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Lumberjack Competition Comes to TomahawkSubmitted: 04/12/2012

TOMAHAWK - Comepetitors are ready to flex their Lumberjack skills this weekend in Tomahawk at 60th Midwestern Foresters Conclave.

If you've never seen a pulp toss, or an underhand chop, this is your chance.

Nine collegiate teams from across the Midwest will be joined by professionals in the Stihl Timbersports Midwest qualifier, and they're ready to chop away the competition.

"There's a gentleman that calls them '6-pound razor blades" which is really true... [the edge] it's like a fillet knife," says timbersports competitor and UW Steven's Point student, Spencer Johnson.

This weekend speed and accuracy will be the key, but sometimes speed, and blades can be a dangerous combination.

"I got an ax on-the-cheap a couple years ago, from a friend who put an ax halfway into his foot," says Johnson.

Guys and girls alike will brave the competition and the blades, all day Friday and Saturday, with the pros coming out on Saturday as well.

This year, UW Stevens Point has something to prove.

"We're the defending champs, and we wanna keep it that way," says Paul Doruska, associate professor of forestry and advisor to the Timbersports team, "Come out and enjoy it, it's about a once in a 10 year occurance for us to host it. So, won't be back for about 10 years."

The event is free and the public is welcome to attend. They just ask that you bring your own seating, and leave pets at home. The event will be held at Treehaven, UW Stevens Point's College of Natural Resources educational facility.

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