Once again, John Thomas of Dunn County Pottery will be offering folks the opportunity to experiment with raku pottery in a process whereby they glaze bisque ware at the Discover Downsville Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17. Thomas notes that in Japanese, raku means ease and gauging from the popularity at last year's event, customers coupled that attribute with pleasure.

Well over 81 people enjoyed the hands-on process in 2001 with the option to chose their own glazes and colors and many more would have liked to try it. "We ran out of bowls last year, so we're prepared for at least 100 this year, " said Thomas.

In addition to Thomas, potters John Perri, Willem Gebben and Doug Johnson are donating their services and have created and donated 20 or more bowls each for this event. Thomas also said that Cenex has donated the propane gas used to fuel the "red hot furnace" or kiln, an oven which will actually be radiating the heat outdoors for all to see and feel.

This year, for just $20 patrons will have the chance to "take home a bowl in just half an hour," while also doing something good for a well-established charity. All proceeds from the bowls will go towards the Interfaith Food Pantry of Dunn County. And as always, these generous donations are very welcome.

Cross-cut Log Contest

The Downsville Festival has added a novel activity to its Saturday, Aug. 17 schedule. A cross-cut log contest for two man teams, will be held across from the Town Hall from 1-3 p.m. No experience is necessary. The entry fee is $1 with 100 percent payback returning to first and second place winners in the form of prize money. Participants may register at the time of the contest.

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