Lumberjacking is one of those super-manly professions that helps advertisers to sell shaving cream and other masculine paraphernalia. They wear flannel shirts strategically unbuttoned to show some chest hair and occasionally even chop wood. Now I have been to many festivals around our fair country, including even a Sandstone Festival, and with my limited and - I admit - possibly stereotypical image of a lumberjack, it made perfect sense to throw a festival in honour of this outstanding vocation.
So it was that the Lumber Games gave accountants, IT technicians and estate agents the opportunity to tap into their primal need to cut though tree stumps while the proud and, no doubt, lustful womenfolk cheered them on from the sidelines. But the games weren't limited to building the male ego and, after cheering their menfolk, the ladies also went into the ring to saw through stuff.Child-friendly, despite axe throwing
For an event that promotes axe throwing as a sport, the Lumberjack Festival was remarkably child-friendly. All the activities for the children were to the power of 10. In addition to the standard jumping castles (two, not one) there was tree climbing on a super-high tree that could only be climbed with a harness, and a swing that you could not even look at without being strapped into. But all of that paled in comparison with the paper planes, the game of real children.
Lievland Wine Estate is perfectly laid out for the event with its different levels and views of the forest, the dam and all the Lumber Games activities. It was easy to keep an eye of one's offspring while not having to be in the midst of the throng. And the live music stage and the games areas were far enough from each other not to have to compete with sound.
In anticipation of this becoming a popular annual event, I for one am going to put in some practice with my tree-felling.The Yays
The small town prices for the food and drink
Excellent family-friendly fun
The proximity of the event to Cape Town
Live music with Jeremy Loops and Valiant Swart as headliners
The threatening rain that only let a few raindrops fall
Paper jetsThe Nays
The majority of the prizes at the Lumber Games were won by people who worked at the festival
No programme of the live music - on the Internet or the festival itselfArticle previously published on www.whatsonincapetown.com