The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Lumberjack Championships Swing into Pigeon Forge June 7-9

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Nation’s Premier Lumberjack Competition Airs Live on STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US

America’s top lumberjacks will converge on The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. June 7-9 for the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series U.S and Collegiate Championships presented by Ram Trucks, the nation’s premier lumberjack competition. The U.S. Championships will feature 20 chopper/sawyers and six collegiate competitors chopping and sawing their way into the record books for a slice of the championship title in front of Outdoor Channel, ESPNU and TUFF TV cameras.

The heart-pumping, wood-chopping action kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7 and at noon Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. See full schedule below. The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud arena opens an hour before competition each day. Fans of the sport around the country can now join the action thanks to the Series’ live web stream that can be watched here.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.lumberjackfeud.com. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships will host a lumberjack beard challenge on Saturday and Sunday, awarding the best beard in attendance a $100 STIHL product certificate.

On Saturday, June 8, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series will host and honor the first-responder organization, Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW) for their tremendous and selfless efforts towards aiding victims of natural disasters, including relief for the recent devastating Moore, Okla. EF-5 tornado victims. ROWW activates its deployments within hours of disasters with a passion to aid victims. As an official partner of ROWW, STIHL provides the necessary outdoor power equipment tools to help the volunteers in their relief efforts and recovery processes, including chain saws, augers and cut-off machines.

The Lumberjack Feud will also host the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home at the Championships, providing 80 tickets for children and staff to enjoy the competition and get a taste of the pro lumberjack action and excitement. The Smoky Mountain Children’s Home provides care for at risk children and teens through its Residential Care and Foster Care programs.

In the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship, the 20 athletes will compete in six lumberjack disciplines including the hot saw, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop, racing the clock and each other. They will start in two pools of 10 with the top five in each pool advancing to the final U.S. Championship round Saturday, June 8. The winner not only claims the coveted national title but will advance to the World Championship in Stuttgart, Germany Oct. 25-26.

Sunday’s competition will feature the Collegiate Championship, where the nation’s top six collegiate lumberjacks compete in four professional disciplines, the standing block chop, single buck, stock saw and underhand chop, with the winner receiving an automatic spot in the 2014 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series and a spot on the international rookie team that will compete at the World Championship in Stuttgart this October. Fans will also get to experience the U.S. Relay competition on Sunday when the give regional teams (Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Southern and Western) and one collegiate team face off in a four-discipline race to determine the best lumberjack team in the nation.

DAILY EVENT SCHEDULE
Friday, June 7: U.S. Championship – Round 1 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET)
Top 20 U.S. pros compete in six disciplines. The top 10 pros advance to the final round.    

Saturday, June 8: U.S. Championship – Final Round (Noon – 3 p.m. ET)
Top 10 U.S. pros compete in six disciplines. Top performer is crowned the 2013 U.S. champion.    

Sunday, June 9    Collegiate Championship and U.S. Relay (Noon – 3 p.m. ET)
Six collegiate lumberjacks compete in four disciplines for the Collegiate Championship title.
U.S. Relay – Five regional teams and one college team of four competitors face off in a four-discipline race to determine the best lumberjack team in the country    

Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV cameras will be on site to catch the wood-chopping, saw-screaming action. The 2013 U.S. Championship shows will air on Outdoor Channel this June. The airing schedule appears below and can be found here.

TV AIR SCHEDULE: Outdoor Channel
College Championship: Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. ET    
U.S. Championship Finals:    Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m. ET    
U.S. Championship Qualifiers & Relays: Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. ET    

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 ESPNU, Eurosport, Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV.

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.

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 http://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 in addition to the Outdoor Channel. 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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