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New Ironwood competition arrives at Vermont State Fair

From toothpicks to timber, we use over 2,000 products made from wood every day. Visit the Forestry Building at the Vermont State Fair from Aug. 15 to 19 in Rutland to learn where many of these products come from, how they are manufactured, and gain a clearer understanding of our connection to the forest. Forests are all around us, from the small forests in our back

yards and urban areas to the larger forests in rural areas throughout the state. There are many ways we depend upon and benefit from these forests. They provide clean air and water, beautiful scenery, places to relax and recreate. They also support the wood products and tourism industries. There will be new exhibits that illustrate how we use this valuable resource wisely and sustainably. Each year we have a featured tree species. Our focus this year is butternut, a tree appreciated for its timber, beauty, and prized nuts, however, much endangered by blight.

New this year is our Ironwood competition. This exhibit will display the ingenuity and talents of our neighbors who have modified, restored, or designed an apparatus or gadget to assist with an agricultural or forestry activity.

Entries will be categorized as:

Agricultural- motorized

Agricultural non-motorized

Forestry- motorized

Forestry non-motorized

Each will be judged on a number of factors. Three places will be awarded along with a Best In Show. Premiums will be: First $20.00 Second $10.00 Third $5.00 Best In Show $50.00. Entries will be accepted Monday, Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon only. Entries must be removed Saturday, Aug. 19 after 7 p.m. or make arrangements with the superintendent for Sunday, Aug. 20. A completed entry form (Entry Form A) must be submitted with your entry.

Forms are available at

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