You don’t need to love bluegrass music to love the East Troy Bluegrass Festival. That’s because there are so many styles of bluegrass nowadays -- new grass, country, swampgrass, folk, gospel --?plus fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar contests. Bring your instrument and enjoy the whole weekend. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. The rain location will be East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Ave.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- It’s a long way from Sharon, Wisconsin, to Zambia, Africa. But people at one local company are working to make that distance a little smaller and the sense of hope among African villagers a lot stronger.
Two employees from Exacto recently traveled to Zambia to determine how the company could help people in the impoverished country. Exacto provides and develops products and technologies to improve irrigation and pesticide applications.
CLINTON -- The racehorse known as He’s So Hot was on track for a stunning career until an injury put a sudden stop to his racing days.
The Standardbred gelding was born in Illinois to a proud lineage, the offspring of prized horses Sportsmaster and She’s Redhot.
He’s So Hot was purchased in 2009 and trained for harness racing by the DeLong family of Clinton and had all the makings of a future champion.
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At the height of his performance in 2010, the then 2-year-old racehorse had earned $70,500 at the Mini Me Final at Balmoral Park in Crete, Illinois; $22,500 at the Governor’s Cup at Du Quoin, Illinois; $60,350 at the Cardinal Final at Maywood Park in Melrose Park, Illinois, and finished second in the $127,000 American-National Final at Balmoral Park.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Show ski teams from around the globe are practicing this week on the Rock River in Janesville as they prepare for this weekend's World Water Ski Show Tournament at Traxler Park.
This is the second time Janesville has hosted the tournament, which officially begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14, 2014. Admission is $5 for spectators 6 and older.
STATELINE NEWS -- Autumn Douglas is following her grandfather’s footsteps into the art of wood carving. The 11-year-old Clinton Middle School student will be the first junior featured carver at this year’s Rock River Valley Wood Carvers show and sale, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Rock County Fairgrounds, 1301 Craig Ave. in Janesville.