Axe Women Loggers of Maine won big at the World’s Open Lumberjill Contest during the New York State Woodsmen’s Field Days in Boonville, N.Y. on Saturday.
The competition, held annually since 1948, has come to be known as one of the predominant lumberjack and lumberjill contests in the United States. Referred to by many in the industry as the World Championship Logging Competition, participants traveled from all over the United States, Canada, and as far away as Australia and New Zealand.
Axe Women Loggers of Maine, an all-female logging competition touring show owned by Alissa Harper, a 12-year veteran in the sports logging business, is based out of Bar Harbor, Maine. Their presence as a team was felt this year more than ever as 5 of their 8 members participated and all placed and came away as cash winners.
Tracie Henning from Walworth, N.Y, was the biggest Axe Women winner as she won the axe throw, and the Peavey logroll and was awarded the plaque for third place overall.
This year’s winners included Michelle Morse from Eastbrook, Maine, who took first place in the standing block chop for the fourth time. Harper and Morse combined for fourth place in the Peavey logroll, an event which they won in last year’s contest. Harper also took seventh in the underhand chop.
Jenny McGuire, a resident of Storrs, Conn., and a 2012 graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she was a three year member on the UConn woodsmen team, took fourth place in the standing block chop and sixth place in the logroll.
Andrea Robarge, a 20-year veteran of the sport from Rochester, N.Y., took second place in the hot saw. She and her husband Wally took third place in the Jack and Jill crosscut.
Since May, the Axe Women Loggers of Maine have performed their competitive touring show in Georgia, California, Missouri, Wyoming and Manitoba, Canada. They took a short break to come back east to compete in the New York event and will resume touring at the end of August when they pick the tour back up in Idaho. They will also perform in Tennessee, Texas and Nevada before returning home to Maine for the winter.