MORRISON – It’s one thing to get detail in a wood carving by using a knife. It’s quite another with a chain saw.
At this year’s Whiteside County Fair, a trio of artists will create wood carvings using chain saws. For previous fairs, only one person took part. This year, the three will compete, with the winner being the one who earns the most money for his creations at auction.
“They pretty much carve any wildlife that you can think of,” said Brad Noble, one of the fair’s organizers. “They’ve done bears, turtles, turkeys, cardinals. They can do pretty good detail with chain saws. It’s pretty amazing.”
This will be one of the fair’s attractions during its run Aug. 13-17.
Other new events will be the Hell Drivers Thrill Show on Wednesday night, which involves stunt drivers, and The Cal Stage Band, a Sauk Valley favorite that will perform Thursday night.
“It’s probably been at least 5 years since we had music at the Whiteside County Fair,” said Todd Mickley, its director of publicity.
Of course, one of the traditional favorites is the carnival. Fairgoers can get a $45 mega-wristband to go on the rides as much as they want during the fair’s 5 days. To get that price, they must go to the office at the fairgrounds in Morrison before the fair starts. After that, it’ll cost $50.
During the fair, people can get daily wristbands to save money on rides. For years, Wilson Family Shows has put on the carnival.
“They do a very good job for us,” Mickley said. “They have rides for people of any age.”