Fall in southern Appalachia signals the onset of changing colors in the Smoky
Mountains, the Fall Festival and the National Caricature Carving Competition at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN. The
competition is co-sponsored by The Caricature Carvers of America
(CCA) and Dollywood. In the 2004 edition a total of 136 carvings
were entered in 16 categories. CCA judges selected first through
fifth place winners in each category, along with Best-of-Show
and four runners up. First and second place winners in each division
were awarded $100 and $50, respectively.
The Best-of-Show trophy and $500 cash award went to Andy Capps
of Twin Falls, ID for Fish Story, an outstanding,
one-piece carving of two fishermen carrying the catch of the day
on their shoulders. At this point I must interject a personal
story. When the judging was completed and we learned that Andy
had done the top carving in the competition, I was stunned. I
have known Andy for over ten years. I believe he was 13 when I
first met him at the Idaho Carvers Guild show in Boise. He may
be in his mid 20's now, but he is still a kid to me. My first
inclination that Andy was coming on strong as a carver was when
I lost a whittling contest to him a couple of years ago. Andy
also won the CCA Merit award at Dollywood. Congratulations Andy.
Second Best-of-Show ($400) went to P.J. Driscoll of Omaha, NE for For sale: Baby Beefallo. P.J.s carving featured a male buffalo and a Holstein cow in a corral with two offspring that were obviously half buffalo and half bovine. The four animals are under the watchful eye of a nearby cowboy. P.J.'s carving was also popular with our show attendees as they voted it People's Choice ($100).
Third Best-of-Show ($300), Junior, and Fourth Best of Show ($200), Pearl were claimed by Gary Falin of Alcoa, TN. Gary won Best-of-Show last year. Not to worry though for all of you that are planning to enter next year - Gary is the newest member of CCA so he will not be eligible to compete again.
Bruce Futterer, of Russellville, AR won Fifth Best-of-Show ($100) with Pyramid. Bruce's carving
features three painted guys, one atop the other, holding up an
unpainted caricature of Marv Kaisersatt.
in 2004 were:
Following the conclusion of judging all entries were placed on exhibit for the month of October during Dollywood's Fall Festival. We were especially pleased with the facilities this year. The carvings were grouped by category in large cases behind glass panels. This produced a museum quality exhibit.
We are eagerly anticipating the 2005 National Caricature Carving Competition at Dollywood. Now is the time to begin planning your
entries. There is no limit to the number of entries per carver.
We will continue our tradition of awarding over $4000 in cash
prizes. Details concerning rules of competition and entry dates
and the 2005 application form can be found on the CCA website.
If you don't have access to the internet, please contact contact
Bob Travis (530)758-5692, <rltravisATucdavis.DOTedu>;
Randy Landen (316)788-0175, <rlandenATprodigyDOTnet>;
or Caricature Carvers of America, PO Box 565, Derby KS 67037.