Two of the biggest competitions are the Lumberjack World Championships and the Stihl Timbersports Lumberjack Competition Series. The Stihl Timbersports Series started in 1985 and consists of 6 events, underhand chop, stock saw, standing block chop, single buck, springboard chop, and hot saw. It began at regional competitions in the U.S. and now hosts national championships in 27 different countries that funnel to the Stihl Timbersports World Championships.
The Lumberjack World Championships started in 1960 in Hayward, Wisconsin, and is held in what is known as the Lumberjack Bowl, the only lumber arena in the world. It was once a holding pond for logs when logging was more of a widespread trade in the U.S. It began as a way to pay homage to the history of logging in America and to showcase the skills of those woodsmen in a way outside of work. The lumber industry has played a large role in Northern Wisconsin since the 1800s and has been a part of life there since even earlier. The Lumberjack World Championships consist of 21 events between the men’s and women’s divisions from the underhand chop to log rolling and pole climbing. Participants compete for the title of All-Around Lady Jill for women and Tony Wise All-Around Champion for men.