The sights, the sounds, the sawdust. Lumberjacks and Jill's head to Boonville the third weekend in August rain or shine for the New York State Woodsmen's Field Days.

The 70th New York State Woodsman's Field Days at the Boonville-Oneida County Fairgrounds is Aug 18 - Aug 20. New this year is the Jack Axe Faceoff and competitors are wanted! There are men's and women's divisions and is limited to 70 competitors in a live show. The 'Face Off' begins in from of the stage Saturday night at 7 pm. There's an opportunity for athletes to train from 4-6pm. If you're into extreme sports, then this is right up your alley.

The Jack Axe Faceoff puts you head to head with another competitor against 7 obstacles including the Jack Axe staples of the Axe Throw, Caber Toss, and Cross Cut to test your endurance, skill, and strength where the quicked time determines the winner.

Here are some other events that take place every year.

  • Horse skidding exhibition
  • Educational forestry seminars
  • Beards contest
  • Tug of war and greased pole competition
  • Lumberjack contests
  • Burling (log rolling in water)
  • Chainsaw carving demonstration
  • Jack and Jill cross cut
  • Axe throwing
  • Tree falling
  • Naming of the 2017 NYS Open Champion Woodsman
  • The Indian River Olde Time Lumberjack Show
Off To Work
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Contestants come from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to compete in the Lumberjack festivities. Many have been featured on ESPN and Wide World of Sports. You'll also see displays of various forestry related equipment for the professional logger to the occasional firewood cutter.


Tickets are $9.00 per adult, $7.00 for kids (12 and under) available until August 17th.
The 3-day pass is $27.00 per adult, $21 for kids (12 and under).
Children 5 and under are free.

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