SHOW #1:    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

SHOW #2:    1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

SHOW #3:    2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

The Catskill Forest Festival is proud to bring three 45 minute shows to the festival this year, featuring world-recognized athletes Mike Sullivan & Devin Merkley.


Mike is a 24 year veteran of the STIHL Timbersports Series,* holds 9 world titles in the hotsaw, and is one of the most recognizable athletes in the sport. Devin has been competing in the sport now for over 10 years and has traveled as far as Australia to compete on the world stage. His best events are the axe throw and spring board chop.


HOT SAW: In this discipline, the competitor uses a customized chainsaw with a modified engine, usually taken from a personal watercraft or snowmobile.
SINGLE BUCK: The competitor makes one cut through 19 inches of white pine using a single man cross-cut saw. The competitor may have a helper wedge his cut into the log to prevent the saw teeth from sticking.
STANDING BLOCK CHOP: Mimicking the felling of a tree, the competitor races to chop through 12 to 14 inches of vertical white pine.
UNDERHAND CHOP: The competitor stands with feet apart on a 12- to 14-inch white pine log. At the signal, he begins to chop through the log with his racing axe.
SPRINGBOARD CHOP: A discipline based on the need for old-time loggers to establish a cutting platform above the massive root bases of old growth trees, the competitor uses an axe to chop pockets into a 9-foot poplar pole and then place 6-inch wide springboard platforms into the pockets.

*Established in 1985, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series assembles the world's top lumberjack athletes to compete in the Original Extreme Sport. The Series is seen by over 20 million viewers annually in over 62 countries around the world on networks like ABC, Eurosport, The Outdoor Channel and the ESPN networks, where it is now recognized as the second longest-running show behind only SportsCenter.

Catskill Forest Association

43469 State Highway 28

PO Box 336

Arkville, NY 12406