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Tidewater hosted its first ever Demo Day on April 11 in Jesup, Georgia, drawing in more than 1,000 people.

Everyone came out for a day of fun that included logging equipment demonstrations, chainsaw woodcarving, a loader competition, numerous children’s activities, food, giveaways and door prizes. A light wind kept the gnats away from the all-day event. Representatives from Big John, CSI, Maxi-Load Scale Systems, Morbark, Pitts Trailers, R Squared Solutions, Rotobec and Tigercat were on hand to answer questions. Tigercat had more than 40 staff members on site, including the CEO, president, product managers and designers.

A Tigercat employee talks to two customers about the Tigercat 822D feller buncher (machine is behind them)

Tigercat president Tony Iarocci commented afterward, “We truly appreciate the effort that Tidewater put into this demo event. It was a huge success. Tigercat and Tidewater have a strong long-standing partnership and always enjoy working together for the benefit of our customers. We were happy to help out with this event in any way we could.”

Tidewater president Jamie Young added, “Our inaugural Demo Day was a huge success and the most successful logging show we have ever attended. Our customers were very well served by all of our vendors and I am very proud of everyone that contributed to make this a memorable event. We had loggers drive eight hours to attend this event and we are very humbled to serve such a strong industry.”

An intrigued customer watches the Tigercat 234 loader perform from behind a flagged line.

Russell Giddens, owner of Nicholls Logging in West Green, Georgia, was in attendance with his wife. “This has been a great event, a lot of people.” Giddens bought his first Tigercat 234 loader in 2008. “My 234 has lasted a long time and we are still running it with over 10,500 hours on it.”

William Simpson, owner of WHS Logging, and his wife drove in to the event from Perry, Florida. Simpson, a fourth generation logger, currently operates seven Tigercat machines and has built the business from one crew to three crews. “I am almost a 100% Tigercat now and I just bought a 620E last week,” he says.

Timmy Dopson, owner of Dopson Timber LLC based in Jacksonville, Georgia, commented on his experience as an operator: “I have run them all, even a Franklin back when I was little, and nothing runs like a Tigercat.”

There was a wealth of Tigercat machinery everywhere you turned. Machine demonstrations included the 845D track feller buncher, an EHS equipped 620E skidder, the 724G feller buncher, a 234 loader feeding a new CSI delimber, a 630E skidder and a T250D loader. Numerous other Tigercat machines were on static display.

Jonathan Stinson from Betterton Pulpwood in Alabama won the loader competition with a time of 2:08 minutes. Neal Snider from R & N Logging in Alabama came in second place and Michael Manning from Carter Logging in Middleburg, Florida placed third.

Following the demo event, Tidewater and EPG Insurance provided cocktails and dinner on the grounds of the Fairfield Inn in Brunswick. Many customers attended the dinner, hung around for the door prizes and danced the night away.