself.

“These are lumberjack traditions,” Boucher said. “Some of the equipment wouldn’t have looked the same, but they still went on.”

The weekend started with a barbeque and live music by the band Bitter Sweet Friday night.

Saturday’s festivities began with a parade, followed by an array of events and competitions that went into the evening.

Sunday with its chainsaw competition and the Adirondack’s largest horse pull, also saw its share of events.

Cash prizes were given to participants, and the sculptures from the chainsaw contest were auctioned off to help chip away at the cost of the weekend.

“We don’t have the same show we had 30 years ago, but we’re keeping the tradition going,” Boucher said.

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