Blazing Turnout!

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Food cooked on-site on Saturday in the live area is always delicious.

Looking for a skidder, loader, cutter, sawhead, processor, chipper, mulcher or delimber? Considering a different tire brand? In the market for a truck, trailer or lowboy? Shopping for insurance? Interested in a loader or skidder contest or continuing education opportunities? Want to help support Log-ALoad for Kids? Hungering for some of the South’s best fried catfish and fixings? Want a shot at winning two $1,000 cash drawings? Craving for some entertainment? Looking for activities to entertain the kids? Want to buy a unique carving made by a chain saw artist? Interested in getting the autograph of Swamp Logger Bobby Goodson?

You’ll find all these opportunities and more at the 16th biennial Mid- South Forestry Equipment Show, set for September 21-22 at Mississippi State University’s John W. Starr Memorial Forest and Charles E. Burkhardt Pavilion & Site near Starkville, Mississippi (state highway 25 south). Most of these opportunities are available for the low $25 admission that’s good for both days. Spouses not business-active and children under 18 do not have to pay but are required to register.

Since its founding in the early ‘80s, the family-friendly event has become the South’s most popular live/static forest-focused venue, thanks to its blend of the latest equipment, technology and services; continuing education sessions for loggers and foresters; crucial support from Mississippi State University; cash door prizes; various contests; children’s activities; delicious meals prepared on site (Saturday); and tiein meeting of the Mississippi Loggers Assn. (Friday night).

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A fully restored Taylor Logger’s Dream serves as the show’s official mascot.

Approximately 90 exhibitors will demonstrate or display some 130 product brands and types of services, while overall two-day attendance is expected to again approach 7,000, according to Misty Booth, Show Manager.

Mid-South will again offer continuing education tent and field classes for loggers and foresters. Loggers can earn up to 11 hours in category 1 by participating and can receive up to six hours of category 2 credit (3 hours each day) simply by attending the show. Foresters can earn up to 9 hours in category I-CF. All sessions begin each day at 9 a.m. and change on the hour. More information will be available at the show registration area.

This year Caterpillar Forest Products, in cooperation with dealers Puckett Machinery and Thompson Machinery, is returning with its popular Loader Championship, an event that tests operator skill and serves as a fundraiser for Log-ALoad for Kids. The top five finishers will receive prizes; all who enter will receive a CAT cap.

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Bobby Goodson

Two other contests are being sponsored by the show: a skidder event featuring Tigercat (B&G Equipment) and John Deere (Stribling Equipment) machines—top three contestants win $500, $300 and $200, respectively—and a ‘guess the weight’ event featuring loaded trucks and trailers provided by Johnny Black Logging, Ackerman, Miss. and S&F Logging, Mantee, Miss. It costs $1 to enter the weight contest and proceeds go to Load-A-Load for Kids. The person with the closest guess for each truck will win $100 per truck.

Other Log-A-Load activities include T-shirt sales and tickets for pistols, rifles and shotguns by the Mississippi Loggers Assn., and donations for food prepared and served at mid-day Saturday by various live area vendors, including Stribling Equipment and B&G Equipment.

Two $1,000 cash door prizes will be given away by the show on Saturday, the first at 1:50 p.m. at the continuing education tent in the live area, the second at 3 p.m. in the static exhibit area. All who pay admission to the show will be entered to win, but winners must be present to claim the prizes.

An expansive selection of continuous fun activities for children will be highlighted by the Sawdust Pile of Prizes, scheduled several times daily. As well, Artistry in Wood, the award-winning chain saw carving/ sculpting organization, will again be on hand, creating custom wood works of art.

Bobby Goodson will be at the B&G Equipment/Tigercat site for three autograph sessions: Friday from 8-11:30 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m.; and Saturday from 8-11:30 a.m.

The show is a collaborative effort involving Mississippi State University, the Mississippi Forestry Assn., Mississippi Loggers Assn., and Hatton- Brown Publishers.

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“The Porta Potties are back that way.”

As of late August, the lineup of exhibitors/brands/dealers included 4- County Electric Power Assn.; Alliance Tire Americas; American Loggers Council; American Lumber & Pallet; ArborGen; Artistry In Wood; B & G Equipment; Bandit Industries; Barko; BITCO Insurance Companies; Burroughs Diesel; Cannon Motors of MS & AR-Commercial Div.; Caterpillar Forest Products; Chambers Delimbinator; Cintas; Conklin Products Distributor; CSI; DelFab Phoenix; Digital Wood Carver; Equipment Inc.; ESI Supply; Fecon; Flexflare; Firestone; For estry Suppliers; Fores TREE Equipment Trader; Freightliner; Fryfogle Mfg.; GCR Tires & Service; Good year Commercial Tire/Nokian Tyres; Green Diamond Management Co.;

Harrell Ag; Hatton-Brown Publishers; Hawkins & Rawlinson; HUB International Gulf South; John Deere; Keisling Auction & Realty; Kinder Morgan; LandMark Spatial Solutions; LandMAX Timber Co.; Ledkins Insurance Agency; LMITennessee; Loftness Specialized Equipment; Lumbermen’s Equipment Digest; Lumbermens Magazine; Mack; Manac Trailers USA; Maxi-Load Scale Systems;

McComb Diesel; McLendon Trailers; MDOT Law Enforcement; Midwestern Insurance Alliance; Mississippi 811; Mississippi Forestry Assn.; Mississippi Forestry Commission; Mississippi Loggers Assn.; Mississippi State University College of Forest Resources; MLA Insurance Services/Risk Management Partners; MLA Log-A-Load for Kids; MSU Extension Service; Magnolia Trailers; Morbark; OSHA; Peterbilt of McComb/Nations Welding Service;

Peterson; Pitts Trailers; Power Wash Store North Mississippi; Prentice; Primex; Puckett Machinery; Quadco; Retif Oil & Fuel; Ritchie Bros Auctioneers/Iron Planet; River Ridge Equipment; Rotobec; Royal Oil Co.;

SE Sales; Seppi M.; Smith’s South Central Sales Co.; Southern Insurance Agency; Southern Loggin’ Times; Southern Safety Solutions; Stribling Equipment; Tannehill Industries; Thompson Machinery; Tigercat; Timber Harvesting; Timber Processing; Titan International; Tom Smith Land and Homes; Trax Plus; Tri-State Truck Center; Truckers’ Supply Co.; Viking Trailers/Vulcan On-Board Scales; Volvo; Waters International Trucks; Western Star; Wood Bioenergy; Woodmizer; and Wood’s Trailers & Repair.

Sponsors include LandMAX Timber Co., Renasant Insurance, Taylor Machine Works, Waters International Trucks, MaxxSouth Broadband and Cintas.

Entities providing in-kind support include 4-County Electric Power Assn.; B&G Equipment; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; John Deere; Landmark Spatial Solutions; Mississippi For estry Commission; Mississippi State University Extension Service; Mississippi State University Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters; and Stribling Equipment.

MLA Banquet To Feature NC Comedian

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Sponsored by Cintas, the awards banquet of the Mississippi Loggers Assn. will take place on the show grounds beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and will recognize the group’s Logger of the Year, District of the Year, and Log-A-Load District of the Year.

Entertainment will be provided by country comedian Jerry Carroll, who harvests a bumper crop of high hilarity in his fast-paced, high-energy show about everyday life.

Carroll, 58, found comedy growing up on his family’s North Carolina farm. He worked the farm for 20 years before pursuing his life’s dream of entertaining people and making them laugh.

His seemingly effortless ability to spin out punch line after punch line, story after story, took him from emcee to headliner in just eight short months. Since beginning in 1993, Carroll has performed for crowds from 20 to 20,000 in venues ranging from the local volunteer fire department’s banquet, to the Ministers of Provincial Parliament at the Royal York in Toronto, Canada. Everywhere he goes, he leaves audiences roaring with laughter.

Besides corporate meeting and events, conventions, countless associations, comedy clubs, and country clubs, he has opened concerts for music artists such as Michael Bolton, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, and Larry Gatlin. He has performed from coast to coast in the U.S. and throughout Canada.

When he’s not on the road making people laugh, Carroll still works on his family’s farm.