BOONVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - The 66th annual Woodsmen's Field Days kicked off in Boonville on Friday and it's the biggest year yet.
"There's a lot of different things to see and do all relating to the forest industry and that affects each and every one of us every single day, so if you don't know much about the industry, this is the perfect place to come," said executive coordinator, Phyllis White.
It also gives loggers the chance to take their skills from the woods to the grandstands.
"Try to make some money, a little bragging rights, see who's the best, nothing wrong with that," said Mike Finnerty, a logger and competitor.
The most exciting part of the competition is knocking the trees down. The loggers try to maneuver the trunk with such precision that it falls onto a pin. Finnerty was one of the few competitors who nailed it.
"That meant a lot. That's what you come for is to drop that tree on and hit the pin so that's the best feeling to control something like that," said Finnerty. "It's a good time we enjoy our job."
And the audience enjoys it just as much as the loggers.
"That was pretty cool. I like how they did it and it's a good way to support logging and stuff," said Conner Carlson.
With over 250 concession stands, it's the biggest Woodsmen's Field Days yet and there's a lot to look forward to, including an appearance by Mickie James, a former WWE Women's Champion and current IMPACT knockouts champion.
"She's very popular, very talented, in the wrestling world, huge. She'll be here tomorrow," said White.
The food, events and competition will draw about 45,000 people to the Boonville fair grounds this weekend.
"We're hoping to see a nice crowd, Mother Nature's working with us, which is great. We've got plenty of food, plenty of wares, lots of action so if you've never been here this is the year to come," said White.
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