Championship for Inaugural Echo Carving Series to be Held During EXPO 2005

The inaugural Echo Carving Series, a showcase competition between award-winning chain saw sculptors, will culminate in a championship event during the 2005 International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo (EXPO). Nine competitors from three qualifying events will compete for the championship carve-off October 14 and 15 in Louisville. Carvers from around the world can compete for a chance to win it all in October by competing in any or all of three qualifying events in Oregon, Washington and Illinois.

The top three Pro Division winners at each of the three qualifying events will earn a spot to compete at the championship. Any duplicate winners at the three qualifiers will be filled with at-large contestants to complete the field of nine.

The sculptors will be judged on a 1-7 point scale in five criteria: theme, degree of difficulty, craftsmanship, design and artistic impact, and correctness of form/state of completion. The theme of the championship event is “America: The New World, Then and Now.”

After having spent some 14 hours working on the artwork, the Echo Carving Series Champion will be named. The announcement will be made during EXPO’s Saturday evening Charlie Daniels Band concert, which will be sponsored by the Ariens Company. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers but none of the competitors will go home empty-handed, as each piece will be auctioned off Sunday during EXPO, with the carvers receiving a portion of the proceeds.

Joe Fahey, Echo’s vice president of marketing, said, “Echo is a proud sponsor and long-standing supporter of this unique art form, and we look forward to crowning the inaugural winner of the Echo Carving Series during EXPO—the industry’s No. 1 event.”

For details about attending the tradeshow (October 14-16) and competition, contact the show organizer, Sellers Expositions, 800-558-8767, 812-949-9200 or visit the show website at For information about Echo or the carving competition, visit

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