VB Festival of Champions Brings Fierce Competition and Rocking Country Beats to Mount Trashmore Park

Monday, April 11, 2022

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Mount Trashmore Park will be rocking with the sounds of chainsaws buzzing, hoses spraying, and country beats blaring on Saturday, May 7, as the Firefighter Challenge presented by STIHL returns along with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® US Trophy event for the Virginia Beach Festival of Champions! Following a day of fierce competitions, spectators can enjoy a special concert by Celeste Kellogg put on by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.

The competitions will begin on May 7, from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. with the Firefighter Challenge Team Relay event. Designed to showcase the extraordinary athleticism of America's firefighters, the event demonstrates the essential skills of firefighting including climbing a five-story tower in full PPE gear, dragging and hoisting fire hoses, victim rescue, racing around obstacles, and simulating forcible entry all while competing against the clock to determine the best of the best. Competitor registration has begun and interested participants can sign up until the day of the event at firefighterchallenge.com.

Moving over to the main stage from 2-4 p.m., the nation's top 12 ranked lumberjack athletes will compete with razor-sharp axes and high-powered chainsaws in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® US Trophy event. The athletes will perform four different disciplines back-to-back in grueling knockout matchups, all in less than two minutes. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®, the original extreme sport, started in 1985 at regional U.S. logging competitions and has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon with National Championships in 27 countries. The Trophy event is the sport's most physically demanding competition.

Once the sawdust has settled, the Mount Trashmore stage will welcome Nashville-charting recording artist Celeste Kellogg for a free concert from 5-7 p.m. Celeste was named the Nashville Universe Rising Star in 2016 and the Nashville Universe Female Vocalist of the Year in 2018.

The Virginia Beach Festival of Champions event will also feature family-friendly activities, the Virginia Beach Monster Fire Truck, food trucks, and alcohol sales benefiting the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation. For more information, visit VBgov.com/foc.  

About Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City's coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department's vision is to be the national leader in providing enriching and memorable lifelong experiences. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit VBgov.com/parks or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/VBparksrec.


About Firefighter Challenge
With the first Firefighter Combat Challenge taking place in 1991, the mission is to promote and showcase the talents, skills and athleticism of America's firefighter heroes and heroines in an exciting and entertaining sports competition that travels the United States simulating the essential skills of firefighting (climbing a five-story tower in full PPE gear, dragging and hoisting a fire hose, simulating forcible entry, and racing around obstacles. The Firefighter Challenge motivates, identifies and celebrates America's "best of the best" firefighters. Competitors can learn more and register to compete at firefighterchallenge.com.


STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® - The Original Extreme Sport – features the nation's best lumberjack sports athletes. Competitors go head-to-head using razor sharp axes and high-powered chainsaws in six thrilling disciplines: the underhand chopstock sawstanding block chopsingle buckspringboard chop and hot saw. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® started in 1985 at regional U.S. logging competitions, and has grown to become a worldwide phenomenon with National Championships in 27 countries, culminating in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships (Individual and Team Relay). The sport now includes an impressive roster of Men, Women and Rookie Divisions.

Fans can follow all of the sport's heart-pounding action via social media by visiting FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.



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