Get ready for the 2014 Kentucky Wood Expo on Sept. 18-19

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By Maryellen Garrison

UK Forestry Extension is excited to announce numerous educational activities that they are coordinating Sept. 18-19 at the Kentucky Wood Expo held at Masterson Station Park in Lexington. All programs are free, but do require the purchase of a Kentucky Wood Expo admission ticket ($7 at the gate or $5 in advance).
The One Acre at a Time woodland owner seminar will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 19.  This program will be helpful to all woodland owners regardless of their primary objectives for their woodlands. It will help owners who have questions concerning how to care for and improve the woodlands they own. If you are an absentee owner or you reside on your woodlands, join them on Sept. 19, when questions will be answered so that you have clear direction on how you can get the most out of your woodlands
On Saturday afternoon they will be conducting a Cutting and Moving Logs Using ATVs and Tractors program.  The program will demonstrate the basics of small scale logging for landowners and will include exposure to general practices and equipment demos to help landowners safely and efficiently cut and move logs and firewood.  Demos will be hosted by exhibitors and will include the use of ATV-mounted skidding plates and log arches, farm tractor log winches, ATV and tractor log trailers, chainsaw cutting and portable milling.
Also on Saturday, you will have the chance to build your own cutting board and bird feeders and take classes on tree and wood identification.  Learn more about these programs by visiting www2.ca.uky.edu/forestryextension/kywoodexpo.php  or for general Kentucky Wood Expo information, www.kfia.org/KentuckyWoodExpo.aspx
The Kentucky Wood Expo is in its 31st year and has been ranked one of the top 10 events in Kentucky by the Tourism Council. An expected 5,000-6,000 visitors from around the region will be on hand to see the latest in wood processing equipment for the forest products industry and enjoy all types of educational events and demonstrations.  The Kentucky Wood Expo will feature over 100 exhibits and demonstrations for everyone to enjoy. Sawmill, pallet, logging, secondary and all types of wood processing machinery will be on display along with a wide range of support services. Educational displays will also be present and a number of groups will be available to talk forest management and the promising future of the wood industry in Kentucky. The show will start early on Saturday morning with the second annual Log Some Miles 5K race at the showgrounds.
Along with the industry exhibits, a number of activities will be taking place for the entire family to enjoy. Activities will include chain saw carving demonstrations, open lumberjack competitions, knuckleboom and skidder contests, log guess, craft displays and a silent auction to benefit the Log a Load for Kids and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital at the University of Kentucky.
The show offers something for everyone. Advanced tickets can be purchased for only $5 by calling the KFIA office at (502)695-3979. Parking is free and entry to the show costs only $7 at the gate and $5 for children age 6-12 (children under 6 is free).
The grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Don’t miss all the fun and excitement at the Kentucky Wood Expo in Lexington on Sept. 18 and 19.  
Educational programs of Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Kentucky Counties, Cooperating. Disabilities accommodated with prior notification.