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Lumberjacks chop away at the competition

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LYNDONVILLE, Vt. -

Alongside the tents and amusement rides, lumberjacks and a few jills raced to chop, saw and carve their way to victory at the Caledonia County Fair in Lyndonville.

They competed mostly for pride, with a mere $50 in prize money awarded for the top spot.

"It's all a bunch of good people that get together and they have a good time and make a little money, they spend a lot of money on equipment," Leo Lessard said.

Lessard says the event is a 40-plus-year-old tradition for him. He and his family began running the event in recent years.

He says a strong craftsman also needs great tools to win this competition.

"If you have good equipment and know how to use it you're going to do well," Lessard said.

"I've been coming up here for over 30 years now, so it's kind of a favorite for me," said Jerry Gingras, a lumberjack from New Hampshire.

Gingras frequently competes in events featured on ESPN. But he says the best in the business enjoy coming to Lyndonville, where there's an emphasis on quality wood and a great atmosphere.

"It's just as much of a big deal because a lot of the guys we compete with on the series are here today competing and it's a good test, too," Gingras said.

Gingras had a good day, winning the underhand chop event.

The world claimed bragging rights in the relay, barely knocking off Vermont.

But the competition didn't end there, many lumberjacks crosstrained and headed directly over to the Redneck Games.

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