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Start your beards and button your flannels: Man of the Cliff brings lumberjack games to Avon through Sunday

Man of the Cliff started in Red Cliff years ago and moved to Avon fairly recently.
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You’ve got to love an event with a tagline like this: “Gentlemen, start your beards!”

Flannel-clad folks will be flocking to Avon’s Nottingham Park today and Sunday to take part in the 11th annual Man of the Cliff.

This event brings different types of competitions to the Vail Valley. Instead of mountain biking or trail running, participants get to show their skills at ax throwing, keg tossing, speed chopping, spear throwing and other lumberjack games.

Man of the Cliff isn’t just for the guys; ladies do pretty well during the competitions, also. Some of the tasks are more about finesse than pure strength.

New this year is the four-person team event. Get your plaid posse together, and see if you can out-chop and out-toss the other teams. The winning team will be announced Sunday, along with the Man and Woman of the Cliff.

This event started out as an idea hatched by Amanda Williams and her husband, Adam, while they were enjoying time with friends around a campfire in Red Cliff. The concept grew and became a reality in Red Cliff for many years before moving to Avon.

Every year, Man of the Cliff puts money toward a nonprofit. This year Can Do Multiple Sclerosis will receive the proceeds.

To learn more about the event or to register a team, go to http://www.manofthecliff.com.

Slots fill up fast, so register in advance. Participation costs $85, but you can also come and watch. Spectators pay $10 and the proceeds all go to Can Do MS. Bonfire Brewing will be on hand to make sure no one goes thirsty throughout the weekend.