Grand Champion Rules

The Grand Champion Award is to recognize exceptional skill level, creativity and mastery that is required to achieve exceptional results. The Grand Champion Competition is designed to encourage continued growth of advanced carvers by having the best compete with the best and also to allow aspiring carvers a chance to win Best in Groups and Categories, even though instructors and previous Best of Show winners are present.  This means each show will yield a “Best of Show” and a “Grand Champion.”

Eligible Carvers:

Only individuals who are exhibitors and are carving instructors or previous Best of Show winners, at any show, at any time are eligible for the Grand Champion Competition. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted for the Grand Champion competition.  All entries must comply with show rules and submit a preregistration fee of $2.00 per entry.

How it works:

Declaration of Grand Champion Competition eligibility is required on the Competition Registration portion of the Exhibitor Application.  All Grand Champion carving entries must be clearly marked as a Grand Champion entry. Grand Champion entrees will be group together, scored and judged among other Grand Champion entries.

The Grand Champion award is to recognize exceptional skill level, creativity and mastery.   It is not recognition for completed work.  Therefore, judges are not required to award Grand Champion recognition, if judges agree that the work does not exhibit an exceptional skill level.

The winner of the 2018 Grand Champion Competition will receive $300 and a custom embroidered Grand Champion Vest.


Each Category will yield one Best of Category. Each Group will yield a Best of Group and 2nd Best of Group. Best of Show and 2nd Best of Show will be selected from the Best of Groups.   A Grand Champion will be selected from the Grand Champion entries.

Exhibitors may pick up their carvings entries on Saturday before 10:00 a.m. to be displayed on their table.  At 11:00 a.m., Saturday, winners will be announced, recognized and awarded cash prizes and/or certificates.

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