LEXINGTON, Ky.— The 2013 Kentucky Wood Expo opens on Friday, September 20th, at Lexington's Masterson Station Park, promising to be a fun-filled and educational event for people of all ages.
Organizers for the event, which runs through Saturday, include the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Kentucky Forest Industries Association.
Chainsaw sculpting, live lumberjack competitions, heavy equipment demonstrations, craft and food booths and so much more are part of the expo. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The educational presentations which UK Forestry is sponsoring Saturday include:
•9:30 a.m. — What is Emerald Ash Borer and How Can You Protect Your Ash Trees? Dave Leonard will host this in-depth talk for homeowners and woodland owners.
•10:30 a.m. — Amphibians and Reptiles in Kentucky's Forests, with Special Emphasis on Snake Identification. UK Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology Steven Price is the presenter.
•11:30 a.m. — Digital Cameras, Lenses, and Accessories for Outdoor Photography. UK Extension Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist Tom Barnes is an expert photographer.
•12:30 p.m. — Nature Photography, again with Tom Barnes.
•12:30 p.m. — Residential Tree Care — What Your Tree Really Needs When You Take It Out of the Forest. Dave Leonard hosts.
•1:30 p.m. — Wildlife Food Plots, with Clay Smitson, a private lands wildlife biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
•1:30 p.m. — Wood Identification, with UK Associate Professor of Forestry Terry Conners.
•2:30 p.m. — Ecology and Restoration of the American Chestnut, with Lynn Garrison, president of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation.
•2:30 p.m. — Wildlife Damage Control, with Bell County UK Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Stacy White.
•3:30 p.m. — Tree Identification: Looking Beyond All Those Leaves, with UK Forestry's Area Extension Forester Doug McLaren.
Both woodland and urban dwellers will find plenty to interest them at the expo. For a full schedule of events or to order advance tickets, contact the Kentucky Forest Industries Association at 502-695-3979. Adult admission is $7 at the gate ($5 in advance), and $5 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children younger than 6 are admitted free. For more information visit http://www.kywoodexpo.org.