DES MOINES, IA (08/10/2015)(readMedia)-- There's a lot to see at the 2015 Iowa State Fair, but no "Fair Tour" will be complete without a glimpse of chainsaw wood carving. A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan, sculptors and registered chainsaw carvers, will be sharing their art with Fairgoers each day. Spectators can watch four times a day as the nationally known pair turn simple logs into everything from animals to people.

After seeing the transformations, Fairgoers can bring home their favorite pieces by bidding on them at the 2015 Woodcarver's Auction. It will include all the pieces created during the Fair by both A.J. and Gary, as well as the Blue Ribbon Foundation concrete horse statue designed by Sticks to celebrate the 2015 Fair. Champion Meats will also be up for bid during the sale, including ham, bacon and dried beef.

The 2015 Woodcarver's Auction will be held on Sunday, August 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cattle Barn's Penningroth Media Center. All funds generated from the auction will be used by the Blue Ribbon Foundation to preserve and renovate the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Since its inception in 1993, the Blue Ribbon Foundation has been raising funds to renovate and restore the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. Funds have been generated to support 40 projects throughout the Fairgrounds. Improvements have been made to the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building, the Grandstand, the Campgrounds and Ye Old Mill. In addition, funds support the building of new facilities such as the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center, Elwell Family Food Center and the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $110 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.


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