Alaskan Logging Contest

There are remnants of the heyday of the logging industry.  The last annual logging show held in Southeast is held in Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island.<br />
This is not a tourist event, but the real thing. Couples take turns on the misery whip--an old two person bladed saw--and are timed to see who can cut through a log the fastest.   A day of competing cutting and climbing skills a trophy is awarded to Logger of the Year.<br />
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 Men and women team up to cut through a hard spruce  log in a timed event called "Jack and Jill." They use the "Misery whip," a two person bladed saw that takes muscles and skill to maneuver.There was a two person wheelbarrow race.  They also compete to empty a skiff full of water, toss hatchets at a target, throw chain saws, stack wood, and the big event is to climb a 65 foot pole..Cody Thomas, independent logger competes in many of the events.  Cody Hillis and Dianne Wagner watch before their turn to compete..