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October 22, 2019

9/26/2019 8:59:00 AM
15th Annual Hackensack Chainsaw Event returns to City Park
By Dave DeLost, Publisher

The smell of 2-stroke exhaust, the harmony of a dozen chainsaws and the aroma of fresh cut wood will fill the air at Hackensack's 15th annual Chainsaw Competition. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Friday, September 27 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 the American Legion Post 202 also opens at 9 a.m. 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. Faith in Action will host 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 Birchwood Charhouse for music and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m.

Get your Saturday started with breakfast hosted by the American Legion Post 202 Auxiliary at the Post from 8 a.m. until 10:30 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 be held at the north pavilion 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 registration 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. Conclude Saturday's activities with electronic horse racing at the American Legion at 6 p.m. Music 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 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. Registration for the auction begins at 11 a.m. at the Information Booth.

Don't forget to get your raffle tickets for chances at cash and great prizes. The grand prize will be $1000 in cash!

This year's lineup of carvers include: Abby Peterson of Webster, KY; Ben Semler of Merrifield; Chad Danczyk from Eagle River, WI; Chris Jones of Wayzata; Clint Henik from Mount Vernon, IA; Justin Driver of Farmington, KY; Kyle Thomas of Sussex, WI; Michael Koeppel from Wittenberg, WI; Molly Wiste of Hackensack; Rich Pethtel of Chassell, MI; Scott Beto of Backus 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 15th Annual Chainsaw Carving event!

Event scheduling may change due to weather conditions.

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