Auburn hosts college and pro forestry competitions - WRBL

Auburn hosts college and pro forestry competitions

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Students from around the country are in Auburn this weekend competing as lumberjacks.

When you think of sports at Auburn, you probably don't immediately think about throwing axes. But, students from around the country are trying to hit the bullseye.

"It's just for bragging rights," said Dr. Tom Gallagher, an Auburn forestry professor. "It's a competition that has been going on since old school logging days. They get a plaque if they win. And it's bragging rights until we meet again somewhere next year."

Students are competing. But, the professionals will be showing off their lumberjack skills too in the Stihl Timbersports Series.

"A lot of people say, 'oh it's that lumberjack show we saw on ESPN.' Well guess what? It's that lumberjack show you saw on ESPN," said Roger Phelps with Stihl promotional communications. "These guys are going to be going through their basic disciplines."

The Southern Forestry Conclave lets students compete.

 But, it also allows companies to show off some of their technology, like this log truck simulator.

Friday and Saturday, the professionals will compete too.

"It's an interesting sport. It's different," said professional lumberjack Logan Scarborough. "There are about ten thousand things that can go wrong in it. I like challenging things. I kind of fell into it."

"They are going to be competing in the springboard chop which is where you put those platforms into the tree, climb up to about nine feet and chop off the top of a tree," said Phelps. "Or what they call the hot saw. That is like the funny car of chainsaws. You basically take a snowmobile engine. Strap it to a chainsaw, go through a 19 inch log three times in six seconds."

As for students, they have bragging rights on the line for their school. And they display it through their showmanship too.

The competition goes through Saturday.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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