What began as a local, amateur tournament continues to grow with rich, historic roots in the Black River.
The 9th Annual Three Rivers Roleo Log Rolling Tournament is set to take place on Saturday, July 9 off of 111 Irving Street in Onalaska (the Great River Landing along the Black River).
Katie Rick, Director of the Three Rivers Roleo Log Rolling Tournament, said it began as a way to celebrate the sport she loved and the rich history of the area.
"We both had a great passion for the sport, my younger brother Jacob and I and we both loved it. We thought, we're going to build something incrementally, step by step throughout the years and grow it into something where hopefully, the young amateurs who starting rolling in the La Crosse area will have a home tournament," said Rick.
Three Rivers Roleo is a professional and amateur log rolling tournament on a historic logging site, the Great River Landing where one of many sawmills used to be.
"It's great to have people come here and see Onalaska. We have construction and I'm excited they have the plans up there at the top of the hill so it's great to see the venue change and develop. With the people across the country and spectators coming, they get to see where the sport traditionally started. We used to have the Black River right behind us was one of the traditional logging lumberjack parts of the town, which is why our area was founded," added Rick.
Athletes will include hometown favorites as well as other professionals who have been featured on ESPN. Three Rivers Roleo airs on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Organizers advice those in attendance to bring a lawn chair and cooler. The event is free to the public.
Throughout the summer, log rolling classes are offered at this site for individuals of all ages through the Onalaska Parks & Rec. Department.
MORE INFORMATION: Three Rivers Roleo Log Rolling Tournament
MORE INFORMATION: Onalaska Parks & Recreation Department