SOUTH FORK – Despite a daunting number of obstacles that appeared before tourism season began, the biggest summer event went off without a hitch, due to the many dedicated people who were determined to make it work.
It was quite a scramble to get everything together for Logger Days in a short amount of time. Volunteers like Kiwanis President Karen Miller and Candice Hennigh, who led the effort with help from part time visitor center employee Michele Ostrander and many others behind the scene, made the event possible.
“For our first big event of the summer, we cannot be more pleased,” said Hennigh. “We have filled every chair and every log that you can sit on.” Several people in attendance commented that this year’s crowd was larger than last year’s.
Some of the more popular competitions were races to cut through a large log. There were 14 events this year including, timed wood chopping, chainsaw speed cut, hanger cut and two-person teams with a cross-cut hand saw. There was also a competition called the Jack and Jill cut with a man and a woman using a cross-cut hand saw as a team.
There are a lot of variables concerning the speed involved with each of the competitions including the size of the chainsaw or hand saw, the size of the log and type of wood.
“This year they are using red spruce,” said event judge Jessica Smiley. “It also depends on where you are at on the wood, whether you are down by the butt of the tree or if you are on the top. The butt of the tree is tougher.”
Another popular competition that thrilled the crowd was the double bladed axe throw, and both men and women participated.
Miller said things came together really well. “We have a bigger crowd for the logging events than we had last year,” said Miller. “We don’t have as many vendors, but the ones we do have are really popular. It has been wonderful.”
Miller said helping put the event together was great fun, because in the past, she has been in a booth and unable to get out and view what all has been going on at Logger Days.
“This year I was able to get out seeing the events and meeting people,” said Miller. “I am really enjoying it.”