2018-07-07 / Front Page

Bark Peelers' Festival today!

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in central Potter County celebrates the region’s rollicking “lumber era” of 1890-1910 this weekend with the 44th annual Bark Peelers’ Festival. It’s the largest single Independence Day weekend draw in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Unique food and craft vendors, demonstrations of old-time skills, live music and audience-participation events are among the highlights.

Visitors are encouraged to compete in the greased pole, log rolling, cross-cut saw, and birling competitions. Grounds open at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday. Events are scheduled for 10 am to 5 pm.

Saturday’s highlight, tipping off at 2 pm, is the greased pole contest. A huge log, coated generously with shortening, hangs horizontally over a pile of sawdust.

Pairs of contestants try to remain on the log as they pound away at each other with pillows. Frog-jumping is a favorite with the younger set. Children can try their luck Sunday at 10 am.

Other events on Sunday’s schedule are a log skidding contest at 12:30, and cross-cut saw competition at 1.

The popular birling contest starts at 2:30 pm Sunday. Contestants square off on op­posite ends of a floating log, spinning it with their feet to dislodge their opponent.

Admission is $10 for age 12 and up for either day. Cost is $3.00 for those 3-11. Children under 3 years of age are admitted free.

Museum managers have scheduled a dedication cer­emony at noon on Saturday for their newest exhibit, the Webber Cabin. It’s the reconstructed log cabin home of former Pa. Dept. of Forests and Waters forester Bob Webber. Exhibits will highlight state forest man­agement and conservation policies.

This year’s Bark Peel­ers Festival also marks the reopening of the museum’s mess hall, a replica of the lumber camp buildings where workers ate their meals and socialized. Char­acter actor Rich Pawling will be hanging around the mess hall throughout the weekend.

Musicians Simple Gifts will perform both days and hold a jam session open to local performers on Sunday at 12:30 pm.

A schedule of events with program details is available at the website, lumbermu­seum.org. The museum is located on Rt. 6, across from Denton Hill State Park, west of Galeton.

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