By Carla Bass


Trico Lumber, located on Hwy 59 in Jefferson, held a contest to see who would be the “East Texas Baddest Woodsman” on Saturday morning, November 26th. The championship was open to any East Texas resident who thought they would be among the strongest and fastest wielding their choice of a splitting tool and manually splitting wood.

Each participant was given four cuts from a Red Oak tree about 2 ft. in height and averaging a 15 inch diameter. Each cut of wood was to be split into four pieces, totaling 16 pieces of split firewood. Sixteen competitors tried to come out at the top of the group. Top awards were as follows – 1st Place was Will Smoak with a time of 1:02:00, winning $250 worth of Stihl merchandise. Tommy Green took 2nd Place with a time of 1:32:68, receiving $100 of Stihl products. Jesse Navarrette placed 3rd with a time of 1:44:95 and $50 in Stihl merchandise.

During the day’ drawings were held for two Stihl chainsaws. Winning the Stihl MS 880with his $20 ticket was Jimmy Hall from McLeod. In the second drawing, Raul Gonzales from Jefferson won a Stihl MS 170 chainsaw.


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