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Echo Press photo by Celeste Beam Mark Kurtz entertained Carlos Creek Winery's Applefest attendees Saturday afternoon with his chain-sawing skills. Kurtz carved tree stumps into animals and other figures on the front law of the winery.

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Despite temperatures barely in the 30s, there were plenty of people who didn't let the frigid weather keep them from attending the second annual "Applefest" at Carlos Creek Winery on Saturday.

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According to Tami Bredeson, president of the winery, there were about 80 kids who participated in a pumpkin painting event.

"Considering we only had pumpkins for 100 painters, we were pleasantly surprised," she said.

In addition to pumpkin painting, Bredeson said there was a good crowd for each of the four magic shows and each heat of the apple-bobbing competitions was filled.

Those who braved the unseasonably cold temperatures also enjoyed watching Mark Kurtz, the chain saw carver, who carved tree stumps into animals and other figures outside the winery on the front lawn.

Inside the horse stable, where it was a little warmer, guests watched Joe Gerhart, a glass blower, design a wine glass, and they browsed other exhibits as well.

Bredeson said plans are already in the works for next year's Applefest, which is tentatively slated for next October over MEA weekend.

An added event to next year's Applefest, noted Bredeson, will be a "Pumpkin Chunkin" competition. She explained that this will involve 9-10 pound pumpkins hurling through the air by catapults or trebuchets that are built by contestants.

"So, if you've always wanted to build a catapult, now you'll have a reason," said Bredeson.

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