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John Deere Sponsors STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships


John Deere Gator™ named the official Utility Vehicle of the national event.

CARY, N.C. (June 12, 2015) — This summer, John Deere is teaming up with corporate partner STIHL Inc., to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of one of the most thrilling sports in the world, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Championships, in New York City’s Central Park on June 20, 2015. While at the event, visitors will get to witness “The Original Extreme Sport,” as well as the latest John Deere Gator™ offerings, the official Utility Vehicle of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series.

Established in 1985 by STIHL Inc., the sport pits the top lumberjack athletes in the country in chopping, sawing and cutting competitions. Based on historic lumberjack traditions, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series challenges lumberjack athletes from around the country in the disciplines of hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. These traditional disciplines test the competitors’ strength, endurance, stamina, tool skill and agility. 

John Deere Gator
“STIHL TIMBERSPORTS athletes require utility vehicles that are strong, durable and are versatile, like the John Deere Gator,” said Mark Davey, product marketing manager, John Deere. “STIHL has long been a partner of John Deere and we’re excited to highlight the Gator line of recreational and crossover utility vehicles at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships.”

For the first time in the event’s history, the U.S. Championships will be hosted in New York City’s Central Park. The competition will be a part of the Park’s annual Adventures NYC event. The Championships will be broadcast on ABC on Oct. 11, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 at 4 p.m.

Other 2015 sponsors of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series include presenting sponsor, Ram Truck, as well as Georgia Boot and Duluth Trading Company.

To learn more about the full line of John Deere Gator™ Utility Vehicles, availability and pricing, visit

To learn more about the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series visit Catch every swing, every bead of sweat, by following the event’s live stream on June 20.

About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the world’s largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through independent servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL’s website at

STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this season. The Series airs throughout the year on ABC, and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Series airs on ESPNU. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is the pinnacle event in lumberjack sports. Since 1985 the Series has grown to become the premier showcase of the decades old sport of lumberjacking with competitions held around the world.

The term TIMBERSPORTS® is a registered trademark owned by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. and refers to the series of disciplines and competitions that are part of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. As such, it should not be used as a generic description of the overall sport of lumberjack sports. This trademark refers to all modifications of the term TIMBERSPORTS such as timber sports, or timbersport. The term TIMBERSPORTS should always appear in conjunction with “STIHL.”

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