FVCC Logger Sports Team to Showcase Skills at Stumpjumper Days

Stumpjumper Days showcases the state’s rich history of forestry and logging

By Beacon Staff
A member of the Flathead Valley Community College's logger sports team executes a horizontal hard hit during practice on FVCC property near Hutton Ranch Plaza. Lido Vizzutti/Flathead Beacon

The best logger sports program in the nation is hosting its annual showcase competition in Kalispell next month.

Flathead Valley Community College’s Logger Sports team will host the 2016 Stumpjumper Days competition on April 9. Free and open to the public, the event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the FVCC Logger Sports Arena, accessible via the first exit off the Hutton Ranch Road roundabout.

Stumpjumper Days showcases the state’s rich history of forestry and logging as participants compete for the Bull of the Woods, Belle of the Woods through a series of logger events. FVCC has hosted the annual competition since 1972, with the exception of 2006 when the new logger sports arena was under construction.

The FVCC team has won 14 first-place trophies at the Association of Western Forestry Clubs (AWFC) Conclave, the largest logger sports event in the Northwest. FVCC is the only team to win four consecutive Conclave championships (1988 – 1991). It also is the only team to capture the Conclave title five years in a row (1996 – 2000).

The team has captured more national championship wins than any other logger sports team in the nation.

This year’s Stumpjumper Days competition will attract students from six western colleges and universities, including the University of Montana, Montana State University, University of Idaho, Spokane Community College, Northern Arizona University and FVCC.

For more information, visit www.fvcc.edu/loggersports.html.

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