NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days Breaks Attendance Record - 8/21/2012
NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days Breaks Attendance Record-8/21/2012
2012 NYS LUMBERJACK CHAMPIONS - The NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days Men’s Open Championship Lumberjack contests were held on Sunday, August 19, at the Boonville Fairgrounds. This year’s first and second place winners are a father and son team from West Virginia. Pictured are first place winner, Matthew Cogar, Dianna, WV (back row left); along with his father, Arden Cogar, W. Hamlin, WV (front row left) who is the second place winner and third place winner Jean-Pierre Mercier, St. Etienne, Quebec, Canada (far right.) The winners are pictured with 2012 NYS Forest Queen Richelle Reynolds and 2012 Miss Teen Forest Queen Heidi Brach.
(Photo by George Capron)
2012 NYS LUMBERJILL CHAMPIONS - The top three winners of the Worlds Open Lumberjill Championship contests held on Saturday, August 18, at the NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days were: first place, Nancy Zalewski, Manitowoc, WI (middle); second place, Peg Engasser, Cortland, NY (left); and third place Heather Cleve-Hyatt, Strathroy, Ontario, Canada
(Photo by George Capron)
The NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days, held August 17-19 at the Boonville Fairgrounds, was another successful event, drawing thousands to Boonville once again. The attendance at this year’s Field Days was 40,982, a new three-day record for the forestry event. Last year’s attendance total was 34,415 for the three-day event
Phyllis W. White, Executive Coordinator of the NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days, said, “We extend a huge thank you to all of the sponsors, exhibitors, campers, contestants, food concessions and wood crafters for helping to make the 65th Annual Woodsmen’s Field Days the largest in our history. A very special thanks goes out to all of our volunteers and our staff, without their dedication and many, many hours of hard work, the Field Days would not be possible. They are what makes our event such a huge success. I also extend a huge thank you to the citizens of the Village and Town of Boon-ville for their hospitality and patience with all of the traffic. Visitors to the event are constantly stopping by our office log cabin and commenting how pleasant our residents are and how they love to visit Boonville!”
The previous record for attendance was 40,237 in 2009 when activities were held two additional days, on Wednesday and Thursday, at the Fairgrounds. This year the event was three days of Woodsmen’s events. They are hoping for a big turnout next year when they will be celebrating the 66th NYS Woodsmen’s Field Days, August 16-17-18, 2013.
(Pick up this week's Boonville Herald for a list of the Woodsmen's Competition results and photos from the weekend.)