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Potter County's 64th Annual Woodsmen Show

Logs and Lumberjacks

To most, Pennsylvania seems to be a tame, serene land of rolling hills, mountains, and deep river valleys. But others understand this landscape for what it is: a rugged, wild forest only survivable in if one has the appropriate skills. For woodsmen, survival means skill, strength, and cunning. These ancient techniques are a lasting part of Potter Country’s traditional lumber heritage and what pushed Pennsylvania to the forefront of the lumber industry around the world.

Potter County hosts the 64th Annual Woodsmen Show on August 5, 6, and 7th at Cherry Springs State Park in Galeton, PA. Surrounded by almost 300,000 acres that make up the Susquehannock State Forest, the Woodsmen Show celebrates Potter County’s rich lumber heritage with competitive events for professional lumberjacks like axe throwing, tree felling, and springboard. The Show also has historical exhibits, food vendors, wood and timber product vendors, and reenactments. After the exciting events are over, sit down in the shade and relax with a plate of food from the row of food vendors and listen to some traditional music. For more information about the Annual Woodsmen Show, visit the website.

If you’re looking for something else to do in the heartland of the Lumber Heritage Area, the Susquehannock State Forest also contains 85 miles of hiking trails in the Pennsylvania Wilds region, a two-million acre collection of land across twelve counties! To view more information about the forest, visit the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) website

Brandon Sherbo, Guest Blogger

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