Whittle the Wood Rendezvous nearing

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The sixth annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous kicks off this weekend with carvers from around the world and a big-name band.

The carving begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Craig City Park with a lottery to see which carver draws his or her log first. Carving continues until judging at 4 p.m. Saturday.

This year, 10 contestants will travel from across the state, nation and as far away as Africa. There are no local entries this year.

The contest originally was designed to make decorative use of otherwise dead Cottonwood trees in City Park. As the event grew in popularity, dead trees from across the county were hauled to the park for carving. This year's trees are donated by Ken Welch of Custom Tree Service.

The festivities culminate Saturday where a winning carving is picked. There is also a silent auction Saturday, when patrons can bid on the work carvers have brought with them or done during the week. The larger carvings that are worked on during the week will be kept and put at different locations around Craig.

Along with the carving, there will be food, arts and craft vendors and live music.

The Martini Shot Band will play at 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by Pure Prairie League at 6 p.m. in City Park.

Parks and Recreation Director Dave Pike said the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous is a great way for local businesses to make money because of all the people who attend from different places.

"Of all visitors, 25 percent live out of the city or state," he said.

Entertainment also will take place downtown on Yampa Avenue, where Moffat County Young Life will be hosting its second annual car show. The car show is free to the public and takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free shuttles provided between City Park and downtown in an old convertible.

Young Life is still looking for entrants into the car show. There is a $25 entry fee for all cars and cash prizes available for People's Choice, Best of Show and the Young Life Choice. In addition to the cash prizes, the winner of the Young Life Choice will be featured on next year's poster and T-shirt.

Registration for people interested in entering their car runs all the way up to 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Registered cars will receive a T-shirt and other memorabilia for participating.

All proceeds from the car show help send kids in Young Life to camps. Middle school aged kids go to camp at Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, and high school students go to camp in Lost Canyon near Flagstaff, Ariz.

Anyone interested in participating in the Moffat County Young Life Car Show can contact Dave DeRose at 824-4840 or Mike Dodd at 824-2514. Registration forms also can be picked up at the Craig Daily Press.

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