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Friday, 28 August 2015 13:33

Walworth County Fair 2015: Kiddieland is good for the young at heart

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Visitors to the Butterfly Barn in Kiddieland at the Walworth County Fair will get up close and personal with butterflies of all sizes, colors and varieties. This visitor entices one to land with a bit of food offered up at the end of a Q-tip. Visitors to the Butterfly Barn in Kiddieland at the Walworth County Fair will get up close and personal with butterflies of all sizes, colors and varieties. This visitor entices one to land with a bit of food offered up at the end of a Q-tip. Terry Mayer

Carving out art for all

Kiddieland isn’t just for kids -- all ages will enjoy the skill of Dave Watson, the chainsaw artist, who carves fanciful shapes in logs of wood using a chainsaw as his delicate tool of choice. Watch him in action at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,  12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday as he finishes up his wood sculptures. At the end of the fair, an auction of the woodcarvings is held to benefit the Walworth County Fair Foundation. The auction is held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, on the Park Stage.

Picture this

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.

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