Axe Women Loggers of Maine Are Chopping Through The Competition

ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) - Maine has a rich logging history and timbersports are part of that.

Lumberjacks used to compete at logging camps to see who was the best.

Things have changed a bit, but these competitions still exist and women are dominating them including the Axe Women Loggers of Maine.

Alissa Wetherbee, Owner of Axe Women Loggers of Maine says, "Timbersports is definitely a heritage sport. Most families can trace it back. Someone's grandfather, great-grandfather was a lumberjack somewhere along the way."

In a sport that used to be dominated by men, women are chopping through the competition.

She says, "We are an all girl lumberjack show. We're made up of past and present world champions and we travel all over North America to different competitions."

Their team is made up of about 12 women.

Wetherbee says, "It's actually empowering for women. Chopping, sawing, axe throwing, log rolling. One of our girls is one of the best North American speed climbers."

As with any sport, practice makes perfect.

"Honestly, we all have axe throwing targets in our back yards and chopping stands. So, we're doing that pretty much year round."

I asked Alissa Wetherbee, a two-time World Champion axe thrower, to give me a few pointers.

She says, "It's a really fun sport. It's really growing in popularity. I've been doing it for almost 20 years."

Wetherbee says once you start, it's hard to stop.

She says, "Give it a try. There's an event for everyone. If you don't love chain sawing, you might love axe throwing."

To learn more about the Axe Women Loggers of Maine, visit their website at axewomen.com.

They'll be showing off their skills at Hilltop Boilers in Newfield on March 17th and 24th.

There are multiple shows from 9 to 4 on both days. The event is free.