US Log Rolling Open in Orland Park Honored by SportsEvents Magazine

US Log Rolling Open in Orland Park Honored by SportsEvents Magazine
Posted on 03/03/2017

The Village of Orland Park hosted an inaugural sporting event last summer when the United States Log Rolling Open Tournament was held at the village's Lake Sedgewick at Centennial Park. The national tournament drew 20 professional log rolling competitors from all over the country and was broadcasted regionally on Comcast SportsNet.

Most recently, the United States Log Rolling Open was honored by SportsEvents Magazine, highlighting the first professional log rolling tournament ever held in Illinois.

"The village was excited to host this unique and fun professional sporting event," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "When the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau presented the village with the opportunity to host it, we jumped at the chance to be a part of this first --- not only for Orland Park, but also for Illinois."

SportsEvents Magazine honored the log rolling competition after asking sports event professionals to nominate those that made memorable impressions and earned the right to be a Sports Event to Watch in 2017. Nominations were received from readers throughout the year with the top picks chosen based on results from an online voting system.

"Sports tourism is big business and the economic impact of these and other sporting events are significant," said Jim Garrett, President/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB. "Our region offers a variety of excellent sporting venues, and the CSCVB will continue to aggressively market and sell our region as a sports destination."

The sport of log rolling consists of two opponents standing on a floating log, both attempting to spin the log in a way that sends the other into the water. The person with the best out of five victories is declared the winner.

"We're honored to know that Orland Park was asked to host this tournament because of its central location that includes lots of pedestrian-friendly areas," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee. "This was a fun event for the village to host and a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful Centennial Park."

"Hosting an event of this magnitude is also great for the local economy with people stopping at Orland Park's restaurants and stores when they come to town to see the competition," the mayor added.

Those who missed last year's competition can catch the live competition in 2017 as the second annual US Log Rolling Competition is set for June 10 at Orland Park's Lake Sedgewick in Centennial Park.