DES MOINES, IA (08/06/2014)(readMedia)-- Every year Fairgoers from all around the world come to the Iowa State Fair to see the exhilarating art of chainsaw carving. For the 11 days of the Fair, sculptors, and registered chainsaw carvers, A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan will amaze spectators with their work as they transform simple logs into pieces of art in less than one hour. The pair is nationally known, traveling to city, county and state Fairs, and can sculpt anything from people to animals.

Add a piece of Iowa State Fair art to your home by attending the 2014 Woodcarver's Auction! The auction will feature the sculptures that Lutter and Keenan create each day at the Iowa State Fair. In addition to the woodcarvings, champion meats will be up for bid during the sale, including ham, bacon and dried beef.

The 2014 Woodcarver's Auction will be held on Sunday, August 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned comfort of 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 $100 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

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