Chainsaws and Chuckwagons

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2019 carver line-up listed below.
When:
July 17-20, 2019
Where: Main Street in Downtown Frederick (between Fourth St. and Fifth St. next to Crist Park) 105 5th Street, Frederick CO 80530


2019 Event Details

Only the most masterful chainsaw carvers can turn giant logs into beautiful works of art and we’re bringing them to Frederick to compete against each other! The carving competition will take place on Main Street in Downtown Frederick and there will be live music and food trucks, or Chuckwagons as we like to call them, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!

Quick Carve Auctions


On Thursday, July 18th and Saturday, July 20th at 6 pm, visitors will get a visual treat with the hour-long quick carves. Carvers have one hour to create a smaller carving that is then auctioned off on the spot. Auctions will take place in our Crist Park gazebo between 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. or until all of the quick cares are gone. Those interested in being the highest bidder and purchasing a one-of-a-kind art piece should bring a credit card or cash.

Carving Contest 
Don't forget! This is a competition. On Saturday, July 20 bring the whole family to Crist Park to see the completed wood carvings, vote for your favorite masterpiece carving (the big ones) and see the winners while enjoying live music and fun kids activities! See below for the full list of live music, kids activities, chuckwagons (food trucks) and more happening all afternoon! Public voting will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Carvers Choice Award, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be announced right after the quick carve auction between 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Event Schedule: Please note that all times are approximate and the carvers choose their own carving schedule throughout the competition.

Wednesday,  July 17

10 a.m. - Event kickoff with carving all day. Come on down to Crist Park to meet the carvers, take some "before" pictures and watch as the start up the chainsaws and make their first cuts. Carvers will have carvings of various sizes and styles for sale through Saturday.

Thursday, July 18
Carving all day

4 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Chuckwagons, bands in the gazebo and beer garden. Entertainment includes Taste of Shakespeare, a traveling performance group who look to enchant their audience with sonnets, wish granting and short performances.

Chuckwagons Include: What the Fork, Tacos with Altitude, Wheels on Fire and Kona Ice.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.  - Quick Carve. Carvers have one hour to create a one of a kind carving.

7 p.m.  - Live Auction. Those interested in being the highest bidder and purchasing a one-of-a-kind art piece should bring a credit card or cash.

Friday, July 19 - Chainsaws and Choppers

Carving all day

4 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Chuckwagons, bands in the gazebo and beer garden. Rev up your engines because it's bike night with Harley Davidson. Be sure to stop by to check out the surprise band and celebrate Chainsaws and Choppers.

Bands in the Gazebo:
Defunkt Railroad from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Strange Parade from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Chuckwagons: What the Fork, Tacos with Altitude, Slawpy, Waffle Cakes, Kona Ice and Squeezers

Saturday,  July 20:

Carvers are finishing their masterpieces. All carvers must finish by 4 pm.

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Chainsaw Carving Festival with kids activities, bounce house, bands in the gazebo, and a beer garden
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  - The Salida Circus is in town! See aerialists, duo acro acts, a stilt walker and juggling.
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.  - Ann Lincoln magic show 
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Public votes for their favorite masterpiece. One vote per person. You must be present between 4 pm - 6 pm to vote! 
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.  - Quick Carve
7:00 p.m. - Auctioneer with Quick Carve Auction and Chainsaw Competition winner announcement

Bands in the Gazebo:
Wall Paper House Band from 12 p.m. - 1 :30 p.m. 
South to Cedars from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. A powerhouse of vocal harmony and acoustic instrumentation, South To Cedars blends elements of folk, bluegrass, alternative country and rock to deliver an original brand of genre-bending tunes.
Mojo Mamas from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Mojomama combines Old School R&B and Funk influences from Aretha Franklin to Susan Tedeschi to Steely Dan leaving you with a new yet familiar sound. The band behind Jessica's voice is tight and explosive with their tight rhythms and face melting guitar work. 

Chuckwagons: What the Fork, Tacos With Altitude, Wheels on Fire, Slawpy Barn, Snowball Shack, Sweet Cow and Squeezers. 

Volunteers


This 4-day event has something for everyone to get involved. From answering questions at the town tent to sweepin' up sawdust, the fun never ends! Sign up today for a volunteer position!                                                                                
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2019 Carvers

2019 Chainsaw CarversFromInfo
Ken Braun Jr.Montrose, Colorado@RusticArts
Justin DriverFarmington, KentuckyOnce Upon a Log
Philip "Blacka" KajemusukBoulder, Colorado
Justine ParkLongmont, Colorado
Matt OunsworthFort Collins, Colorado MattOChainsaw
Fernando Dulnuan Jr.Norman, OklahomaDon's Chainsaw Creations
Joe SrholezGypsum, ColoradoSweetwater Trading Post 
Kyle ThomasSussex, WisconsinRed Rabbit Wood Carving
Jake SwansonLowell, Vermont
Nate HallLincoln, Nebraska3 Timber Studio


  1. Sponsorship Information
  2. Volunteer Information

A special thanks to the 2019 sponsors who make this event possible: Anadarko, Chick-fil-A Larkridge, Elm Sponsors American Arborists, JK Transports, Premier Members Credit Union, Stapp Interstate Toyota, St. Vrain Sanitation, Renewal by Anderson  and United Power. If you'd like to support Chainsaws and Chuckwagons, please view our Sponsor Form to see the benefits and options for partnering with the Town of Frederick. You may also email Events Coordinator, Angela Wilson to get more information. 

Harley Davidson logosponsor

2018 Winners

Prizes

1st Place: Matt Ounsworth with "RAWwwwww!" $2,000.00
2nd Place: Ken Braun Jr. with "Elephant Play"  $1,500.00
3rd Place: Justin Driver with "Roar-A-Saurus" $1,000.00
Carvers Choice Award: David Lish with "Angels in Woodwork" $500.00

2017 Event Photos

various art
sculptures for sale
Sculpture
eagle
Molly
sculpter
sculpture horse
bull
kids game
music
Bear sculpture
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