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Brad DeLosa competes in a stock-saw event. DeLosa is from Lithgon, New South Wales, Australia.

LEHI — Competing lumberjacks, archery for kids and a campfire cooking competition highlight the upcoming Wild Outdoors Festival that includes the first round of the Stihl Timbersports pro series.

Professional athletes from around the world are to compete in the 23rd season of the series with eight traditional lumberjack disciplines, including the single buck; stock and hot saw; underhand, standing and springboard chops; speed climbing; and boom running. A large water tank will be brought in for the boom running competition, said Thanksgiving Point spokeswoman Erica Brown.

ESPN2 is scheduling to broadcast four 30-minute programs of this event later in the year, she said.

Those who want to compete in the "Ultimate" campfire cooking competition must register at wildoutdoorsfestival.com/campchef. Camp Chef and the radio program Backcountry Utah showcase the event.

The competition includes the Ultimate Camp Fire Hot Dog, Ultimate S'mores and Ultimate Pie Iron.

Camp Chef provides prizes to those judged best and appreciation to the rest. Prizes are a 12-inch classic oven for first place, a kitchen tool set for second place and a skookie for third place.

Six competitors are allowed per category, which includes:

Youths, who compete Friday morning.

Women, who compete Friday afternoon.

Men, who compete Saturday afternoon.

Six portable Camp Chef propane fire rings and Camp Chef's Safety Roasting Sticks will be provided. Celebrity judges are to evaluate the creations and decide the winners for each category, said Becky Brinkerhoff of Backcountry Utah.

Registration is also required for Kids Archery where children get to demonstrate bows that can shoot 15-20 yards. (Register at wildoutdoorsfestival.com/archery.)

A fish pond will also be available for catch and release.

"From bikes and BBQ to targets and trout, the Wild Outdoors Festival provides a hands-on experience of everything that can be done outdoors," Brown said.

Most activities are included in the paid admission.


If you go . . .

What: Stihl Timbersports Series/Wild Outdoors Festival

Where: Electric Park, Thanksgiving Point in Lehi

When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., June 6-7 (Free preview June 3)

Cost: $15/$10 children one-day; $50 VIP two-day pass

Phone: 768-4900

Web: www.wildoutdoorsfestival.com


E-mail: [email protected]