Chainsaws and Chuckwagons

2018 Winners


1st Place: Matt Ounsworth with "RAWwwwww!" $2,000.00
2nd Place: Ken Braun Jr. with "Elephant Play"  $1,500.00
3rd Place: Justin Driver with "Roar-A-Saurus" $1,000.00
Carvers Choice Award: David Lish with "Angels in Woodwork" $500.00
When: July 18-21, 2018

Where: Main Street in Downtown Frederick (between Fourth St. and Fifth St. next to Crist Park)

105 5th Street, Frederick CO 80530 

Event Details

Only the most masterful chainsaw carvers can turn giant logs into beautiful works of art and we’re bringing them to Frederick to compete against each other! The carving competition will take place on Main Street in Downtown Frederick and there will be live music and food trucks, or Chuckwagons as we like to call them, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!

On Thursday, July 19th and Saturday, July 21st at 6 pm, visitors will get a visual treat with the hour-long quick carves. Carvers have one hour to create a smaller carving that is then auctioned off on the spot. Auctions will take place in our Crist Park gazebo. Those interested in being the highest bidder and purchasing a one-of-a-kind art piece should bring cash or checks.

Join us for "Chainsaws and Chuckles" on Friday, July 20th from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bring your family and friends for interactive improv performances and good clean fun featuring Grammy Rainbow & Buttercup at 4 p.m. and The Front deRanged Improv Comedy Troupe from 7 pm - 8 pm. We are looking for family-friendly performers! Please email Angela Wilson or call 720.382.5513 if you are interested in debuting your inner comedian.

On Saturday, July 21st bring the whole family to Crist Park to see the completed wood carvings, vote for your favorite and see the winners while enjoying live music and fun kids activities! Stay tuned for a full list of live music, kids activities, chuckwagons (food trucks) and more happening all afternoon! Public voting will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and winners will be announced right after the quick carve auction.

Event Schedule: Please note that all times are approximate and the carvers choose their own carving schedule throughout the competition.

Wednesday,  July 18:

10 a.m. - Event kickoff with carving all day

Thursday, July 19:

Carving all day

4 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Frederick Market

4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Live Music by Vintage Duo

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Live music by Random Neighbors

4 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Chuckwagons and beer garden

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.  - Quick Carve

7 p.m.  - Live Auction

4 p.m - 8 p.m. - Chuckwagons:
The Slawpy Barn, I Scream Colorado, Queenie’s Weenie’s and My Smother From Another Mother.

Friday, July 20: Chainsaws and Chuckles

Carving all day

Comedy in the Gazebo:
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. – performance by the Hospital Caring Clowns Buttercup & Marmalade

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Comedian and magician, Eddie Goldstein

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Front deRanged Improv Comedy Troupe

4 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Chuckwagons and beer garden

Food Trucks: The Slawpy Barn, I Scream Colorado, Queenie’s Weenie’s, The Goodness and Have Treats Will Travel.

Saturday,  July 21:

Carvers are finishing their masterpieces. All carvers must finish by 4 pm.

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Chainsaw Carving Festival with kids activities, mobile ropes course, live music, and a beer garden

4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Public votes for their favorite masterpiece. one vote per person. You must be present between 4 pm - 6 pm to vote!

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.  - Quick Carve

7:00 p.m. - Auctioneer with Quick Carve Auction and Chainsaw Competition winner announcement

11 am - 7 pm - Chuckwagons: The BIGS Cheese, The Goodness, Divine Ice Cream Treats, The Slawpy Barn, Queenie’s Weenie’s, Have Treats Will Travel, My Smother From Another Mother and Kona Ice.

Music in the Gazebo:
11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Kon Tiki Band
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - The Delta Sonics
4:30 pm - 6 pm - Lightly Toasted

Free Kids Activities:
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Mobile Ropes Course
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Bounce House
11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Airborne Gymnastics and Dance course

Click here to Volunteer! This 4-day event has something for everyone to get involved. From answering questions at the town tent to sweepin' up sawdust, the fun never ends!

Questions? Contact Angela Wilson.

2018 Sponsors - Thank you!

Northern Engineering  /   JK Transports Inc.

St. Vrain Sanitation   /   Renewal by Anderson

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Our 2018 carver spots are filled! if you would like to be added to a waitlist, please email Angela Wilson.

2018 Chainsaw CarversSite with Carver info
Brandon Wilson 

Dee "Blacka" Kajemusuk

Joe SrholezSweetwater Trading Post
Justine Park
Ken G Braun JrRustic Arts
Matt Ounsworth
David LishCheck out his youtube
Stevie SongerSonger Carving
Nicole Braaten@Mrs.Chainsaw1NicoleBraaten

  1. Sponsorship Information
  2. Volunteer Information

A special thanks to the sponsors who make this event possible: Elm Sponsors American Arborists, Anadarko Petroleum, Frederick Power & Light, Stapp Interstate Toyota, and Oak Sponsors Black Fox Realty and Georgia Boys BBQ. If you'd like to support Chainsaws and Chuckwagons, please view our Sponsor Form to see the benefits and options for partnering with the Town of Frederick. You may also email Events Coordinator, Angela Wilson to get more information. 

2017 Event Photos

various art
sculptures for sale
sculpture horse
kids game
Bear sculpture