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Macedon Center readies for Community Lumberjack Festival

What’s close to home, very affordable and fun for the whole family? That would be the 29th annual Macedon Center Community Lumberjack Festival. This year the festival will be held September 10 – 11 at the firemen’s field on Canandaigua Road. Admission is only $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for sr. citizens, $1.00 for kids 6-14 and 5 and under are free. Parking is free and handicapped accessible.

Gates open both days at 8 AM. Amateur competition begins at 9 AM on Saturday. The events include log rolling, two-man crosscut, buck saw, chain saw, log chop, and tree felling. We encourage local lumberjacks to come out and participate. This is a great opportunity for the beginner to become familiar with the timber sport. We supply all the equipment and safety gear. Some of the professionals will be on hand to offer advice on how to improve technique or to help you get started in the sport. At 5 PM Sat. and Sun. the grease pole climb will take place so gather up 4 people and you’ve got a team! The pole is covered with Crisco so make sure you wear clothes you can throw away. First place team takes home $250.00!

Three years ago the New York State Professional Lumberjack Association approached our committee to see if we would like to sponsor a professional event. Pros from all over the country and Canada would meet in Macedon Center on the Sunday of our festival. Today this event is one of the highest paying competitions in the northeast. So come out to see the pros, get a “cookie” signed and then watch them on ESPN in October. Competition will start at 10:30AM on Sun. There will be ax throwing, hot saw, two man crosscut, spring board, and more.

There is also a craft and collectables sale. If you would like to be a vendor, call 315-986-8140. Commercial exhibitors include portable band saws, wood carvers, landscaping equipment, fireplaces and more.

World champion lumberjack Dave Jewett will be carving on Sat. and competing on Sun. There will be a petting zoo, crafts, and fish pond for the kids. A variety of food is available all day, pie and ice cream for dessert. The lumberjack breakfast is served Sat. 7-11AM and Sun. 8-noon. “Come as you are” church services are held at 5PM Sat. and 9:30AM Sun.

This is going to be the greatest year ever with fun for the whole family. More competitors are encouraged to sign up for the Sat. competition and grease pole climb.
For more information call 315-986-3732 or visit our link at www.macedoncenterfire.org We’ll see you on Sept. 10-11. We’re just around the corner from everywhere.

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