Second Annual Founders Festival

April 14, 2018

Townsend Visitor Center

The Townsend Visitors Center will serve as the location for the 2018 Southeastern College and University Lumberjack Competition

Last year’s competition saw 5 schools including the University of Tennessee Forestry Club.  UT has invited several schools for 2018. Like us on Facebook to receive updates for April 14th competition.

The Townsend Walland Business Alliance is co-sponsoring the event with Stihl and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority

Lumberjack skills are not seen demonstrated every day!


Lumberjack – Logging Entertainment

April 14, 2018

Townsend Visitor Center

Tentative Schedule for 2018

Time Event
8:00 am  – 9:00 am Dendrology
Wildlife ID
Wood ID
Archery (1 Male or Female)
8:30 am – 12:00 N Compass and Pacing
 9:00 am  – 9:30 am Ax Throw (1 Male, 1 Female)
9:30 am – 10:15 am Log Roll (1 team)
10:15 am – 10:30 am Team Water Boil (1 team)
10:30 am – 11:15 am Pole Fell (2 Male or Female)
11:15 am – 12:00 N Log Birling (1 Male, 1 Female)
12:00 N – 12:15 pm Standing block (1 Male)
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15 pm – 1:45 om Pole Climb  (1 Male or Female)
1:45 pm – 2:05 pm Women’s Bow Saw
2:05 pm – 2:25 pm Men’s Bow Saw
2:25 pm – 2:55 pm Stock Saw (1 Male, 1 Female)
2:55 pm – 3:10 pm Men’s Crosscut (1 team)
3:10 pm – 3:25 pm Women’s Crosscut (1 team)
3:25 pm – 3:40 pm Jack and Jill Crosscut (1 team)
3:40 pm – 4:00 pm Single Buck Sawing (1)
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Women’s Underhand Chop (1)
4:20 pm – 5:00 pm Men’s Underhand Chop (2)
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Clean Up
6:00 pm Dinner for Competitors and Awards

The TWBA exists to help create a good and positive economic community while preserving the integrity of the natural resources we have been blessed with in Tuckaleechee Cove.


1. To be a part of an organization that can, through collective fellowship with other business owners, offer a path to progress and to learning about the Tourism industry in Townsend.

2. Each member will benefit through the broader influence of the whole.

3. To benefit from ‘member to member’ referral network realizing actual transactions.

4. To be able to have a say and to do real things to further our community’s and our businesses’ future.

5. To advertise your business and be promoted locally for visitors and residents alike to find out about your business.

6. To support an organization that knows you personally and will support you and your business.

Check back often for updates to the events around Townsend


Walking Tour of Old Town

The Festival will highlight the town’s history by offering a walking tour of the old town from the Little River Railroad Museum at 1:00 pm.

Music - History Disucssions - Food

The event features music from local artists, history discussions and food from local restaurants and food trucks.

WoodMizer will be demonstrating portable sawmill at the Townsend Visitors Center!


Check out Townsend Businesses!

Dont forget to check out the wonderful businesses in Townsend while you are in town!

Trillium Cove will have music and TWRA will teach about wildlife issues.