See the Sawdust Fly

See the Sawdust Fly

Blades will be buzzing and sawdust will be soaring  

Eau Claire, Wisconsin, August 10-13, 2023–During this four-day event, visitors will be able to watch ordinary logs become complex masterpieces. Carvers from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Japan, the United States, and Wales, will compete, ending in an auction of the judged artworks on Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss the daily auctions. A beer garden will be on site, and a variety of food will be available throughout the event. Proceeds from the US Open will go to continued programming at Chippewa Valley Museums. 

Saturday, August 12 is Family Day and there will be a variety of activities happening. Watch balloon art and juggling performances. Get your face painted. Experience a live art project as Jason Anhorn completes a 16’ x 8’ mural. Make a pencil with the Chippewa Valley Woodturners Guild. Carve an apple with help from the West Wisconsin Woodcarvers Guild. Learn about ecology with Beaver Creek. Play outdoor games with the Chippewa Valley Council Boy Scouts of America. 

Educator Karen Jacobson says that “Our goal is to include activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy, but especially focus on those that allow kids and families to have fun together.” 

For information and tickets, visit uschainsawchamps.com. Admission includes entry to all the museum buildings; the rates for the event are: 

General Admission – Half Price Thursday | $8.00; Kids & Seniors – Half Price Thursday | $4.00 

General Admission – 1-Day | $16.00; Kids & Seniors – 1-Day | $8.00 

General Admission – Event Pass | $32.00; Kids & Seniors – Event Pass | $16.00 

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