Children attending the recent Mountain Days festival try to locate creatures in Stony Creek in an educational session led by naturalist Dean Moore.
‘Stony Creek Mountain Days, a throwback to olden days, provided a lot of enjoyment this year for Adirondackers who attended.
Folks danced in the town’s main intersection both Friday and Saturday evening to tunes by country-rock musicians who were ramped up by an appreciative crowd.
Others sat in lawn chairs set up in their pickup truck beds to hear music emanating through the open doors of the Stony Creek Inn.
Saturday and Sunday, the activities moved to the town park, where various games and educational pursuits were held for children, while adults browsed through wares offered by vendors.
All ages enjoyed the Viking re-enactors, who shared their customs, including weaponry, music, cooking and crafts.
The real headline event, however was the New York State Lumberjacks Association sanctioned competition, which featured 36 male and female competitors, about double last year’s number.
Several of the top lumberjacks in the nation were putting their skills to the test, and the crowd appreciated the action, whether it was chopping, sawing or axe-throwing, event volunteer cindy Cameron said.
“The crowd was very vocal,” she said.
The competition, however, was interrupted for a while by a torrential downpour, volunteer Ashley Black said.
“The rain suddenly came down in buckets, along with strong wind — and dozens of people rushed to hold down the big tent,” he said, noting that several inches of rain fell in a matter of minutes.
Cameron said the strong wind blew sideways through the large vendors’ tent, and while some folks held onto the tent poles, others dashed to retrieve vendors’ wares blown around the park. Several others held down the Fryolator in the food booth, she said, while hot dogs, baked goods, books and everything imaginable was blown clear off the tables.
“We ended up with water everywhere,” she said, adding that the volunteers and vendors weren’t defeated by nature’s fury.
“We all regrouped and made the best of what we had left,” she said.
julie Miller of Branchport NY puts muscle behind her swing in an event at the NYS Lumberjacks Association competition held at Stony Creek Mountain Days. She ended up coming in first in women’s standing block, first in co-ed sawing, second in women’s underhand chopping, and third in women’s bow saw. In 2009, Miller earned ‘Lumberjill of the Year’ at the Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days.
Standing on a springboard 20 feet or so in the air, Professional touring lumberjack Nathan Waterfield of Cherry Valley, NY takes a whack in the final stage of a springboard event in the NYS Lumberjacks Association competition held at Stony Creek Mountain Days. He ended up coming in first in the event in a stunning 57 seconds, first in standing block chopping at 13.4 seconds, and second in men’s underhand chopping at 13.5 seconds. Waterfield has competed in Spain, New Zealand and Australia.