A cool October weekend found us in Cambridge, in eastern Ohio for the Paul Bunyan Festival, founded in 1957 making it the oldest event of it’s kind in America (according to the program). It was held at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds, located just outside of Cambridge.
There were more than 130 exhibitors representing the forest industry throughout the U.S. and Canada. The crowd was an interesting mix of 4 wheel drive type folks mixed in with a large Mennonite crowd
After we spent some time touring the grounds, we made our way to the grandstands for the main events. First up was a competition where two contestants using something known as a knuckleboom loader to pick up a number of large logs, stack them neatly, then return them to the starting point. Most of the contestants showed amazing skills in picking these large logs up, and setting them down in a small space.
Next up were the axe throwers, another sport you wonder how many injuries there are for those just starting out…
There were a number of rounds of chain saw contests. Most made 3 passes through the log within 12″ of the edge in around 10 seconds.
The axe choppers were intense.
There were categories for male, female and mixed in the two person saw contest.
One event had the contestant notch a log, stick their stand in it, jump up and cut a log in two. I would’ve fallen off instantly.