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Bongo Love, of Lafayette, holds up the People’s Choice award he won Saturday in the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving competition at Loudy-Simpson Park. Love also took first place in the Judge’s Choice category with his carving titled “Crocodile Sundae.”

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Whittle the Wood draws thousands to Loudy-Simpson Park

As the music started late Saturday afternoon at Loudy-Simpson Park, a few bold dancers stepped out onto the grass. Before long, a crowd had gathered in front of the stage, swaying singly or in pairs as Alter Eagles: The Definitive Eagles Tribute performed for a crowd that covered the lawn. The performance was the capstone of the 13th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation Department director, said the event was an unquestionable success.


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