CHETWYND, B.C. – With 28 days until the 12th Annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship, an act of local vandalism has threatened to put a black mark on the event.
Manager Tonya Richter of the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the renowned event every year, spoke with Energeticcity.ca this afternoon explaining that at least five carvings were damaged last night. According to Richter, three of the damaged carvings were carved during last year’s competition.
Damage to the carvings appears to range from residue being deposited from a fire extinguisher, to carvings having bits smashed from them, or thrown from their plinths onto the ground. Chetwynd Chief Administrative Officer Doug Fleming confirmed that damage was suffered to other private property in the town including the theft of fire extinguishers from a work truck, but was unable to elaborate further.
Richter says that she has received several tips which she has forwarded to the RCMP. The RCMP so far has not released any information in the case.