Wood, Wine & Blues coming to Storm Lake Aug. 16-18

Last year’s winner Jamie Doeren and his first place carving “Peaceful Journey.”

Mark your calendars and save the date for Wood, Wine & Blues Aug. 16-18 in Sunset Park.

Wood, Wine & Blues consists of a three-day chainsaw carving competition with five chainsaw artists from across the country.  This year the competing chainsaw carvers are: Keith Gregory (returning), Clint Henik (returning), Fernando ‘Don’ Dulnuan, Jimmy Hobbs and Brent Pope.  During this competition, guests are invited to vote on their favorite carving during the People’s Choice Contest sponsored by Vetter Equipment. 

The event kicks off on Friday as the chainsaw artists begin their masterpiece carvings at 8 a.m. in Sunset Park. Watch them carve throughout the day and then come back at 6:30 p.m. for the quick carve competition. During this time the artists will receive 90 minutes to turn a 4-foot log into a work of art. The pieces from the quick carve will be auctioned off to the public Saturday via silent auction. From 5-7 p.m. the Storm Lake Trapshooters will be providing pulled pork sandwiches, chips, ice cream and a drink for only $7.

Saturday, Aug. 17 kicks off with “Storm the Lake,” a triathlon organized by Hy-noon Kiwanis. To register, visit AllSportCentral.com.  At noon, “Wine and Arts in the Park” begins at Sunset Park, which features free wine tasting from regional wineries, craft vendors, food vendors, the Whimsical Wine Trailer, a balloon artist and live blues music.  Malcolm and the Two Timers will be performing a free concert at the Sunset Park Band Shell from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  The Witter Gallery will provide face painting and spin art from 3-5 p.m. Wood carvers will continue working on their submissions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday night from 8-11 p.m. the Avey/Grouws Band will be holding a free concert at Lake Avenue Lounge. Avey/Grouws Band formed in January 2017 and went on to become the 2017 and 2019 Iowa Blues Challenge Champions and semi-finalists in the international Blues Challenge in Memphis.  Since they started, the group has been wowing audiences with their power vocals, stage presence and gritty guitar style.

Sunday the event will wrap up with the chainsaw artists putting the finishing touches on their masterpieces. Final voting for the “Vetter Equipment People’s Choice Award” will start at 8 a.m. with your last chance to cast your ballot at 3 p.m. Carving will conclude at 3:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow at 4 p.m. In the event of extreme weather, the deadline and award ceremony may be moved.

For a complete schedule of all Wood, Wine, & Blues activities you can visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/woodwineandblues/

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