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Saturday, August 5, 2017

The 66th Annual Woodsmen Show Continues Thru Sunday At Cherry Springs State Park
The 66th Annual Woodsmen Show, sponsored by the Galeton Rotary Club, is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4, 5 and 6, at Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County, 12 miles south of Galeton on West Branch Road and 15 miles southeast of Coudersport on Route 44.

The grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

During the Woodsmen Show, seating in the Arena is on a first come, first served basis. Visitors can bring their own lawn chairs in case the Arena bleachers are full.

Rifle and Chainsaw Raffle
Alex Murphy was Friday's Stihl winner.
The Galeton Rotary Club is selling raffle tickets for three rifles, a Savage 11 .204 caliber with scope, a Ruger M77 22-250 caliber stainless and a Howa 1500 .308 caliber; and for Stihl products, including a leaf blower, two chainsaws and chainsaw helmet with ear and eye protection and safety chaps.

Raffle tickets for the leaf blower, chainsaws and the chainsaw helmet and chaps are 99 cents each or six for $5. There will be four separate drawings at 2:30 p.m. each day and at noon on Saturday with four winners named. Ticketholders have to be present to win.

Gun tickets are one for $10 or three for $25. At noon on Sunday, there will be separate drawings with three winners selected. Ticketholders do not have to be at the drawing as long as they clearly write their phone numbers and addresses on their raffle tickets. Rifle winners must pass the Pennsylvania background check.

Contemporary Bluegrass Music
Fireside Collective, a contemporary folk and bluegrass group will be playing in the stage area at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Formed in Asheville, North Carolina, the band includes lead vocalist and songwriter Jesse Iaquinto on mandolin, Tommy Maher on dobro, Carson White on upright bass and Joe Cicero on acoustic guitar. They all sing.

Lumberjack Shows
Three amateur events will also be held.

The Greased Pole Contest is for people ages 16-22. For monetary prizes, two contestants will try to knock each other off a greased pole using cloth devices filled with sawdust that have handles. This contest will be at  11 a.m. on Saturday and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Kids Treasure Hunt for children nine years old and younger will go all day long on Aug. 4, 5 and 6. One child at a time will hunt through a pile of sawdust for a wooden coin, which he or she can trade for a prize. A grand prize will be awarded each day to the child who finds the gold coin.

The Skillet Toss is open to female contestants. On Sunday at 9 a.m., each female will throw a cast iron skillet as far as she can. Winners will receive prizes.

On The Grounds
Available for purchase will be food and wood-related products such as wood-turned items, wood sculptures, home remodeling, rustic furniture and wooden novelties. Also on the grounds will be Woodsmen Show commemorative T-shirts, reflexology and massage therapy services, trapping supplies, lumber maintenance products, homemade baskets and two portable sawmills.

Lumberjack Pros
On Saturday beginning at 12 noon in the Arena, the top lumberjacks and jills in the country will compete in eight different events, including ax throwing, the two-man log roll, two-man crosscut, springboard, log chopping, hot chainsaw, one-man buck and tree felling. Professionals who want to take part can register between 9 and 10 a.m. on Saturday on the grounds. Those who have pre-registered will be signing in, picking up their free T-shirts, finding out the times of each contest and their competitors.

Last year’s overall champion, Mike Sullivan is returning to defend his title. Lawrence O’Toole from Australia, one of the newest competitors, is also returning this year.

Chainsaw Artists
Throughout the three days of the Woodsmen’s Show, over eight hours are scheduled for chainsaw artists entered in the Masterpiece Competition to each do a carving. The carvings remain the property of the artists.

The masterpiece carvings can be viewed as they are being produced in each individual artist’s booth where there may be other items for sale.

The masterpiece chainsaw carving sessions will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4; from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5; and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6.

The participating chainsaw artists pick the top three place winners for the Best of Show awards, which will be presented at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

At least 10 chainsaw artists will also compete in a one-hour Quick Carve contest each day for public entertainment. The quick carvings will be auctioned off immediately following their creation. The public can purchase the pieces.

The second quick carve competition on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. followed by an auction at 11:30 a.m.; and the third on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. with an auction at 1 p.m.

Horse pull
Multiple horse teams will compete during the pull contest that begins at noon on Sunday. Draft horses will drag thousands of pounds across the Arena.

Woodhick Grove
Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, visitors can stop at the Woodhick Grove Logging Camp. Over 100 years ago the area around Cherry Springs State Park was spotted with large encampments of lumberjacks who were harvesting the trees. Experience life in this 1890s lumber camp as historical interpreters explain and demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of the woodhick from blacksmithing to log hewing and fence-building using authentic logging tools.

Admission to the Woodsmen Show for adults (13 and older) is $9 on Friday and Sunday and $12 on Saturday and for children (ages 6 to 12), $7 each day. Weekend passes for all three days are available for $24 for adults and $16 for children. Youngsters 5 and under are admitted free.

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