Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days is July 9 and 10 this year. The annual event attracts thousands of visitors for two full days of timbersport events, heavy equipment contests, the Adirondacks’ largest horse-pull and chain saw carving events, as well as a wide range of games and contests for the entire family.
Woodsmen’s Days kicks-off Friday evening, July 8, with the an annual banquet open to the public. The weekend’s events honor woodsmen and women, heavy equipment operators and representatives of the wood products industry. Those wishing to attend the banquet should call the Woodsmen’s office at 359-9444 for a reservation. The Woodsmen’s Days action begins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning with a miles-long parade featuring over 50 floats, marching bands and pieces of logging equipment through the business district en route to the municipal park where the weekend’s events take place. This year’s parade theme is “Dreams, Wishes and Imagination.”
At noon on Saturday timbersports contests among lumberjacks and ladyjacks begin in the park area; the contests will run continuously throughout the afternoon. Contestants, some of the best in the United States and Canada, will chop, saw, roll and maneuver heavy logs in a number of contests that afternoon in an attempt to garner the highest number of points in each event to be declared the overall winner at the end of the daylong competition. Events will include open and modified chain sawing (four classes), crosscut and buck-saw matches, log rolling, axe throwing, human log skidding, tree felling and horizontal log chop.
Outside the staging area, as well as the lakefront area, various vendors and heavy equipment dealers will display everything from new machinery to t-shirts and caps. Games and contests, food and refreshments and live music will also be offered both days.
As soon as the parade is over, the chainsaws will come alive as they compete in a number of chainsaw carving events, including a 60 minute carving contest, which will be held outside the main grandstand area. Following the event, an auction will be held for the completed work.
Also that afternoon, at 1 p.m. in the heavy equipment area, some of the best heavy equipment operators in the northeast face off in the popular loading competition.
A highlight of the evening will begin at 7 p.m. when youngsters compete in their own games including maneuvering a horizontal greased pole. At approximately 7:30 p.m., men and women will team up in various competitions, including the popular tug-of-war and grease pole climb (also open to women).
At noon Sunday, the Adirondacks’ Largest Horse pull will kick off the afternoon. Over $3,700 will be presented to the top teams of heavy and lightweight horse pull divisions. Also that afternoon, at 1 p.m., contestants will compete in the skidding and truck driving competitions.
For information about this year’s event contact the Woodsmen’s Association at (518) 359-9444.
The Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days Committee has announced some new features for this year’s event, which is scheduled for July 8-10th at the Tupper Lake Municipal Park. The traditional welcome event on Friday night will be an informal family friendly BBQ at the Park with live music by the band Movin’ On. This year’s parade will kick off Saturday’s events at 10:00 am with the theme “Dreams, Wishes & Imagination.”
In addition to the traditional lumberjack competitions, chainsaw carving, equipment contests and the area’s largest horse pull, there will be live music playing throughout Saturday afternoon by Winter Camp, led by local musician Jamie Savage. Kids’ games will also be scheduled throughout the entire weekend with a grand finale magic show on Sunday afternoon. Also new this year, will be weekend passes available for pre-sale at discount prices.
Anyone interested in participating in the parade or wanting more information should contact the Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Association at 518.359.9444 or email [email protected] or [email protected]
The Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Association is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1983. Their annual event, the Woodsmen’s Days, is held the second weekend in July. Any proceeds from the event are used to make contributions back to the community, including: Adirondack Medical Center; March of Dimes; Tupper Lake Rescue Squad; Castles of Toys; Tupper Lake Food Pantry; the Piercefield Fire Department; the local S.A.D.D. program; and Hospice.
The Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days, which has grown from a small local one-day affair to a large two-event attracting thousands of visitors, will be celebrating its 29th year this July 11th and 12th. The event features lumberjack and lady jack events, heavy equipment contests, the Adirondacks’ largest horse-pull, chain saw carvings, and a wide range of games and contests for geared toward the entire family.
The festivities kick off Friday evening and the public is invited to join with woodsmen, heavy equipment operators and representatives of the woods industry at the event’s annual banquet – this year being held at the Park Restaurant on Park Street in Tupper Lake, beginning at 6 p.m. Woodsmen’s Days will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday morning with what organizers are calling “one of the largest parades ever staged in the North Country.” “The miles long procession, featuring well over 50 entries of floats, marching bands and logging equipment, will wind its way through the business district en route to the municipal park where the thrilling events take place,” according to a press notice.
Contestants (lumberjacks and lady jacks) from around the United States and Canada, will chop, saw, roll and maneuver heavy logs in a number of contests beginning at noon. The events that day will include open and modified chain sawing (four classes), cross-cut and buck-saw matches, log rolling, axe throwing, human log skidding, tree felling and horizontal log chop.
Last year Dave Engasser of Cortland and Julie Miller of Branchport were crowned 2009 Lumberjack of the Year and 2009 Lumberjill of the Year.
Outside the park staging area, as well as the lakefront area, various vendors and heavy equipment dealers will be on display. Games and contests, as well as a varied menu of food and refreshments will also be offered both days.
That afternoon, at 1 p.m. in the heavy equipment area, heavy equipment operators from around the northeast will face off in the popular loading competition.
A highlight of the evening will begin at 7 p.m. when youngsters compete in their own games. At 7:30 p.m., the men and women to take over the area to team up in various competitions including the tug-of-war and greased pole climb.
At noon Sunday, the Adirondacks’ largest horse pull will compete for nearly $4,000 in prizes in the heavy and lightweight horse pull divisions; skidding and truck driving competitions will begin at 1 pm. Last year Jon Duhaime emerged as the 2009 Heavy Equipment Operator of the Year.
For more information or a reservation for Friday’s banquet contact the Woodsmen’s Association at (518) 359-9444 or online at http://www.woodsmendays.com/.
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