62nd annual Woodsmen’s Show draws a crowd

GALETON – The first day of the Galeton Rotary Club’s 62nd annual Woodsmen’s Show under partly cloudy skies with a cool breeze was “perfect,” according to organizer Pete Folk.

A thousand or more visitors climbed the mountains to get to Cherry Springs State Park, in the heart of “God’s Country,” Potter County, on Aug. 2, Folk said.

Bob Spencer, also a Rotarian, said the cool breeze was “Potter County air conditioning.”

Cherry Springs sit atop a 2,480-foot hill, Folk said, and also is the site of the “Dark Skies” star viewings that take place throughout the summer.

According to Folk, people come from “all over” to watch the competitions and demonstrations, see and purchase the creations of vendors selling their carvings or other wood creations.

“People come from Lancaster and York counties, Adams County, Gettysburg, Allegheny County. The locals don’t come out much,” Folk said.

“This is our 62nd year … they’ve already seen it,” he joked.

National champion Arden Cogar Jr., of Webster Springs, W.Va., and Outdoor Games gold medalist Mike Sullivan, of Colebrook, Conn., demonstrated lumberjack skills including ax throwing, two-man cross cut and springboard cutting, which entails chopping a notch into a standing tree, quickly shoving a “springboard” into the notch, jumping up onto it and repeating until reaching the top, and being the first one to knock the top off after chopping a final notch.

Sullivan narrowly beat out Cogar in the axe throwing and springboard competitions, but the two of them teamed up against state Department of Natural Resources forester Tim Morey and his chain saw, and won handily.

“Two-year reigning lumberjack champion Cogar might be world champion, but his nephew Matt earned best lumberjack at Cherry Springs, competing against Arden and other top-notch competitors. Mike Sullivan was second and David Jewett was third,” Folk said. Cogar placed fourth in this year’s competition.

Horse pull champions were: Lightweight Division – Ray Long and his team of Ted and Greg; heavyweight – Ben Stackhouse and his team of Ike and Bud.

Amateur champions were the Snook Hicks – Cory and Zack Snook – who beat the Nit and Wit Team of Jack Brecht and Lloyd Craig.

Chain saw carving was dominated by Jason Stoner in the quick carve and masterpiece divisions.

To become a vendor or competitor for next year’s event contact the Galeton Rotary at P.O. Box 73, Galeton, PA 16922.

Proceeds benefit the community by:

Funding a new roof for the Galeton Community Building;

Helping fund the acquisition of property on Union Street to make a new entrance into the John Collins Park;

Refurbishing the Grand Army of the Republic sign at the intersection of U.S. Route 6 and state Route 144;

Supplying a major donation to the Galeton Library building fund;

Providing a major donation to the John J. Collins Memorial Park project;

Funding the demolition of a vacated church and the cleanup of the property at U.S. Route 6 and state Route 144; and

Providing financial support of the Main Street project.

The proceeds also allow for the following annual projects:

A scholarship for graduating Galeton High School students;

The beautification of Galeton, including the placement of benches around town and maintenance of trees around the lake; and

The lighting of the star on the mountain at Christmas and the cross during Lent, among other projects.