The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 9, 2013

Celebrate 109th Corn Carnival with new exhibits, activities

BLAKESBURG — New and exciting exhibits and activities are planned as Blakesburg celebrates the 109th Corn Carnival with Next Generation Shows Midway on Main Street and free entertainment in the park each evening Thursday through Saturday.

Educational activities, a quilt show and a vendor fair will be held in the elementary school, located on the Monroe/Wapello County Line Road on the south edge of Blakesburg Thursday evening and all day Friday and Saturday. There is something for everyone among the more than 20 vendors featuring storage products, jewelry, scarves, personal care products, totes, bags, home décor and more from 3-9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Quilt show entries will be accepted from 1-9 p.m. Thursday. All entries are welcome, including other needle craft such as counted cross stitch, crocheting, embroidery, tatting, etc. There is no entry fee and no judging. A Make it and Take it table is planned for anyone interested in learning a new craft.

Educational and especially interesting exhibits planned from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday are Our Nation’s 27 Official Flags, sponsored by Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society, and Bonsai, an ancient Japanese art form.

Learn about our country’s many different flags from Chuck Bates, who will present an exhibit of Our Nation’s 27 Official Flags, beginning with the original 13-star flag through the current 50-star official flag. This collection was put together by past civil defense director Park Sullivan. His widow allowed it to be displayed in Ottumwa several times after her husband’s death. When she moved from her home, she donated the entire collection to the Wapello County Historical Society.

Beckham Miller brings his collection of Bonsai the unique Japanese art form of growing miniature trees in containers. Bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a small container. Bonsai does not use genetically dwarfed trees, only stock or seed of regular-sized trees. The small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-sized trees are produced through cultivation techniques such as pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation and grafting. Miller began working with seedlings in the late 1970s. He is eager to share with others the wealth of knowledge he has acquired through years of reading, attending workshops, trial and error in growing his own trees. To date, he has acquired and cared for more than 300 trees, more than 30 of which he is currently caring for.

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