Evans 4-H Woodsman Skills Team at 2013Merryville Heritage Festival by Leanne Jeane

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Evans 4-H Woodsman Skills Team at 2013  Merryville Heritage Festival

by Leanne Jeane

Thanks to the Merryville Heritage Festival Committee for inviting us to provide a demonstration of ‘old time’ forestry activities during the festival.

We started off our demonstration by breaking the handles on one of our competition crosscut saws, repeatedly dislodging the sweet gum logs from the saw horse, cutting into a pair of chaps (which saved a thigh), and injuring a couple of our team members (minor cuts)…and later we even broke the pulpwood stick for the throwing event.

Despite all of the above mentioned mishaps, we were able to demonstrate a variety of events…and had a great time. My huge glass of homemade lemonade following the event was delicious!

I appreciate our 4-H’ers and their parents for taking time out of their Easter weekend to participate.

Thanks to Mr. Keith Hawkins, Beauregard Parish County Agent, for being our guest speaker.

Thanks to our spectators for being patient during our equipment repairs, too.

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Proud Members of the 2013 Evans 4-H Woodsman Skills Team.

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A Timberjack and a Timberjill Demonstrating Their Crosscut Saw Technique.

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A Timberjill preparing to toss a pulpwood stick at a target.

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A Timberjill buzzing through a sweetgum log. The best time wins!!

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Another Timberjack in the match split event. The competitor must literally spit a match attaches to the wood block.

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