Farming Magazine - July, 2014


2014 New York State Woodsmen's Field Days

The 2014 New York State Woodsmen's Field Days will be held August 15-17 at the Boonville-Oneida County Fairgrounds in Boonville, New York. The event will include a parade, forestry exhibits, fireworks, greased pole climb, beard contest, loader contest, lumberjack contests and demonstrations throughout the weekend. There will be an expanded variety of forest industry exhibits and wood craftspeople.

The used equipment auction will be returning for 2014. Scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, August 15, it will include logging equipment, machinery, trailers, trucks, mowers and much more.

Fireworks will be displayed from Park Hill in Boonville starting around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, August 15. In case of rain, the fireworks display will take place Saturday, August 16.

Parking is free, and there is limited camping available at the fairgrounds. Tickets purchased before August 14 cost $7 for adults and $5 for children (ages 12 and under). Three-day weekend passes are available until August 14 and cost $21 for adults and $15 for children (children under 5 are free). Daily admission at the gate is $10 for adults, $7 for children and $8 for people 60 and over.

Call 315-942-4593 to purchase tickets. For more information, email or visit

Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show

This lumberjack show occurs three times a day, taking a journey into the bygone days of yesteryear. Performers exhibit the skills, strength and courage of the old-time lumberjack, in a format that's both humorous and educational. The show features underhand chopping, a crosscut saw racing a chain saw, springboard chopping, log rolling, obstacle pole bucking, ax throwing and chain saw carving.

About the Field Days

The New York State Woodsmen's Field Days are held in Boonville, a small, picturesque town located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in New York.

The Woodsmen's Field Days, a nonprofit organization, was founded by the Rev. Frank Reed in 1948. Due to the support of its many volunteers - nearly 400 - the field days have evolved into one of the predominant lumberjack contests in the U.S. today. Contestants come from as far away as Canada, Australia and New Zealand to compete in the lumberjack festivities, which are held the third weekend in August. In addition to the woodsmen's contest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there are displays of various forestry-related equipment, covering a wide variety of interests from the professional logger to the occasional firewood cutter.

The primary goals of the Woodsmen's Field Days are promotion of the forest industry in general, and (in keeping with Reed's intent) the lumberjack in particular.

24th Annual 10K Foot Race & 5K Woodsmen's Walk

The annual 10K Foot Race and 5K Woodsmen's Walk will take place Friday, August 15. The 10K and 5K courses will both start at Adirondack High School. A "Fun Run" for children 12 and under will be held at the high school during the 10K race.

The 10K will start at 6 p.m. sharp, and the 5K walk will begin immediately after the runners depart onto the 10K course.

The registration fee for the 10K race is $15 before August 8 and $25 after that. The Woodsmen's Walk is a flat fee of $5.

T-shirts will be given to the first 200 10K preregistrants. The first 75 registered walkers will receive a commemorative mug. Bandannas will be given to all "Fun Run" participants. Plaques will be awarded to the first-place overall male and female finishers, as well as the first three finishers in each age group.