Whittle the Wood Rendezvous is Craig, Colorado's premier event, featuring head-to-head competition between a dozen experienced wood carvers.

Watch as carvers begin with a tree trunk and create a masterpiece in four short days.

And don't miss Friday's live music and the festival's conclusion on Saturday, as we welcome a nationally recognized headliner band for a free concert.

We also celebrate Saturday with arts and crafts vendors, carver awards, plenty of delicious food and a car show downtown.

Don't miss the fun!

Whittle the Wood Rendezvous - 2014
(June 11th - 14th)

Carving Competition

Location:   Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S Ranney St.
Tree Selection & Carving Begins:   June 11th - 8:30 am
Quick Carve Competition:   June 14th - 1:00 pm
Final Judging:   June 14th - 4:00 pm
Awards:   1st ($1000), 2nd ($750), 3rd ($500), People's & Artist's Choices

2014 Carver Lineup:
Faye Bratten - Loveland, CO
Nicole Braaten - Loveland, CO
Bongo Love - Lafayette, CO
Ron Eye - Vernal, UT
Ted Scherer - Galloway, OH
Chad Stratton - South Jordan, UT
Damon Gorecki - Roosevelt, UT
Matt Holmes - Santa Cruz, CA
Jon Parker - Manitou Springs, CO
Robert Waits - Diamond Springs, CA
Patrick Armstrong - Pueblo West, CO
Jesse Beeson - Gainesboro, TN


Food and craft vendors will be in the park all day Saturday. If you would like to participate as a carver, reserve a spot as a vendor, or need more information about the event, contact the City of Craig Parks & Recreation Department at (970) 826-2029 or email . A vendor registration form is available here.

Free Live Music

In addition to the carving competition, we always provide a free concert for everyone in attendance. We have a strong entertainment line-up this year which will once again include live music on Friday night. "Dixie Leadfoot and the Chrome Struts" start things off at 4:00pm and at 6:00pm “Madison Rising”, America’s most patriotic rock band, takes the stage. This band is on a mission not only to make great music, but also send a message that American culture is alive and well.

Events on Saturday include an arts and crafts fair, several unique food booths, a silent auction, featuring one of a kind carvings, a quick carve competition, a beer garden and of course, a free concert. Music begins at 1:00 pm with "Sandrock Sound". At 3:00 country rock band “Tuscan Road” will take the stage. If you haven’t heard of “Tuscan Road” get ready! The band members are committed to make each show better than the last. Certainly they will warm up the crowd for this year’s headliner “Atlanta Rhythm Section”. An intricate part of the southern rock scene for the last 30 years “ARS” represents all the good things that classic rock implies. Their biggest hits include “So Into You”, “Champagne Jam”, “Imaginary Lover”, and “Spooky” and there's so much more as you will see this summer.

Location:   Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S Ranney St.

A FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The shuttle will depart for Loudy-Simpson Park every 30 minutes from the following locations around Craig: OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way; J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way; Mathers’ Lounge & Café, 420 Yampa Ave.; Kmart parking lot, 1198 W. Victory Way.

Lead Sponsors - 2014 Rendezvous Event

McDonald's           The Memorial Hospital

CNCC           Union Wireless

Moffat County          

2009 Young Life/Colorado Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show

Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show

Location: 400 & 500 Blocks Yampa Ave.
Date & Time: June 14th, 10 am - 3 pm (Registration starts at 8 am)
Cost: Free for spectators; $25 first vehicle, $15 each after

Cash Prizes: Grand Prize ($1,750) will be chosen randomly with each vehicle entry earning a chance in the drawing.

Trophy Prizes: Best of Show, Farthest Distance Traveled, Under Construction, Best Rat Rod, Best Hot Rod, Best Muscle Car, Best Motorcycle, Best Original, People's Choice and Entrant's Choice. In addition, spectators can enter a door prize drawing for $1 with a variety of prizes, each worth more than $150, to be awarded.

For the first time we are going to have a cruise on Friday night before the show. We invite vehicles to cruise Yampa Ave. from 6:30 - 8 p.m. to show off your cars. Finish the Cruise at the OP Bar and Grill for some great food and a concert by Dixie Leadfoot and the Chrome Struts from 9-12.

A Poker Walk will be held downtown during the show this year ($10 entry fee) and is open to anybody. For more details, to register online or to print a mailable registration form click here.

To directly enter and pay online click here. Download a registration form to mail in here.

For more information on the car show call David Pressgrove of Bear River Young Life at (970) 629-9600.

If you are considering a stay in Craig, we will have discounts offered from two different hotels. At this time you can contact Elk Run Inn and mention the car show for your discount.