By Rachelle Burkett-Rodarte
There’s a feud going on in Pigeon Forge with The Great Annual Christmas Competition. The roar of chainsaws wielded by muscle bound loggers racing to demolish four and six foot logs are certain proof. One look at the muscles on the men at the feud will make the ladies melt. It takes a real dedicated athleticism to handle the tools of the logging trade.
The loggers at the Lumberjack Feud are real competitors. These guys are not just fooling around. They take just a few swings of an ax to whack through a ten inch wide log. There are ten different events to this competition. However, there are plenty of elements of fun too. Singing, clogging and a Christmas theme complete with a lumber-fool that keeps getting electrocuted while stringing Christmas lights at the top of a moonshine still way up on a indoor cliff. Every feud’s got a Cookie.
Among the zip zoooopa of the two-man-cross-cut logging saws, guests are treated to an enormous meal with all the trimmings. You actually need the fork that’s stuck into the half of a full size chicken. No tiny pigeons served there. During the meal you are treated to two teams competing in a full array of lumberjack logging events. Logs are sawed, chopped, buzzed and hauled in every manner imaginable. The tree climbing event is first attempted by a couple of innocent guests. It’s all in good fun, but, that’s a good excuse not to sit in the front row. Then a couple of real lumberjacks seem to run vertically up the poles. Men are not the only competitors. They got lumber-jills and world champion timbe rdogs competing too. The four man team events combine the jacks and the jills compete together racing to see who is the fastest at their strenuous tasks. Of course, the two-man log rolling is always a favorite.
This feud comes with a purpose too. A Holiday Food Drive is going on until November 20. The local rate for the show-only option with the donation of four or more cans of food gets you free admission. Locals may choose the dinner show upgrade for a small fee. Donated food will benefit Sevier County Food Ministries. Local admission is good for Anderson, Blount, Cocke, Hamblin, Jefferson, Knox and Sevier counties.
When planning your holiday schedule, this is a definite must-see Christmas show. It was a lot of fun and a good meal. The Lumberjack Feud also makes it easier to plan with a show-only option if you are already stuffed from dinner, except save room for the Lumberjack cookies. Just a warning these are really high-fiber cookies. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox would even have a rough time gnawing through these big cookies.
The Lumberjack Feud is located at 2713 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Shows start at 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Call for reservations and tickets at 865-428-8688.