Hackensack Chainsaw Event begins Friday
Sawdust will fly and sculpture will emerge from the shavings this weekend at Hackensack’s Annual Chainsaw Event. File photo by Dave DeLost.
Hackensack Chainsaw Event begins Friday Sawdust will fly and sculpture will emerge from the shavings this weekend at Hackensack’s Annual Chainsaw Event. File photo by Dave DeLost.

   The smell of 2-stroke exhaust, the harmony of a dozen chainsaws and the aroma of fresh cut wood will fill the air once again after a two year hiatus for Hackensack’s 18th annual Chainsaw Competition. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Friday, September 23 with artisan booths and food vendors while the chainsaw sculpting begins. This event features 12 skilled carvers over three days. 

   Carving begins Friday and will extend through 5 p.m. A beer garden sponsored by Birchwood Char House and Rendezvous Brewery also opens at 9 a.m. Make sure to head over there at noon for a special event where Rendezvous Brewery unveils a new beer. Local school students will enjoy the All American Lumberjack Show at 10:30 a.m. while family shows begin at 2 p.m. Family fun and games begin at 11:30 a.m. Chainsaw quick carves will start at 12:30 p.m. There will be plenty of tasty food to eat beginning at 4 p.m. you can head over to the American Legion for their burger bar. Faith in Action will also be hosting their annual Booya Fundraiser at the Union Church from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Booya is a rich stew, slow-cooked to perfection overnight in a giant cauldron with several kinds of meats and loads of vegetables. Conclude the days activities with a trip to the Rendezvous Brewing for trivia from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

   Get your Saturday started with breakfast hosted by the American Legion Post 202 Auxiliary at the Post from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. The saws will be humming again at 9 a.m. as carvers continue to fashion their masterpiece carves. Lucette’s Kids games will begin in City Park at 10 a.m. The All American Lumberjack Show will host performances at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. Auction registration will take place beginning at 1 p.m. at the information booth with an auction at 2 p.m. Enjoy a fabulous spaghetti dinner hosted by the Hackensack Area Fire & Rescue Department at the fire hall beginning at 4 p.m. Otherwise, head over to the American Legion at 4 p.m. and enjoy homemade pizza being served until 8 p.m. Conclude Saturday’s activities with electronic horse racing at the American Legion at 7 p.m. Music, by Kevin Wright, and dancing will follow until midnight.

   Kick off the final day of the event Sunday morning with breakfast hosted by the Sons of the American Legion from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Legion Post. The final performance of the All American Lumberjacks will take place at 10:30 a.m. Carvers will be putting the finishing touches to their masterpiece carves prior to the auction at noon. At the end of the day you can head back over to the American Legion at 5 p.m. for the meat raffle.

   Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets for chances at cash and great prizes. 

   This year’s lineup of carvers include: Ben Buschke of Manawa, WI; Ben Semler of Merrifield; Bess Coy from Hastings; Chad Danczyk from Eagle River, WI; Clint Henik from Mount Vernon, IA; Dylan Semler of Merrifield; Jenny Tanner from Marshfield, MO; Joe Semler of Anoka; Justin Driver of Farmington, KY; Leesa Syryczuk from West Central, WI; Steve Songer of Broken Bow, OK and Travis Kimball from Waterloo, IA.

   Whether you visit for  hand crafted wooden pieces, original jewelry, trinkets, dancing or fabulous food, there are no reasons not to visit Hackensack’s 18th Annual Chainsaw Carving event! 

   Event scheduling may change due to weather conditions.