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Lumberjack competition gets under way today in Utah County

Lumberjack competition gets under way today in Utah County



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Randall Jeppesen reportingThe world's best lumberjacks will be competing in Utah County this weekend.

If you love to watch hot saws, speed climbs, the underhand chop and boom runs, you're in luck. Thanksgiving Point is hosting the Stihl Timbersports series today and tomorrow.

It's an event where people like Derek Knutson will race up a 60-foot tree. "It takes a lot of practice. I've done these poles in 11 and a half seconds, is my best time," he said.

Lumberjack competition gets under way today in Utah County

And who wouldn't want to watch people trying to run across spinning logs in a pool?

Roger Phelps, with Stihl Timbersports, says these competitions are watched around the world. "We've got our ESPN cameras out here. We're actually going to be filming four programs," he said. Those programs will be shown around the world in November.

Scott Leeds with the Utah Sports Commission says it took a lot of work to get this two-day competition here.

"An event like this is huge for the state of Utah," he said. "This event will be showcased (on ESPN2) throughout the world for people to see Utah."

For details on the competition, see the links on this page.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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