Carvers converge to whittle

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Whittling with the wood. Or in Moffat County terms, 'Whittle da Wood Wandezvous.'

At City Park Saturday, residents will be able to witness the catchy phrase in action. The Moffat County Tourism Association, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Craig Parks and Recreation and Cocoa Cola are sponsoring the Whittle da Wood Wandezvous from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The festival will entail a wood-carving competition and arts and crafts show, along with concerts by Derringer and Night Rider. Crafts, vendors, food and beer will be available.

All festivities are free.

Wood carvers started whittling at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and will be finished by 4 p.m. Saturday. Judging will begin at 5 p.m. There are three categories of judging: People's Choice, Artist's Choice and Judge's Choice. Winners of the People's and Artist's choice categories will receive ribbons while the Judge's Choice receive monetary awards. First place will receive $750, second place, $500 and third place $250.

Greg Knez is the lone local carver and other competitors have travelled from as far away as Wales and Lithuania.

James Schultz, a carver from Black Forest, near Colorado Springs, is a bear carver. He is using two trees and carving a bear reaching for a honey pot. A professional, Schultz loves his job and it shows through his work. He expects to have his sculpture complete by Friday night and will paint the old Cottonwood tree Saturday.

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