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Lumber Jack and Jane Fest celebrates plaid, toques, boots and beards

Sonya Szabo pins a button on Beckett Lockwoood, 2, of Toronto, one of the youngest lumberjacks to the festivities. He was in the County on the weekend visiting his uncle Carson Arthur.

Sonya Szabo pins a button on Beckett Lockwoood, 2, of Toronto, one of the youngest lumberjacks to the festivities. He was in the County on the weekend visiting his uncle Carson Arthur.

Plaid, toques, boots and beards were the ubiquitous Canadian symbols at the County’s first Lumber Jack and Jane Fest, Saturday.

“We love that everybody’s come in plaid and ready to show off their lumberjack skills whether it’s log rolling, or hammering nails or sawing,” said Sonya Szabo, co-organizer with Dawn Strafrace and Lyndsay Richmond. “The lumberjack theme touches the heart of every Canadian so everybody feels at home here. It’s fun for the whole family and celebrates everything that is Canadian in the fall – plaid, toques, boots and beards.

Saturday’s festival featured a variety of food trucks, a vendor’s market, beer, cider and cocktails, products, clothing, games, competitions and entertainment.

“There’s a big fashion trend right now that is called ‘lumbersexual’ and refers to hot guys  who look like lumberjacks,” said Szabo. “It’s a big trend. It’s Canadian,”  referring to the hipster urban beardsmen who wear soft flannel checkered shirts and other outdoorsy attire, but prefer their electronics over crafting something out of lumber.

That being said, the men from Carver Kings, were crafting lumber behind some magnificent examples of their expertise of turning trees into treasures. The HGTV comedy drama presents the unique world of chainsaw carving and the jaw-dropping art that often results in becoming centrepieces in of some of the world’s most stunning log homes.

The day wrapped up with a ‘Hoser Hoedown’ hosted by the Hayloft Dance Barn, featuring B Rich, who delivered a new anthem of small town Canada in 2013 with ‘Out for a Rip’.

Carver Kings with magnificent examples of their expertise of turning trees into treasures

HGTV’s Carver Kings with magnificent examples of their expertise of turning trees into treasures.

Log sawing competitions were fun for all ages

Log sawing competitions were fun for all ages

aubrey-kellyAubrey Kelly, of Cherry Valley, enjoy some fries.

dani-richardson-belly-of-the-beastDani Richardson with the craft kombucha fermented tea now being served up by Belly of the Beast, a two month old Peterborough company that sources its hops from Prince Edward County’s Pleasant Valley Hops.

shayna-audry-and-isaacShayna Maracle helps Audrey, 7, create a perfect pumpkin face as Isaac Rogers works on his creation.

 Robert Maracle, 6, snuggles with a kitten auditioning for a forever home.

patrick-lewisPatrick Lewis looked after sales of Lumber Jack and Jane Fest mugs, cookies, toques and plaids.

Entertainment and craft beers inside the Hayloft.

Entertainment and craft beer stations were set up inside the Hayloft.

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