Department H: Woodchopping and Sawing Contest

Friday 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 12 pm

Bruce Richard, Superintendent – (860) 480-1678

Masters of Ceremonies: Lenny Kaplan & Kevin Tagan
Committee: Tim Tagan, Gail Tagan, Kevin Tagan, Dan Tagan
Head Timekeeper: Tim Tagan
Head Judge: Dan Tagan
Bookkeepers: Marlene Pac, Doreen Miner


All contestants must purchase an admission ticket at the gate. All contestants will receive $10.00 premium money for participating in the contest.

All contestants must be registered and numbered by 11 am the day of the event. No late registrations permitted. Available material may limit the number of contestants who will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

All contestants must sign a release, all contestants under 18 must have parental signature.

All contestants must furnish their own axes, crosscut saws and bow saws. Minimum handle length for the throwing axe must be 24 inches. All axes must be equal sized double bit head and pinned.

In the event of ties, run-offs will determine the winners.

There shall be a Superintendent and Head Judge in charge of all events. They shall be vested with the authority to disqualify or suspend any contestant that, in their judgement, would be detrimental to the best interest of the public, other contestants, or the organization conducting the contest. They will have full jurisdiction to decide all questions arising in connection with the contest and the enforcement of the rules and regulations governing the same. They shall determine the winners and shall award prizes according to the rules.

No hard liquor will be allowed. No contestant under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be allowed to compete. Any offensive language or behavior toward the Superintendent, Timekeepers, Judges or anyone else conducting or scoring this contest will be disqualified and will cause him/her to forfeit any premiums due.


  • Chopping
  • Women’s underhand Chop (minimum of 6 women)
  • Crosscut Sawing
  • Standing Chop – Men
  • Standing Chop – Women
  • Bow Sawing
  • Jack ‘N Jill
  • Log Roll
  • Axe Throw
  • Hot Saw

All events count toward Lumber Jack and Lumber Jill of the day. The highest combined total of the two days will determine the Lumber Jack and Lumber Jill of the weekend.

A woodchoppers pot luck supper will be held after Saturday’s events.


Wood Chopping

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
$50.00 $40.00 $30.00 $25.00 $20.00 $15.00

Hot Saw Contest

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
$115.00 $100.00 $90.00 $75.00 $50.00

Prize money of $50 and a trophy will be presented to the Lumber Jack of the day on Saturday by Brooke Toomey, in memory of Craig Welch. The Lumber Jill trophy will be presented by a member of the Mikloche/Reeder family in memory of Eva Mikloche.

On Sunday, the Lumber Jack of the day trophy, in memory of Ed Thierry, and $50.00 will be presented by Jack Comporesi and the Lumber Jill trophy and $50.00 will be presented by a member of the Mikloche/Reeder family in memory of Eva Mikloche.

A Lumber Jack of the weekend trophy and a cash prize of $100.00 will be presented on Sunday in memory of Ken and Martha Anstett by their son Dan, and the Lumber Jill trophy in memory of Ed Toomey, and a cash prize of $100.00 will be presented by Berenice Tommey/Welch and Brooke Toomey.

The Harwinton Agriculture Society is not responsible for any injuries or accidents sustained during competition or handling of equipment. We are also not responsible for loss or damage to equipment.