MOUNT DESERT, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Most people think of chopping wood as a chore, but for lumberjills, it's a lifestyle.
Alissa Harper is a professional pro timber sports athlete based out of Mount Desert. She and her Axe Woman team recently returned from the World's Open Lumberjill Contest in Boonville, New York, where they took home top honors in events like the log roll and ax throwing.
The group also puts on shows all over the country. Alissa says she has always had a connection to the sport, and she hopes her team's success can inspire a new generation of lumberjills.
"It's so cool that they are doing it in college now," says Harper. "If we're in Connecticut we can say, 'You know what, this is Jenny. Jenny just graduated from the UConn woodsmen team, and you know, if you go there in so many years, you can join the woodmen team.'"
Alissa and the Axe Women leave Thursday, August 29 for their next show in Idaho.
To see their schedule, or to find out more about the team, visit www.axewomen.com.