Orland Park Welcomes June 10 National Log Rolling Tournament to Lake Sedgewick

Orland Park Welcomes June 10 National Log Rolling Tournament to Lake Sedgewick
Posted on 06/06/2017

Orland Park will again be the site of the U.S. Log Rolling Open National Tournament at the village's Lake Sedgewick on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The free event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. and will be regionally broadcast on Comcast SportsNet after the event.

This national tournament brings the world's top-ranked log rollers to Orland Park's 75-acre lake located inside the village's Centennial Park. Lake Sedgewick is one of the community's prized locations for fishing, pedal boats and kayaks.

"It's exciting for a national sports competition to be held in Orland Park," said Mayor Keith Pekau. "We welcome all of the visitors coming to Orland Park from other countries, states and towns."

In a log rolling competition, opponents step onto a floating log, spin it repeatedly, stop or snub it suddenly to try to reverse the motion of the log in order to send their opponents into the water. A match is the best three out of five falls.

"Last year's inaugural event was a fun and unique addition to our village events," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee. "For those who missed the competition, we hope you'll come out on June 10 and cheer on these talented athletes."

Log rolling has grown to include more top pro rollers, adding to the excitement of viewing the tournament live. Picnic tables and bleachers will be available, but spectators are welcome to bring more comfortable portable chairs or blankets to enjoy the park and watch the event. Concessions will be available for purchase.

"Spectators will see top professional log rollers, including last year's world champion Ellie Davenport, competing atop a floating log battling to see who will win the best out of five and move on within the bracket," said Tournament Director Katie Rick. "The event is free to the public and will be broadcast after the fact on Comcast SportsNet. Additionally, they will be able to satisfy a sweet tooth craving with Nothing Bundt Cakes."

Visitors are urged to park at the 153rd Street Metra Train Station. Parking for the event is free and all are welcome to attend.

"Chicago Southland became home to the U.S. Log Rolling Open in June of 2016 and this venture boosted the marketing for the sport as well as benefitted the economic impact of this region," said Jim Garrett, President/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB.

To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/uslogrollingopen or http://www.visitchicagosouthland.com/uslogrollingopen.