Kentucky Tree Climbing Championship, October 18 at George Rogers Clark Park

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Come out and cheer on the guys from Limbwalker as they compete in the Kentucky Tree Climbing Championship, hosted by the Kentucky Arborists Association! The championship is a great way to see what arborists do every day but with plenty of cheering and a lot more excitement.

The action starts at 8 a.m. with 25 climbers from around the state (including defending champion and Limbwalker arborist Cory Petry) competing in five preliminary events. They’ll do two speed climbs using protective gear and test their skills at placing a throwline and climbing line on a target, moving around in a tree and performing work tasks and rescuing another climber from a tree.

Contestants earn points for each event and the top three go on to the Masters’ Challenge, which starts between 2:30 and 3 p.m. The three fearless competitors will race to the top of the tallest tree in the park, between 100 and 125 feet off the ground.  (Are you impressed yet?!?) The champion moves on to the 2015 International Tree Climbing Championship in Tampa, Fl.

For a small donation to the Kentucky Arborists Association, kids can put on safety gear and participate in a special supervised climb. Local food trucks will also make an appearance. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday, huh?

Event at a glance:

-Saturday, October 18 at George Rogers Clark Park (at Poplar Level Road and Thurston Avenue near St. Xavier High School)

-Preliminary events start at 8 a.m. and go until approximately 2 p.m.

-Masters’ Challenge starts between 2:30 and 3 p.m. and will last about 30 minutes.

-The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available off Thurston Avenue.