The 15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous is set to take place from June 11 to 14 at Loudy-Simpson Park.
The sizable Craig event will feature one dozen master carvers hailing from across Colorado and Utah, even some from as far away as California, Ohio and Tennessee, to create works of art from tree trunks by using chain saws, chisels and other tools used to make detailed wooden statues.
Spectators can watch the progress as early as the tree lottery selection June 11, but the Rendezvous will kick into full swing June 13 as musical entertainment begins with performances by rockabilly band Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts, followed by Madison Rising.
The big day is June 14, as things start early with the Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run organized by Friends of Moffat County Education. Crowds can view the finishing touches on the carvers’ projects, as well as the Quick Carve Competition, all while enjoying the many food and crafts vendors, the music of band Tuscan Road and a silent auction and a beer garden provided by Craig Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads through a special permit.
Craig Parks & Recreation reminds those attending that the open container law will be in effect, which means no liquor is allowed at the event, though coolers with non-alcoholic drinks are allowed.
After the announcement of the awards for carvers comes the headlining band, Southern rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section, to complete the festivities.
Held in conjunction with Whittle the Wood is the Bear River Young Life Car Show, which will feature classic autos from across the country along Yampa Avenue, competing for multiple cash prizes. A poker walk around downtown businesses also will be available.
A new feature for this event will be the Car Show Cruise, which will take place after the Friday happenings at Loudy-Simpson, as owners drive along Victory Way to show off their wheels.
Free shuttles will be available all day during the Saturday activities of Whittle the Wood from The OP Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way; Mathers’ Bar, 420 Yampa Ave.; J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way; and Kmart, 1198 W. Victory Way.
15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous
The event takes place June 11 to 14, featuring 12 carvers from across the country. All events take place at Loudy-Simpson Park unless otherwise noted.
9 a.m. to dusk — Tree lottery for carvers, followed by carving sessions all day
9 a.m. to dusk — Carving all day
9 a.m. to dusk — Carving all day
4 p.m. — Performance by Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts
6 p.m. — Performance by Madison Rising
7:30 p.m. — Car Show Cruise along Victory Way
8 a.m. — Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run
9 a.m. — Final stages of carving
10 a.m. — Events begin, including arts and crafts fair, food and crafts vendors, a beer garden and a silent auction
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bear River Young Life Car Show, downtown Craig
1 p.m. — Quick Carve Competition
3 p.m. — Performance by Tuscan Road
5 p.m. — Announcement of winning carvers
5:30 p.m. — Performance by Atlanta Rhythm Section
There is no admission for spectators at Whittle the Wood or the Car Show. Coolers are welcome at Whittle the Wood, but alcohol is not allowed beyond that provided at the beer garden. Free shuttles will be available all day during the Saturday activities of Whittle the Wood from The OP Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way; Mathers’ Bar, 420 Yampa Ave.; J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way; and Kmart, 1198 W. Victory Way. For more information about Whittle the Wood, call 970-826-2029 or visit www.whittlethewood.com. For more information about the Car Show’s activities, which includes cash prizes for entrants and a poker walk for spectators, call 970-629-9600 or visit www.facebook.com/brylcarshow.