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Good art, good tunes, good times at Whittle the Wood

Saturday events include carving winners, downtown car show, Subdudes performance

The big day is here.

The finale of the 17th annual Whittle the Wood RendezvousWhittle the Wood Rendezvous takes place Saturday as the 11 wooden carvings that have been the spectacle all week in Loudy-Simpson Park are unveiled in their finished form and judged to determine which whittler wins a windfall. takes place Saturday as the 11 wooden carvings that have been the spectacle all week in Loudy-Simpson Park are unveiled in their finished form and judged to determine which whittler wins a windfall.

Whittle the Wood Rendezvous takes place Saturday as the 11 wooden carvings that have been the spectacle all week in Loudy-Simpson Park are unveiled in their finished form and judged to determine which whittler wins a windfall.

17th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous schedule of events

Saturday — $5 per person (kids 12 and under are free)

8 a.m. Fifth annual Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run ($20 for adults, free to ages 17 and younger.)

9 a.m. Carving continues

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All day Arts and crafts and food vendors, beer garden

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Galleria at the Park Art Show

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 12th annual Bear River Young Life Car Show and Fundraiser on Yampa Avenue

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Slip 'n Slide kickball tournament (Free registration)

1 to 2 p.m. Quick Carve Competition

3 p.m. Performance by Trail

5 p.m. Carving winners announced

5:30 p.m. Performance by The Subdudes

— A $5 cover charge for Saturday's events in the park is included this year, with wristbands available in advance at City Hall through Friday. Children 12 and under are free. The 5K, kickball tournament and car show are separate from the rest of the Saturday activities. Coolers are allowed but not alcohol. No pets or bicycles will be allowed in the park. A shuttle is available every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday from The O.P. Bar & Grill, JW Snack's, Mathers Bar and Kmart. For more information, visit whittlethewood.com or follow the event on social media at Facebook.com/whittlethewood or Twitter.com/WhittletheWood using #WTW2016.

The selection of artistry this year — trimmed down from 12 to 11 due to one entrant tending to a family emergency — is heavy on animals, with each one featuring a creature of some kind, from the small owl that accompanies Utah's David Mitchell's massive, grizzled man's facade dubbed "The Magician" to a bench that features both bears and eagles, put together by Orlando Cordova, from Peñasco, New Mexico.

As a first-year Whittle the Wood entrant, Cordova said he is impressed by the scale of people who come out to observe, as well as the talent of the fellow artists who are on display.

"I've never seen nothing this big before, these guys do some amazing work," he said. "I hope I get to come back next year."

Cordova already had his entry completed Friday afternoon, while other whittlers were still in different stages of theirs, which included Utah's Chad Stratton's mythical dragon overtaking a castle and a beast that was equally difficult to believe, a pig with wings, thought up by Fort Collins' Matt Ounsworth.

David Miller, of Maybell, said the porcine perched on a pedestal ready to take flight was hands-down his favorite.

"I used to raise pigs, so maybe I'm biased," he laughed.

Craig friends Amber Kawcak and Lisa Molison agreed with the assessment that the flying pig was one of the best they've seen at the competition.

"My daughter's raising pigs this year for 4-H, and I just think it's cute," Kawcak said. "It's different."

As interested as the two gal pals were in the sights, including the carvings, array of vendors and more spread throughout the park, Kawcak and Molison were just as interested in the sounds of the day, as Northwest Colorado's River City Band took the stage late in the afternoon.

Consisting of Craig's Danny Griffith and Anthony Tremaine and Meeker's Dave Stewart, the trio performed covers of a virtual songbook of rock music, from Creedence Clearwater Revival to The Cars to REM to The Beatles.

With the crowd warmed up, Denver's Wendy Woo Band was next to play, bringing with them both originals and covers with their namesake providing vocals and guitar.

"I try to do a little bit of grassroots thing, kind of an acoustic slap-tap," Woo said leading just before taking the stage, noting she didn't have too stringent a setlist in mind. "I've got a great band behind me, and they're real patient with me."

While not as familiar with the Western Slope as the Front Range, Woo said the surroundings were gorgeous and the feel of Loudy-Simpson was just what she likes for a show.

"This is what we like to do, work with a community and artists and have kids be there, play during the day," she said.

Besides Saturday being the last day of carving — including the Quick Carve Competition — and another day of live music — by both headliner The Subdudes and opening act, Parker country band Trail — the day includes the early morning Wake the Whittler 5K sponsored by Friends of Moffat County Education, the Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Slip 'n Slide kickball tournament, a bounce house and face-painting fundraiser for Moffat County High School volleyball and Galleria in the Park by Yampa Valley Artisans.

Downtown will include the Bear River Young Life Car Show, with shuttles available to make attending both possible.

While there is a $5 cover charge Saturday at Loudy-Simpson for those over the age of 12, the price is one Kawcak and Molison are happy to pay.

"This is the best thing Craig has to offer every year," Molison said.

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17th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous schedule of events

Saturday — $5 per person (kids 12 and under are free)

8 a.m. Fifth annual Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run ($20 for adults, free to ages 17 and younger.)

9 a.m. Carving continues

All day Arts and crafts and food vendors, beer garden

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Galleria at the Park Art Show

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 12th annual Bear River Young Life Car Show and Fundraiser on Yampa Avenue

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Slip ‘n Slide kickball tournament (Free registration)

1 to 2 p.m. Quick Carve Competition

3 p.m. Performance by Trail

5 p.m. Carving winners announced

5:30 p.m. Performance by The Subdudes

— A $5 cover charge for Saturday’s events in the park is included this year, with wristbands available in advance at City Hall through Friday. Children 12 and under are free. The 5K, kickball tournament and car show are separate from the rest of the Saturday activities. Coolers are allowed but not alcohol. No pets or bicycles will be allowed in the park. A shuttle is available every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday from The O.P. Bar & Grill, JW Snack’s, Mathers Bar and Kmart. For more information, visit whittlethewood.com or follow the event on social media at Facebook.com/whittlethewood or Twitter.com/WhittletheWood using #WTW2016.