Sawdust flew at the Butte-Silver Bow County Fair Thursday as two lumberjacks wielded turbocharged chainsaws and entertained a cheering crowd with a variety of antics.
It’s the first year the fair, held at the Butte Civic Center, has hosted a lumberjack show, according to Lisa Pedersen, fair spokesperson.
Clad in red suspenders and plaid shirts, Geno Cummings and Nick Hastedt faced off in a few old-fashioned lumberjack events. One of the most impressive feats is the speed climb, where the two shimmy as fast as they can up and down 45-foot poles. Despite Hastedt loosening his rope and dropping a good 10 feet onto the cushion below, Cummings won that competition.
In the end, Hastedt prevailed after beating Cummings in a log rolling competition in a pool in front of the stage. Though his pants were soaked up to his knees, Cummings was the drier one of the duo after Hastedt fell completely into the water.
The lumberjacks, of DLW Lumberworks of Wisconsin, whipped out chainsaws for a few events, including a log-cutting competition with turbocharged saws.
The lumberjacks’ show — along with an array of other entertainment — continues Friday and Saturday, capped with the Bellamy Brothers at 9 p.m. Saturday outside of the civic center.