Lumberjack Days Downhill Derby
Thank you to everyone for making the 2016 Lumberjack Days Downhill Derby a wonderful success. We had 18 racers this year, and we had our annual awards ceremony on Thursday evening before the event where the crowd votes on the winners.
The races were on Friday, July 15 on 2nd Street and the weather was gorgeous, and in the 80's. The results are below:
First place in the race went to Rubbel's Racer, a log that looks like a car from the Flintstones. This was a repeat winner from last year. It is owned and operated by Craig Casperson who also owns and operates Myron's construction in Houlton, Wi. Rubbel had to come back from the losers bracket of a double elimination tourney to take the trophy.
Second place was the Flume Mobile, Pig Feeder, referencing the guys that fed logs into the flume for rough cutting, back in lumberjack days. This was built and raced by John Greenberg, a retired Social Science and Industrial Arts teacher from Stillwater. Main feature of the racer was a battery powered lawn sprinkler.
Third place wet to Red Alert, a black vehicle with flashing red lights. This was built and raced by Rob Thompson of Osceola Wi.
In the theme categories, Proud Mary 3 won the "Best Lumberjack theme". This is the third racer that Greg Hamm has built, one for each year of the derby. It was compiled from a whole bunch of junk from Greg's garage. Really a thing of beauty.
"Most creative" was won by Chicago Dogs. This entry is form the Chicago Dog restaurant in north Stillwater and basically looks like a six foot long Chicago dog, complete with onions, relish, and the works. This is owned by Bruce Chesin and driven by Sam.
Maple Street Mavericks won both the "Best Costumed Driver" and "Looks the Fastest". It looked the fastest in the display because it was designed as a wedge of Swiss cheese, with two rodents running on wheels as the motor. The driver was dressed as a very large mouse. The Maverick was raced by Matt Lehmann and the racer was built by a bunch of Lehmann's neighbors in the Maple Street area in Stillwater.
The racers received trophies and certificates good towards the businesses in the Mainstreet Stillwater IBA. We are so grateful for the sponsorship gift from these businesses which are in the heart of the event.
The event was generously sponsored by Linda J. Besk & Ted Kozlowski and Coldwell Banker Burnet.
Thanks for being involved in our small, hometown community festival - We are the Locals, and so are you!