68th Annual Woodsmen Show promises fun for the whole family
Between August 2-4, wood carvers, ax throwers, log rollers and the like will descend on the Cherry Springs State Park to participate in the 68th Annual Galeton Rotary Woodsmen Show.
“We strive to offer a fun and affordable family-oriented event for both locals and visitors to enjoy,” said Paul Pritchard, president of the Galeton Rotary Club, which organizes the annual event. “Over the past few years we have added activities beyond watching the arena shows. Many of these are geared towards younger family members.”
Aside from the typical woodsmen competitions and demonstrations, the event includes live music, food and retail vendors, and a daily treasure hunt for children. Activities will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
Cherry Springs State Park, an internationally-certified gold level Dark Skies park, is located at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA. It’s easily accessible using Route 44, a.k.a. “The Highway to the Stars,” or via Scenic Route 6.
“We are proud to be able to bring further attention to our local state parks and the many recreational opportunities they provide,” Pritchard said, noting that the history of holding the event at Cherry Springs State Park is one reason why the club enjoys the location.
“The Woodsmen Show has been held on the same hilltop at Cherry Springs State Park for 68 years. People know where to find us!” he said. “The park affords ample space for the Show Arena, setup for food and retail vendors, our many entertainment venues, as well as free space for people to roam. And, the State Parks have upgraded restroom facilities and camping amenities.”
Pritchard explained that there are currently no special evening programs in place for stargazing, but he noted the Rotary Club is always looking for ways to enhance the Woodsmen Show and the overall Cherry Springs State Park experience.
The annual event has many goals, going beyond just pure entertainment for both locals and visitors.
“The show has several goals but, primarily, number one is to draw people from afar to Potter County so they can utilize the goods and services our local businesses offer,” said Pritchard. “A second goal is profitability to the Galeton Rotary Club so we can continue to make the impactful donations and contributions that the community has come to rely on.
From funds raised during this event, Galeton Rotary offers an annual giving program that benefits various entities in Potter County. The club also has a contribution request form so that local groups and organizations can apply for larger donations.
Admission is $12 for adults on Friday and Sunday, $14 for adults on Saturday, and $7 daily for children 12 and under. A 3-day special rate is also available for those looking to attend the whole weekend.
For more information, visit www.woodsmenshow.com.
*Photos for this article courtesy of the Galeton Rotary Club.
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