Bill Culp sat on top of a 12-foot pine log with a stopwatch in his right hand.
His job on Saturday was to keep time for each duo of kids who participated in the log cross cut competition during the 30th annual Summer Festival at Black Moshannon State Park.
“Pull, don’t push,” Culp said to Brady Rowe, 10, and his sister Carli Rowe, 9, as they attempted to drive the saw through the pine, which was about 8 inches thick.
The siblings said their goal was to cut through it in 30 seconds, but after hitting a knot in the wood, it took them more than a minute to complete.
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“It’s all good,” Brady said. “It was just cool to try anyway.”
The festival included numerous “Lumber Jack and Jill” competitions like log rolling, ax throwing, log birling and wood chopping, and also had about 30 arts and craft vendors, and live entertainment.
This year’s bands included Circa Blue, a bluegrass band from West Virginia, said park manager Jessica Lavelua.
“It’s a big year for us so we wanted a little bit more live entertainment,” she said.
The goal of the festival, hosted by the Friends of Black Moshannon, was to raise money to put toward a playground at the park.
Lavelua said the group is aiming to raise about $30,000, of which about $10,000 has already been raised.
“It’s a lot of fun, it’s going toward a good cause and people can learn about the lumber heritage of the park,” she said.
About 200 people participated in the events.
The fest will continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.