BOONVILLE The sun was shining and the smell of sawdust was in the air as the 66th annual New York State Woodsmens Field Days kicked off three days of activities Friday morning at the Boonville-Oneida County Fairgrounds.
The gates will open again at 8 a.m. today, with hydraulic loader and skidder contests beginning immediately.
The Northeast Junior Lumberjack Championship will begin at 11 a.m., with the Worlds Open Lumberjill Championship to follow at 3 p.m.
Throughout the day, forestry seminars, food, vendors and displays of logging industry products will be available.
While in years past, chainsaw carvings have gone on for demonstration, sale and entertainment purposes, this year will see the first competition among carvers.
Quick carves give participants one hour to create a piece, which will be sold immediately afterward. Through the course of the weekend, competitors will work during scheduled windows on a carving for a masterpiece carving competition. The judging will be Sunday morning.
One Lewis County logger, Michael A. Gorczyca, usually attends every year, he explained, to buy things, look at new products and equipment.
For Mr. Gorczyca, the field days are a family fun event; he was in attendance with his son, Tyler M., 14.
The gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday, with a nondenominational church service to be held on the grounds.
At 10:30 a.m., instead of wood, carvers will carve ice blocks at stations throughout the fairgrounds.
The final scheduled event, the New York State Open Championship Lumberjack Contest, begins at noon. The 2013 New York State Open Woodsmen will be named.
For information and a full schedule of events, visit www.starinfo.com/woodsmen.