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REEDSPORT — With the Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship coming to town, Reedsport will buzz with activity Father's Day weekend.

The championship, a major tourist draw, kicked off Thursday and lasts through Sunday, starting daily at 7:30 a.m. Contestants compete at the Rainbow Plaza, located by the post office. 

18th Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship

Professional carvers from around the country and abroad competed in the 18th annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship in Reedsport on Friday.

Daily admission costs $5 and visitors can buy a four-day pass for $15. 

This marks the 19th year, bringing in carvers from around the globe.

According to the Chainsaw Championship's website, in 2011 The Oregon Festival and Events Association awarded the competition the Ovation Award for "The Best Performing Art Festival in Oregon." That same year, Oregon legislators named Reedsport "The Chainsaw Carving Capital of Oregon." 

Competitors have two choices. 

There's the Master Carving, in which participants have four days to "complete their main sculpture." In a quite busy schedule, carvers start at 7:30 a.m., continuing throughout each day. By comparison, in the Quick Carve events, competitors have 90 minutes to finish their creative pieces. This contest happens each day from 10:30 a.m. to noon. 

Then Quick Carve sculptures are auctioned off to the highest bidder, starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday. 

"The Master Carvings are sold individually, and the prices vary among the artists, so it is best to talk directly with the carver," according to the website author. 

Jennifer Rockwell, a staff member at the Reedsport-Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is sponsoring the event. 

18th Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship

Spectators watch carvers during the 18th annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship in Reedsport.

"You can see beautiful and unique art being created throughout the four-day event," she wrote in a press release. "There are food and craft vendors. We have door prizes during our daily auctions." 

She added a cautionary note in the press statement, saying "we ask that you please leave your pets at home." 

Chamber: 541-271-3495. 

The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 or shelby.case@theworldlink.com.

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