It’s hard to believe that the Lumberjack Festival is 30 years old. It gets bigger and better each year. This year the festival will be held September 8 – 9 at the firemen’s field on Canandaigua Road. Admission is only $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for senior citizens, $1.00 for kids 6-14 and 5 and under are free. Parking is free and handicapped accessible. It is sponsored by the Macedon Center Fire Dept., the Macedon Center United Methodist Church, and the Macedon Historical Society.
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 fire starting. Local lumberjacks are encouraged to come out and participate. This is a great opportunity for the beginner to become familiar with the timber sport.
Equipment and safety gear will be provided. 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 Saturday and Sunday, 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!
Five years ago the New York State Professional Lumberjack Association approached the Lumberjack Festival committee to see if they would like to sponsor a professional event. Pros from all over the country and Canada would meet in Macedon Center on the Sunday of the 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 Sunday. 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. 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. 7-11 AM and Sun. 8-Noon. “Come as you are” church services are held at 5PM Saturday and 9:30AM Sunday.
On Sunday there will be a raffle with donations from local businesses.
This is going to be the greatest year ever with fun for the whole family. More competitors are encouraged to sign up for the Saturday competition and grease pole climb. For more information call 315-986-3732 or visit our link at www.macedoncenterfire.org
See you on Sept. 8 – 9. Just around the corner from everywhere.