Webster County Woodchopping Festival


Webster County Woodchopping Festival 2011

"Chop Those Logs, Ride Those Hogs"

Total Prize Money To Be Paid $25,000!

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 timberman 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.

Webster County Woodchopping Festival
PO Box 227
Webster Springs, WV 26288
(304) 847-7666
2005 WCWF. All rights reserved.



Southeastern US World Championship

  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • Baker's Island Recreation Area
  • Webster Springs, WV



To kick off the festival on Friday night, the West Virginia State Championship Firemen's Rodeo is held.  Fire departments from all over the state complete in such events as the bucket brigade and Firemen's Challenge.  Trophies are awarded to both individuals and team winners.  A Firemen's Challenge is an event that tests the actual fire-fighting skills in a race against others and the clock.


2011 Miss Woodchopper Caitie Adkins & Her Court

2011 Jr. Miss Woodchopper Alyssa Tharp & Her Court

2011 Miss Woodchip Macy Clayton & Her Court


Schedule of Events

Wednesday May 25th, 2011

6:30pm Pet and Bicycle Parade (registration 5:30 - Church Street) - MS

7:00pm Local Talent, Variety Show - BI

Free Admission to Baker's Island

Thursday May 26th,2011

6:15pm Bed Races (registration 5:30 - 6:00)

7:00pm - 8:30pm Woodchopping Community Appreciation Night featuring "South of the River" in Concert - BI

Free Admission to Baker's Island

Friday May 27th, 2011

6:00pm Arts and Crafts open - BI

7:00pm Firemen's Parade (Line-up 6:00pm - MB) - MS

8:00pm WV State Firemen's Rodeo Championship - BI

8:00pm - 9:30pm Outdoor Concert featuring "Stonestreet" - BI

10:00pm - 11:30pm Outdoor Concert featuring "Stonestreet - BI

Admission to Baker's Island $3.00 10years old and up


Saturday May 28th

6:30am Lumberjack Breakfast - WSES

8:00am 5-K Race Begins (Registration 6:30am) - WSES

9:00am World Championship Elimination Woodchopping Begins - BI

All Day Ducky Derby Tickets on Sale - BI

9:00am Court Square Activities Begin - MS

10:00am - 11:30am Coffee Hour - SACC

10:00am - Arts and Crafts open - BI

11:45am - Paul Bunyan Grand Feature Parade (Line-up 9:00am Hotel Bottom) - MS

1:00pm Car and Truck Show (Registration 9:00am)

1:00pm Motorcycle Show (Registration 9:00am)

2:00pm Single's Horseshoe Pitching Tourney (Registration 1:00pm) - BI

8:00pm & 9:15 pm Outdoor Concerts featuring Matt Stillwell - BI

10:00pm - 2:00am Woodchoppers' Dance "Stonestreet" - WSMB

Admission to Baker's Island $5.00 10 years old and up

Sunday May 29th

8:00am - 11:00am WS Vol. Fire Department Big Breakfast - WSMB

10:00am Arts & Crafts open - BI

11:00am WV State Turkey Calling Contest (Registration 10:00am) - WSES

Local Churches Welcome You

12:00 Noon World Championship Woodchopping Finals - BI

2:00pm Doubles Horseshoe Pitching Tourney (Registration 1:00pm) - BI

Following Awards - Ducky Derby Race (in river weather permitting or in city pool)

7:00pm Gospel Sing featuring "Heaven's Rush" - BI

9:00pm Closing Ceremonies - BI

9:00pm Fireworks - BI

Admission to Baker's Island $3.00 10 years old and up


BI - Bakers Island

MS - Main Street

WSMB - Webster Springs Municipal Building

WSES - Webster Springs Elem. School

SACC - Saint Annes Catholic Church