The newest technology and machinery used to advance the South's timber industry will be demonstrated Sept. 19-20 at the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show.
The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Held at the John W. Starr Memorial Forest off of Highway 25 south of Starkville, the show is sponsored by Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources, Hatton-Brown Publishers Inc., the Mississippi Loggers Association and the Mississippi Forestry Association.
The biennial event is the longest-running live, in-wood demonstration of forestry equipment in the South.
Celebrating its 30-year anniversary, the event will feature the fully restored Logger's Dream, a 1948 log loader manufactured and restored by Louisville-based Taylor Machine Works.
Bobby Goodson, star of Discovery Channel's "Swamp Loggers," will make an appearance at the show. The North Carolina native is a fourth-generation logger whose all-terrain crew works in the swamps of his home state.
About 80 vendors and exhibitors, including Bandit, Caterpillar, John Deere, Rotobec and Tigercat, will participate in the event. Attendees can compete for prizes in the skidder contest sponsored by Stribling Equipment, the loader contest sponsored by Caterpillar, and a contest to guess the weight of a log truck sponsored by Johnny Black Logging.
The show will also feature a children's area with games such as the Little Folks Skidder Contest, the Log Rolling Contest and the Sawdust Pile of Prizes.
Loggers, landowners and professionals can receive training and earn continuing education credits by attending courses in hardwood management, pine management and GPS applications.
The Mississippi Loggers Association is sponsoring two $1,000 door prize drawings on Saturday. All paid attendees will be automatically entered in the drawings and must be present to win.
Admission is $20; spouses and children under 18 are admitted free with a paid attendee. To view a schedule of events, visit www.midsouthforestry.org.