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Rick Russell Woodsmen Competition

February 11th, 2017
32nd Annual Rick Russell Woodsmen Competition

MacMillan Show Centre, 73 Ryland Ave., Bible Hill, NS

2017 Schedule of Events:

9:00 am – Opening Ceremonies

 Morning Events:

The following four events take place in head to head heats
-          Super Swede
-          Single Buck
-          Stock Saw
-          Pole Climb

The Following four events are not heated
-          Pulp Toss
-          Axe Throw
-          Log Decking
-          Quarter Split

Dry land log burling will use a double elimination tree

11:30am – 1:30pm – Athletes lunch break - ECHO Challenge

– Afternoon events:

All heated and take place in corrals in the following order:
-          Team Crosscut
-          Team Swede
-          Underhand Chop
-          Vertical Chop
-          Water boil – There will be two heats of water boil. In the first heat it will be mens 1 and womens 1. In the second heat it will be mens 2 and womens 2.


The Woodsmen first started during the 1965-1966 academic year when a small group of AC students travelled to Montreal and accepted an invitation from MacDonald College to compete at their Winter Carnival Woodsmen Competition.

The AC Woodsmen team has steadily grown since its formation in 1965. With the addition of the University of New Brunswick and the Sir Sanford Flemming College competitions, the AC was getting a lot of experience travelling and competing at Timbersport competitions.

Rick Russell first enrolled at NSAC in September of 1977. Rick quickly followed his older brother’s steps and joined the Woodsmen Team and played as a student for three years. After Rick’s tenure as a student was over he began working in the Hog Barn and stayed involved with woodsmen and became an Assistant Coach in 1980. Rick was assistant coach for one year and in 1981 Rick took over the reigns as head coach of the NSAC Woodsmen Team.

In 1985 Rick laid the groundwork for what would become one of the college’s biggest and anticipated weekends. Rick organized the first Woodsmen competition to be hosted by the NSAC. The competition was labelled ‘The Rick Russell Woodsmen Competition’ and has been a popular event for students, faculty and the community every winter since 1985.

Rick remained head coach of the AC Woodsmen team up until his passing in July of 2004. Rick was not just the leader of the AC Woodsmen team he was an ambassador to the sport and he helped improve and regulate the competitions with the formation of CILA (Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association).

In recognition of Rick’s contribution to the Woodsmen Team, organizers decided to add Rick’s name to the title of the competition. The Woodsmen Team has grown from the original seven players in 1965 to the current 28 players and four coaches, this would not have been possible without Rick’s dedication to the team.

"Life's journey is not to arrive at your grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting WOW...what a Ride" (Rick Russell)

Richard “Rick” Russell

2017 Sponsors


CIBC Wood Gundy and CIBC Bank

Archibald Drilling & Blasting (1986) Ltd.
Atlantic Puroxi Inc.
Contract Mechanical Services
Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture
Ferme Mirella Inc.
Fowler Construction Services Ltd.
Kings Equipment Sales & Service
Morse View Farms
Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture
Nova Tree Company, Inc.
Quality Auto Parts
Rod Link's Auto Clinic
Sunny Point Farms Ltd.
Withrow's Farm Market Limited

Carl's Transmission
Cavendish Agri Services Limited
Clarence Farm Services Ltd.
David Bent Farms Limited
Nova Scotia Animal Breeders Co-op Ltd.
McCrea Farms Ltd.
Roelridge Dairy Farm Ltd.
Will-Kare Paving and Construction Ltd.



Children Under 12 years old are Free