Craig festival, Whittle the Wood, announces big-time headliner, Big Head Todd and the Monsters |

Craig festival, Whittle the Wood, announces big-time headliner, Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Big Head Todd and the Monsters were recently announced as the headlining band for Craig's 19th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous in June.
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CRAIG — City of Craig Parks and Recreation announced Thursday it has booked its headlining act for Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, which is scheduled for June 13 to 16 at Craig’s Loudy-Simpson Park.

The rock group Big Head Todd and the Monsters will close the the 19th annual wood-carving festival.

The Colorado-based band has been performing since the 1980s, including nearly two dozen shows at Denver’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

“With a headliner like these Colorado legends, I have a feeling this will be our biggest Whittle the Wood show ever,” Parks and Rec Director Dave Pike wrote in a news release.

Fellow Colorado act, The Movers & Shakers, will open for Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Whittle the Wood organizers are still seeking additional musical performers.

Pike helped found the event and has been instrumental in keeping it going in recent years, despite funding setbacks. Committee members with the event are seeking greater sponsorship and marketing for the festival this summer. While admission will remain free for the first three days, tickets for the Saturday finale will be $5 in advance and $10 at the gate for adults. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Parks & Recreation office, 300 W. Fourth St.

“We wanted to work to keep tickets affordable for our residents and guests,” Pike said. “We so appreciate the sponsors that make that possible.”

Attractions will include up to a dozen chainsaw carvers, who will spend several days perfecting wooden masterpieces, arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden and other entertainment.

“Whittle the Wood Rendezvous is really unique to Craig. Several other towns have tried to duplicate the event, but it seems like mixing the final day of the carving competition with a large arts and crafts show and live entertainment has survived the test of time,” Pike said.

For more information about how to support Whittle the Wood, call 970-826-2006 or visit or follow the event on Twitter @WhittletheWood.

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