DESPITE continued uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, North Ayrshire chainsaw carving event Garnock Valley Carves is still set to take place this September.

Now in its third year, the event will feature 12 carvers lined up to produce 24 carvings, all of which will be auctioned at the end of the day. Some of the carvers will also have pre-carved items for sale.

A statement from the organisers said: “We are hopeful that, come September, and as our event takes place in a very large outdoor area, we will be allowed to run. We recommend that all visitors arrive with face coverings; however, we will have some available together with hand sanitiser for use on the day.”

Garnock Valley Carves 2018 was won by Tim Klock of Pennsylvania. However, it is unlikely that there will be any foreign carvers this year due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Last year’s winner was Pete Bowsher, whose carving of an eagle was completed in only three and a half hours. Pete also won the People’s Choice award. His comment was simply: “Watch out for my son, Sam.”

The carvers this year include the father-and-son team of Pete and Sam Bowsher, Alice and Jeff Buttress, Steeley Steele, Jonny Stableford, Dave Roberts, James Elliott, Garry Shand and Simon Archer, with others to be confirmed.

As well as the carving demonstrations, there are expected to be up to 50 additional stalls and stands, plus free activities.

Garnock Valley Carves is sponsored by J&D Pierce and has also received help from the National Lottery and North Ayrshire Council.

The event is set to take place in the Manse Field in Beith, North Ayrshire on Saturday, 12 September from 10am until 5pm.

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