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Come to Woodsmen’s

Climbing a pole covered in grease may not sound like your idea of a good time, but this weekend’s Woodsmen’s Days proves that when it comes to competitions, the messier, the muddier, the better.

The weekend-long event celebrates Tupper Lake’s long history of logging and timber industry.

This year’s theme is “Lumberjack Revival” and brings back the event’s original uptown parade route, beginning at 10 a.m. at the corner of Park Street and McLaughlin Avenue, continuing through the Park Street business district to Wawbeek Avenue and Lake Street, and ending at the Municipal Park on Demars Boulevard, where festivities will be underway.

The event combines competitions in the grandstand area with heavy equipment demonstrations, chainsaw carvings and an array of family-friendly games and events for kids, including a large bounce house, an obstacle course and a silent auction to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

Don’t forget to stop by one of the food trucks and fill up on fried dough, French fries doused in malt vinegar, or some sausage and peppers.

The event is affordable, too, with admission being free for kids under 5, $5 for kids aged 6 to 12, and $7 for anyone 13 and over.

Saturday’s weather is predicted to be hot and sunny, so it’ll be a great day to grab the kids and support a longstanding Tupper tradition.

Schedule

Friday, July 12

6 p.m. — Friday night festivities with the Woodsmen’s dinner at Raquette River Brewing, 11 Balsam St., with live music by Bittersweet.

Saturday, July 13

10 a.m. — Woodsmen’s Days Parade starts at McLaughlin Avenue, runs through the Park Street business district, Wawbeek Avenue and Lake Street, and finishes at Municipal Park on Demars Boulevard, where all the following events will take place.

All day — Chainsaw Carving Contest (grandstand of Municipal Park)

11:45 a.m. — Opening ceremony (grandstand)

12 p.m. — NYSLA Competitions (infield, grandstand area)

12 p.m. — Loading Competition (heavy equipment area, pavilion)

1 to 4 p.m. — Kid’s Games

1 p.m. — Chainsaw Carving Auction

2 p.m. — Four-Man Competition (heavy equipment area, pavilion)

All day — Night game registration (main office)

7 p.m. — Kid’s Greased Pole, Watermelon Toss

7:30 p.m. — Night games (tug-of-war, greased pole, etc.) and Bogger Run

Sunday, July 14

All day — Chainsaw Carving Contest (grandstand)

11 a.m. — Skidding Competition (heavy equipment area, pavilion)

1 p.m. — Chainsaw Carving Auction

2 p.m. — Truck Driving Competition (heavy equipment area, pavilion)

Throughout the day — Equipment demonstrations

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