By Emily Burditt
Log rollers from across the country met Saturday to compete in the 2019 Midwest Log Rolling Championships.
The winner of the professional log rollers took home a $200 prize. Competitors were separated by experience and junior competitors were separated by age.
U17 Division first-place winner Claire Keech does log rolling for the experience.
"I think it's just interesting to see what everyone has to bring, and there's a lot of different techniques, so it's fun to just learn and stick with friends," Keech said.
She has done log rolling for six years and hopes to make it to the World Championships for log rolling this August and maybe even become a semi-pro one day.
Beyond the competition, the log rollers raised money to help research possible treatments and cures for Huntington's disease. When six-time world champion log roller Shana Verstegen lost her mom to Huntington's disease in 2013, she knew something had to be done.
As the director of the Midwest Log Rolling Championships, Verstegen began raising money to donate to the Huntington's Disease Society of America, which also researches diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
"It's just such a special feeling to have all these people out here fighting for a cause," Verstegen said. "We are so close to a cure… it's unbelievable, and everybody knows it."
All the proceeds help families in Wisconsin.
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