|Competitors struggle to keep their balance during the 2016 birling|
competition at Ballaine Lake as Mingchu Zhang looks on.
Aspiring lumberjacks and adventurous spirits may test their skills Saturday, Oct. 7, during the 20th annual Farthest North Forest Sports Festival at UAF.
|Jason Buist, left, and Pete Buist try to rev up their fire during|
the 2016 fire-building competition. The longtime contenders
compete part of the "Old Growth" team.
The competition begins at 10 a.m. at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm fields, across from the Georgeson Botanical Garden. At 1 p.m., the games move to Ballaine Lake. A warming fire and hot drinks will be available at the lake. Participants are advised to dress warmly. If competing in the birling, a towel and change of clothes are recommended.
The free event is hosted by the School of Natural Resources and Extension and the student Resource Management Society. The competition was developed in 1998 as a way to commemorate old-fashioned logging sports, raise awareness of the natural resources management programs at UAF and have fun. For more information, contact David Valentine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-474-7614.