Sawdust Festival Rules


These rules can be downloaded from The rules are subject to changes. The field judge and chairman will make any/all changes. All rules will be reviewed with contestants prior to each event. The event judge’s decision is final.

Events A-1 Horizontal Power Saw Bucking, USFS approved, Men and A-2 Horizontal Power Saw Bucking, USFS approved, Women

A. One man/woman to do the bucking of a 14-inch maximum log.

B. Chain saw provided, contestant may provide own chain or use chain provided by chain saw service. Five minutes prior to event all saws will be placed in the area of the event.

C. Disqualification if chain hits ground after time starts.

D. Log will be placed upright 3 to 4 feet tall.

E. The time will start when the contestant touches the running saw to the wood and will stop when the last piece is cut through.

F. There will be three complete cuts made, one cut to be opposite the other two cuts.

G. All three rounds must stay on log, 10-second penalty for each round that falls.

Event A-3 Single Bucking/Crosscut, Men

A. One man to do the bucking of a 12- to 14-inch log with unmodified crosscut saw, oiler permitted, no M-tooth permitted.

Events A-4 Jill & Jill Bucking Crosscut, Women and A-5 Jack & Jack Bucking Crosscut, MenA. Two women/men to do the bucking of a 12- to 16-inch log with unmodified crosscut saw, oiler permitted, no M-tooth permitted.

Events A-6 Cutting and Stacking, Men and A-7 Cutting and Stacking, Women

A. Chain saw provided, contestant may use own chain or chain provided by chain saw service. Uses 4- to 7-inch logs placed upright.

B. Contestant will buck less than 2-inch” rounds and catch them on his/her chain saw bar then proceed to stack them one on top the other starting at ground level. Contestant will not be allowed to touch rounds with hands or feet.

C. At the end of 3 minutes, the contestant will be motioned to stop and his/her stack will free stand until the judge touches and begins to count the rounds. If the stack should fall after time is called but before the judge touches it, it will automatically be deemed a disqualification.

D. Contestants will stack as many rounds as possible within a 3-minute time period.

Events A-8 Power Saw Bucking, Men and A-9 Power Saw Bucking, Women

A. Rules are the same as for A-2, but the log will horizontal.

Events A-10 Women’s Medley and A-11 Men’s Medley

A. For both medleys: First the contestant will start with power bucking; the time will start when the chain touches the log; there will only be one cut. The contestant will shut off the saw and put it on the ground.

B. The contestant will then continue to the log walk/run where they will run or walk the entire length of a pre-determined length of log, if they should fall off the log the contestant will go back to the beginning of the log and start over until they can complete the entire length of the log without slipping off.

C. Finally the contestant will throw an ax, the contestant will be required to stick the ax in the target and will continue to throw until this is accomplished.

Scoring – As soon as the contestant sticks the ax into the target time stops. The contestant with the lowest time wins. In case of a tie, the contestant with the best score on the ax throw will win.

Event A-12 Rolling Pin Throw, Women

A. Contestants will be judged for distance and accuracy. A chalk line will be drawn down the center of the course with another line drawn across the first line, this will be the scratch line.

B. The distance will be measured from the scratch line following the center line to a point of probable location. Then to figure out accuracy, the point of actual impact/probable impact is measured from center line; this sum is then subtracted from the point of probable impact back on the center line to get an actual distance.

Events A-13 Ax Throw, 30 feet, Men and A-14 Ax Throw, 20 feet, Women

A. Equipment: double bit ax with the head weighing at least 2-1/2 pounds and having a overall length of at least 24 inches.

B. The contestant will be given four throws; the best combination total of three throws will be added together to obtain a final score. The highest score wins. In case of a tie, there will be a one throw, throw-off, with the person with the highest score winning the tie.

Events A-15 Speed Ax Throw, 20 feet, Men and A-16 Speed Ax Throw, 20 feet, Women

A. Equipment same as Ax Throw Event (A-13 and A-14)

B. Contestant will stand behind 20-foot throwing line, with ax in hands. Ax will be thrown at target for score and upon ax hitting target time will start. At this time the contestant will run and get his ax, run back to the 20-foot throwing line and throw ax toward the ax target. The contestant will have one minute to score as many points as they can. Contestant with most points wins. In case of tie, a 30-second throw off will be conducted.

Event A-17 Open Saw 5.0 and Under, Men

A. Contestant will provide own saw and chain. Gas provided by event.

B. Log size 18 to 20 inches.

C. 5.0 & under modified saw; must have been a productive model saw. No tuned expansion chambers, no more than one carburetor. Gasoline only, no alcohol. Muffler and carburetor as well as the internal parts of the motor can be modified in any way. No saw may be used more than once per event. Use bar and chain of choice. Time will start when chain hits the wood and ends when second block hits the ground.


Step 1 — To register print and fill out the following forms:

Contestant Entry Form and Insurance Waiver, which can be found at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce office at the corner of Beeline Highway and West Main Street; the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism office in Green Valley Park; or online at

Step 2 — Mail the forms, along with entry fees to:

Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Dept.

1000 W. Country Club

Payson, AZ 85541

Step 3 — Attend one of the following scheduled registration meetings:

Friday, June 4 — 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Payson Event Center, southwest side of town, across from Mazatzal Hotel and Casino on State Route 87 (Beeline).

Saturday, June 5 — 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., also at the Payson Event Center.


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