- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

LIBERTY, Miss. (AP) - The popular logging sports event Sawdust & Splinters will be held at Ethel Vance Natural Area this year.

For the past two years the event has been held at an estate on the Pike-Walthall county line. Vance park is on Highway 24 west of Liberty.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1S9xBQo) Mayor Rick Stratton invited organizer Mike Hobgood to Liberty’s Heritage Days festival at Vance park in May and he fell in love with the area.

The event will be held Oct. 23-25 and feature world champion lumberjacks, log rolling, speed pole climbing and chainsaw carvers, plus arts and crafts, food, music and children’s activities.

Stratton said most of the activities will take place in the park’s covered arena. The climbing poles will be set up behind it, and Hobgood will dig a log rolling pit, fill it with water, then fill it back up after the event ends.

Aldermen were excited about the plans.

“I think it’ll be an outstanding event,” said Alderman Johnny Morgan.

Some of last year’s competitors were Paul Cogar, Matt Cogar, Jason Lentz, Dave Jewett, Nancy Zalewski, Mel Lentz, Mike Sullivan, Nate Waterfield, Erin LaVoie and Brian Bartow.

“I remember watching some of these same names on TV,” said Alderman Walt Gaston.

Aldermen said the town will need to beef up its police patrol during the weekend for traffic control. The Liberty?Area Chamber of Commerce is supporting the event as well.

The event debuted in 2013 at Shirard Grey Estate on Grey Cemetery Road off Old Highway 24 between Magnolia and Tylertown.


Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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