Laurens County is about 60-70% forest land and timber harvesting is big business. Go by any timber land being actively harvested and you will see machines doing the work to cut and move the trees. Out west in more mountainous terrain the work is done manually by a lumberjack.
Lumberjacks have a history going back hundreds of years. At one time there were over 500,000 lumberjacks in the United States alone. They use their strength, skill and athletic abilities to do the dangerous work of falling and preparing trees for domestic use.
This skill of strength and danger has led to lumberjack competitions and this year at Rhythm on the Rails you can see firsthand the skills of a lumberjack. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show will be conducted on Saturday at 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm. on W Pitts Street behind MS Bailey Municipal Building.
“We are thrilled to have the lumberjack demonstration as part of Rhythm on the Rails this year,” said Adele Alducin, Main Street Clinton Manager. “The work they do is amazing!”
The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show has been performing at fairs and festivals for over 33 years. They have performed all over the world including Japan, Bermuda, Europe, China, Australia and Africa. Some of the events presented during a show include log rolling, underhand chopping, springboard chopping, standing block chop, crosscut sawing, axe throwing, and dragster chainsaw competition, just to name a few.
Make your way to the demonstration area early to get a good vantage point and keep your head up if you hear someone yell, “Timber!”