The Lumberjack Show

One of the highly entertaining acts at the 2014 South East Field Days was the Lumberjack Show.  Like most other Aussies, I knew a little about the tradition, but had never seen it in action before.  The team was actually a bit of League of Nations.  Two Canadians, one American, and one New Zealander.  The weather was perfect that day – a real bonus as the previous day had been rain and howling winds.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHamming it up – a long way up!  Note that by this time all equipment has been discarded…..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFast and furious action as they vied to be the first to finish.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis bloke could pull the funniest faces, and really engaged with the crowd – especially the children.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn a short space of time he’d carved out the face of a rabbit – just putting the whiskers on as a finishing touch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn despair, for he’d made a ‘mistake’ and ‘accidently’ removed the rabbit’s head…..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd cleverly created the sweetest little chair!  There was a call then for the youngest audience member to test out the chair….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYes, she was very cute 🙂

More wisecracking took place, and further high jinks, and one of the men then needed to go to the ‘dunny’, which of course, provided the opportunity for further merriment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGreat little building….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut trouble was in store….. one lighted fuse coming right up!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKaboom!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPoor man – who’d enjoy their peace being disturbed like that!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever, after he’d had a good moan and groan, it was time to get on with the final act – rolling the logs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt least the weather wasn’t cold, and I’m sure that by this time they’d worked up a sweat, so the dipping wouldn’t have been unwelcome.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll ages of spectators watched the show….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey seemed to enjoy the show as much as I did.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the end of the show, several tiny chairs were available for sale, and there were plenty of young lads waiting to purchase theirs and get it autographed.  No girls lined up…..  although I have to say, I was tempted!

Monty Python deserves to have the final say…..

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6 thoughts on “The Lumberjack Show

  1. What a wonderful day. And not all that much difference in the appearance of the crowd from one you’d see here, although the hats and boots were a little difference. I think log rolling is just amazing.

    Do your lumberjacks have any mythical heroes, like our Paul Bunyan? Do they tell tall tales, or just get on with it and cut down trees?

    Great photos!

    • I’m not aware of Australia having lumberjacks as such, although of course there has been a history of timber cutters, especially in Tasmania. Perhaps that’s why this show is so popular – giving us a taste of a different way of life.

    • Many thanks Clover! I’m a bit time poor at present, but hope to catch up with your blog again soon. Hoping you’re finally getting some Spring weather and having a good time in the garden. 🙂

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