WEBSTER SPRINGS, W.Va. – Webster Springs hosted its 55th annual Woodchopping Festival this Memorial Day weekend, where timber sport athletes from around the world came to test their strength.
The Woodchopping Festival is home to five world championship events where athletes travel from as far as New Zealand to compete for the lumber jack legend title.
“Everyone comes and camps and enjoys the beautiful scenery, the beautiful rivers, the beautiful wildlife, and they come and watch some woodchopping, to hear the chainsaw scream, they hear the axes hum and to watch the big burly guys chop the wood,” said Arden Cogar, winner of multiple woodchopping championships.
Other events include the axe throwing competition, corn hole tournaments, live music, pageant shows, and plenty of carnival food.
“Well the community support is awesome for the event. You know, all of the timers and judges, I’ve got friends from this area that i only ever see at Webster County, you know, the volunteers and crew and it takes a really big effort to put on an event like this and for them to respect what we do,” said competitor, Nathan Waterfield.
This eight day event is all sponsored and organized by the Webster County community, locals volunteer to ensure the festivities run smoothly, so they can continue their hometown tradition year after year.