Lumberjack Shows, Classes, and Competitions in Wisconsin
Last Updated: 8/5/2014
Wisconsin’s logging tradition dates back to the 1800’s and is as much a part of the state as cheese and craft breweries. Through the ages, Wisconsin lumberjacks gained notoriety for incredible strength, speed and skill. Widely showcased in live sports, theatrical shows or tours, there are plenty of ways to catch the action this summer:
Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Lumberjack Show - Wisconsin Dells (June - October)
Athlete interaction, full concession stands and a scenic waterfall backdrop make this attraction a must-see for the whole family. The show features events like the standing block chop, axe throw, spring board chop, obstacle pole, hot saw, and log roll performed by World Champion athletes, many of which have been seen on ESPN. Purchase advanced tickets via phone or at the gate on the day of the show.
Madison Log Rolling Classes - Madison (June - August)
So you’d rather be the star of the show than a spectator? Okay, let’s (en)roll. Literally. Your options:
- Beginner rollers can sign up for hour-long classes to learn basic techniques.
- Advanced classes cover technical drills and team games in groups of up to 15 students.
- Rollers age +21 can enjoy hearty eats and frothy drinks at Gates & Brovi after Tuesday evening group classes. Fun fact: The first pitcher of beer is free
Lumberjack Special Steam Train & Camp Five Museum Complex - Laona (June - October)
Ditch the logs and pick up some wheels. Experience a blast from the past and take a 1916 stream train to Connor Lumber and Land Company’s 1902 logging camp #5.
- Make sure to check out the destination’s Petting Corral, active Blacksmith Shop and Logging Museum.
- No need to pack a lunch! The camp’s Choo Choo Hut Restaurant offers pizza, burgers, ice cream, pie and more
Lumberjack World Championships® - Hayward (July 24 - 26)
Join more than 12,000 spectators as over 100 lumberjacks (and lumberjills) power through 21 competitions including climbing, rolling and sawing in a battle for more than $50,000 in prize money.
- Wanna chop something yourself? Join Mountain Dew Family Night on Thursday, July 24 for discounted general admission costs.
- All shows start at 5 p.m. and are held rain or shine. General admission ranges from $18-20.
Don’t miss your chance to experience over 200 years of tradition that created a booming economy and exciting sport.This entry was posted in Sports