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Forest Festival Day:
Meet traditional craftsmen, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers as they gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate our forests and forest heritage.
In 1908 Dr. Carl A. Schenck hosted the Forest Fair at the Biltmore Estate. This event honored the 10th year of the Biltmore Forest School, America’s first school of forestry. Over 400 people were invited to this celebration of the beginnings of American forestry. Today we commemorate Schenck’s Forest Fair along the 1-mile Forest Festival Trail and annual Forest Festival Day. Wood carvers, weavers, and other demonstrators are invited to present their skills and craftsmanship.
List of 2017 crafters/demonstrators:
- Wooden flower carving
- Apple Country Woodcrafters
- WNC Woodcarvers
- Corn husk dolls
- Sweet potato carving
- Primitive Fire Skills
- Pine needle basketry & fiber arts
- Hemlock Restoration Initiative
- Pisgah Conservancy
22nd John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet:
Each year Haywood Community College organizes this annual lumberjack competition. Coinciding with Forest Festival Day, events occur in the Pink Beds Picnic Area. Several colleges compete in topics such as dendrology, crosscut sawing, archery, axe throwing, pole climbing and more.
7:30 am Welcome (Cradle Amphitheatre)
U.S. Forest Service & Haywood Community College
8:00 am – 9:00 am Quiz Bowl (Perkins Room)
9:00 am – 10:15 am Dendrology (Concurrent with Archery)
*Dendrology is the scientific study of trees. Representatives from each school must be able to identify pre-chosen trees around the Cradle of Forestry property.
9:00 am – 10:15 am Archery (Concurrent with Dendrology)
9:00 am –10:15 am Team Log Roll (Concurrent with Dendrology & Archery)
*The log rolling course involves competitors rolling a log, turning it around, and returning to the start. Communication and teamwork help successful and quick finishers!
10:15 am – 10:45 am Team Water Boil
*Teams are racing to start a fire from a single log and be the first to get their water boiling. A fast paced, exciting event!
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Axe Throw (Concurrent with Pole Fell)
*Accuracy will earn them points if they can hit the center of the target.
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Pole Fell (Concurrent with Axe Throw)
*An event of precision. Each competitor has a pin they must aim to hit when chopping down their pole.
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Bolt Split (Concurrent with Axe Throw & Pole Fell)
*Each of two logs has a red circle painted on top. Each competitor must chop four pieces from each that have the paint on them.
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm* Orienteering (*Contest conducted most of the day)
12:00 pm LUNCH
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Alum Horizontal Speed Chop
*Participants stand on top of log while attempting to cut it into two.
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Pole Climb (Concurrent with Chainsaw Events)
*Individuals must be able to climb the pole and ring the bell.
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Chainsaw Events (Concurrent with Pole Climb)
2:00 am – 2:30 pm Horizontal Speed Chop (Female)
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Standing Block Chop
*A race to chop a vertical block in half from the sides.
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Cross Cut Saw Events
*Teams of two work in rhythm to saw through a horizontal log.
3:45 pm – 4:15 pm Single Buck
*Like the crosscut saw, but with a solo competitor
4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Horizontal Speed Chop (Male)
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Competition Field Clean Up (ALL Teams)
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Banquet/Awards Ceremony
(Participants & Guests) Perkins Room,
Schenck Education Center
- Admission: $6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth 15 and under, America the Beautiful Pass holders and Golden Age pass holders
- Free for children under four years old.
General Event Information: Call (828) 877-3130 for details and updates. Event times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Event admission (unless noted) is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. What’s included: everything the site has to offer that day, including historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours when available, and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that put the forest at one’s fingertips.