Eau Claire, WI – The Paul Bunyan Logging Camp in Carson Park is set to host the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship, August 7-10, 2014, as the event features the best chainsaw carving artists from Germany, Japan, Wales and the United States.
Designing with the theme of wildlife in mind, the carvers will turn 8-foot simple logs into stunning works of art.  Competition carvers will have 20 hours to complete their project, carving all day Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.  On Sunday, a professional judging committee will award first through fourth places using international chainsaw competition standards to complete the competition.  The pieces will then be auctioned off to conclude the event.  Takao Hiyashi from Japan, who won first place the past two years, will be back to attempt for three consecutive wins.  Guest carvers will also be on hand daily creating smaller pieces of art that will also be auctioned off. 
Friday night a social event will be held from 5-10 p.m.  Admission is $5 and includes a slice of pizza.  Visitors will be able to meet the artists and speak with them about their work.  There will be a quick-carve competition where artists will create an entire sculpture in one hour and the pieces will then be auctioned off.
Saturday, Betty Cowley will be presenting Stalag Wisconsin throughout the day and Charlie Schaaf will be at the event with historical model trains.  Other activities throughout this family-friendly event include apple carving, arts and crafts, and games and inflatable rides by Rock & Roll To Go Plus.  A variety of food will also be available for purchase throughout the event.

There is free admission for everyone on Thursday, courtesy of Xcel Energy, and kids through age 17 receive free admission for the entire event thanks to McDonough Manufacturing.  Advanced adult tickets are $5 for a day or $10 for the entire event ($6 and $12 respectfully at the gate).  Advanced tickets are available at all Gordy’s County Market locations. 

Visit Eau Claire is sending this press release courtesy of Paul Bunyan Logging Camp. Visit Eau Claire effectively markets the Eau Claire area as a destination for conventions, group tour, sporting events, and leisure markets; to promote regional economic growth; to enhance the area’s overall identity and image; to sell fun, promote fun, and most importantly – Have FUN!