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Contestants keep a keen edge

Lumberjack championship on tap for festival weekend

September 28, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Visitors are invited to slice into a Mountain State Forest Festival classic, the Championship Lumberjack Contest.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 6. Registration is $15 per event, and it begins at 7 a.m. in Davis & Elkins College Amphitheater.

Individual events include wood chopping, tree felling, ax throwing and chain saw contests. Two-person sawing contests also are slated - there will be two-man cross-cut sawing, Jack-and-Jill (man and woman) crosscut-sawing and Jill-and-Jill crosscut-sawing.

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Contestants participate in the Jack-and-Jill crosscut sawing competition during 2011’s festival.

Prize money ranges from $25 to $200 for the top eight finishers in each category. While most events are open to all, two contests - the springboard competition and the Hard Hit Classic - are limited to the pros and are by invitation only, said MSFF Assistant Director Todd Riggleman.

"A lot of them, this is what they do for a living - maybe not with a double-bit ax anymore," Riggleman said. "But a lot of them are timber cutters or loggers for their livelihood, so it gives them a chance to kind of show off their profession."

Plenty of people show up to watch the competition because they see it as a great way to start their Saturday, Riggleman said.

Fact Box

If you go

What:?Championship Lumberjack Competition

When: 8 a.m. Oct. 6

Where: Davis &?Elkins College Amphitheater

"A bunch of people come down who are starting off their Saturday," he said. "Then they're in town for the rest of the day, whether it's to walk through the park or watch jousting and then be ready for the car parade as well as the grand feature parade."

Event sponsors include Allegheny Wood Products Inc., Suddenlink, Barger Forestry Services, Tri-State Forest Products, Mike Ross Inc., Myles Lumber Co., Mon Power, Harry Green Chevrolet/Nissan, Penn Virginia Resource Partners, Polino Enterprises, U.S. Forest Service, Eastern Hardwoods and Triangle Heating and Cooling/Trane.



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