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Wild Outdoors Festival 

Friday, June 5-Saturday, June 6

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What do a lumberjack, a mechanical bull and a dock-jumping dog have in common? The Wild Outdoors Festival! A playground for the great outdoors enthusiast, the Thanksgiving Point festival offers a rucksack of interactive activities, including Buck Wild mechanical bull riding and an Air Force simulator; as well as informative demonstrations including camping displays and a fly-fishing demo.

The festival is hosting the 24th season of the STIHL Timbersports series, inviting professional athletes from all over the world to contend in a variety of traditional lumberjack skills competitions. The head-to-head games include “stock saw,” a contest involving chainsaws and the craft of the clean cut, and “springboard,” a race to the top of a 9-foot pole using two springboards. The STIHL Timbersports series is a national and internationally televised sporting event on ESPN2. The publicized event will provide a podium for Utah’s pride and love for our greater outdoors.

Also a dog-friendly event, the festival is featuring Splash Dogs, a dog-devotee business that tours the United States organizing and promoting dog dock-jumping competitions. With wet paws soaring through the air, the sport of pup water pouncing provides competitive fun for the whole family. Another K9 activity presented is Course A’ Lure, a Utah-based traveling dog obstacle course. Using a lure, the owners Bob and Cyndi Conwell can lure even the most timid of hounds through the run.

Fun for all—the four-legged furry kind and the outdoorsy aficionado.

Wild Outdoors Festival @ Thanksgiving Point Electric Park, 3003 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, 801-768-2300, June 5-6. Festival 10 a.m.-8 p.m., competitions 12 p.m.-6 p.m. ThanksgivingPoint.com

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