A few months ago, “Timber” Tina Scheer and eight of her best logging sports athletes loaded up her truck with chain saws, axes and crosscut saws and drove 1,200 miles from Trenton to Kentucky.
That’s not the sort of thing you do for the heck of it, though. Timber Tina and her lumberjacks and lumberjills from the Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton were headed south to appear on an episode of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Producers of the show specifically asked Scheer and company to come to Kentucky to help demolish the Fairdale home of the Lampe family, who operate a tree trimming business but have fallen on hard economic times and have had medical problems. Over the course of a week in October, the show constructed a new house for them. The episode will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, on ABC.
“They called us in the middle of October, and we had less than a week to get everybody together and get down there,” said Scheer. “We drove 20 hours straight in a 12-passenger van, with about 20 axes and 6 chain saws and crosscuts stuffed in the middle. It was a wild ride.”
Maine logging sports athletes who participated in the show included Mat Mead, Allison Melton, Alissa Harper, Ethan Klein and Billy Guess. Andrea Robarge, a former lumberjill performer who also appeared on an episode of ABC’s “Wife Swap,” accompanied Scheer and the Jacks and Jills. “Extreme Makeover” also asked Gabe Rygaard of the History Channel logging industry show “Ax Men” to help take down the house.
“It was so much fun. Just to be able to participate in an event like that and see how the show works was really cool,” said Scheer. “There are just so many volunteers. There were hundreds of people, all on this little neighborhood street. It’s a little army. We got there way early in the morning the day of the demo, and the whole street was lit up like Times Square on New Year’s. It was really impressive.”
Jeff and Shelly Lampe and their six children of Fairdale, Ky., were the lucky family chosen to receive a new home. The family has medical bills related to Jeff Lampe’s job injuries, and the youngest daughter has Down syndrome.
Scheer, 45, is an old hand at reality television. Originally from Hayward, Wis., Scheer was a competitor on “Survivor: Panama — Exile Island,” and also has been featured in CBS’ “Challenge of the Sexes,” MTV’s “Real World,” and in the magazines Sports Illustrated, National Geographic and Women’s Sport & Fitness.
As for just how the lumberjacks and lumberjills actually help tear down the Lampes’ old house, Scheer says that you’ll have to wait until Sunday — she’s not allowed to reveal any further details about how they did it.
“You’ll have to tune in and see what exactly happens,” said Scheer. “I promise it’ll be entertaining.”