Annual Woodman show set for Aug. 2, 3 and 4 at Cherry Springs State Park

Annual Woodman show set for Aug. 2, 3 and 4 at Cherry Springs State ParkLumberjacks work as a team in the crosscut saw competition. Photo provided by the Galeton Rotary Club.

Lumberjack favorites Arden Cogar Jr. and Chris Bradshaw are bringing their Lumberjack Show of Champions to the main arena for the 68th Annual Woodsmen Show being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2, 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County (GPS address: 4639 Cherry Springs Rd., Coudersport, Pa. 16915). The park is located about 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44. 

During their one-hour shows at 11:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, Cogar and Bradshaw will entertain the audience with humorous, informative demonstrations of the skills needed to be a lumberjack. 

Contestants in Friday’s 2 p.m. hands-on amateur competition will get to rub elbows with these lumberjack champions as Cogar, Bradshaw and DCNR staff assist amateurs competing in the two-person log roll, axe throw and two-person crosscut. Amateurs must be at least 13 years of age to compete; those 13 to 17 years old must have parental consent. Register for the contest Friday morning at the DCNR trailer and practice for the contest beginning at noon. 

Visitors are encouraged to stick around to see who will win the overall lumberjack title during the professional competition on Saturday, Aug. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. As seen on television, the top lumber jacks and jills in the country will compete in eight different events, including log rolling, axe throw, springboard, tree felling, standing chop, hot chainsaw, one person buck crosscut and two-person buck crosscut.

On Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m., the horse pulling competition will be in the main arena. Draft horses weighing 1,500 to 2,000 pounds each will pull thousands of pounds of logs the same way trees were removed from the forest during the logging era. 

Jay Smar will perform different music at each show he does on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. He plays two guitars, a claw-hammer banjo and fiddle and does flat footing, a type of clog dancing. A baritone, Smar sings traditional American and original folk, old time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes as well as coal mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania. 

On Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Johnny “Cash” Barnett on guitar will perform hits made famous by the legendary Johnny Cash as well as several other artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Willy Nelson and Elvis Presley. Barnett has been doing a tribute show to Johnny Cash for the past 31 years – since he was 25 years old. 

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, visitors to Woodhick Grove can experience the lifestyle of woodhicks in an 1890s logging camp. Among the topics and demonstrations will be log rafting, split rail fence building, blacksmithing, music, woodcarving, lumber camp operation and storytelling. All topics are based on extensive research and are historically accurate to the period. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, participants in the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum’s Cork Camp will demonstrate the skills they have learned from this bygone era. 

All three days will be a treasure hunt with prizes for children 12 and under. Available for purchase will be a variety of food and wood-related items, such as wood-turned art, wood sculptures, rustic furniture and wooden novelties as well as commemorative T-shirts, trapping supplies, lumber maintenance products, homemade baskets, chainsaws, a portable sawmill, etc. 

During the three days, more than 10 hours are scheduled for chainsaw artists entered in the Masterpiece Competition to do a carving. These carvings can be viewed as they are created in the individual artists’ booths. Judges will pick the top three place winners for awards to be presented at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Each day, chainsaw artists will compete in one-hour Quick Carve contests to create special pieces that will be immediately auctioned off to the highest bidder. 

Being raffled off during the Woodsmen Show will be a chainsaw on Friday at 2:30 p.m.; safety chaps and safety helmet on Saturday at noon; a chainsaw on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m., a powered blower. A special free children’s raffle will also be held. 

Being raffled off on Sunday are three firearms including a Henry Lever Action Shotgun .410; Marlin Guide Rifle, Stainless 45-70; and a Remington 783-270 Rifle w/Scope. Need not be present to win. 

The gates open each day at 9 a.m.; admission for adults is $10 on Friday and Sunday, and $14 on Saturday. Admission for children eight to 12 years old is $7 all three days. Children seven and under are admitted free. A three-day pass for adults is $24 and $16 for children eight to 12 years old.

The Galeton Rotary Club sponsors the Woodsmen Show. All proceeds from the event are used to support local projects. For more information, contact the Galeton Rotary Club at (814) 435-6855 or visit www.woodsmenshow.com.

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