Bark Peelers Convention on July 5-6

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum will hold its 40th annual Bark Peelers Convention on July 5-6 at its site on Route 6 between Galeton and Coudersport at mile marker 187.

The Bark Peelers Convention is a two-day festival of old-fashioned fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Every year, new attractions are added. Rich Wykoff on Saturday and John Eastlake on Sunday will have presentations about the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Each day will feature activities, music, demonstrations, displays, exhibitions, contests, food and crafts for sale. The museum opens at 9 a.m. and programs begin at 10.

The classic favorite contests on Saturday are the greased pole competition at 2:30 p.m. and log rolling at 3:30.

Sunday will feature horseshoe pitching at 10 a.m. and the frog jumping contest at 11:45. At 1 p.m., a cross cut saw competition will be held, followed by the birling contest at 2. The winner of that event will bear the title Pennsylvania State Birling Champion.

A new category – grand champion bark peeler -will honor the contestant with the most points from all contests.

An 8-foot log cake will be cut and served at noon on Sunday in the CCC cabin.

Antique engine buffs will enjoy a variety of operating engines and belt-powered equipmen.

Woodhick skills demonstrations include axe throwing, bark peeling, chopping and crosscut sawing by Bill Simcox and family in the outdoor arena.

Model trains will be displayed in the stable by Bucky Green and model barnhart log loaders will be displayed by Ken McCauley. The Woodmobile will be on site to share the many tree species in Pennsylvania.

The museum’s steam-powered circular saw mill will be operating on both Saturday and Sunday, along with the new exhibit, the birch still, with volunteer foresters available to explain how it works.

Other activities will be a horse-drawn log skidding demonstration, local artisan crafts, blacksmithing, shingle making and Bureau of Forestry displays with a trail walk on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Parking is available across the street at Denton Hill State Park with a “free” wagon ride from the lot to the festival.

Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for youth ages 3 to 11. A two-day pass for $18 also is available by calling the museum at 814-435-2652.

For details, contact the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, P.O. Box 239, Galeton, PA 16922 or