The Best Summer Festivals: Lumberjack World Championships

Hayward, Wisconsin; July 27-29

Lumberjack World Championships

Lumberjack Bowl contestant     Photo: Brett Morgan

Lumberjacks have the most dangerous job in the world. That’s why this 52-year-old, three-day event is so much fun to watch. The best timber kings on the planet descend on “Lumberjack Bowl” in this lake-addled Wisconsin town to scale 90-foot cedar poles; chop through a vertical standing aspen 12 inches thick; and compete in Jack and Jill Sawing, where a one man, one woman team speed-saws through a 20-inch white pine log.

Understandably, amateurs are not allowed to participate in any of the serious competitions, but they are allowed to try their hand (or, rather, feet) at logrolling, set up in a special tank by the local Hayward Logrolling School, the training ground of world champions. Warning: It’s harder than it looks.

Where to Stay: Mallard’s Landing has four North Woods-style cottages nestled in a pine forest on the bank of the Namekagon River, within walking distance from Hayward. Doubles from $97 per night.

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