Chainsaws and Chuckwagons

When: July 19-22, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 19:
9 am - Meet the Carvers. We will hold a "carver name drawing" and they will pick their log. Carving will happen all day!

Thursday, July 20:
Carving all day
4 pm - 8 pm - Frederick Market
4 pm - 8 pm - Chuckwagons (aka Food Trucks) and Beer Garden
5 pm - 8 pm - Live music with Maya Bennett
6 pm - Quick Carve (read more about what a quick carve is below)
7 pm - Live auction
Food Trucks: Slawpy Barn, El Sabor Jerezano, I Scream Colorado, Have Treats Will Treats Will Travel 

Friday, July 21
Carving all day
4 pm - 8 pm - Chuckwagons and Beer Garden
4 pm - 6 pm - Live music with Grant Daniel Reed
6 pm - 8 pm  - Chainsaws and Chuckles - Front deRanged Improv Comedy Troupe
Food Trucks: Slawpy Barn, El Sabor Jerezano, I Scream Colorado, Have Treats Will Treats Will Travel and Liquid N2 Ice Cream

Saturday, July 22
Carving all day until 4 pm
12 pm - 7 pm - Chainsaw Carving Festival featuring kids activities, food trucks, live music, mechanical bull and beer garden
4 pm - 6 pm - Public voting
6 pm - Quick carve
7 pm - Live auction and winners announce
Food Trucks: Slawpy Barn, El Sabor Jerezano, I Scream Colorado, Have Treats Will Treats Will Travel and Liquid N2 Ice Cream

Where: Main Street in Downtown Frederick
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!

Thursday and Saturday at 6 pm, visitors will get a visual treat with two quick carve auctions that will take place in Crist Park. Carvers have one hour to create a smaller carving that is then auctioned off on the spot. Those interested in being the highest bidder and purchasing a one-of-a-kind art piece should bring cash or checks.

New for 2017 will be Chainsaws and Chuckles on Friday night, which will feature Front deRanged Improv Comedy Troupe from Longmont, Colorado. On Friday evening 6-8 p.m., visitors can enjoy an interactive improv performance. Watch as players use your suggestions to create scenes, situations, and clever one-liners in an evening of unscripted comedy. 

On Saturday, July 22nd bring the whole family to Crist Park to see the completed wood carvings, vote for your favorite and see the winners announced while enjoying live music and fun kids activities! The Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce will have a beer garden and mechanical bull for you to enjoy.


Interested in helping with the Chainsaw Carving Competition? Check out the available spots and sign up!


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. 

2016 Winners:


1st Place: Ken Braun Jr. with Nature Throne
2nd Plae: Joe Wenal with Mega Mantis
3rd Place: Evan Henley with Who Carves Who?
Carvers Choice Award: tie between Bud Hainzinger and Orlando Cordova

Full list of carvers who competed in 2016:
Ken Braun Jr. - Rustic Arts
Stephen Collin -
Orlando Cordova
Bud Hainzinger -
Evan Henley - Moose King Chainsaw Art, evansartss productions
Larry Keithley
Robert Lyon
Matt Ounsworth - Mattochainsaw
Joe Wenal - Rocky Mountain Carvers


1st Place: $2,000
2nd Place: $1,500
3rd Place: $1,000
Carver's Choice: $500