Today was a wonderful day to experience the culture in the Pacific Northwest. I attended the Buckley Log Show which started with a parade and ended with a series of competitions in chopping and cutting wood.
The parade was fun. It was a hot day, so people loved when they were sprayed with water from the people in the parade. The clowns were especially popular.
Some of the competitions were quite scary. Climb on a high pole with only a rope and spikes on your boots, and then have to use both hands to saw through a log on the top of the pole! Very scary!
I had always heard that you were not supposed to run with scissors. Instead, how about a competition where you run with a chain saw and then run up a log to cut off the end of the log. I would fall for sure.
The Log Show competitions were quite impressive. These were especially strong, talented individuals. I do not think I would do well racing as fast as possible to saw through a large log. In one event, a woman used a handsaw and beat a guy sawing through a log next to her. The women in the audience shouted loudly and the moderator teased the guy that lost. However, I would not have been able to keep up with either one of them.
The most difficult event was “tree toping” when you have to climb a pole around 60 feet in the air and then cut off the top layer of the log on top. This is an extraordinarily difficult event. Some people tired so much climbing the pole with a rope that they had little energy left to saw the log at the top once they scaled the whole pole.
However, the event that wowed the crowd the most was watching the modified chain saws slice through wood like butter. In this category, people added V8 car engines to a chain saw. There was large noise and enormous power as these chain saws sliced through the large log. It took 4 people to carry these chain saws to the log and then two people needed to hold it for the actually sawing. It was very impressive!