Volunteers make the difference

Published Aug 21, 2017 at 4:00pm

BOONVILLE — The last puff of sawdust has drifted to the ground, marking the grand finale of the 70th annual New York State Woodsmen’s Field Days on the county fairgrounds.

Lumberjacks and jills, along with their friends and fans from all over the U.S. and Canada, jammed this village over the weekend to celebrate their specialized skills in woodcraft.

Boonville has hosted the field days since 1962, with sites in Old Forge and Tupper Lake used earlier.

It was another successful and exciting weekend for those who devote their lives to forestry-related jobs and careers. Crowds were huge.

Competitive events included log rolling, chain sawing, axe throw, crosscut, bow sawing and speed chopping.

What the field days should be especially proud of is the volunteer workforce without which there could be no show.

Our congratulations go to the 400 who devote time and talents to produce the field days over the years.