Forest Sports Festival

The 2018 Forest Sports Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6!

crosscut sawing competition

Woodsmen will be crawling out of the woodwork compete in the annual Farthest North Forest Sports Festival at UAF. The itinerary includes log rolling, bow saw and crosscut sawing, ax throwing, fire building and more.

Everyone is welcome to participate as individuals or as teams of four to six. Observers are also invited to this free event. Awards will be granted to individuals, teams and the “Bull of the Woods” and “Belle of the Woods.”

Faculty members and students at UAF’s School of Natural Resources and Extension developed the competition as a way to commemorate old-fashioned forest festivals. High-technology tools are the norm for forest professionals today, and the festival pays tribute to a time when traditional woods activities were the basis for work and play, survival and revival.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm fields across from the Georgeson Botanical Garden. The games move to Ballaine Lake on Farmers Loop at 1 p.m. A warming fire and hot drinks will be available at the lake. Participants are advised to dress warmly.

The festival is sponsored by the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension and the Resource Management Society, a student organization.

CONTACT: Cathy Donaldson, 474-7188 or, Dave Valentine, 474-7614 or

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