In-woods equipment show set for Oct. 5-6


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Posted: 10/1/2012


The Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show will showcase the newest technology and machinery being used to advance the South’s timber industry.

The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off of Highway 25 near Starkville. It is sponsored by Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources, Hatton-Brown Publishers Inc., the Mississippi Logger’s Association and the Mississippi Forestry Association.

This year’s show will include a ceremony naming the show site and pavilion after MSU alumnus and long-time forest supervisor Charles Burkhardt.

Burkhardt, who founded the show in 1983, served as show manager and forest supervisor for 30 years. He died in September 2011.

"We are honored to formally name the Charles E. Burkhardt Pavilion and Site in memory of our friend and colleague," said George Hopper, dean of MSU’s College of Forest Resources. "Charles contributed so much of his time and energy to developing this show into one of the premier forestry events in the Southeast."

The biennial event is the longest-running live, in-woods demonstration of forestry equipment in the South.

More than 70 exhibitors will be in attendance this year, including companies such as Bandit, Caterpillar, John Deere, Rotobec, Tigercat and Stribling Equipment. Attendees will have the opportunity to compete for prizes in the skidder and loader contest.

The show will feature a children’s area with games such as the Little Folks Skidder Contest, moonwalk, and Sawdust Pile of Prizes.

Loggers, landowners and professionals can receive training and earn continuing education credits by attending courses about logging issues, credit management and forestry ethics. Field presentations include operator-selected thinning, pine genetics, hardwood management and more.

"The Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show is an inexpensive way to get out of the house, take a walk in the woods and see something different," said Misty Booth, show manager and MSU forester.

Admission at the door is $15. Spouses and children under 18 are admitted free with a paid attendee. To view a schedule of events, visit

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