Now that the biennial Chainsaw Competition has gotten underway, those visiting Hope’s downtown core are now being serenaded with the sounds of chainsaws and the nose-tickling aromas of sawdust and gasoline.
Lasting until Sunday afternoon, this year’s competition has lots to offer everyone: besides the intrigue and excitement one may feel while watching the carvers, the event is also a great place to bump elbows with fellow community members, peruse local vendor wares, and—of course—put in bids on pieces created during the speed carving events, which are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
And as a sign of the more open- and relaxed times we’re currently living, the event will morph into an event everyone can enjoy on Saturday evening when the sounds of chainsaws will be replaced by live music from 7 until 9 p.m. Saturday will also host a sidewalk sale and birdhouse-painting activity for children.
However, that said, officials would like to advise attendees that social distancing is still recommended, and if you’re planning on attending the live entertainment, it’s suggested that a big blanket be brought, both to sit on (as there will be no seating provided), and to mark one’s area so it’s easier for everyone to respect others’ six-foot bubbles.
All events take place in Memorial Park, in Hope’s downtown core, and the event winners will be announced on Sunday afternoon, during the Speed & Designated Large Carving Auction, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Judges for this year are Dr. Rob Forde, and Ken Misener.
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