MILTON – Think you have what it takes to step into the Great Outdoors and test your mettle as a rugged lumberjack? (And we’re talking to everyone here – male and female, young and old.)
Then pull on your finest flannels (or whatever’s comfortable) and come to the 32nd Annual Northwest Florida Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival.
Taking place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Pensacola State College’s Milton campus, 5988 U.S. 90, the free festival has something for everybody, including children’s activities, tasty foods and treats and nature and wildlife exhibits.
The 2020 festival will take place near the outdoor track and softball fields. In previous years the festivities have been staged behind Building 4200.
“There’s much more room and much more space for vendors,” said Milton campus interim dean Jennifer Hill Faron. “We will have a lot of different vendors and we’ll also be promoting PSC.”
She said PSC’s Mobile Welding Truck will be on site for tours and hands-on virtual reality experience so that anyone can try their hand at welding.
Lumberjack competitions for adults – ages 16 and older – will take place throughout the day and include compass and pacing, axe throwing, knife throwing, log rolling, cross-cut sawing, pulpwood tossing and other events.
Events for youth ages 12 to 15 will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and include knife throwing, compass and pacing and cross-cut sawing competitions.
Children 12 and younger can enjoy face painting, coloring, crafts and outdoor games from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Trophies will be awarded to the winners in each category. The top three male and female contestants with the highest overall points will earn trophies as Grand Champion Lumberjacks 2020.
Registration for the Lumberjack and Forestry Conclave competitions will begin at 7:30 a.m. Competitions are set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Senior citizens, middle and high school students and college students can compete for free. For other competitors, there is a $5 entry fee.
Admission is free to the festival. Canned good and nonperishable food item donations are welcome to help support the Milton campus Food Pantry.
For more information, go to: https://www.pensacolastate.edu/lumberjack/
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: 32nd Annual Northwest Florida Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack Festival
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28
WHERE: Near the outdoor track and softball fields, Pensacola State College’s Milton campus, 5988 U.S. 90
COST: Some events have $5 entry fee