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Lumberjacks and lumberjills travel from all around the world to compete in the Lumberjack World Championships in HaywardSubmitted: 07/21/2017

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HAYWARD, WISCONSIN - Chopping, sawing and log rolling pretty much sum up the jobs of lumberjacks. And for the last 58 years, Hayward, Wisconsin hosts the Lumberjack World Championships.

Kate Witkowski loves traveling to Hayward every year for the world championship weekend.

"This is THE big event so if you win this, you get to call yourself a world champion," said Witkowski.

Kate is from Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin and got her start as a lumber"jill" when she was at UW-Stevens Point.

But not all lumberjacks are from Wisconsin, or even the United States.

"Yes, I am the first Belgian competitor here at the World Lumberjack Championships," said Koen Mrartens.

Mrartens is from the Province of Antwerp in Belgium. He is a tree climber arborist, which is how he got into the world of lumberjack-ing.

"There are a lot of good competitors here so it's a good opportunity for me to learn," said Mrartens.

With competitors coming from all over the world, why is the event held in Hayward, Wisconsin? Because of the lumberjack history.

"Lumberjack sports started as a professional career. There were lumberjacks running down the rivers with the logs. Which adds a historical context and a nice culture to the event and I'm really proud to say I'm from Wisconsin and I have that background," said Witkowski.

The female lumberjack culture has grown quite a bit since then. And Kate couldn't be happier.

"I think that challenge in itself is pretty appealing to me. We kind of have to work a little bit harder to make a name for ourselves and prove that we deserve to be here," said Witkowski.

It was a little nerve-racking to watch the lumberjacks and Jills handling such axes and saws and going so fast. But to them, it's simpler than that.

"What's going through my head when I'm chopping? Is just chopping, nothing else, just chopping. It's me, my axe and the block beneath me," said Mrartens.

Koen is a pretty straight-forward guy. Even when it comes to summing up his experience in Wisconsin.

"It's awesome. Just one word- it's awesome to be here," said Mrartens.




Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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Next up was Antigo and Minocqua.

The game started off with Antigo's bats on fire. Run after run would make it home and Antigo would take down Minocqua 13-3.

As of now, predications are showing that it could come down to a battle between Antigo and Rhinelander in the final game Saturday night.

Rhinelander vs. Shawano started at about 8:15 Wednesday to end the night of games.

Full tournament schedule:

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

Game 1: Merrill vs. Northwoods, 3 p.m.

Game 2: Antigo vs. Minocqua, 5:30 p.m.

Game 3: Shawano vs. Rhinelander, 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 3 p.m.

Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, 5:30 p.m.

Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 21

If Winner of Game 1 win Game 5

Game 7: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6, 3 p.m.

Game 8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 5:30 p.m.

Game 9: Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 8 p.m.

If Loser of Game 3 wins Game 5

Game 7: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 3 p.m.

Game 8: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 5:30 p.m.

Game 9: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 22

If Winner of Game 1 wins Game 5 OR If Loser of Game 3 wins Game 5 AND Winner of Game 6 wins Game 9

Game 10: Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9, 5:30 p.m.

Game 11: Repeat Game 10 (if necessary), 8 p.m.

If Loser of Game 3 wins Game 5 AND Winner of Game 7 wins Game 9

Game 10: Winner Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 9, 5:30 p.m.

Game 11: Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10, 8 p.m.

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