Fair 2015: Displays, demos at the Log Cabin

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Lynn Greene | September 2, 2015

Check out the Walworth County Association for Home & Community Education (HCE) display and daily demonstrations in the Log Cabin during the Walworth County Fair, Sept. 2 through Sept. 7. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.  
HCE Projects on display
A project that began in 1979 continues today with the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Sewing Center Chica Nica Doll dress project. A sewing center was formed securing resources from Wisconsin and providing volunteer trainers from Nicaragua. Today, there are more than 70 Learning/Sewing Centers.

Women from the Learning/Sewing Center are sewing beautiful and intricately designed dresses to fit 18-inch dolls. These one-of-a-kind dresses will be available to view and purchase at the Log Cabin.

Walworth County HCE will display some of their “Stitches of Love” sewing projects, which include turbans for chemo patients, comfort pillows for mastectomy patients, drain pouches, walker caddies and quilts for children.
Quilt raffle
Stop by and pick up your raffle ticket for the “Country Star” queen-size quilt pieced and quilted by Winnie Shelton of East Troy and Karen Walter of Elkhorn.  Second prize is $200 and third prize is $100.
Home food preservation is making a comeback.Visit with Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Education and Master Preserver Jenny Wehmeier to prepare safe and delicious home preserved foods through freezing, water bath canning, pressure canning, and dehydrating. Resources will be available to aid you in preparing your bounty to enjoy all year long. Bring your pressure canner gauge for complementary testing as well.
Stitching history into colorful costumes. Beverly Wassam has been designing and re-creating authentic period clothing for women and children ranging from the Renaissance period through the turn of the 20th century. She is a a professional seamstress who also gives presentations on period clothing.
FRIDAY, Sept. 4
Ronald Duffy, of Clinton, is a member of the Rock River Valley Carvers. He began bird carving about 20 years ago. Initially, his efforts were sporadic in nature, but since his retirement, he has pursued the art form more vigorously. He will display some of his bird and animal carvings.

“I will illustrate some of the steps and techniques necessary to create a carving,”?he said.
Goralski Pottery, formerly known as Beloit Pottery, creates functional wheel-thrown stoneware pottery that is oven safe, dishwasher safe and microwaveable.

Carmen Goralski will be demonstrating how she uses an electric potter's wheel to turn lumps of clay into useful and decorative pottery.

Carmen & Jay Goralski have been creating and selling pottery and pottery supplies locally since 2004.

SUNDAY, Sept. 6
Local photographer Bruce Thompson will be at the Walworth County Fair's Log Cabin recounting his 40-plus years as a commercial and fine art photographer.

Thompson professes the best education he received was from the back seat of a fishing boat with his father, Richard Earl Thompson.

The senior Thompson was an American Impressionist painter.

The younger Thompson will be available to speak about his experiences and give advice and tips about improving your photographs.

Richard Earl Thompson's work and Bruce Thompson's photographs will be on display.
MONDAY, Sept. 7
Doug Amon, of rural Delavan, will be at the Log Cabin with some of the many varieties of roses that he grows. Doug has over 425 rose bushes among 14 raised beds along with trellises, pond with waterfall/bridge and gazebo.

Amon almost always can be seen outside pruning and nurturing the bushes that draw lots of curious visitors from near and far away. His sign on the driveway beckons visitors to pull in and visit. “Stop and Smell the Roses” at the Log Cabin.

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