Lumberjacks to invade Morgantown

MORGANTOWN—Grab your kids, best friend or special guy and head to Morgantown for a must-see event.

For over 30 years, you have seen them on television, and now, you have the ability to be right in the middle of the action, as numerous lumberjacks vie for a champion title in numerous events at the Stihl Timbersports Pro Lumberjack Competition and Festival.

“The competition will feature over 40 of the biggest and badest lumberjacks from across the United States, Canada and Australia competing in six different disciplines,” Labeth Hall, with PR Plus Events and organizer of the festival.

Cheer on West Virginia native, and five-time U.S. National Champion, Matt Cogar, as he competes against some of the world’s best lumberjacks on Sunday. Hall shared that he will also be on hand on Saturday, during the qualifiers, to sign autographs.

“Several members of the Cogar family will compete in events this weekend,” Hall revealed. “Arden Cogar, Jr. is a four-time U.S. overall champion and is ranked in the Top 10 in the U.S.”

The tensions will be high as cousins Paul and Scooter Cogar attempt to claim the title of champion against the already ranked Cogars.

Hall shared that Mel Lentz from Diana, WV, will be making his way to Mylan Park on Saturday and Sunday to claim the top spot, as well.

Lentz, known as the “King of the Lumberjacks” is the winningest axeman in the history of U.S. lumberjack sports.

“He has been competing in the Stihl Timbersports Series since 1985, and has won six U.S. Stihl Timbersports Series titles, along with dozens of others,” reported Hall.

The fun and excitement starts on Saturday, as competitors saw and chop their way through qualifying rounds. Lumberjacks will compete in the Spring Board Chop, The Stihl Stock Saw, Standing Block Chop, Underhand Chop, Single Buck and the Hot Saw.

On Sunday, the U.S. Woodchopping Championships will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. According to Hall, the athletes will be competing for thousands of dollars in prize money and a spot to compete in the Stihl Timbersports U.S. National Championship, in July.

“Not only will we have a weekend full of axe swinging and saw grinding action, but those attending can also shop vendor booths and food concessions,” Hall stated. “There are also trucks, tractors, ATV’s, mowers, Stihl equipment and much more.”

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. each day, with competitions taking place from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Because the competitions are indoor the 53,000 square foot arena, they will take place rain or shine.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and the cost is $9 for adults and children 6-12 enter for $3. Hall urges attendees to register at the WKKW Prize Booth.

She revealed that prizes will be awarded hourly, and one lucky winner will receive a VIP Stihl Power Equipment package, valued at $600.

So, grab your friends and head to the Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park for an event you won’t want to miss out on.

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