Paul Bunyan’s Northwoods Cook Shanty has long been known for its tasty family-style spread of food and impossible-to-resist sugar donuts. But now they’re also known for their authentic lumberjack show. Staged adjacent to the restaurant with seating for 600, the Dells Lumberjack Show features 11 different events including log rolling, pole climbing and axe throwing. World Champion lumberjacks, medalists and athletes that have been featured on ESPN’s Stihl Timbersports Series and Great Outdoor Games compete right in front of your eyes, and there is audience participation as well.
This weekend is particularly exciting for the Lumberjack team as Cassidy Scheer, Brian Stearns, and Willy “Jean Claude” Vandenlangenburg will be competing at the 55th Annual Lumberjack World Championships July 23th-25th in Hayward, WI. Long considered the premier lumberjack sports competition in the world, it attracts over 200 male and female athletes from countries around the world. Athletes will compete for over $50,000 in prize money and the title of best in the world. Check out the video below to see them in action.
You might not know that Wisconsin Dells has a rich lumberjack history. Before it was a tourist attraction, the Wisconsin River was a perfect transportation highway. The community was a busy logging route, with pines from the north being moved to larger cities in the south. It was dangerous work, given the rapids and primitively designed dams. In fact, at one point, the whole volume of the Wisconsin River was squeezed into a fifty foot wide rocky, narrow gulch. The area's first bridge, built in the 1850s, even turned logging itself into a tourist attraction as visitors stood along the bridge to watch the brave lumberjacks.
It is quite fitting, then, that we now have the Dells Lumberjack Show to pay homage to our rich history. For more information, click here.