ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It’s not all about the balloons this week.
A unique side attraction at Fiesta makes chainsaws the centerpiece in an event meant to do a lot of good.
Mark Chavez is founder of the Albuquerque Chainsaw Carving Invitational, a competitive chainsaw woodcarving event at Fiesta.
And like Fiesta itself, it's an international affair.
Chainsaw artists have 90 minutes to carve out their best work.
“The carvers donate the carvings that they make in the morning and we raffle them off as a fundraiser for Random Acts,” said Chavez.
That's a group that helps Albuquerque firefighters give an extra helping hand.
Even though it's all for charity, carvers say winning is important, too.
‘We're all friends, but once the saws start we're not friends anymore,” said carver Nick Smith. “We're all out to beat each other.”
The carving competition first started in 2006. The competition continues Friday morning.
Three Albuquerque veterans remember vividly the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into World War II 72 years ago Saturday.
After getting out of federal prison early this week it looks like former state Sen. Manny Aragón isn't at a halfway house after all. He's back at his own house in the South Valley.
The owner and an employee of a local smoke shop are in federal custody accused of selling spice at the Rio Rancho store.
The New Mexico State Police officer who fired his weapon at van filled with kids during a traffic stop gone bad has been fired.
The civil case filed against former cop Levi Chavez in the gunshot death of his wife is coming to an end without a trial.
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