Chop out some free time for the 26th annual Forestry Day at Historic Fort Missoula.

The Society of American Foresters and University of Montana Woodsmen’s Team are bringing a timber sports event that you won’t want to miss. Help them celebrate the skills of those who work in the time-honored tradition of logging with the only Professional/Amateur logging competition event in the nation!


Held in the Montana Historic Equipment Area and the Garrett Grothen Memorial Arena of the Historical Museum, this fun and family-oriented event draws lots of fans to cheer on expert competitors. And there's fun and interesting activities for both adults and children.

This Friday, April 28, the amateurs get the event started at 8:00 a.m. UM is joined by many other competitors from Universities across the Pacific Northwest. They will compete head to head in a variety of events like chopping, crosscut sawing, pole climbing, stock saw, obstacle pole, and axe throw.

The pro lumberjacks take over beginning at 10:00 a.m., competing for high stakes prizes! Saturday’s events include cross-cut sawing, wood chopping, pole climbing, axe throwing, log rolling and hot saws. Competitors from all over North America will be present, a number of which have competed on televised events.


See restored antique logging equipment demonstrations, a horse-drawn high wheel log hauler, live antique lumber mill demonstration, and other fascinating displays.

A beer garden and food trucks will be onsite. And the Historical Museum’s outdoor exhibits will be opening for the season, with volunteers available to help interpret the timber industry history of the region.


Entry to the weekend's events is by donation.

Suggested Donations: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors; $2 Students; $10 Families.

You can visit the museum's Forestry Day Event webpage if you need to know more.

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