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Friday, July 4, 2014

"40th Annual Bark Peelers Convention" on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6


The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum would like to invite the public to their "40th Annual Bark Peelers Convention" on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, 2014. The museum is located on US Route 6 between Galeton and Coudersport at Mile Marker 187.

The Bark Peelers Convention is a two-day festival of old-fashion fun and entertainment for the whole family and this year it is even better! Every year we bring new attractions to our fun and educational programs and YES we did it again! Rich Wykoff on Saturday and John Eastlake on Sunday will have presentations about the "CCC's". They will answer questions, help with finding information and inform visitors the importance of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Each day will feature a full program of activities, music, demonstrations, displays, exhibitions, contests, food and crafts for sale.

The museum opens at 9:00 am on both days with programs beginning at 10:00 am.

The classic favorite contests on Saturday are the Greased Pole Competition at 2:30 pm and Log Rolling at 3:30. Sunday will feature Horseshoe Pitching at 10:00 am and the Frog Jumping Contest at 11:45 with dozens of children urging their frogs down the track and across the finish line. At 1:00 pm there will be the Cross Cut Saw Competition and the popular Birling Contest at 2:00 with the winner having the title of Pennsylvania State Birling Champion. A new category - Grand Champion Bark Peeler will honor the contestant with the most points from all contests.

Music will be provided on Saturday by the Mountain Minstrelsy and Nelson Waffle will provide music on both days. Lots of great food will be available including sandwiches, Kettle Korn, maple coated peanuts, ice cream and more.

Antique engine buffs will enjoy a variety of operating engines and belt powered equipment presented by AMEIA, a group of antique engine collectors. "Jack Haines" will be with us again this year to help with different activities and contests throughout both days.

The famous 8 foot log cake will be cut and served at noon on Sunday in the CCC cabin.
One of the many highlights will be the woodhick skills demonstrations: Axe throwing, bark peeling, chopping, and crosscut sawing by Bill Simcox and family in the outdoor arena; model trains display in the stable by Bucky Green; model barnhart log loaders displayed by Ken McCauley. The Woodmobile will be on site to share the many wood species in Pennsylvania.

The museum's steam powered circular sawmill will be operating on both Saturday and Sunday along with the new exhibit, the Birch Still with volunteer foresters available to explain how it works.

Other activities will be a horse-drawn log skidding demonstration, local artisan crafts, blacksmithing, shingle making and Bureau of Forestry displays with a trail walk on Saturday at 1:00 pm.

Parking is available across the street at Denton Hill State Park with a "free" wagon ride from the lot to the festival all day long. A door prize will be awarded each day at 3:30 - so don't forget to sign up!

Admission is $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth 3-11. A two-day pass for $ 18.00 is available again this year by calling the museum at (814) 435-2652.

For more information contact the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, P.O. Box 239, Galeton, PA 16922 or the web site www.lumbermuseum.org.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

they got tons of money from the government when it was needed elsewere in the county and they still charge $10 to get in. I won't be going there any time soon.