STATELINE NEWS — Gerry Lesch has traveled to all seven continents and carved items out of native wood while visiting six of them.
The exception was his 2009 trip to Antarctica, which doesn’t allow defacing of anything. So, he made do with what he could find, notching an owl out of a bar of soap in three minutes while departing on an old icebreaking ship. Lesch gave it to a Russian couple who had just gotten engaged.
Next summer he plans to visit Iceland and Greenland. But currently his attention is concentrated on Rock County, because he will be the featured carver — for a second time — at the 12th annual Rock River Valley Carvers show, which is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Rock County Fairgrounds.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — A lifelong nature and honeybee lover, Kristine Karlson remembers herself as a 3-year-old, “watching, touching and happily humming along with the honeybees in my family’s garden.”
Karlson is hoping attendees of her presentations at the Walworth County Fair will become ardent fans of the honeybee, too.
She will offer two programs at the Learning Coop during the fair’s run: Beekeeping with Kristine Karlson at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30; and From Beehive to Your Kitchen at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — The sound of trucks roaring and the sight of cars being crushed under heavy wheels will be just some of the highlights for this year’s Walworth County Fair, set to kick off Wednesday, Aug. 30, and run through Labor Day.
The All Star Monster Trucks show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the grandstand. The show will feature four monster trucks participating in three types of competitions — best trick, racing and freestyle.
ELKHORN — Just ask any member of the Walworth County 4-H Driving Club and they will explain — you don’t have to go big to make a big impact. Many of the kids in the horse and pony project work with steeds that are one-fourth the size of a quarter horse or one-tenth the size of a Belgian or Percheron.
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to the level of commitment required for this project. Dedication does, and these kids have it, practicing three or more times a week in many cases.
The goal, of course, is to demonstrate what they’ve learned at the Walworth County Fair.
EDGERTON — The Rock River Thresheree reunion will feature a variety of stories about antique equipment, but perhaps none more interesting than two engines that the Fairbanks-Morse Company manufactured in 1935.
The thresheree will be held Friday through Monday, Sept. 1 through Sept. 4, at Thresherman’s Park south of Edgerton.
It will feature two CV-6 gasoline engines that were aboard the Navy’s USS Enterprise during World War II. Both engines were transported from New York in time for the 61st annual celebration.
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