The lumberjack show features chainsaw carving, axe throwing, horizontal wood chopping, two-man crosscut sawing, log rolling and loads of humor. Other events can be presented are vertical wood chopping and one man crosscut sawing. The show employs from 2-4 performers.
Bruce Belanger has never won a lumberjack competition but that does not prevent the founder of the Great Lakes Timber Show from introducing himself as the current and five-time trystate champion. He has tried in every state and hasn't won a darn thing although he thinks it helps to have a title to get hired.
The Escanaba, Mich. native began logrolling when he was 17 years old. He worked with the Hank Peters Lumberjack Show for many years before beginning the Great Lakes Timber Show 20 years ago.
Demand for family entertainment at fairs has increased in the past several years presenting Bruce with abundant opportunities for work. He performs at state and county fairs in the summer and sport shows in the winter.
Traveling is the toughest part of the business but getting laughs from little kids and adults far outweigh the burdens of traveling. Life on the road does have its advantages. Numerous celebrities have appeared at his shows, including two defensive ends for the New York Giants who attempted the logrolling event. He also met his wife at a fair.
The Great Lakes Timber Show has appreared at State Fairs, County Fairs, Theme Parks, Festivals and Sport Shows across the United States for over 20 years. Members of the show have appeared on ABC's Wide World of Sports, ESPN, CBS This Morning, NBC Today and Good Morning America. The timber show is family freiendly entertainment for all venues large and small.