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U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship starts Thursday in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) – There are other wood carving championships around the world, but none are greater than the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championships going eight years strong in Eau Claire.

Competitors are coming from across the globe to compete in this cutting-edge competition.

“They’re coming from all over the world,” said event chairman Larry Doyle. “Two from Japan, one from Australia, one from Austria, Ireland, Lithuania, Brazil. I mean literally all over the world.”

The work they make is extraordinary. Going from piles of logs to intricate creations.

This Thursday only, the whole family can see this world renowned competition for free.

“We have the inflatables and we have a lot of activities and things for the kids to do and the chainsaw carving is going on the whole time,” said Doyle.

City officials say the competition also provides a boost in tourism and the local economy.

“It’s estimated for this event that it has a $250,000 economic impact for the Eau Claire area. With that in mind, 15,000 participants will be here throughout the weekend,” said Jason Krueger, sports sales manager at Visit Eau Claire.

Children 17 and under are free throughout the entire event ending on Sunday.

Judging is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. Artwork auctions are going on all weekend.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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