54th Annual

Woodchopping Festival

May 24th - 27th, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend



 The Webster County Woodchopping Festival is home the the Southeastern US World Championship held on Memorial Day Weekend at Barker's Island Recreation Area Webster Springs West Virginia.


Since 1960 each Memorial Day Weekend the "Southeastern US World Championship Woodchopper" title is won at the annual Webster County Woodchopping Festival in Webster Springs, West Virginia.  The festival is a natural outgrowth of Webster County's timbering heritage.  the sport of Wood Chopping, was born in the mountain logging camps as young men sought to entertain themselves showing off their skill and endurance.  All Around Champion Arden Cogar, Sr., a native of Webster County is one of the many local legends who has helped build the festival.  He began competing in 1956 and has since won 47 championship titles in th US and Australia.  With more than $30,000 in prize money up for grabs, chopers come from as near as the scenic mountains of West Virginia and as far away as New Zealand.  Their skills are put to the test in a variety of events including the Springboard, Jack & Jill Crosscut, Axe Throw,  Standing Block, Hot Saw and much more.  So come out andd join us, pick out your favorite lumber jack or lumber jill and cheer them on.

Fireman's Parade & Rodeo

To kick off the festival on Friday night, the West Virginia State Championship Fireman's Rodeo is held.  Fire departments from all over the state compete in such events as the bucket brigade and Firemen's Challenge.  Trophies are awarded to both individuals and team winners.  A Firemen's Challenge is an event that tests the actual fire-fighting skills in a race against others and the clock.


Miss Woochopper 2017 

Kia Wright & her court. 

Come out and watch the crowning of

Miss Woodchopper 2018

on May 19th, at 7:00pm.

Jr. Miss Woodchopper on May 29th at 4:00 pm.

Miss Woodchip on May 21st at 7:00 pm.

Please visit the event application & information page to download an application.

2017 Overall Winner

Matt Cogar

Woodchopping Entertainment


Come out  and enjoy nightly entertainment at no extra charge. 

All concerts free to paid persons on Baker's Island.

Wednesday, May 23rd - 6:00 pm  - WCHS Showband and Showgirls & at 7:30pm the WSES Music Department

Thursday, May 24th - 7:30 pm - Gabe Dixon & The Dixie River Band

Friday, May 25th - 7:30 pm - Gabe Dixon & The Dixie River Band & at 9:30 pm Stone Street

Saturday, May 26th - 8:00 pm - Ryan Cain & The Ables & at 10:00 pm - Shane Runion

Sunday, May 27th - 7:30 pm - Gospel Sing Featuring Eleventh Hour

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The Webster County Woodchopping Festival Committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their long years of support and in helping make this year as successful as the last. Pardee & Curtin, Cogar Right of Way Clearing, LLC, Leslie Equipment Company, Jim C. Hamer Company, Columbia Forest Products, United Bank, Go Mart, Inc., G&R/IGA Supermarket, Mike Ross, Inc., Webster County Memorial Hospital, WEBCO Pharmacy, Highlander Pharmacy, John Skidmore Development, Inc., Beverage Distributors, Webster Echo, First Energy, John Skidmore, Bryan Equipment, Ace Hardware, Cogar Enterprises, Stihl, Northside, Weyerhaeuser, WV Water, JS Hydraulic, Warner Law Office, Raven Industries.