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Cradle Of Forestry To Host Forest Festival Day And Woodsmen's Meet On Oct. 6


October 1, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry invites people of all ages to celebrate the forest heritage of Western North Carolina during the annual Forest Festival Day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6. This is the Cradle’s largest event of the year.

This activity-filled, family event commemorates the traditions of mountain living and craft at the Cradle. More than 100 forestry students, traditional craftsmen and exhibitors will be on site during the celebration. During the event, 10 colleges will compete for a trophy in the 23rd Annual John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet, organized by Haywood Community College in Clyde. STIHL is the presenting sponsor.

Festival-goers can cheer as college forestry students compete during the Woodsmen’s Meet that has the flavor of an old-time lumberjack competition. The students test their skills in a number of events, including archery, axe throwing, crosscut sawing and pole felling.

Participating colleges are Haywood Community College, Appalachian State University in Boone, Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, Montgomery Community College in Troy, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Dabney Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Va., Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa., University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and West Virginia University in Morganton.

The Woodmen’s Meet is held in the open field at the Pink Beds picnic area. This area allows for safety of participants and spectators while at the same time providing opportunities to see all the action. Spectators are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for comfort. Limited bleacher seating is provided.

The Pink Beds Picnic Area and Pink Beds trailhead will be closed to non-event use for the day. The Pink Beds Trail can be accessed from FS Road 1206, via the Barnett Branch Trail, and from the South Mills River gauging station area off Wolf Ford Road FS 476.

Traditional crafters and exhibitors will congregate along the Biltmore Campus Trail. These include demonstrations of wood crafting, blacksmithing, weaving, sweet potato carving and creating corn husk dolls. Festivalgoers can learn to cut a tree “cookie” with a cross cut saw to take home.

Accents on Asheville will provide a shuttle between the Cradle’s Forest Discovery Center and the Pink Beds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Café at the Cradle in the Forest Discovery Center and in the woodsmen’s meet area.

Guests from the German Forest Society (Deutscher Forstverein, DFV) will be in attendance. The DFV is one of the largest professional platforms of the forest sector in Germany. The DFV’s main focus is on the promotion of close-to-nature and sustainable multifunctional forestry.

For a complete list of activities, exhibitors and other details about Forest Festival Day, visit http://www.cra, or call the Cradle at (828) 877-3130.

Admission for this event is $10 for general admission; $5 for youth ages 4-12, and holders of America the Beautiful, Golden Age and Friends of the Cradle passes. Children under 4 years old are admitted free. The Cradle of Forestry is located four miles south of Parkway Milepost 412 on U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles North of Looking Glass Falls.

Order of Woodsmen’s Meet Events

•9 a.m.-10:15 a.m., dendrology (concurrent with archery and team log roll)

•9 a.m.-10:15 a.m., archery (concurrent with dendrology and team log roll)

•9 a.m.-10:15 a.m., team log roll (concurrent with archery and dendrology)

•10:15 a.m., team water boil

•10:45 a.m.-noon, axe throw (concurrent with pole fell)

•10:45 a.m.-noon, pole fell (concurrent with axe throw)

•Noon-4 p.m., orienteering (contest conducted most of the day)

•Noon, lunch

•Noon-12:15 p.m., alum horizontal speed chop

•12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m., German Foresters Team versus U.S. SAF

•Welcome to German visitors, Crosscut saw events

•12:30 p.m.-1 p.m., horizontal speed chop (female)

•1 p.m.-1:30 p.m., standing block chop

•1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m., cross cut saw events

•2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m., pole climb (concurrent with chainsaw)

•2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m., chain saw events (concurrent with pole climb)

•3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m., bolt split (concurrent with single buck)

•3:35 p.m.-4:15 p.m., single buck (concurrent with bolt split)

•4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m., horizontal speed chop (male)


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