PIGEON FORGE, TN- The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud (http://www.lumberjackfeud.com
/) in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, announced today it will host the highly-anticipated STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series (http://www.stihltimbersports.us
/)/ U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championships June 1-3, 2012. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Lumberjack Feud box office or online. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the United Way of Sevier County. Outdoor Channel, ESPNU and TUFF TV cameras will be onsite to capture the lumberjack action.
"We're thrilled to host the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Pro and Collegiate U.S. Championships," said Rob Scheer, owner and president of the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud. "Since many of our lumberjack performers have also competed in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, this opportunity promises to provide fans with a double dose of lumberjack excitement and entertainment."
With doors opening last August, the Lumberjack Feud, the Smokies' newest and rowdiest dinner show, features world-champion lumberjack athletes demonstrating the legacy of the American logger with a showcase of action, competition, drama and comedy. Based on historic lumberjack traditions and challenging lumberjack athletes in the ultimate test of strength, endurance, stamina, tool skill and agility, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series presented by Ram Trucks showcases the nation's best lumberjacks in a winner-take-all chopping and sawing battle. The daily competition schedule is included below.
"We've been producing the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series for 27 years, and we're excited to bring the original extreme sport to The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge during the Feud's inaugural year," said Brad Sorgen, producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. "We have a long-standing relationship with Rob Scheer, and we're glad to be able to support his highly-successful show and showcase it along with the Series on national television."
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series pro competition consists of six professional lumberjack disciplines, the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. Held in conjunction with the Collegiate Series, the qualifying rounds pit the top eight lumberjacks in the region against each other with the top four pro athletes from each advancing to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Pro Championship. In addition to receiving the ultimate bragging rights in lumberjack sports and a Ram 1500 truck, the top U.S. competitor also advances to the World Championship in Lillehammer, Norway Sept. 8-9.
The Collegiate Championship, held every year in conjunction with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Pro Championship, pits the five regional collegiate champions and one wildcard pick against each other. The collegiate champion not only wins an automatic spot in the Pro Series the following season, but also a spot competing on the rookie relay team in the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship held in Lillehammer, Norway Sept. 8-9.
Established in 1985 by STIHL, the number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, billed as the Original Extreme Sport, attracts the world's top lumberjack athletes in a competition based on historic logging techniques. The Series is seen by millions of viewers annually in more than 62 countries on networks such as Eurosport, Outdoor Channel and ESPNU.
Get the latest information, stay up to date on news and competition and access behind-the-scenes photos and videos by joining the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series community online and on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
DAILY EVENT SCHEDULE
Friday, June 1
U.S. Championship - Round 1
Top 20 U.S. pros compete in six disciplines. The top 8 pros advance to the final round.
10 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT
Saturday, June 2
U.S. Championship - Final Round
Top 8 U.S. pro lumberjacks compete in six disciplines. Top performer is crowned the 2012 U.S. champion.
Noon-3 p.m. EDT
Sunday, June 3
Collegiate Championship and U.S. Relay
Six collegiate lumberjacks compete in four disciplines for the Collegiate Championship title.
Noon-3 p.m. EDT
TV AIR SCHEDULE
Sunday, June 10 at 4 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, April 25 at 8 a.m. EDT and Friday, April 27 at 2 a.m. EDT
U.S. Championship - Round 1
Sunday, June 17 at 4 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, June 20 at 8 a.m. EDT and Friday, June 22 at 2 a.m. EDT
U.S. Pro Championship - Finals
Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, June 27 at 8 a.m. EDT and Friday, June 29 at 2 a.m. EDT
Friday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. EDT
About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the world's largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through independent servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast - not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL's website at www.stihlusa.com
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2011 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The series airs throughout the year on the Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV, and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Series airs on ESPNU. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is the pinnacle event in lumberjack sports. Since 1985 the Series has grown to become the premier showcase of the decades old sport of lumberjacking with competitions held around the world.
The term TIMBERSPORTS® is a registered trademark owned by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. and refers to the series of disciplines and competitions that are part of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. As such, it should not be used as a generic description of the overall sport of lumberjack sports. This trademark refers to all modifications of the term TIMBERSPORTS such as timber sports, or timbersport. The term TIMBERSPORTS should always appear in conjunction with "STIHL."
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