• What’s a talespinner? It’s a person who takes a tall tale and spins it into an even taller tale. “Stories get taller over time, and the pioneers heard and told some pretty tall tales on their way west,” said talespinner/troubadour Darrin Crow of Cedar Rapids; he spins and stretches some of those tall tales.
Crow, who has been entertaining people in the Eastern Iowa area since 1999, has given many children’s programs at schools, libraries, and special events. He will recite favorites stories in “Feathered Pigs and Cats for Iowa: Tall Tales of the Pioneers”—his presentations are at 11 am and 3 pm in the outdoor 4-H shelter, weather permitting.
• Gary and Denise Kaasa of rural Davenport will give demonstrations on egg hatching in Janssen Hall. They have been a popular attraction at the Jackson County Fair.
The Kaasas have been raising Dominique chickens for more than 10 years. They started giving egg-hatching demonstrations in the North Scott elementary schools more than five years ago, and have also taken their presentation to the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport for the last five years.
• Bernie Kluesner, a retired farmer from New Vienna, has made scale models from a large variety of wood species. He will exhibit many of his scale models, and will be available throughout the day to answer questions about his woodworking hobby.
Kluesner brought a 1/12 scale tractor-trailer with dozer to the Iowa State Fair in 2009, and his creation was voted Best of Show. The award-winning model took him 350 to 400 hours to create.
• Every city or town in Jackson County has been invited to have a display in the exhibit area in Janssen Hall. From Andrew to Zwingle, each town can display information about their town’s history, citizens and important events.
• The Eastern Iowa Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association will conduct competitions in the outdoor arena throughout the day, and they will perform a shoot-out and stagecoach robbery at 12:30 pm.