Loggers Jubilee 2013: Dates, Event Schedule and Preview

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2013

Photo Credit: LoggersJubilee.com
Photo Credit: LoggersJubilee.com

The second week of August has become the annual home for the "the Granddaddy of all logging shows" the Loggers' Jubilee. 

Morton, Washington, which is about 90 miles south of Seattle, houses this family-friendly event, which runs from Thursday through Sunday.  

The festivities kick off on Thursday with the coronation of a Jubilee queen and continue through the weekend with parades and a host of events...and the events aren't just limited to people carrying axes. 

The Jubilee Logging Show will be over the weekend, and the events, according to the official Loggers' Jubilee website, span a vast array of activities.

As you got a glimpse of above, there are activities that don't have much to do with logs. They include: lawnmower races, a 10k run and, as seen above, bed races.

Events where, if you gain proficiency, you earn the right to be called a logger include: axe throw, choker setting, birling (log rolling), single and double bucking, stock and hot saw, springboard chop, speed climbing, tree topping, vertical and horizontal chop, obstacle pole bucking as well as Jack N' Jill and Jill N' Jill bucking.

Check out the Jubilee schedule, again according to the official website, and then I'll highlight some of the activities below.  



(All times PT)


Thursday August 8, 2013

Queen Coronation, Morton High School at 8:00pm


Friday August 9, 2013

Lawnmower Races: Gates open at 4:30 p.m., Time Trials 6:30 p.m., Racing 7:30 p.m. 


Saturday August 10, 2013

Lion's Club Loggers' Breakfast: Jubilee Park, 6:00 a.m.-12 p.m.

10K Run: Morton High School, Registration 7:00 a.m., Run 8:00 a.m.

Morton Senior Center Bakery Goods: 9:00 a.m.-4:00p.m.

Jubilee Championship Bed Races: Main Street

Children's Parade: Morton Co-Op Preschool

2013 Jubilee Logging Show: Jubilee Arena, 2:00 p.m., Gates open at 12:30 p.m.


Sunday August 11, 2013

Lion's Club Loggers' Breakfast: Jubilee Park, 6:00 a.m.-12 p.m.

2013 Jubilee Logging Show: Jubilee Arena, 12:00 p.m., Gates open at 11:00 am


Highlighted Events

One of the biggest hits is the tree-climbing event. The competitors will scale either a tree of 60' or 90', or as they are called in my house, "trees too big to climb." 

Apparently, for some, my description of the trees is apt. As the event's website notes, "Men have broken their backs and necks; one man died after suffering a heart attack at the top of the pole." 

That tragedy hasn't taken the spirit of this competition, and it is something competitors seem to be fully cognizant of. Yet there they are climbing up a tree in a way that doesn't seem humanly possible. And they aren't just climbing up these beasts. Obviously, they have to come back down.

As if this wasn't enough, here is the big catch: The point is to not just make it up and down these trees safely, but to do it the fastest. So, at the top of the tree, these guys essentially let go to proceed in a controlled (hopefully) fall. 

Events that are a little closer to the ground include watching men cut trees with chainsaws and axes with enough speed to make Paul Bunyan jealous. There are also guys throwing giant axes with the accuracy of a pitcher. 

Of course, we also can't fail to mention the entertaining lawn mower races.  

There is something wholesomely American about souping up a lawn mower and racing it.