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Old-fashioned Fun at Lumberjack Competition & Festival

The Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin has found the perfect way to celebrate the region’s storied history of logging and lumberjacking with an annual Lumberjack Competition & Festival that highlights the strength, flexibility and fitness of the competitors, and includes dozens of activities for spectators.

Now in its 14th year, the Lumberjack Competition & Festival on Sunday, September 29, is expected to draw a field of up to 70 competitors who will square off in several challenging arenas, including Jack & Jill and two-person cross-cut, bow saw for men and women, modified chainsaw, women’s and men’s underhand axe chop, women’s and men’s axe throwing, standing block chop, and two-person log rolling (Peavey). The lumber Jacks and Jills who will test their mettle hail from all around the United States and Canada and will compete for cash prizes totaling $3,640. The preliminary axe throw begins at 10 a.m., with opening ceremonies scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
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Always entertaining are the Fry Pan Toss for women and girls and the Log Throw for men and boys; both offer cash prizes for the farthest throw. Kids can get in on the action, too, trying their skill in the Log Rolling (Burling) contest and the Metal Fishing Derby, using fishing poles with magnets, or participating in arts and crafts activities.

Begin the day from 6-9:30 a.m. with a hearty Lumberjack Breakfast of pancakes featuring Bison’s Sugar House maple syrup, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and toast. After you’ve worked up an appetite during the morning watching or participating in the action, settle down around noon with a Log Camp lunch of chowder, chili, corn bread, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, and apple crisp and cobbler, all of which will fuel you up for the afternoon’s events.

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Admission for the Lumberjack Competition is $7 for the 12 and older crowd, with children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

The all-day event, presented by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce, is held at the Northern Forest Heritage Park at 961 Main Street, Berlin. Call (603) 752-7202 or (603) 752-6060 or click on www.northernforestheritage.org for more information.