The annual competition, which runs through Sunday, is expected to attract more than 13,000 people, said
Professional chain saw carvers from around the world have 25 scheduled hours throughout the weekend to finish their carvings, which then will be judged and sold at auction on Sunday, Peterson said.
This year's competitors -- who hail from
"It's different," spectator
"We'll see how it turns out," he said.
Finney, a 21-year-old from
"It depends how many cups of coffee I drink," he said with a laugh.
"We just admire it," he said.
Because it was the first day, he said it was too early to pick a favorite sculpture but was looking forward to seeing the finished products on Sunday.
"One of the pieces last year went for over
While Thursday is generally the slowest day of the competition, Peterson said it's fun to come early and see the artistic process from beginning to end.
"They can see how it looks like when they start and then they can compare (Sunday) when come back and see the finished product," she said.
Besides wood carving, the event features food, a silent auction, arts and crafts, music, inflatables and other kids' activities.
Sherman encouraged people to attend the event.
"To have the U.S. Open in
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