RUMFORD — World records in lumberjacking competitions don’t usually happen very often, especially with a two-man crosscut saw cutting through 14- by 14-square-inch white pine.

But two men did just that at the June debut “Chop, Drop & Roll” event at Black Mountain Ski Resort.

Jerry Gingras of Errol, N.H., and Richard Jordan of Canterbury, Conn., cut through the block of white pine twice in 6.1 seconds, shattering the 1999 record of 8.4 seconds that emcee Dave Clement of Cornville had just mentioned.

A stunned crowd of about 60 people erupted in applause and shouts of, “Wow!”

“It was great!” Jordan said afterward with a big grin. “It went good. I was happy.”

“We haven’t gotten a lot of training in, so this was a pretty big win for us,” Gingras said. “The old record was 8.4 seconds, so I’ve got to believe that this (6.1) is going to be around for a few years.”

He said that he and Jordan have sawed together “just a little bit over the course of the last 20 years. Every time we saw together, we seem to have a good time and a lot of fun,” he said.

Gingras holds several world records for lumberjacking events, but this was Jordan’s first world record.

Their strategy, Jordan said, was, “Just go hard.”

The Two-Man Crosscut contest was one of several logging competitions during the event put together by and for Black Mountain and the Greater Rumford Community Center.

Other contests included the Ax Throw, which was won by Leo Lessard of Lyndonville, Vt.; Bow Saw, Springboard, Modified Chainsaw, Jack and Jill Crosscut, Obstacle Pole Buck, Underhand Chop and Open Chain Saw.

Thirty-five professional loggers from the Northeast and Canada competed in the “Chop, Drop & Roll,” a fundraiser for the ski resort and community center.

It was the first time the organizations had teamed up for a fundraiser, and it had attracted about 300 people of all ages by 2 p.m.

“This is a very good crowd for our first time here,” said Sherry Clement, Dave Clement’s wife. “We have the top competitors here and it doesn’t happen very often that someone breaks a world record.”

Greater Rumford Community Center member Andrea York said the GRCC board contacted Gingras, who has six world titles to his name, and asked him to set up the event. Gingras lined up much more competitors than they expected, much to their delight.

“We were lucky to land on their schedule, and we hope to make it an annual event,” York said.

Spectators also had a chance to participate in their own games, including a paintball shoot, a pulp throw, a skillet toss, wood splitting, tug of war, relay races and a variety of children’s games.


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