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Friday, June 29, 2012

7-7/8 Bark Peeler's Convention

Bark Peeler's Convention

The 38th Annual Bark Peelers’ Convention will be held at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, 2012, a two-day festival of old fashion fun and entertainment for the whole family. Each day will feature a full program of activities: music, demonstrations, displays, competitions, exhibitions, and food and craft sales. The Birch Still, a new exhibit, will be up and running during the two –day event.

The museum grounds open at 9:00 a.m. on both days. The program starts at 10:00 a.m. when Bill Simcox performs woodhick skills in the outdoor arena; Rich Pawling as “Jack Hains,” the logger with Bucky Green showing a video of the Shay in the visitor center ; Bill Bower with his refuge keeper skit; Merle Effert blacksmithing; saw display by Louise Foulkrod; chain saw carving by Kevin Treat; music by Nelson Waffle on Saturday and the “Banjo Man” on Sunday. Wood crafts, basket making, specialty knives, logging books for sale and Lumber Heritage information.

The Shay Locomotive and Brookville Engine will be on display. The sustainable Forestry Trail is ready and waiting for visitors to explore. On Saturday at 1:00 pm there is a guided tour of the trail.

The favorite contests are: Apple pie contest, pies need to be in the visitor center by noon; Chili Con Carne, contestants can set-up in the chili tent by 9:30 a.m.; greased pole Saturday at 2:30p.m. – a pillow fight between two contestants sitting astride a lard-coated pole, suspended six feet above a sawdust pile; log rolling contest at 3:30 and Bark Peelers’ Bingo both days. Sunday’s contests are: horse shoe pitching at 10:00 a.m.; frog jumping at 11:00 a.m. featuring dozens of children urging their frogs down the track and across the finish line. Crosscut saw competition will be at 1:00 p.m. and the ever popular birling contest will begin at 2:00 p.m.

The antique engine buffs will enjoy the large variety of operating engines and belt-powered equipment presented by the AMEIA, a group of engine collectors, who annually include the Bark Peelers’ Convention in their performing circuit.

The 8ft. log cake will be cut and served on Sunday, 12 noon, in the visitor center. The steam-powered circular sawmill, under the direction of head sawyer Dan Davis and his crew, will be operating on both Saturday and Sunday. The sawmill exhibit at the museum, is typical of hundreds of sawmills which existed throughout Pennsylvania in 1900. The mill is capable of producing up to 5,000 board feet per 10 hour shift.

A variety of crafts will be displayed and sold by talented artisans who are invited to exhibit their wares at the convention. Showing in the theater room, will be the lumber history video “Choices and Challenges” supported by the Lumber Heritage Region and Penn York Lumbermen’s Club. The Woodmobile will be here and Bureau of Forestry trailer with a guided trail walk at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Lots of food will be available on the grounds, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, corn dogs, pulled pork BBQ, ice cream, pizza, kettle korn, Hawaii sno cones and maple products and more.

Admission is $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth 3 to 11. A two-day pass costs $18.00 and is available by calling the museum at (814) 435-2652. With a membership to the Lumber Museum admission is free. A family membership is only $15. Memberships available at the gate.

Transportation (tractor and wagon) will be free from the Denton Hill parking lot to the museum. For more information please contact the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, P O Box 239, Galeton, PA 16922 (814) 435-2625 Wednesday thru Sunday 9-5.

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