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Woodcarvers converge on Lebanon

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:44 PM

A woodcarvers’ workshop was held March 17-21 at the James E. Ward Agricultural and Community Center in Fiddlers Grove. 

Fifty-seven woodcarvers attended. The workshops first started in 2004 and have grown to two workshops annually. There are 18 states represented with the longest distance attendee from Colorado. Last fall, there were attendees from Canada and Alaska. 

Steve Brown, the original organizer of the woodcarver workshops, is from western Kentucky. In 2004, he began to look for a place that was centrally located for the ease of most people able to attend. He needed a place that was convenient to an airport, had hotels and a good number of restaurants.

He had family living in the Lebanon area, and it was suggested he check out the fairgrounds. He visited the grounds and found Lebanon to be accessible to more than 60 percent of the U.S. population, hotels and many restaurants. 

As he met with the Ag Center staff, they suggested he look at the Veterans Building in Fiddlers Grove for his workshop. Brown said when he drove into Fiddlers Grove, he knew he had found the perfect place for the woodcarvers’ workshops. 

Ten years later, there is a spring and a fall workshop each year, and they have waiting lists of woodcarvers wanting to attend.  

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