Annual Log Sawing Competition

Event takes place on the Mainstage


One of the many must-see events at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival is the log-sawing contest, which takes place on our main stage shortly after noon. Local dignitaries and politicians from nearby municipalities pair up to participate in this exciting competition.

The pine log, donated by Robert Ritchie Forest Products, is set up on stage and our referee, Doug Kirton, hands over his 52” crosscut saw, which has been oiled and sharpened to produce the best result possible. The stop watch is set to go, and is in the capable hands of our official timer.

After a brief practice run, the order to ‘go’ is given and the contestants work in unison to remove a section of the log in the shortest time. This task tests even the hardiest of competitors and is a completely different experience from their daily routine. It is much harder than it looks, and anticipating your partner’s moves is definitely an asset.

We have two divisions; Open and Ladies’. Our 2019 winners were: then Deputy Mayor Jennifer Coughlin and Councillor Anita Moore, in the ladies’ division, representing Springwater Township and in the open division it was then Deputy Mayor Scott Jermey and Dan Reid, from Oro-Medonte who took the prize.

The winning teams are rewarded with their names on our trophy, bottles of delicious maple syrup and bragging rights until the next year.