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Carve Wars presented by Alpine Bank

Get ready for the HIGH OCTANE chainsaw carving competition that is entertaining crowds across the country!

Carve Wars showcases the excitement and wonder of this unique artistry. This family-friendly FREE event will take place right in the base area at Purgatory Resort.  Big thanks to Alpine Bank, our presenting sponsor for this event!

Throughout the weekend, renowned chainsaw artists will compete for prizes and awards while performing visually stimulating live shows and creating masterpieces that the whole family will enjoy!

Each artist will design one main competition carving (with the public voting on the winner) and two quick carvings.  The event also features meet-and-greet opportunities with artists and live demonstrations.

The Carve Wars event culminates with an exciting live auction at 3PM on Saturday, where the carvings are sold to the highest bidder.  All artists will also have various-sized pieces on display and for sale. Artwork includes everything from gorgeous renditions of natural wildlife to custom home décor pieces.

Check out this Carve Wars video for a taste of what this event is all about!

This is an event you do not want to miss!

Schedule of Activities


9AM Grand Marshal introduces artists, explains rules.
9:10AM  Artists at logs and fire up chainsaws simultaneously
11AM Ska beer tent opens
2-2:30PM Carve Wars Academy
3-4PM Quick Carve # 1
8PM SawDown
9AM  Artists at logs and fire them up simultaneously
10AM Voting starts for masterpieces
10AM Kids Village opens
11AM Ska beer tent opens
12PM Carve Wars Academy 12-12:30
1-2PM Quick Carve # 2
230PM Voting closes
3PM Auction-Ceremony Begins
Artist introductions and awards
Community Celebration