Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This Is Your Life...

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"Where ever you go, go with all your heart"- Confusius
Welcome! There are so many reasons to come to Shelburne County, our great beaches, beautiful historic homes and museums, the scenery alone will make you want to stay! We also have amazing and friendly people!
I'm going to start my first blog entry introducing you to a few such people; Barrington natives, Darren Hudson and the Scott family.  Darren comes from a family with a long history of competing in the Lumberjack World Championships.  He is the nephew of nine-time world champion Phil Scott, who Darren credits for his success.  Hudson, who has been competing for over 19 years claimed his second men's pro logrolling title in 2008 defeating new pro roller David Sievert and took home a 4th place finish in the Men's Boom Run that year as well.  He now holds 4 World Championship Logrolling titles to date, and I predict more in the future!
As you watch the videos below and watch Darren going down the river...doing what he does best, you will learn he's a man not only following his passion but living a legacy.  In 1983, during the bicentennial celebration of the settlement of Shelburne by the United Empire Loyalists another celebration was being held in Barrington.  An old time log drive was being revived under the direction of Phil Scott.  This log drive was an event of cultural and historical significance to not only Barrington, but to the logging industry of Canada.
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The Scott's, who own a lumber mill in Barrington, during the early days of the logging industry, would transport their logs down the Barrington River to their mill.  In order to ensure that the logs drifted freely along the river, men called "log drivers" were needed to guide the logs.  This was an exceedingly dangerous occupation, with the drivers standing on the moving logs and running from one to another.  When one caught on an obstacle and formed a logjam, someone had to free the offending log.  This required some understanding of physics, strong muscles, and extreme agility.
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Today of course, with modern technology this method is no longer in use.  But the Scott family still run their family mill business and take their Timber Show on the road.  You can catch one of their very entertaining shows this summer at the Barrington Lion's Hall where they will be performing for a local fundraiser, July 4, from 1-4 or at the Barrington Exhibition, August 20-22.  It's a must see event!

Both Darren and Phil are living proof that a small town boy can make it big and no dream is too big.  If you want it to happen, it will. This is your life....are you who you want to be?


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