The Butterfly Barn is enchanting -- try to get one to land on your finger and take a selfie. George Mroch is the fair’s butterfly rancher and superintendent of the Barnyard Adventure area.
The butterfly habitat is filled with all the foods butterflies love: amaranth, butterfly bush and goldenrod. Mroch collects butterfly eggs and tends them before taking them to the fair. He also orders chrysalides, from which the butterflies hatch. These are sometimes erroneously called cocoons, but you’ll find out those are only for moths, not butterflies. Adult butterlies also are ordered by the dozens, so there will be plenty in the barn during fair week. Catch these living works of art any day during fair week.
Dog-gone good fun
Marvelous mutts is a new attraction this year. This entertainment show showcases some of the world’s finest canine athletes. The dogs amaze audiences as they flip and fly to snatch flying discs out of the air, race through obstacle courses with breathtaking speed and launch themselves off a dock to catch a toy before it splashes into a pool of water.
Spectators, children and adults alike, will leave the show with a smile on their faces when they find out that all of the dogs were adopted from shelters and rescues. They do their best to show that rescued dogs can do amazing things. Shows will be held at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., every day of the fair.