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FESTIVAL | Woodsmen Conclave 

If you're looking to gather a team of handy folks for your apocalypse survivalist group, think lumberjacks. Around 250 woodsmen — and women — from around 18 colleges and universities in the northeastern United States will converge this weekend on the campus of Finger Lakes Community College for the two-day 67th Annual Northeast Collegiate Woodsmen Conclave competition.

The conclave will be held Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, on the college's main campus in Canandaigua (3325 Marvin Sands Drive). The lumberjacks will compete in 19 individual and team events, including cross-cutting, log-rolling, pole-climbing, axe-throwing, and canoeing. Opening ceremonies will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, with events beginning immediately afterward until 3 p.m. The conclave continues on Saturday at 8 a.m., with the finale event at 2 p.m.

The event is sponsored in part by chainsaw manufacturer STIHL, which will host its own professional and collegiate competitions, the 2013 STIHL Timbersports Series, at FLCC on Friday, 4-9 p.m. The conclave and STIHL events are free and open to the public. Parking is available Friday at the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center and on Saturday in the parking lot behind the main campus building. For more information call 785-1623 or visit, where you can find a complete schedule of events.


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