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Chetwynd gives a municiple gift to Dawson Creek. It's carving.

An old sculpture has been made new again thanks to a gift from Chetwynd to Dawson Creek Tuesday.
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Mayors Merlin Nichols and Dale Bumstead stand with chainsaw carving artist Blaine Brake with the carving gifted to Dawson Creek from Chetwynd.

An old sculpture has been made new again thanks to a gift from Chetwynd to Dawson Creek Tuesday. The chainsaw carving of a cowboy laying by a cactus was unveiled Tuesday near the entrance to Dawson Creek on Highway 2, in conjunction with a new sign for the Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede.

“It’s a great addition to our community,” Mayor Dale Bumstead said. “When Merlin (Nichols) suggested this one, I thought right away of the Exhibition and Rodeo, which is such a huge part of our community.”

The carving, made around eight years ago by Chetwynd native Blaine Brake previously stood at the Chetwynd info centre.

“I was pretty disappointed when I heard it was being removed from the city,” Brake said. “But once I found out where it was going I got pretty excited. There’s no better place for it than here.”

Officials from both cities and Connie Patterson, head of the Dawson Creek stampede, met at 1st and Highway 2 to unveil the carving and sign.

“This gift represents the community we share with the people of Dawson Creek,” said Chetwynd mayor Merlin Nichols. “We’ve grown to be good neighbours. This is a token of the efforts that have gone into making this region a better place.”

reporter@ahnfsj.ca