Territorial Days

by zydecopaws on July 11, 2009

Sometimes we do things other than BBQ, and occasionally we will talk about them here.  Because we can.  We went to Amboy’s Territorial Days, which features (among other things) a logging competition.  If you’ve never been to one of these, sit back and enjoy this series of short videos showing some of the highlights of the event.

We arrived just in time for the National Anthem.  No videos or audios of this, and although I’ve heard worse, I don’t care to hear the Star Spangled Banner sung like a pop song.  As it turned out, that was the low-light of the entire afternoon.  First up was a demonstration of, well, a chain saw on steroids.

They had chain races, where identical engines were used and the competitors used their own chains and cutting technique. Fastest time cutting through the log wins.

They had double buck, where two people try to wear each other out with a two-handled buck saw. The video below features a couple of guys, but they also had Jack and Jill (man and woman) and Jill and Jill (2 women) competitions. The winning Jack and Jill team had a better time than some of the men’s teams.

The next video actually shows two of the challenges. The primary focus is on the Modified competition, where loggers start a chainsaw, cut through a log, shut it off, run down another log, jump off and restart the chainsaw, then cut through another log. In the background at the beginning of the video you can see the axe-throwing competition. If you look close, you’ll see this particular contestant hit real close to the bulls-eye.

The next event was the high climb for juniors. They don’t let them go up as far as those over 18, but as someone who used to climb telephone poles for a living, they still go up pretty high, especially for kids. In the video below, the competitor is a teenage girl with real good climbing form. No comments from the peanut gallery about that last sentence…

This year they had a first. A female climber was going to compete on the real high climb. If you listen closely, you can hear the announcer tell the crowd that she is a college cheerleader. She didn’t have any trouble getting the crowd to cheer today…

And yes, she got down safely. A few of the men went up pretty quick; here is one of the faster competitors I was able to get on video.

Next up is the choker set. This contest is basically a race over obstacles (logs) dragging a heavy choker set. When the loggers get to the end log, they have to wrap the end of the choker over the log, lock it into a set bracket, and race back. In this race, technique counts as much as speed. The oldest man in the heat wins this one…

They also have this race for the kids. They use a smaller cable, but other than that the event is the same. Here is one of the 4-7 year-old heats.

These kids don’t give up, and are a lot of fun to watch. Many have never done this before, but it doesn’t stop them from giving it a go. The following video is a heat for the 10-13 year-olds, won by one of our friend’s kids. He took second overall, upholding a long-standing family tradition.

Speaking of a long-standing family tradition, his sister has won her division for the past 4 years in a row. Although she didn’t have many competitors this year, it was a heck of a race…

Make that 5 years in a row. I think most of the boys that age have figured out that they can’t beat her at this event and don’t bother to even enter anymore.

Then it was time for some more chainsaw madness. First up, the K-car chain saw.

Then it was time for the Binford again. V8 engine with a chainsaw blade. Some things are just wrong. But really fun to watch…

Now it was time to sacrifice beer cans. By dropping logs on them. This contest was all about accuracy (and fund raising, since the five contestants paid for the opportunity to drop logs on beer cans). This was the first attempt, and all the other attempts had pretty much the same results.

Then came the obstacle pole. The object here was to walk out on a very thin log over the water, cut a 2-inch section off the end of the pole, and then turn around and get all the way back. Not everyone made it…

The local saw shop owner didn’t…

And big guys got no business on the end of that small pole…

Some almost made it back…

And they missed on both sides of the pole…

A few actually made it. Here’s the winner.

No logging competition would be complete without some log rolling. This one was no exception…

The competition wrapped up with a tug of war between all the kids in the audience and the loggers. Need I say that the kids have won every year for the past 15? Another fun tradition, and besides, most of the loggers are wet from the log rolling by this time anyway.

I’m happy to say that no Faux Que was spotted at the event. There wasn’t a crockpot in sight. And just so that I can finish tying this back to BBQ, I did have pulled pork sandwiches using leftovers from the 4th and 5th of July. The pictures exist, proof that it happened, but I won’t post them here as they don’t meet our normal standards for the site. And it was the pictures that were bad; the sandwiches were great…

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