Janet Ellis (right) was the 2017 top winner.
Janet Ellis (right) was the 2017 top winner.


Wood Carving Show & Folk Music Festival

Music Competition ~ July 14 at 1 p.m.

Carving Show ~ July 14 & 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Professional and amateur carvers from around the country display their handmade creations. A $1 admission fee gives you free reign to explore these masterpieces.

Prizes are awarded in several categories:  Carving-in-the-Round, Fine Carpentry, Chainsaw Carving, Caricatures, Birds and more.  The theme for 2018 is "Babies of the Forest."  Anyone wanting to submit his or her work should contact the Sawmill Center at (814) 927-6655 or info@sawmill.org.

On Saturday, the 14th, you will also want to visit the Sawmill Theatre and enjoy the Folk Music Festival, which brings talented guitarists, fiddlers and banjo players to the arena for a talent competition!

Those wanting to compete for prize money in the music competition should contact Kim Thomas Music Studio at (814) 752-2959.

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Quilt Show

August 18 & 19, 2018

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Come and see dozens of expertly-crafted quilts on display. There is a $2.00 admission fee, and gloves are available for those wanting to touch.  Quilts will range from hand-stitched, embroidered, appliqued, machine-quilted, and everything in between.

Anyone interested in entering a quilt for display may contact the Sawmill Center at (814) 927-6655 or email info@sawmill.org.  There is a $5.00 vendor fee with quilters permitted to sell their work.



Chainsaw Carvers' Round-Up

September 14-16, 2018

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

One of the most-anticipated events of the year, the Chainsaw Carvers' Round-Up features artists who work in power tools.  The public is invited to watch works of art being created from "simple pine logs."  The carvers work throughout the weekend, and auctions are held Saturday at 4:00 and Sunday at 3:30 for those wishing to take home one of these masterpieces.   In addition to the carving action, attendees will enjoy the food and craft vendors selling their wares.

Carvers interested in participating may contact the Sawmill Center at (814) 927-6655 or email info@sawmill.org.  Carvers receive free lodging for the weekend and are invited to sell previously completed pieces as well as ones created during the event.



Gingerbread Tour

November 2 - 4, 2018

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

The Annual Gingerbread Tour takes participants on a ride through Cook Forest with planned stops along the way for shopping, dining and entertainment.  The Sawmill Center for the Arts is stop #4, and we will have lots of homemade crafts for your holiday shopping needs.



Festival of Trees

November 30 - December 1, 2018

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

Having been a great success in 2017, the Festival of Trees is back at its new location in The Forest for a second year!  Enjoy live Christmas music and delicious foods, while browsing dozens of craft vendors' tables.  And of course, there will be lots of beautifully-decorated Christmas trees!  A $2.00 admission charge is collected at the door.

Interested in being a vendor?


Click on the link below to download a registration form, or call us at (814) 927-6655.