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Paul Bunyan festival relocates to Guernsey Fairgrounds in fall
The Paul Bunyan Show, long a staple at Hocking College in Nelsonville, will be moved to the Guernsey County Fairgrounds in Cambridge, Ohio, starting this October.
The event has taken place at Hocking College for more than 30 years and draws tourists and exhibitors to Athens County each year.
The Ohio Forestry Association decided to move The Paul Bunyan Show to Guernsey County because it will be more accessible, said Bob Romig, the association's executive director.
Part of our assumption was with the easier access to the show that it would provide the opportunity for more people to participate in the show
There are more than 1.5 million urban residents within a one-hour drive of Cambridge, which is located between interstates 77 and 70, Romig said.
Between 18,000 and 22,000 people have attended the event each year since 2003, he said.
We are working very hard to make certain that we retain the objectives of the show
which are a trade show for the forest products industry and an educational opportunity for the general public to learn about the forest products industry in Ohio
Romig said. A new event, The Bunyan Show at Hocking College, will take place in October. The activities at the festival will be similar to those from The Paul Bunyan Show, said Roy Palmer, administrative senior vice president at the college. The Bunyan Show, which is geared toward the timber industry and anyone interested in the outdoors, will include lumberjack competitions, industry expositions and demonstrations, woodcrafts and log-skidding contests. It's going to be a great show with a few things added and all the familiar things still in place
Palmer said. The Ohio Forestry Association moved its event away from Hocking College because it wanted to have something a little more industry-based
Palmer said. I think the industry over time had felt like maybe there were too many tourists at ours
he said, adding he has talked to many exhibitors who have indicated that they will try to attend both events. We're going to promote our show just like we always have and probably a little stronger this year
Palmer said. The revenue from the festival at Hocking College will be given to student groups who do the work of putting on the show.