FRYEBURG, Maine — Laurette Russell decided after showing horses for 20 years, she needed something else to fuel her competitive fire. So she started entering woodsman’s competitions.
“Throwing an axe at a bull’s-eye and chopping a piece of wood is very satisfying,” said Russell of New Gloucester. “There’s no cookie-cutter type of person to do it. It’s not like when you’re an ice skater, you’re a tiny little ballerina. Anyone of any size, of any age, can do this sport.”
Russell was one of 39 women in a field of 193 people at this year’s Woodsman’s Field Day held at Fryeburg Fair. The daylong event attracted more than 6,000 spectators.
Click to read the rest of the story and see photos by Robert F. Bukaty in the Bangor Daily News.
FRYEBURG — What kid wouldn’t want to spend a week at the Fryeburg Fair?
Jaylee and Brayden Bean did — and they got to skip school for the whole week, too.
They came with their parents, Jenn and Lance Bean, leaving their farm in Woodstock on Oct. 1.
But it wasn’t seven days of Ferris wheel rides and candied apples. It was pretty much all work in the draft horse barn until Friday when Jaylee, 8, and Brayden, 11, got to go play.
“They’re out of school, but they worked harder this week than they would have in school,” their father said. Like many farm families, they stay at the fairgrounds for 10 days in their camper.
Click to read the rest of this story by Paula Gibbs in the Lewiston Sun Journal. Also enjoy the photos and video.
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