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Chaptacular Looks to Carve Out Cure for Cystic Fibrosis

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Updated: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:31:27 EST

It may not be the largest festival around but it sure is the loudest.

"It's also the most action packed," said organizer Chap Nelson.

The scent of a freshly cut forest fills the air along with saw dust as this up and coming festival has the roar of a NASCAR race combined with the precision of surgery.

"It's fast, vigorous chainsaw sculpting," said Nelson. You'll see terrific art."

Organizer and Gray native, Chap Nelson has been chainsaw carving for 10 years. He says what started out as weekend get together between buddies has grown into "Chaptacular" a chainsaw wood carving invitational in Gray, now in it's sixth year.

"It's a rally of getting together of carvers, having fun and learning from each other and trying to benefit a good cause," said Nelson.

The cause is Cystic Fibrosis, a rare disease with only 30,000 people diagnosed. One of the diagnosed is the 17-year-old son Sandy Nelson, a close relative of Chap. The average life expectancy is 36 years and there's currently not a cure. These artists from across the country are hoping it's somewhere inside these tree trunks.

"Last year we raised over $6,000 that went directly to the Cystic Fibrosis foundation for research," said Sandy Nelson.

That's one thing these guys don't want to cut.

"Chaptacular" is held in Gray at 341 Hungerford Road. The event is free to the public, demonstrations are held and sculptures will be up for sale with all proceeds going to finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

The festival runs through this weekend.

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