Quick Kicks for Aug. 21-27, 2014

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Ann Fiore
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This is a roundup of entertainment news and events for the week of Aug. 21-27, 2014.


Get ready for Labor Day

Labor Day weekend always offers a trifecta of big events that mark the end of summer: LaborFest in Janesville, the Rock River Thresheree near Edgerton and the Walworth County Fair in Elkhorn.

The fair starts the earliest of the three, opening Wednesday, Aug. 27, with the Big Hat Pro Rodeo and ending with the Labor Day demolition derby Sept. 1. One new event is the Farmer Olympics, where farmers young and old compete in bale throwing, the bucket brigade and the round bale push. Fair admission is $4-$10. Visit walworthcountyfair.com for a schedule.

The Thresheree, set for Friday through Labor Day, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, carries the farming theme in another direction: tractors, steam engines and machines of all kinds. This year's event highlights International Harvester equipment. Admission is $6-$8 at Thresherman's Park on Highway 51 between Janesville and Edgerton. Information: thresheree.com or Rock River Thresheree on Facebook.

LaborFest is still in the planning stages, but it will offer mud volleyball, live music and food Sunday, Aug. 31, at the UAW Local 95 grounds, 1795 Lafayette St., Janesville. The car show will be Monday, Sept. 1, at Dee's Barbershop, 510 E. Centerway. The parade starts at 1 p.m. downtown.


Concert at Beckman Mill

Musicians don't gather at Beloit's Beckman Mill Park often, but they'll be there with the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, for the Classics in the Country concert.

Faith Green, a 10-year-old pianist, will be the featured performer.

Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available, and tours of the restored grist mill will be offered from 1-4 p.m. The park is located at 11600 S. County H.

Call 608-754-8681.


Design a plate

Pauline Pottery and Pickard China have been part of Rock County's decorative arts scene for more than 100 years.

The Rock County Historical Society offers exhibits of both lines. However, this week it took those displays a step further—thanks to digital technology.

A new exhibit, “Crafting Excellence: the History of Pauline Pottery & Pickard China,” explains the people and processes that create the pottery and fine china. Visitors can take digital tours of the Pickard factory and listen to artist interviews. Using an interactive kiosk, they can design their own pieces of digital china.

The exhibit is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center, 426 N. Jackson St., Janesville. Admission is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $2 for children ages 6-17. See rchs.us/exhibits/craftingexcellence.

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