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Jackson County Fair in full swing

Chainsaw sculptor Duane Nelson works on a piece Wednesday at the Jackson County Fair Wednesday. Nelson’s business, Visions in Logs is based in Jackson. The creations he makes during the fair will be auctioned Saturday by the Jackson County Fair Board. Robin Baumgarn/Daily Globe2 / 2

JACKSON — Wednesday marked more than just Kids’ Day at the Jackson County Fair. 

Returning to make beautiful sculptures of wood was craftsman and Jackson native Duane Nelson of Vision in Logs.

Nelson has made a living sharing his art at county fairs around the country, and has been carving wood for 37 years.

“I am local, right here in Jackson, and I travel all over the country,” Nelson said. “I’m not traveling as far as I used to because I am not a spring chicken anymore. Three years ago, I had 146 days of county fairs, centennials and town events, and I just backed off from that because it is just too much.”

Now Nelson stays closer to home while still pursuing his passion.

“I’ve been at it a long time,” he said. “ I still enjoy what I do. I make pretty good money doing it, and I’ve got the whole winter off to deer hunt and coyote hunt.”

Nelson’s pieces made during the fair will be auctioned Saturday afternoon by the Jackson County Fair. Nelson aims to make 12 items for Saturday. He has finished a moose holding a welcome sign and plans to carve a small bear and small pigs before week’s end.

Across the fairgrounds at the Kids’ Day at the Fair Day Camp, groups of children spent the morning in a number of different activities ranging from crafts, a tour of the Prairie Ecology Bus center, go-carts and a fire and rescue demonstration before lunch.

On the fair agenda for tonight is the Brigade FMX Motor Cross Jumping Show, which starts at 7 p.m,, followed by the Demo Derby at 8 p.m. Senior Citizens’ Day, during which those young at heart are able to ride the ferris wheel for free, is set for Friday. Maiden Dixie takes the stage at 7 p.m. that evening in the grandstand., followed by local favorite Lost Highway at 10 p.m.

Daily Globe Reporter Robin Baumgarn may be reached at 376-7323.