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Whittle the Wood 2012

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Bongo Love, a wood carver from Lafayette, puts the fine touches on his sculpture Friday for the 13th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Loudy-Simpson Park. Winners in the carving competition will be announced at 5 p.m. today. Photo by Bridget Manley

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Steven Higgins, of Kansas City, Mo., works on his wood carving Friday for the 13th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Loudy-Simpson Park. Sculptures created in the competition will be sold in a silent auction that closes at 4 p.m. today at the park. Photo by Bridget Manley

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Owen Shirley, 5, of Craig, tries his hand at playing the bongos Friday at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous in Loudy-Simpson Park. Photo by Bridget Manley

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A wood sculpture of a wildcat was one of a multitude of carvings Whittle the Wood Rendezvous competitors brought with them to the annual event. Photo by Bridget Manley

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Dean Rabun, 52, of Denver, repairs a chainsaw Friday for wood carver Bongo Love during the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous in Loudy-Simpson Park. Photo by Bridget Manley

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Conner Ivie, of Mountainside Production’s Grand Junction office, helps prepare a stage Friday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park for the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Experience will perform at 3 p.m. today at the park, followed by Alter Eagles: The Definitive Eagles Tribute at 5:30 p.m. Both concerts are free. Photo by Bridget Manley

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Members of the Tropical Coyotes perform Friday night during the 13th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Loudy-Simpson Park. Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Experience takes the stage at 3 p.m. today, followed by Alter Eagles: The Definitive Eagles Tribute at 5:30 p.m. Both concerts are free. Photo by Bridget Manley

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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.” Photo by Bridget Manley

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A crowd dances in front of the stage as Alter Eagles: The Definitive Eagles Tribute plays Saturday afternoon during Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Loudy-Simpson Park. An estimated 2,500 people came out for the concert, said Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation Department director. He estimated about twice that number came to the park throughout the day. Photo by Bridget Manley

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Whittle the Wood Rendezvous concertgoers relaxed on folding chairs or spread out on the ground Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park to hear Alter Eagles: The Definitive Eagles Tribute perform. All three concerts scheduled for the event were well received, said Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation Department director. Photo by Bridget Manley

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Robert Waits, of Lander, Wyo., salutes the crowd Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park after winning the Artist’s Choice award during the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous carving competition. Photo by Bridget Manley

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Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Experience performs Saturday afternoon during the 13th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Loudy-Simpson Park. Photo by Bridget Manley

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Alter Eagles: The Definitive Eagles Tribute performs Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park for the 13th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. The band played a diverse collection of Eagles’ hits, including “Hotel California.” Photo by Bridget Manley

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Derek Jacobo, 5, of Craig, describes how he wants his face painted at a booth Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park during the annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Photo by Bridget Manley

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