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Dan Harding will carve his way at the Bureau County Fair

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 3:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 1:12 p.m. CDT

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PRINCETON — After serving 30 years in the Decatur Fire Department, Dan Harding has turned a hobby into a real talent.

Timber Falls Tree Service will present this chain saw carving specialist four times daily, as part of the free entertainment at the fair.

Harding has carved in most of the central United States and was just at the Wyanet Summer Festival. He starts with a log and will complete a variety of items. His favorites are eagles and custom benches. His favorite wood to carve is white pine. He has an assistant, Holly Justice, who does the finishing work on the carvings, sanding and painting to make them pretty.

Audiences attending these shows will see work begin and forms beginning to emerge from the wood. Fair-goers can return as often as they like to monitor the progress on the carvings, and watch as new creations pile up.

All the craftsmanship will be auctioned on Aug. 24, the last day of the fair, in front of the display at 2:30 p.m. The auction helps defray the cost of the fair.

For complete information for this year’s fair, see the fair’s website at This year's fair will run Aug. 20-24 in Princeton.

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