|A competitor at the 2017 Forest Fest works a bow saw.|
Come to the 21st annual Farthest North Sports Festival on Oct. 6 and find out, or better yet, compete.
Students and community members 18 and older are invited to try their hand at old-time logging sports, such as ax throwing, log rolling, bow saw and crosscut sawing, fire building and birling. Birling involves staying upright longer than your competitor on a floating log in the lake.
|Balancing on the plastic birling "log" is a challenge.|
Students and faculty with the School of Natural Resources and Extension developed the competition as a way to commemorate old-time logging festivals — and to have a good time.
The Forest Fest 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. Refreshments will be available and donations are welcome. A warming fire and some grilled food will be available at the lake.
Participants are advised to dress warmly and to bring a change of clothes if they want to try birling. For more information, contact Dave Valentine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-474-7614.