Lumberjack contests take center stage at Fryeburg Fair

Lumberjack contests take center stage at Fryeburg, Maine’s annual fair

It’s that special time of year when rural New Englanders come from the fields to show off their hard work. Erika Tarantal takes us to the 171st Annual Fryeburg Fair.



♪ ERIKA: GAMBLING IS A SAFE THING AT COUNTRY FAIRS. ♪ AND THE FRYEBURG FAIR IS FULL OF OPPORTUNITIES TO STAND YOUR CHANCE. AND STRENGTH AS IT IS. BUT IN THE GALLERY TODAY, IT’S ALL ABOUT SKILLS. THE LUMBERMAN’S TALENTS ON FULL DISPLAY AT WOODMAN’S FIELD DAY. ALTHOUGH IT COULD BE JUST AS CORRECTLY CALLED THE WOOD WOMEN’S FIELDS DAY. >> I LOVE THE FRYEBURG FAIR. ♪ ERIKA: AMELIA OF CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE IS NOT ABOUT TO SLOW DOWN HER ROLL FOR ANYONE. SHE HAS BEEN PROFESSIONALLY COMPETITING IN WOOD SPORTS FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS. >> I LIKE TO PLAY WITH AXES, CHAINSAWS AND SAWS AND HAVE FUN. [LAUGHTER] ERIKA: DISTRIBUTOR AND EMT WHEN SHE’S NOT COMMITTING ACTS OF WAR ON WOOD, SHE ATTENDS FAIRS FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO CANADA. BUT FRYEBURG, THE LAST FAIR OF THE YEAR, IS A BIGGIE. >> A GOOD BLOW AT THE END OF THE YEAR. ERIKA: EVEN THE BIG RIGS GET INTO THE PLAY, 18-WHEEL HYDRAULIC LOADERS PLACE LOGS BY SIZE, DROP A FOUR-INCH LOG INTO A SIX-INCH PIPE AND MOVE A BUCKET OF WATER SIDE-TO-SIDE WITHOUT REVERSING IT, AL AGAINST THE CLOCK. >> YOU MUST BE GENTLE AND FAST. IF YOU TRY TO GO SLOW WITH WATER, YOU WILL LOSE MOST OF YOUR WATER. ERIKA: THE THREE-TIME CHAMPION IS AN OLD MAN IN FRYEBURG. >> I’VE BEEN COMING HERE SINCE I WAS FIVE WITH MY PARENTS. THIS IS WHERE IT ALL STARTED. MY DAD COMES HERE AND COMPETES. I ALWAYS WANTED TO DO IT AND I STARTED COMPETITING NINE YEARS AGO. ERIKA: IT’S A THEME HEARD HERE AT THE FAIR, WHERE LONG-STANDING TRADITIONS ARE PASSED FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, FROM FAMILY TO FAMILY, FROM FRIEND TO FRIEND. >> WE ALL GROW UP TOGETHER. MY PARENTS GROW UP WITH THEIR PARENTS. WE LOVE TO COME BACK HERE EVERY YEAR AND BE ABLE TO DO EVERYTHING AGAIN AND BE TOGETHER IN OUR LITTLE COMMUNITY. >> EVERYONE FROM MAINE COMES TO THE FRYEBURG FAIR BECAUSE IT IS MAINE. WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM ALL STATES IN THE COUNTRY AND FROM 17 COUNTRIES ACROSS THE WORLD. WE LIKE TO SEE OURSELVES AS AN INTERNATIONAL SECRET. >> IF IT WAS NOT PEOPLE ABOUT THE PROPERTY, WE CANNOT HAVE A LIKE BUSINESS. YOU CAN SET UP A PICNIC TABLE WITH A TOTAL UNKNOWN AND UP WITH A FRIEND. ANTHONY: CAMPER HAS 3,000 RV SITES, THE MOST OF ANY AGRICULTURAL FAIR IN THE COUNTRY. SHAYNA: THE FRYEBURG FAIR IS THE BIGGEST IN MAINE, THE SECOND IN NEW ENGLAND. YOU CAN’T BEAT THIS SETTING.

Lumberjack contests take center stage at Fryeburg, Maine’s annual fair

It’s that special time of year when rural New Englanders come from the fields to show off their hard work. Erika Tarantal takes us to the 171st Annual Fryeburg Fair.

Woodman’s Field Day is a Fryeburg Fair tradition – always the first Monday starting at 9 a.m. Woodsmen’s Field Day is for men and women across the United States who compete in more than 27 woods-related events. Deer saw, standing block, ax throwing, tree felling, cross cutting, springboard, we have it all.

Woodman’s Field Day is a Fryeburg Fair tradition – always on the first Monday from 9 a.m.

Woodsmen’s Field Day is for men and women across the United States who compete in more than 27 woods-related events. Deer saw, standing block, ax throwing, tree felling, cross cutting, springboard, we have it all.