39 Chainsaw Carvers were at the festival this year.
They donated 112 Carvings for the Auction.
132 people registered for the Auction
The Auction total was $35,250.00, $2,860 less than last year. Half $17,512.50 minus three carving auctioned by the club and donations went to the carvers. The average price per carving was about $315, $8 less than last year.
The Confluence Lions Club donated more than the net proceeds from the Festival, $6,000.00 to the Somerset County Blind Association. The Confluence Lions Club has donated over $130,300 to the Somerset County Blind Association from the past 14 Festivals.
Corey Lancaster won First Place with top Auction Piece of $2,200. Corey won $700 and our First Place Auction Trophy.
Brooks Ableln was second with $1,400. Brooks won $300 and our Second Place Auction Trophy.
Jeffrey Postma was third with $1,350. Jeffrey won $200 and our Third Place Auction Trophy.
Benjamin Rennels won for the “Peoples Choice” voting. Ben won $200.00 and our People’s Choice Trophy.
Jeffrey Postma won First Place for his Bear in a Log Sponsor Carving judged by the clients from the Somerset County Blind Center. Jeffery won a Husqvarna Chainsaw and our First Place Sponsor Carving Trophy.
Rick Cos’s Bear in a Wishing Well Carving was second and received our Second Place Sponsor Carving Trophy.
Brooks Abeln’s Eagle was third and received our Third Place Sponsor Carving Trophy.
Every carver that attended the Banquet on Thursday night received a door prize. There were two Husqvarna Chainsaw available, shirts, hats and oil along with other items.
Brooks Allen was chosen to do the Addison Park Carving for 2017. Brooks will carve Canoe Bears. The carving will be on permanent display in the Park along with the twelve previous carvings, one for each year.
The 39 carver split a total of $27,700 from the Auction, prize money, sponsorships, Husqvarna chain saws, gifts and food. This does not include individual sales.