Tinglewood Festival Engages Whole Community


Ashley Zapata, Reporter

In 1993, there was a terrible ice storm that hit Montevallo, many trees were damaged and retired coal miner, Tim Tingle, helped clean Orr Park back up after the storm. He became inspired to create works of art from the damaged trees and so he carved them and gave them a new life.  This led to an event unique to the city of Montevallo, the Tinglewood festival which was started in 2018. The festival usually takes place on the first Saturday of September. 

During the event, there are live chainsaw woodcarvings and artisan woodworking by artistic vendors. There is also Tim Tingle’s Whittling’s contest (a contest where contestants are giving a block of wood and must carve something out with one single knife) and wooden boat racing.  Live music will be played at the outdoor event and there will be food vendors to purchase from at Orr Park all day throughout the event. There will be a chainsaw carving exhibition with a panel of well-known artists. There will be an auction for 15 original pieces of artwork throughout the day from 2:45 to 3:30 pm. There is also a classic car show and many activities for children! The 19th annual classic car show registrations begin at 9 am. The car show welcomes cars from all years, makes, and models of the cars. There will also be activities for children, they include a “make and take” event where you make a piece of artwork and take it home and the Alabama Wildlife Center will be there.

Come see the fantastical carvings and enjoy the atmosphere at the Tinglewood festival at Orr Park in Montevallo!