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Lumberjacks and jills prep for Sunday’s 4th annual Hudson show and competition


Lumberjacks and lumberjills from as far away as Pennsylvania and Canada are heading to Hudson this week with their chosen chopping and cutting instruments in tow for Sunday's fourth annual Hudson Historical Society Lumberjack Show.

The event, created by a team of volunteers assembled by Alvirne High School grad - and lumberjack - Ben Marshall, has grown steadily since its debut on the historic Hills House property in fall 2013. ...

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Lumberjacks and lumberjills from as far away as Pennsylvania and Canada are heading to Hudson this week with their chosen chopping and cutting instruments in tow for Sunday's fourth annual Hudson Historical Society Lumberjack Show.

The event, created by a team of volunteers assembled by Alvirne High School grad - and lumberjack - Ben Marshall, has grown steadily since its debut on the historic Hills House property in fall 2013.

Among the new twists this year is an appearance by Nashville recording artist Jilly Martin, half of the New Hampshire-based duo Martin and Kelly, who will kick off the show with the national anthem.

Martin, who has shared the stage with some pretty big names on the Nashville scene, has sung the anthem at Red Sox and Bruins games, several college hockey games and at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon.

Marshall said earlier this week that a crew has been "turning," or preparing, blocks of wood of various shapes and sizes that competitors will attack with their axes or saws come Sunday.

As of Tuesday, Marshall said he's received about 50 entries from lumberjacks and -jills, a number of whom are returning to Hudson after taking part in previous years.

Representatives of STIHL, the outdoor power equipment manufacturer and chief sponsor of the STIHL Timbersports Series lumberjack competitions, are scheduled to have an equipment trailer on hand, Marshall said, adding that national lumberjack competitors, including world record holders, are expected to be in attendance.

Marshall was a junior at Alvirne when he first began envisioning a lumberjack show coming to Hudson.

Having taken up the sport as a hobby at first, he jumped into the world of lumberjack competition at the University of New Hampshire, which happens to be one of just a few northern New England colleges with a competitive lumberjack team.

When Marshall first shared his idea of organizing an event in Hudson, the response wasn't exactly reassuring, he recalled with a smile.

"People said, 'Hudson? New Hampshire? You'll be lucky if you get 20' participants. I said, 'Watch me.' "

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or@Telegraph_DeanS.