Up North: 60th Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward

Alicia Tipcke
Created: August 07, 2019 11:19 PM

Hayward, Wisc. - Hockey has the Stanley Cup, football has the Super Bowl and timber sports have the Lumberjack World Championships. Jacks and jills rolled, raced and chopped their way to the top in all sorts of events this past weekend in Hayward, Wisconsin.

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Over 12,000 people attended the 60th annual championships and over 120 competitors from five countries competed. The event ran from Thursday through Saturday, among those competing, the 2018 All-Around Lumberjack Jason lentz and All-Around Lumberjill Erin Lavoie.

"I need to be performing to the best of my ability right off the bat, not let any points slip away, and stick right there until Championship Saturday," said Lentz.

Log rolling only scratches the surface of what these all around athletes do.

"They're doing everything. climbing 90 foot poles, boom runs, log rolling, sawing throught 18 inches of pine wood in six seconds," says Executive Director Ben Popp.

Lentz and Lavoie each compete in multiple events

"The under hand chop is just a chop, you stand on top of an eleven inch log. You chop halfway through spin around and then finish on the other half," says Lavoie.

Then there's the spring board event where we cut a pocket, place a board, cut another pocket, place another board, and chop off a block at nine feet in the air

They all make it look so easy. but they've been training for years and sometimes even their whole lives

"I am the longest living name in America. I'm a fourth generation competitor," says Lentz.

For more on the Lumberjack World Championships, click here.


Alicia Tipcke

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