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Published: 05/20/2008
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Barb Gora, 847-550-2142 or barb_gora@echo-usa.com

Master Chain Saw Carvers Will Compete Under a Canopy of Balloons this Fall to Raise “Wishes” for Make-A-Wish Foundation

CHICAGO, IL – March 31, 2008 - The 4th Annual ECHO Chain Saw Carving Series Championship is traveling to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta this fall to garner “wishes” for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Mexico. 
 
On the Fiesta grounds October 3 - 5, eight world-class chain saw carvers from four qualifying events will compete for cash, prizes and the ECHO cup.  They have 20 hours to produce masterpiece sculptures.  The final sculptures will be judged on Sunday, October 5th and then auctioned with all proceeds benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation of New Mexico. This year’s carving theme mirrors the Fiesta’s ----“Launching Dreams” and ECHO has set a goal of raising two wishes per auctioned sculpture. One “wish” is $5,000.
 
The Fiesta is a perfect visual venue for the Championship. With 700 participating balloons, the Balloon Fiesta is the largest ballooning event in the world, the most photographed event on earth and the largest annual international event held in the U.S.  More than 400,000 visitors are expected opening weekend October 4 and 5, the same weekend as the ECHO Championship.  Visit www.balloonfiesta.com for more details and schedules.
 
Each ECHO qualifying event produces two pro-carver finalists. Any duplicate winners will be filled with at-large contestants based on a point system.  The four qualifying events leading to the Championship are:
-The Cole Chevrolet Mountain Carving Invitational, Bluefield, WV (May 23-25)
-The National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival, Addison, PA (June 12-14)
-The Oregon Divisional Championship, Reedsport, OR (June 12-15)
-The Chetwynd Invitational Chain Saw Carving Championship, Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada (June 12-15).
 
The eight finalists traveling to New Mexico will receive a $1,000 travel stipend, hotel and meals plus a $100 incidental expense card, and ground transportation while at the event. Cash and prize packages are still under development but the eight finalists will win cash and prizes matching or exceeding the 2007 Championship bounty of $42,000.
 
Visit www.echo-usa.com/carvingseries over the next few months to follow the progress of the series. You can see the 2007 Championship at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo on You Tube! Follow the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1C0D7kK8-g
 
ECHO INCORPORATED is a leading manufacturer of professional-grade, high performance hand-held outdoor power equipment for commercial and residential use.  www.echo-usa.com
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