Lumberjack Festivals in Wisconsin

by Leah Waldron-Gross, Demand Media Google

    Whether you are a spectator, competitor or just a fan of timber sports, Wisconsin's lumberjack (and jill) festivals and competitions have been a state attraction since the 1960s. Most of the lumberjack fanfare occurs in the city of Hayward, the site of the ESPN-covered Lumberjack World Championships but festivals are commonplace in northeastern Wisconsin's Eagle River and central Wisconsin's Mosinee.

    Lumberjack World Championship

    Since 1960, Hayward has been the site of the Lumberjack World Championship competition. Open to the public, the summer event showcases expert lumberjacks (and lumberjills) from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Events include 21 timber competitions, including logrolling, which combines balance and dexterity as contestants walk over floating logs, 90-foot tree climbing and saw and chopping contests. The championships are held annually in late July.

    Klondike Days

    Klondike Days is a winter event and festival that takes place annually in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Spectators and competitors come for the animal- and lumberjack-related contests, such as lumberjack (and jill) competitions, dogsled races, chain-saw carving contests, horse-drawn log-pulling events and Native American arts and crafts demonstrations. Klondike Days are held in early March and will celebrate its 22nd anniversary in 2012.

    Little Bull Falls Log Jam Festival

    Created and sponsored by the city of Mosinee, the Little Bull Falls Log Jam Festival has been an annual, city-wide event since 2006. The weekend-long festival features lumberjack competitions, food, entertainment, exhibits, trading and rendezvous, a Native American interactive reenactment of Wisconsin's encampment of the 1700s and early 1800s. The festival's All American Lumberjack Show showcases local lumberjacks and there is even a kids' camp for little lumberjacks (and jills) in training. The festival is held annually in mid-August.

    Fred Scheers Lumberjack Show

    If you're a fan of lumberjack festivals and competitions but you can't make it out for the once-a-year event, you can always attend a Fred Scheers Lumberjack Show, which is performed from Spring through Fall in Minocqua and Hayward. In Minocqua, the show is performed in a private arena, while the Hayward show is staged at the World Championship venue. Both locations run up to five shows per week from May and June through early September. The hour-long show packs all of the excitement of a lumberjack event into a comical spectator performance by some of the best lumberjacks in the business.

    About the Author

    Leah Waldron is the head of Traveler Services at First Abroad, a gap year travel company based in Boston and London. As a travel, research and LGBT news writer, Waldron has publication credit on magazines and newspapers including "Curve Magazine," "USA Today," "The Sun Sentinel" and the "The Houston Chronicle." Waldron has a bachelor's and master's degree in creative writing from Florida State University.

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