2nd Annual Crown City Lumberjack Competition to be Part of STIHL Lumberjacks Challenge TV Series

Date of Release: 04-19-2006 Contact: crsc@cortlandsports.org

April 5, 2006

Machell Phelps (607) 756-1864
CRSC 37 Church Street Cortland, NY 13045

The Cortland Regional Sports Council announced today that the upcoming Crown City Lumberjack Invitational will be taped and aired as part of an upcoming Canadian Television Series - STIHL Lumberjacks Challenge.

Bill Deba, who is the Producer and Host of the series was also the Announcer at last year's inaugural Crown City Lumberjack Invitational. "After spending time at the event and in the area last year, I was impressed with the quality of the Cortland event and this part of the Finger Lakes Region." Bill has been the Producer/Host of the Series and involved in the sport since 1982.

"Bill has helped to bring his passion for lumberjack sports to millions of viewers for a number of years while assisting with the promotion of the athletes and the sport in general" explained Machell Phelps, Executive Director of the Cortland Regional Sports Council. "We are honored to have him choose our event to be a part of the STIHL Lumberjacks Challenge."

Covering competitions all over North America, STIHL Lumberjacks Challenge is a 13 episode TV series that started in 2000. Airing annually in Canada on the Sports Network (TSN) and Outdoor Life Network (OLN), the series also aired on OLN in the United States from 2001-2004. Negotiations to bring the series back to the States are on-going.

A total of 2 episodes for the 2006 series will be produced from the event, which will go to air in Canada during the fall of 2006.

Jim Dempsey, Director of the Cortland County Convention & Visitor's Bureau also added that "It is our hope that by partnering with the Crown City Lumberjack Invitational and the STIHL Lumberjacks Challenge that Canadian viewers will take notice of this superior event along with the beautiful landscape of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State."

The event will take place on May 20th at the JM McDonald Sports Complex. Seating is limited to 800 spectators and advance sale tickets will be available starting April 28th by calling the Cortland Regional Sports Council at 756-1864 or the JM McDonald Sports Complex at 753-8100.

Bill Deba Producer/Host


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