The Haywood Community College Lumberjack Team will compete in the 2017 John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet and Forest Festival Day held at the Cradle of Forestry Saturday, October 7. The HCC team will compete against 10 teams from West Virginia to North Carolina.

Forest Festival Day is an annual event for the whole family where traditional craftsmen, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate our forests and forest heritage. Highlights include wood carvers, weavers, a blacksmith, and the John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet.

The Cradle of Forestry is located in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. The cost is $6 for ages 16 and up and $3 for youth ages 4 to 15.

For more information about the event, please call the Cradle of Forestry at 828-877-3130. For more information about the HCC Lumberjacks, contact James Jeuck at or 828-627-4566.


Order of Events

  7:30 a.m.                          U.S. Forest Service & HCC Welcome

                                           (Cradle Amphitheater)

   8:00 - 9:00 a.m.               Quiz Bowl (Perkins Room, Schenck Education Center)

   9:00- 10:15 a.m.              Dendrology (Concurrent with Archery & Team Log Roll)

   9:00- 10:15 a.m.              Archery (Concurrent with Dendrology & Team Log Roll)

   9:00-10:15 a.m.               Team Log Roll (Concurrent with Archery & Dendrology)

   10:15–10:45 a.m.            Team Water Boil

   10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.     Axe Throw (Concurrent with Pole Fell)

   10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.     Pole Fell (Concurrent with Axe Throw)

   10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.    Bolt Split

   12:00-4:00 p.m.              Orienteering (Contest conducted most of the day)

   12:00 p.m.                       Lunch    

   12:15–12:30 p.m.            Alum Horizontal Speed Chop

   12:30-2:00 p.m.               Pole Climb (Concurrent with Chainsaw)

   12:30-2:00 p.m.               Chain Saw Events (Concurrent with Pole Climb)

   2:00–2:30 p.m.                Horizontal Speed Chop (Female)

   2:30–3:00 p.m.                Standing Block Chop

   3:00–3:45 p.m.                Cross Cut Saw Events

   3:45–4:15 p.m.                Single Buck

   4:15–4:45 p.m.                Horizontal Speed Chop (Male)          


Every possible effort will be made to stay on schedule.

If any event should finish early, the next event will immediately follow. Please plan on staying for the awards ceremony.