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    It is with sadness and regret that the Webster County Woodchopping Festival has decided to suspend the Woodchopping Festival for 2020.
    In these uncertain times, although we cannot predict what the status of the Corona 19 Virus in 60 days from now will be, the Board of Directors believe that this action is necessary and prudent to protect the health and safety of all participants, as well as the health and safety of the Webster County community and those individuals attending festival activities. 

    During the next sixty days much preparation and financial commitments go into effect for the preparation of the festival, and the festival CANNOT put itself in a position to suffer an extreme financial loss that could jeopardize the ability to conduct the festival in the future.

    Further, it would be irresponsible for us to go forward and ask vendors and participants to make commitments when one is not sure if the  Corona 19 Virus would even permit us to attempt to conduct the festival.

    To all who have supported us in the past, we thank you and we look forward to the 2021 Woodchopping Festival to be Bigger, Better and More Exciting.

    As to the Elimination Dinner that is scheduled for April 4, 2020 it is POSTPONED and will be hopefully scheduled in late summer or early fall. 

To any individual that desires to cancel their ticket purchased, please contact the individual from whom yo purchased a ticket and that ticket will be cancelled and a refund issued.

Once again, thanks to all.

About Us.....

Each Memorial Day weekend, the Southern U.S. World Championship Woodchopper title is won at the annual Webster County Woodchopping Festival in Webster Springs, WV.  The festival has grown out of a long timbering heritage from which has come some of the finest woodchoppers and lumbermen in the world.  The choppers come from as near as the scenic mountains of Webster County and as far away as Australia and New Zealand to compete.

The hometown festival was the natural outgrowth of the multi-talented, All-around champion, Arden Cogar, Sr. Arden began competing in 1956 and has since won 47 championship titles in the United States and Australia.  In 1960 the Webster Springs Lions Club sponsored the first woodchopping event at Camp Caesar 4-H camp.  The festival was then moved to the Webster Springs area for two years.  The festival moved again, this time to the Diana area for one year.  After a struggling few first years, the festival found its home in Webster Springs where it remained and has become a world renowned event.

Accompanying the Woodchopping contest are many exciting events such as the sports Weekend Tournaments,  Car and Truck Shows, Motorcycle Show, West Virginia State Firemen's Rodeo Championship, the Grand Feature Parade, Arts and Crafts Shows, and the West Virginia State Turkey Calling Championship, all in addition to live music concerts.  The festival concludes on Sunday with a Gospel Sing and Fireworks display.  These events, just to name a few, are only a highlight of the week long events that occur.  The Webster County Woodchopping Festival offers something for everyone and is certain to provide lasting memories for all those that attend.  So come out and join us, while you pick out your favorite timber man and cheer him on as you watch one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the world.   The Webster County Woodchopping Festival committee takes great pride in our festival and its family oriented atmosphere.  We invite you and your family to spend time here in Webster County for one of the best festivals in the State of West Virginia.


The Webster County Woodchopping Festival would like to thank the following sponsors:

Pardee & Curtin, Cogar Right of Way Clearing, LLC, Leslie Equipment Company, Jim C. Hamer Company, Columbia Forest Products, Untied 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