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PHOTO SLIDESHOW: US Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship

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The U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship in its third year is hosted by the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum. Elite carvers from all over the world will carve their artwork during the four-day event.

Friday night, visitors will be able to purchase tickets for a reception where they can "meet and greet" the carvers and discuss the details of their carving. For $5, visitors get admission to the event and a piece of pizza. Entertainment will be provided. Quick carve completion will take place, and visitors can bid on finished art pieces that night. Sunday afternoon there will be an award ceremony, followed by an auction of the finished pieces. The US Open celebrates the rich heritage of logging and outdoors. Carvers from around the country have said that this competition has become "the best event east of the Mississippi."

2013 Schedule of Events:
August 10, 2013: Saturday (RCU Family Activities)
10:00 am to 6:00 pm - Competition and Guest Carving/Activities for kids
10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm - Bill Jamerson Concert

August 11, 2013: Sunday
10:00 am to 1:00 pm - Competition Carving
10:00 am to 2:00 pm - Guest Carving
10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm - Bill Jamerson Concert
1:00 pm - Judging of Sculptures
3:00 pm - Award Ceremony
4:00 pm - Auction of Carvings

Competition Carvers:
Jorge Baessler - Germany
Robbie Bast - Australia
Ken Braun - Colorado
Michael Frohlich - Germany
Steve Higgins - Missouri
Takao Hiyashi - Japan
Curtis Ingvoldstad - Minnesota
Hikaru Kodama - Japan
Katarina Moerth - Austria
Nito - Japan
Kazunori Ota ("Kaz") - Japan

Admission Prices:
Thursday: FREE
Friday - Sunday:
1 Day Ticket - $5.00 in advance, $6.00 at the door
Weekend Pass - $10.00 in advance, $12 at the door
***Advance tickets available at all Gordy's locations

Location: Paul Bunyan Logging Camp
Carson Park
Eau Claire

URL: http://www.uschainsawchamps.com

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