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Lumberjack-ed: Woodsmen-inspired competitions bring tourists, locals and Acadian Congress attendees together in P.E.I.


SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

Dozens flocked to Spinnakers' Landing on Tuesday to see if their inner lumberjacks could hack it as part of the Acadian World Congress. 

Organized by Tribu, the same company that brought the winter-themed Barbegazi to Summerside, people could try various lumberjack-themed games like log throwing, axe throwing, two-man saw and more. 

The event was part of the Acadian World Congress that is being held on P.E.I. this week. Events have been spread across the Island bringing Congress attendees, locals and other tourists together for new experiences. 

Chelsie Walsh, of Petawawa, Ont., is on the Island to visit her parents. She said it was a happy surprise to come across the activities. 

"It's fantastic."

Twenty years ago, Mark Lacedonia and his wife flew into P.E.I. for a vacation. This time the visitors from Connecticut drove to the Island so they could go anywhere they wanted. Lacedonia tried his hand at axe throwing during the event. 

Michelle Allain and her family were on the Island for the Acadian Congress. She said they're enjoying it so far. 

"We're from Memramcook, N.B. We're here until the morning of the 15th and then we'll head home for the rest of the Congress. 

"We like P.E.I., we come here for vacations. As soon as you cross that bridge, it's like you're in another world." 

Lumberjack Summerside ran from 12 to 5 p.m. on the Landing, on Aug. 13. 

"It's wonderful that this has come to the city. It's great to see people celebrating their Acadian roots. We've got people from Louisiana, Maryland across the Maritimes, all over," said Jill MacIntyre, the social media and entertainment co-ordinator for Spinnakers' Landing.

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