Sept. 15 & 16
Lexington, KY

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Kentucky Wood Expo Events

The 31st Kentucky Wood Expo took place in Lexington, KY on September 18 & 19 at Masterson Station Park.  This was our second show in Lexington and we had excellent attendance from the industry.  A big thanks goes out to the Parks and Recreation Department, for their assistance and cooperation during the week and the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau along with the Lexington community for all their support for the show.  The Expo is conducted by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association to provide members an opportunity to see new technology and make purchasing decisions.

     The weather was perfect Friday and Saturday which brought an estimated attendance of 3,500 visitors through the show from over 10 states.  The industry crowd was excellent with a number of exhibitors making contacts and selling equipment. 

    This year’s Wood Expo was a huge success thanks to many of our members and partners throughout the forestry community.  The show featured a number of new events that not only drew in additional attendees but also provided many educational benefits and additional things to do while at the show.  A huge thank you goes out to the University of Kentucky Forestry Department for all of their efforts to assist with conducting the lumberjack competitions, educational events and supplying much needed labor for the Show.  A shout out also needs to go to the Kentucky Division of Forestry for their support of the Wood Expo by helping with the set up and competitions in the arena.  The industry is lucky to have such excellent partners to support forestry and the wood industry in Kentucky.

    In addition to the educational events the lumberjack arena had a full slate of activities between the FFA forestry competition and the Collegiate Conclave.  On Friday afternoon the show hosted a celebrity lumberjack competition between 4 person teams representing the Lexington Police Department and Winchester Police Department.  The winning team came from the Winchester Police Department.

      On Saturday the arena was busy with the college student competition with teams competing that represented the University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee and West Virginia University.  After a full day of events including an axe throw, sawing and chopping the University of Tennessee was declared the winner with the most points and took home the coveted trophy as the champions of the Wood Expo conclave events.

   University of Kentucky Forestry Department had included several educational activities that took place in addition to the usual logger    training.  A forest landowner webinar was attended by several along with many other educational opportunities covering chainsaw safety, urban forestry, tree identification and a wide range of other topics.   Also the cutting board program was a huge success giving away over 265 cutting boards and added to the 2015 show more than 110 bird feeders to those in attendance that were willing to sit through a brief program.  The program explained the value of the wood industry to the state’s economy and then offered an opportunity to route, sand and finish an actual wood product.  All of these new activities helped to make the show even bigger and better in Lexington.  

      Music was provided both days from Tanner Horton & Friends.  Tanner is the stepson of KFIA President Darrin Gay, Gay Brothers Logging & Lumber in Oneida, KY.  Tanner has a love of bluegrass and country music and showed his talent to those in attendance. 

    New to the show this year was a Chainsaw Carving Competition where 7 carvers competed by designing the perfect piece to submit to a live auction on Saturday.  The piece that raised the most money determined the winner of the competition who was Sam Dunning, Benton, KY.  The money was a 50/50 split with Log a Load for Kids raising $1,900 for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.


2015 Kentucky Wood Expo Exhibitors

Current list of Exhibitors

American Chestnut Foundation Kentucky Chapter, Eminence, KY

American Lumber & Pallet, Fayetteville, TN
     Products: Trade Magazine

American Wood Fibers, Lebanon, KY

Amsoil/Lube-Direct, Clarksville, TN
     Products: Amsoil Lubricants

Baker Products,Ellington, MO
    Products: portable band saw

Bartlett's Saw Service & Supply, Henderson, KY

Battle Wagon Trailers, Decatur, IN

Brandeis Machinery & Supply, Louisville, KY

Brewco Inc, Central City, KY

Comstock Logging Supplies, Inc. Dolgeville, NY
    Products: logging supplies

Consolidated Equipment Sales, Inc. dba Team Boone, Bardstown, KY
    Products: Equipment

D & M Steel, Ina, IL

Diamond Saw Works, Chaffee, NY
     Products: Sterling brand saw blades

Duke Energy, Cincinnati, OH

Dunaway Sales LLC, Calera, AL

Dyna Products, Evart, MO

EEC-Dept. of Energy Development & Independence, Frankfort, KY
     Product: Murray State Bio Burner Truck

Encon Equipment, LLC, Nicholasville, KY

EZ Boardwalk, Emden, MO
     Products: portable band sawmill

Fulghum Industries Inc, Wadley, GA

GCR TIre Centers, Madisonville, KY

George Kahler Sales, LLC, Rome, NY

Glasscock Log & Lumber, Inc. Bloomfield KY

Hardwood Market Report, Memphis, TN
     Products: Trade Magazine

Hardwood Publishing Co. Inc., Charlotte, NC
     Products: Trade Magazine (Hardwood Review)

Hatton Brown Publishers, Montgomery, AL
     Products: Trade Magazine(Southern Loggin' Times)

Honeyville Metal Inc. Topeka, IN

Hud-Son Forest Equipment, Barneveld, NY
    Products: Forestry equipment

Industrial Fastener & Supply, Somerset, KY
     Products: Air tools, bandsaw blades, nails

Industrial Reporting, Inc, Ashland, VA
      Products: Pallet Enterprise Magazine

ISK Biocides, Inc, Memphis, TN

Jerry's Resharp, Inc., Central City, KY

Kenne-Saw & Supply Co., Whte, GA
     Products: bandsaw blade mfg.

Kentucky Division of Forestry,Frankfort, KY
    Product: Education

Kentucky Freightliner - Western Star, Lexington, KY

Kentucky Tree Farm, Frankfort, KY
    Product: Education

Kentucky Woodland Owners Assn, Wallingford, KY

Lumberman's Exchange LLC, Columbia, TN
    Products: Trade Magazine

Lumbermen's Equipment Digest, Columbia, TN
     Products: Trade Magazine

McGregor Packaging, Tifton, GA

Meade Equipment, Richmond, KY
     Products: John Deere Equipment

Midwest Equipment, Harned, KY
    Products: Echo, Shindiawa, Bearcat

MLS Inc. (My Little Salesman)
    Products: Trade Magazine

National Hardwood Magazine, Memphis, TN
     Products: Trade Magazine

Patterson Chip Co., Barbourville, KY
     Products: Barko Equipment

Pennsylvania & Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Co., Philedelphia, PA
     Products: Property & Casualty insurance

Piper's Saw Shop, Inc. Central City, KY

Precision Husky Corp, Leeds, AL
     Products: equipment

ProLift Industrial Equipment, Louisville, KY
     Product: Taylor Lifts

Ricer Equipment Inc., Lucasville, OH

Rudd Equipment Company, Corbin, KY

Salsco Inc, Cheshire, CT
    Products: Forestry Equipment

Sawmill Hydraulics Inc., Farmington, IL
     Products: Sawmill Equipment, Setworks, carriages, Scrugg mill

Sawmill MD, Crestview, FL

Sawmill Publishing, Belfast, ME
     Products; Trade Magazine(Sawmill & Woodlot Magazine)

Schaeffer Mfg. Co., Danville, KY
     Products: specialized lubricants

Southern Bandsaw, McRay, Ga

Taylor Manufacturing, Inc. Elizabethtown, NC
     Products: Wood stoves

TMS Machinery Sales, Talladega, AL

UK Department of Forestry, Jackson, KY

UK Forestry Club, Lexington, KY

USDA - NRCS, Lexington KY

US Forest Service/Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester, KY

Whayne Supply Co., Louisville, KY
     Products: CAT Equipment

Wilson Equipment Co., Lexington, KY

Wood Beaver Forestry, Hartford, WI
    Products: Forestry Equipment

Wood-Mizer Products Inc, Indianapolis, IN
    Products: Wood-Mizer brand machinery