Pensacola State turns back hands to Milton’s history

Published on March 01, 2013 with No Comments

When Milton was first incorporated back in 1844, its roots started with the lumber industry and the main artery of transportation – the Blackwater River.

Those who worked in the lumber industry came up with games to measure how they compared.

Now lets move forward to March 2, 2013 at the Pensacola State College campus in Milton.

Forestry students and others from the community will gather to test their skills during the 25th annual Forestry Conclave and Lumberjack festival.

The festival will have something for everyone, no matter what their age, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adult events, for participants 16 and up, include the standing chop, compass and pacing, pulpwood toss, log roll, knife throw, axe throw, women’s cross cut, men’s cross cut, Jack and Jill cross cut, and bow sawing.

Award will be given to the top three finishers in each event and the individual with the highest number of points being named the “Lumberjacks of 2013.”

Registration for the events is at 7:45 a.m. with a $3 participation fee for the first event and $1 fee for each additional event. Children, senior citizens and high school students compete for free.

Children events will be from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. inside building 4200 on the Milton Campus of PSC, while youth events for ages 13 – 15 will be the knife throw and cross cut saw.

Sponsor coordinator Greg Ledet says the event has has evolved over the 25 years.

“It has grown in size, number and types of participants (including females) and was expanded beyond just forestry,” Ledet said. “The event draws well over 1,000 visitors of all types each year.”

Besides the lumberjack events there will be arts, crafts, and games for the kids as well as an educational area and other displays for everyone.

Festival-goers will get to take home a free tree seedling compliments of the Santa Rosa 4-H. Experts will be on hand to share information with visitors on planting and proper care.

Also there will be a display of Model A cars and trucks being brought in by the Gulf Coast Model A Club. Navarre High School will also have their Marine Science Program exhibit on display. Still yet, 4-H be doing educational activities with the kids and the Forestry Department will have informational exhibits. Local representatives from Pensacola State College and the University of Florida Milton campuses will be on hand to provide information on environmental degree programs.”

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