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With the scent of this year’s Jackson County Fair still present in the building, the old livestock barns at the Jackson County Fairgrounds began coming to ground on Monday morning as Tom Pufahl of Fastrac Excavating, Topeka, demolished one of the barns. A spokesman for Kearney and Son Construction of Valley Falls, the chief contractor on the demolition project, said demolishing the livestock barns would likely take a week to complete so that Casey’s General Store can begin construction on its second Holton store, which is expected to open on the site sometime in January 2015. (Photo by Brian Sanders)

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With the scent of this year’s Jackson County Fair still present in the building, the old livestock barns at the Jackson County Fairgrounds began coming to ground on Monday morning as Tom Pufahl of Fastrac Excavating, Topeka, demolished one of the barns. A spokesman for Kearney and Son Construction of Valley Falls, the chief contractor on the demolition project, said demolishing the livestock barns would likely take a week to complete so that Casey’s General Store can begin construction on its second Holton store, which is expected to open on the site sometime in January 2015. (Photo by Brian Sanders)

Hoyt’s Greg Porter (far left) let (from left to right) Jackson Stevens, Tristan Thornton, Thomas Holcomb and Eli Holcomb get hands-on in a demonstration of a Maytag engine grinding some corn while Shawnda Holcomb (back left) and Jessy Holcomb (back right) watched. Porter showed off some old engines as part of the antique tractor display, one of the many festivities attendants could take part in at Pride of Hoyt Days on Saturday. (Photo by Kelly Breckunitch)

Mary L. Bair Post 44 American Legion members John Chiles (left) and Allen Bowser prop up one of five 10-foot photo frames recently discovered between two walls in the basement of the Holton laundromat. The frames are filled with photos of local World War I soldiers, as well as other historic images from the early 1920s. At one time, the laundromat’s basement was home to the American Legion and served as a bingo hall. (Photo by Ali Holcomb)

Dr. Joe Kelly (right), principal at Holton’s Colorado Elementary School, welcomed students in first and second grades back to school on Thursday during the school’s morning assembly. Thursday was the first day of school in the Holton district for students in kindergarten through sixth grades; all other Holton students started their school year on Friday. At Royal Valley, this past Wednesday was the first day of school; at Jackson Heights, it’s this coming Wednesday. (Photo by Brian Sanders)

More than 30 artists to be featured in Friday's Art Walk

By Ali Holcomb

Friday is the Jackson County Art Walk. Set from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. that day, the event includes more than 25 “stops” in and around the Holton Square that feature a variety of artwork.

Musical performances by local talent will also be included in the free event, which is sponsored by Jackson County Arts.

The list of “stops” include:

North side of Square

JM Sewing Center – Cross stitch artwork by Carolyn Bartlett.

White Law Office – Drawings and paintings by Cindy Reichle and jewelry made with vintage elements by Joni White.

Edward Jones – Glass work and sculptures by April Lemon.

Dick Lake Law Office – Photorealistic and landscape paintings by Katie Child, art student at Washburn University.

Lee’s Flower and Gift Shop – “Fantastic Flora Art Show” featuring several artists. 

The Hot Spot – Shoe and accessory art by Joshua Cochran.

Jim Hunley Studio – Photographs by Jessica Kent and Jim Hunley.

HR Block – Paintings from northeast Kansas freelance artist Shirl Akers.

East side of Square

Uptown Treasures – Airbrush paintings by Alex Lancaster, owner of Two Wolves Artist Den in NOTO.

Schlaegel’s Tax & Accounting – Paintings by Sandy Studebaker-Gilbert.

Miller Law Office – Unique handmade wooden toys crafted by Dave Snyder.

Quilting on the Square – Winning 4-H quilts from several counties.

South side of Square

Heart to Home – Acrylic and oil paintings by Holton artist Kathleen Cobb.

The Holton Recorder – Artwork by Mayetta artists Trevor Matthews, John Holcomb and Lester Arnold and Holton artist Justine Powls.

Homestead Affordable Housing – Featured artist Brad LeDuc of Topeka. 

Lifetime Eye Care – Artwork by The Wild Child Photography.

6 Plus One Driving School – Hand built ceramics by Cassie Holt, an art therapy student at Emporia State.

Jackson County Museum – Historic “Farm Town” photographs by J.W. McManigal. 

West side of Square

Jhett’s Pizza – Cowboy paintings by C.L. Riley.

Hutchins Building – Peace Pals International, children’s art from 83 different countries. A free-will donation printmaking activity will be held here from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rural Water District – “Dream Rocket” art from Banner Creek Science Center. The space-themed art will be displayed at the Kennedy Space Center and Franklin Institute before it joins thousands of other pieces from across the nation to be wrapped around a replica of the Saturn V moon rocket for an exhibit.

Sarah’s Enchanted Cottage – Mixed media and fiber artwork by Sarah DeVader, handcrafted dolls by Pin EllaP and fused glass and fiber art from Peggy Bass of Bohemian Gypsy Studio.

Other locations

Hotel Josephine – Oil paintings and pencil sketches by Barbara Janes and quilts by area quilters.

Holton Laundromat – A large mural recently uncovered in the basement of the renovated buildings will be on display. 

Courthouse/Courtyard – Art by Sandy Studebaker-Gilbert’s students and art from Jackson County Arts members. 

Countryside Studios (112 S. Iowa) – Sculptures, wood carvings and drawings by Gerald Copeland at his studio. 

Several musicians will be performing throughout the evening on the Square. Chris Heineken will be playing acoustic music outside Denison State Bank. Hector Sanchez and his wife, Sherri, will perform in front of El Milagro on the east side of the Square.

Gary Bell and the Fence Row Special will play in front of Holton National Bank. Fred Appelhanz will provide hammered dulcimer music in front of Quilting on the Square. Members of the Halbleib family are also set to perform at the Jackson County Courthouse, it was noted.

A benefit for Rodney Miller will be held that same evening on the west side of the Courthouse. Hot dogs with chili, chips, pop and dessert will be served for a free-will donation. All proceeds from the meal will benefit Miller, who has been placed on a heart transplant list. 


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