The second annual Nova Scotia Pro Lumberjack Championship will draw elite level athletes to town on Saturday, June 3, from noon until 5 p.m. The event will be filmed, as it was last year, for the television program ‘Lumberjacks,’ and admission is free.
“I think people enjoy watching it because it’s exciting and a bit different,” said McIntyre, who is involved with the event as both an organizer and competitor. “It’s not something you see often so it intrigues people and they want to see what takes place. Once they see it they’re hooked.”
McIntyre first got involved when he was a student at UNB and joined the woodsmen team. After graduation he continued to compete as a hobby, and he now travels across Canada for events. Although he enjoys chopping most, he excels at axe throwing and in June he will be heading to Germany to compete in the world axe throwing championships.
“We want the competition here to be a showcase event and draw from other regions,” he said. “I could see, down the road, this being a two-day event.”
Prize money has been increased this year and the number of registered athletes has gone from 30 to 35, including four of the six-member silver medal winning Canadian Timbersports relay team.
About 400 people turned up to watch the competition last year, with some staying for only a little while and others remaining the entire day. A barbecue, raising funds for the Truro-North River 4-H Club, will be held again this year.
“This is getting a lot of buzz online and the key is putting on something everyone will enjoy,” added McIntyre. “We’re bringing world record holders, but this is also an opportunity for college athletes to get experience at the pro level.”
The championship will be held, rain or shine, at 70 Juniper St. (in the Cat Shack parking lot).