CUMBERLAND — Rene Montwiler and Ben Jaffe stood a number of yards away. Every of them carried an axe, wore leg guards, and balanced on a tree trunk.
The 2 members of the Colby School Woodsmen waited as their coach, David Smith, counted down: “Three, two, one, go!”
Montwiler and Jaffe started swinging and chopping like historic lumberjacks, making cuts at a 45-degree angle — essentially the most environment friendly approach to chop down a tree, Smith stated. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than each log fell to the bottom, and the gang cheered and applauded.
The demonstration was considered one of many held Sunday on the Cumberland County Truthful, which attracted 1000’s of individuals on its opening day. In all places have been the sights and sounds of livestock, tractors and carnival rides.
The honest, in its 151st yr, options horse races, rodeos, a dizzying array of meals and a whole bunch of animals for fairgoers to stand up shut and private with.
“This yr we’ve got enhanced our dairy space to incorporate a milking parlor for livestock that will likely be introduced in and milked,” stated present president Lyle Merrifield. “We’re undoubtedly bringing quite a lot of rodeo stuff this yr. We’re making an attempt to do extra in each space. It is all agriculture-based.”
This included the Colby Woodsmen, who continued their presentation by demonstrating the usage of a two-man crosscut noticed whereas Smith talked in regards to the historical past of logging and what number of crew saws have been used within the nineteenth century.
Lastly, Jaffe donned a harness and screwed nails into his boots to make a daring climb up the 40-foot pole, the way in which loggers connect pulleys and ropes to stabilize a tree. Throughout Jaffe’s ascent, whereas excessive on the pole, the unfastened bark brought about him to slip, however he succeeded in climbing up and down.
Co-captain Nick von Schnell stated the lumberjack demonstration “is predicated on precise occasions carried out by actual lumberjacks within the woods.”
One other well-liked occasion on Sunday was the youngsters pedal tractor pull.
The John Deere toy tractor was hooked up to a wagon weighted with bricks — 45 kilos for youthful children, 55 kilos for older teenagers.
Wade Desrochers, 4, of Scarborough, climbed into the toy tractor and commenced pedaling, slowing the motion of his load. The adults round him chanted for him to proceed. When Wade stopped, pedal tractor tow supervisor Danielle Roberge recorded the gap.
The opposite contestant was Isabelle Miller, 6, of Falmouth, whose father and sister cheered as she pedaled.
Each younger males gained ribbons for his or her band. Their mother and father weren’t shocked.
Matt and Eli Desrochers stated their son, Wade, has a private curiosity. “He is obsessive about tractors. That is all he talks about,” his father stated. His mom stated he has some expertise. “He helps Matt drive the massive tractor at residence.”
Isabel’s father, Kaylin Miller, defined that Isabel’s older sister, Sofia, 8, gained the competitors a number of years in the past, and the sisters observe gymnastics. “They each have robust legs,” he added.
Miller stated his household attends the honest yearly. They love driving the horses and the animals and “having the ability to try this,” he stated of tractor pulling.
On the 4-H sales space, Ene Martell, 16, of Cumberland, was cuddling her sheep, Sully. Martel stated that Sulli likes to be near her, including that “Sulli is shy.”
In different cubicles the place goats hang around, Ray Leavitt, of Grasshopper Farm in Middle Conway, New Hampshire, talked about his Nubian goat, which has lengthy, floppy ears. Leavitt stated his goats are bottle-fed as infants and are very social with the individuals who look after them.
He stated his goats are milked for milk, cheese, ice cream and cleaning soap.
Levitt named his two black-and-white noticed goats. “I name them ‘terrorists’ as a result of they’re at all times in bother. They’re making an attempt to get out of their barn, go get some further grain and hay, mess up the barn if they’ll,” Leavitt stated. “They’re very good.”
The Cumberland County Truthful is open every day by way of Saturday. Merrifield stated organizers anticipate 60,000 individuals to attend.
After the Cumberland is the Freiburg Truthful, from October 1 to eight – the final honest of this yr’s season.
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