This year, two loggers shared the All-Around Logger title at Logger’s Playday as Brian Bartow and Rob Waibel, both former champions, tied with 21 points.
The local High-Point Logger crown also ended in a tie, with Johnny Boggs and Jim Palmer each rounding up 14 points.
Bartow clinched his win with speed, taking first place in choker setting, tree topping and his signature the speed climb event. In choker setting, contestants race across floating logs to secure a cable around a log. The other two events require scaling 80-foot poles — a task Bartow can complete in seconds flat.
Waibel, on the other hand, dominated the chopping and sawing events. He took first place in the spring board chop event, the obstacle pole bucking event and the double-hand bucking event, with the help of David Moses Jr. In the spring board chop, contestants wedge boards into notches cut out of logs, climb aboard them and use axes to chop off the top of the log. Obstacle pole bucking requires running up a narrow log to cut off the end with a chainsaw. In double-hand bucking, a pair of contestants team up to cut through a log with a two-man hand saw.
Waibel first won the Loggers Playday title in 1992 and has won a total of six times. Bartow first won in 2008 and is a four-time champion. Mike Forrester, a 13-time Loggers Playday champion who holds the record for most wins, was also in attendance but garnered only 16 points this year.
Boggs placed first in local choker setting, his best event, and Palmer placed first in the local power saw event. Both competitors placed second or third in other events to give them their winning scores.
But true to its name, Loggers Playday wasn’t all seriousness. Canadian clown Paul McKenzie opened the show once again — this is his 48th Loggers Playday, according to Playday Chairman Robert Reime. McKenzie changed from clown attire to street clothing to commentate the competition.
Organizers also made sure the members of the Loggers Playday court took part in the fun. Queen Brittany Nations and princesses Mikaila Johnson, Alexis Franklin and Allie Drake all took an icy plunge after trying out log rolling.
For more on this year’s Loggers Playday, see Tuesday’s Daily World.