Since 1960, each Memorial Day weekend, the "Southeastern US World Championship Woodchopper" title is won at the annual Webster County Woodchopping Festival in Webster Spring, West Virginia.
This 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 the US and Australia.
With more than $26,000 in prize money up for grabs, choppers come form 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 and join us, pick out your favorite lumber jack or lumber jill and cheer them on.