Media Release August 29, 2016
Chetwynd devotes swan carving to Grande Prairie Airport
Grande Prairie, Alta – Today, District of Chetwynd Mayor, Merlin Nichols, unveiled one of the district’s famed chainsaw carvings at its new permanent location at Grande Prairie Airport’s Central Square.
‘The Swan Dance’ carving depicts an elegant swan and was completed in the 2008 Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship Invitational by artist Ken Sheen. “Chetwynd believes that ‘The Swan Dance’ is a great fit for the Swan City airport,” remarked Mayor Nichols, “Locating ‘The Swan Dance’ at the Grande Prairie Airport is a great way to market our entire area and cement friendships and enhances joint initiatives within each of our communities.” Grande Prairie Airport CEO, Brian Grant commented, “We are extremely grateful for this generous and thoughtful gift from our neighbours. The carving will certainly draw attention from visitors at the airport and bring further awareness to Chetwynd’s popular and ever-growing annual event. The carving is a testament of our close relationship with neighbouring municipalities and symbolizes their importance in the airport’s and the region’s prosperity.”
The first annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship was held in 2005, which hosted seven carvers from B.C. and the U.S, increasing to twelve carvers just a year later. Chetwynd is now drawing international attention, with carvers coming as far away as Wales, North Wales, and Japan and spectators traveling from distances as far as the lower United States, making Grande Prairie an excellent airport of choice for travelling spectators. The event is held the second weekend of June every year.