INDIANAPOLIS - Axe throwing and speed pole climbing and log rolling, oh my! State Fair visitors can see all these feats of strength and power performed by real outdoorsmen as the Timberworks Lumberjack Show rolls into Indianapolis for the duration of the fair, Aug. 5 - 21.
The Wisconsin-based lumberjacks have been entertaining audiences throughout North America, Australia and Africa since 1980, including a couple of previous appearances at the Indiana State Fair.
"The crowds were huge in past years at the Indiana State Fair, and it was great!" said Sue Hadley, general manager of the show. "We expect the same kind of atmosphere, if not better, this year."
Each performance offers a unique, action-packed event that's fun for the entire family. Show owner and former Iron Jack World Champion Dave Weatherhead is in his third decade with the show, and takes pride in not only entertaining crowds, but also educating them. Each show details the sport's 19th century origins as competing logging camps tried to out-do each other for bragging rights.
"I got involved through 4-H," Weatherford said. "I competed in a 4-H cross-cut sawing competition when I was young, and here I am all these years later."
Located in Riley Fun Park, the performing lumberjacks will have three daily shows at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
About Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers. Admission is $7 in advance, $8 at the gate - kids 5 and younger are free. For more information, please visit http://www.indianastatefair.com/.
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