FRYEBURG – Eight records were set at Monday’s 40th Saco Valley Woodmen’s Field Day at the Freyburg Fair. Competitors numbered 107 in the field events and 28 in the trucker and skidder events

Nancy Zalewski of Manitowoc, Wisc., captured her fourth straight women’s championship while nine-time Champion Woodsman Mike Sullivan of Winsted, Conn., recaptured that title. Don Quigley of Lee, N.H., won the Master’s championship while Brad Taylor of Porter earned the Champion Logger title and Brian Winn of South Effington, N.H., earned top trucker honors.

“This was a tremendous day for us,” said Toby Hammond, chairman of the Fryeburg Fair event. “First of all, no one got hurt. And we had some of the best competition we’ve seen in quite a while.”

Zalewski and former champion Shannon Strong of Warren, Conn., were tied for women’s champion, which under new rules was settled by a five-toss runoff in the ax throw.

In the master’s ax throw, Leo Lessard of Lyndon, Vt., and Charlie Wojtkun of Preston, Conn., were tied at 23 (out of 25). During two consecutive runoffs, they again tied at 23. It wasn’t until the third runoff that Lessard edged ahead to capture the win. While the record of 25 was tied by last year’s Champion Woodsman Jerry Gingras, no one has been able to throw a sixth consecutive bullseye and claim the $500 bonus. Nine share the record, including Strong, the only woman, who hit 25 in 2000.

Records set were Men’s Underhand Chop: Arden Cogar Jr. of West Hamlin, W.Va.; Master’s Bucksaw, Don Quiqley; Master’s Crosscut, Don Quigley and Jim Colbert of Winsted, Conn.; Springboard, Nathan Waterfield of Cherry Valley, N.Y.; Grapple Skidder, Brad Taylor of South Effington, N.H.; Cable Skidder, Bruce Cox of Peru; and Jack & Jill Crosscut; Andy and Erica Schreiner of Fulton, N.Y., and Mike Sullivan and Nancy Zalewski. The Schreiners broke the record first but were then beaten by Sullivan and Zalewski.

There were two new contests this year – the Master’s Log Rolling and the 8-by-8 Women’s Underhand Chop. Quigley and Colbert won the log roll and Zalewski the chop.

Entered were 56 men, 29 women and 22 masters. Massachusetts has the largest contingent with 18, followed by 17 from New Hampshire, 13 from Vermont, 12 from Connecticut and Maine and 11 from New York. Eleven came from Canada. Seven of those registered didn’t come.

The event ran about an hour longer than usual because Woodsmen’s Day officials honored more than two dozen past champions in front of the capacity crowd in the racing grandstand.


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