High school woodsmen’s competition on tap for Dixfield

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DIXFIELDThe power, skill and excitement of logging competition returns to town this Thursday and Friday in the 35th Annual High School Woodsmen’s Competition.

Hosted by Region 9 School of Applied Technology, it will be held at the Mountain View Campground on Route 142, approximately 2 miles north of Route 2 on the left.

Co-ed woodsmen competitors, representing four Maine high schools from as far away as Caribou, will compete in events, including log rolling, distance pulp throwing, axe throwing, vertical boring, cross-cut relays and a tug of war.

The competition commences with an official welcoming and introduction ceremony Thursday at 9:15 a.m.

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The public is welcome to attend free of charge. Camping is a available for a fee.

The Woodsmen’s Competition began in 1979 with New Hampshire and Maine high school students. Marc Dupuis, organizer of this year’s competition, said he has witnessed a lot of changes in the 26 years he has taught logging skills at Region 9 School of Applied Technology.

“When I first arrived here, there were 13 schools in Maine offering (logging skills training) programs. Now we’re down to four,” he said.

Dupuis cites the program attrition to the relatively large operating costs of the programs. He said Region 9’s two-year certified logging professional course prepares students well for the profession and provides insurance dividends.

The competition wraps up Friday at noon with the awards ceremony.

Schedule of events

Thursday, May 12

8-9 a.m.: Welcome breakfast

9-9:15 a.m.: Registration and captains meeting

Drawing of the order of events

9:30 a.m. to noon: Axe throw, log roll, dot split, pulp throw for distance, pulp throw for accuracy

Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch

1 to 6 p.m.: Skidder competition, loader competition, cookie cut, cookie stack, vertical boring, precision boring, crosscut relay

6 to 7 p.m.: Dinner inside hall

Friday, May 13

7-8 a.m.: Hot breakfast

8-11:30 a.m.: CLP Judges, bore station

8:15-11:30 a.m.: Game of logging-spring pole (team and individual), game of logging-felling (team and individual).

11:30-11:35 a.m.: Drawing of Tug of War positions (team captains)

11:35 a.m. to noon: Tug of War

Noon: Lunch and awards ceremony

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