- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A four-day tree-climbing competition is taking place in Belleville.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1H9ocqA ) 60 climbers are competing for cash prizes in the event that started Thursday.

Climbers use ropes and harnesses to race through trees, ringing bells attached in the branches. The climbers are professional arborists, and the competition uses simulated work situations the arborists might encounter on the job.

Canadian arborist and tree-climber Krista Strating says people in the industry share a mutual respect and are like a family.

The event is called Jambo and runs through Sunday. Spectators are welcome. Children will have the chance to climb a tree using a safety harness.

The event is organized by TreeStuff.com, which sells equipment to professional arborists.

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Online: Jambo: https://www.treestuff.com/jambo.asp

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