By MONICA LUNDQUIST
Cass County Correspondent
HACKENSACK — Hackensack aims to become the chainsaw capital of Minnesota by presenting two chainsaw carving events.
One will Labor Day weekend. The other will be Sept. 28-30 as a part of Fall Has it All, a Hackensack area festival.
The Labor Day event will be at Detour North, a custom cabin decor furniture and home accessories store at the south edge of Hackensack on Highway 371. Owner Chris Kuehn will sponsor the event as
a benefit for children’s programs such as Boy Scouts and community recreation programs.
About six carvers are scheduled to complete quick carves and masterpiece works from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 2 before the pieces are offered for sale to the public at a 3 p.m. auction Sept. 2. Admission is free.
“I wanted to do a show to benefit the kids of the community,” Kuehn said.
It will be a preview for the event the city, Hackensack Chamber of Commerce, Lions and American Legion will sponsor Sept. 28 to 30 in the city park, one block west of Highway 371.
Besides quick carve and masterpiece carvings by skilled chainsaw artists the September event also will feature the All-American Lumberjack Show. Admission will be $5 for all three days.
School children in Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School fourth grade and in Pine River-Backus School fifth grade will attend as a group on a bus from their school without charge for a special show Friday noon.
Hours for carving will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 and from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 30. There also will be food vendors, artisan booths and other displays in the city park during the carving and lumberjack show events.
Artists will offer their carvings for sale at a 1 p.m. Sept. 30 auction. Registration to bid begins at 11 a.m.
Proceeds from this event will to go charities in the community that the chamber, Legion and Lions support.
“We are happy that there will be two events, as it is a good indicator that the community is working together for the betterment of not only the community, but the children of the area, said Jean Dawson, Hackensack chamber coordinator.
For more information, check the chamber’s website at www.hackensackchamber.com or call Dawson at (218) 675-6135 or Kuehn at (218) 675-5650.