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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Deacon Maloney competes in the aerial rescue event during the North American Tree Climbing Championship at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

Deacon Maloney competes in the aerial rescue event during the North American Tree Climbing Championship at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Friday.

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Hosted by the International Society of Arboriculture and the Utah Community Forest Council, the event includes tree-climbing arborists from the United States and Canada. The competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally — and safely — maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner. The competition, as well as an Arbor Fair and Expo, continues Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.

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