The best in chainsaw carving flock to Carson Park for U.S. Open

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The humm of chainsaws will be a fixture in Carson Park through the weekend. It's all part of the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Competition. The competition got going Thursday morning and features ten of the best chainsaw artists from all around the world. They will be giving 24 and a half hours over the next few days to make some larger than life artwork.

"This is a big competition for them. They literally travel in from all over...Japan, Germany, Canada...they've traveled from all over to compete for this U.S. Open," says Larry Doyle who is the event chairperson and is also with the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum.
"The judges are going to be looking for several different things. Number one the theme this year is wildlife/nature. When you walk under the tent and go wow that one really stands out and then it's going to get down after that to technical," explains organizer Jamie Doeren.

This is the second year Carson Park has hosted the competition. Competitors will have until noon Sunday to take an 8 foot log and make it into something spectacular.

"They’ll be creating stuff that will blow your mind. You won’t believe it's been done with a chainsaw," says Doeren.
The event this weekend benefits the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum in Carson Park.

"The judges will judge the sculptures, they'll have an award ceremony, and we'll actually auction off those pieces Sunday afternoon. So about 3:30 we'll be auctioning off pieces that you could not buy anywhere here than at the U.S. Open."

Half the proceeds go the artist and the other half will go to support day to day operations and improvements to the museum.

"I think the idea of the chainsaw and the attracts people," says Doeren.

"We hope to double, at least double attendance this year. We have a lot more publicity going on with it and everyone seems to know what's going on this year."

This is a great event for the family. There will be activities for the kids, food, and for the adults plenty more opportunities to purchase some amazing artwork.

One of the competitors is part of a reality show that is here taping the competition. The show revolves around Stacy Poitras. He's from southern California and does carvings for local businesses and homeowners, even celebrities.

"The show is focused on he and his coworkers and the interesting juxtaposition between their world and the sort of posh world they inhabit around the Malibu area," says show producer Anthony Storm. The show will debut on CMT after Thanksgiving.

Friday and Saturday = 9:30AM to 6:00PM “competition and guest carving”
Sunday = 9:30AM to 1:00 PM “competition carving”, 9:30AM to 3:00PM “guest carving”, 3:30PM “award ceremony and auction”
Admission Prices
Advance 1 Day: $5
Advance 3 Days: $10
At Gate 1 Day: $6
At Gate 3 Days: $12
Kids 6-17: $2
Kids 5 and under: FREE

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