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Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012 11:48 pm | Updated: 11:34 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Despite a first-ever rainy day for the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ woodsman competition, the 15th annual Farthest North Forest Sports Festival was a success, with loads of participants donning plaid flannel to try their hands at hurling axes, sawing wood and starting fires.

Organizer David Valentine, a UAF professor and chair of the university’s Forest Sciences Department, said he was pleased to see so many come out for the event.

“I’m really impressed, especially with the weather. It says a lot about Fairbanks,” he said.

The morning events took place at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm fields and moved to Ballaine Lake in the afternoon.

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