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I’ve said it before

September 17, 2017
Kevin Williams - Grundy County Conservation Director , Reinbeck Courier

I've said it before and I'll say it again. The weather on Sunday for the Pioneer Craft Fair was picture perfect. I believe that in the well over thirty years of this annual event, there have been only two that we have been subjected to wet weather. Never cancelled in the history of the event, the second Sunday of September has proven to be the day to count on.

So, I could basically pull previous news column reports on the event and use some paragraphs verbatim.

(Here's one from 2015 that is appropriate) Sunday was an absolutely great day for anything that you had planned. When the planning has taken months of work, it is doubly appreciated when there was weather like Sunday. There have been many years that the weather smiled on the annual Pioneer Craft Fair, but none better than this. I've said it before, the second Sunday of September is a great day to plan an outside activity. I know I am belaboring the point a bit. But it truly couldn't have been better. The folks on the museum grounds both exhibitors and participants enjoyed the weather. And the activities!

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Dean Franzen entertaining the crowd.
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What was the same from past years you might ask? The children's activities have been the focus the past couple of events and the number parents, grandparents, and little ones running around the grounds showed that it paid off. The haystack treasure hunt was once again a hit. You have to be on time and almost don't blink or you'll miss the kids blowing through the pile of hay finding goodies! (I know my grandkids enjoyed them.)The pony rides were popular, too.

The bus was loaded with trip after trip out to the wildlife area north of town where the buckskinner camp and horse-drawn trolley rides were happening.

All of the museum facilities were open for viewing. Fish, turtles, and snakes were a hit with most people (I said most people!).

As can happen with any event, there were some glitches that occurred. We had a dancing horses show booked that cancelled due to the owner's health problems just a few weeks ago. After a bit of scrambling, we were able to secure Dean Franzen the "Dean of Juggling" and boy, he didn't disappoint the crowd. He juggled balls, pins, knives, and fire! He juggled on a unicycle and balancing on a plank and cylinder. And he was so good with the kids before and after the show. I think he probably slept well that night!

And the always popular petting zoo was forced to cancel just the night before. Couldn't fill that replacement spot in less than twenty-four hours, however.

Of course there was live music provided by the popular "Vinyl Frontier". A relatively new name but I saw some familiar faces making up the members.

This tear a scavenger hunt was added where kids took a punch card around to selected vendors and activities. If they participated and filled the card their treat was free ice cream at the food stand.

At four o'clock came the drawing for the Chuck Frietag print. The lucky winner was Sam Martens.

It was a good day. If you missed it, I would encourage you to mark the second Sunday of September on your next year's calendar right now. Because it will be good weather!



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