Businesses and Competitors Gear Up for 54th Annual Lumberjack World Championships

By KBJR News 1

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM CDT

Hayward, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Lumberjacks and Lumberjills from around the world will be in Hayward Wisconsin July 25-27 for the 54th annual Lumberjack World Championships

Organizers and businesses work year round to prepare for an event like it.

"This is the biggest deposit weekend for all the businesses in the area because we not only fill the hotels and motels, but it's also all of the gas stations, grocery stores, the gift shops downtown. This is really a boon to our economy," said Diane McNamer, Executive Director of the Lumberjack World Championships.

The Lumberjack world Championship brings in about $750,000 to the Hayward economy.

Last year more than 13,000 people from around the world attended the championship.

Motels such as the Riverside Motel have been booked for months.

"It starts in January, because that's when people can call and make reservations. They would call earlier if they could, but we tell them to wait until January of the same year; but by May, June it's filled up," said Elizabeth Braeuner owner of the motel.

Not only are businesses preparing for the big week, but so are competitors.

"I've competed as an armature before, on carpet logs, but rolling on spikes is a little different and you have to get a feel for the log more so I'm a little nervous," said 15-year-old, Katherine Glodoski

This will be Glodoski's first time competing in the championship as a semi– pro log roller.

She has been doing the sport since she was 5 years old, and now teachers others.

"When you see a kid's face when they get on the log for the first time they are just so nervous and they jump in the water right away but once they get it, they are just so excited because they are just like, "oh my gosh I get this" and because not a lot of people can do it, it's just so unique, they're just excited they can do something so special," said Glodoski.

The World Championship kicks off next Thursday July 25 and runs through the 27 with shows at 6 each night.

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