May 26th - 30th, 2021
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The 2020 Webster County Woodchopping Festival was the victim of the Covid-19 virus, having to cancel all the events that would have normally taken place on Memorial Day Weekend.
The WCWCF Board of Directors and committee members have been working all year to make a huge comeback in 2021. The 2021 festival is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, with local events beginning Wednesday May 26, and competition chopping on Friday May 28, Saturday May 29, and Sunday May 30. Entertainment has also been contacted for the weekend. This is all contingent on the actions of Governor Jim Justice relaxing some or all of the restrictions placed on fairs and festivals in West Virginia, due to Covid-19. The festival will follow all Covid restrictions and mandates placed on fairs and festivals by state health officials in order to keep the public as safe as possible. Some events may not occur, if mandates and restrictions cannot be followed. An alternate date in 2021 has been set for the festival should the restrictions prevent the Memorial Day Weekend event from occurring in May. That date will be released later should it become necessary. Please check back for updates and further information.
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.