Children and adults who were gathered at the Finney County Fairgrounds threw their hands up when Richard Holmgren asked for volunteers on Friday.
One volunteer, a 9-year old girl, stood in the middle of the audience and held a tin pie form, which Holmgren dubbed his grandmother's favorite, breakable dish. The pie tin was spinning on a wooden spoon, and when Holmgren poured water in it from a plastic water bottle, the water spun out of the tin and onto the crowd of children.
For those who don't usually go to the fair, there are plenty of reasons to make the trip this year. Holmgren, who performs Flying Debris, has a show again today at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Finney County Fairgrounds.
Kids on Friday chuckled at his jokes and asked that he juggle balls over a piece of wood on the ceiling — which he did at their request.
If you go to Flying Debris, be prepared to see him juggle, spin a basketball on his fingertip, perform other tricks with basketballs, catch a bowling ball on his face and juggle machetes.
And kids in the audience should be aware they might get wet, be asked to juggle a basketball on their fingertips or assist in other tricks.
I was in 4-H and I don't remember anything quite as cool as a show like Flying Debris. Kids of all ages sat and watched him perform for about 45 minutes on Friday afternoon.
After the show was over, I made my way to the Exhibition Building to check out some of the exhibits 4-Hers have been working on this summer and through the year.
The photography exhibit is in the center of the building and greets you as you walk in the door. The photos are arranged in a few different categories, including individual contests for Beef Empire Days and for the Sandsage Bison Range.
And make sure to look at all of the photos, not just the ones that were the top placers or the ones selected to go to the Kansas State Fair.
I got a chuckle out of one photo that showed a cat lying down, looking at a laptop. Another one that stood out to me was of a girl trying to find her way through a corn field.
The photos of the Kansas landscape also will catch your eye. The photos include barely-standing old barns, Kansas sunsets and photos of downtown Garden City.
On the east side of the building, you should check out Lego creations from area 4-Hers. The sculptures include a tractor, vehicles, bridges and castles, among others, enclosed in a glass case for safekeeping.
Another piece of creativity caught my eye at the arts and crafts project booth. There's a dress made up duct tape, that looks like it hits right above the knee, with no sleeves.
I have a confession: I was in 4-H in my younger days, and I don't remember Lego castles, making clothes out of duct tape or watching someone juggle machetes.
The Finney County fair continues into the weekend and more creative things are in store. Check www.finneycountyfair.org, a fair book, or this page in today's Telegram for a list of weekend events at the fair.
Staff Writer Monica Springer can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.