NORTH Ayrshire chainsaw carving event Garnock Valley Carves is returning next month, after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will take place in the Manse Field in Beith on Saturday 11 September from 10am until 5pm.

With 12 carvers lined up to produce 24 carvings on the day, it is set to be a great day out for all the family. All carvings will be auctioned at the end of the day, and some of the carvers will also have pre-carved items for sale.

As well as the carving demonstrations, there will be up to 50 additional stalls and stands, plus lots of free activities and hands-on involvement. In addition, there will be face painting, storytelling and outdoor play areas where children will have the opportunity to learn new skills.

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Braveheart Axe Throwing will be in attendance for older children and adults. There will also be several craft and charity stalls, together with on-site catering.

The event organisers said: “We are hopeful that, come September, 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.”

The 2019 event winner was the “almost unbeatable” Pete Bowsher, whose carving of an Eagle was completed in only three and a half hours. Pete also won the Peoples’ Choice. His comment was simply: “Watch our for my son, Sam.”

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