U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition Fine Art in Straw…

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Third Annual
US National Straw Sculpting Competition

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1st Place
(Artist's Choice & People's Choice)
Headless Horseman
Danica Rogers
Rochelle, IL

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2nd Place
(Artist's Choice & People's Choice)
Huff and Puff
Kate May Fitch
Rockford, IL

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3rd Place
(Artist's Choice & People's Choice)
StrawSquatch
Chris and Cecilia Mann
and Bill Papke
Rockford, IL

Congratulations to All of Our
2018 Straw Sculptors,

You're All Great,
Thank You!

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"Straw"bine: Harvest Time
Kathy Driscoll
Clare, IL

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The Garden
Steve Lentz
Montello, WI

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Stretchy Cat
Kelly Madison
Algonquin, IL

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Artful Threads Through Time, August 1 – 31
Fiber Art Show, Old Sandstone Gallery and Campus, Fridays 6 – 9:30 pm, Saturdays 2 – 8:00 pm and during special scheduled Straw events.
US National Straw Sculpting Competition, August 10 – 26 Fine art in straw, giant sculptures are available to see everyday, displayed on the Campus.
• August 10, Opening Night, ‘People’s Choice’ voting begins at 6:00 pm
• August 11, Pinecrest Community’s 125th Anniversary, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
• August 12 – 26, Straw Jam Stage, various musicians,
(Link to more information)
• August 13, Big Bison Build begins, join with the community building our Straw Bison, Rt 64 behind Union Savings Bank
(Link to more information)
• August 18, The Blues Hawks (Blues Music) 7 – 9:00 pm, bandshell
Saturday, August 25, Straw Fest Day,
• Pinecrest Craft & Vendor Fair, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Pinecrest Grove
• Blacksmith demo, Noon – 4:00 pm, Campus
• Wild Bulls, mechanical bull riding, Campus
• Straw Bale Races, 2:00 pm, 2 person teams, mini bales for kids
• Straw Sculpture
‘People’s Choice’ voting ends at 4:00 pm
• Square Dance, 4 – 6:00 pm, with national caller Bob Asp,
experienced and inexperienced welcome, Wesley Avenue
• Pulled Pork and More, Mt. Morris Moose, 4:30 – 8:00 pm, Campus
• US National Straw Sculpture awards, 6:00 pm, Bandshell
• Lyle Grobe & The Rhythm Ramblers (Classic Country), 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Jamboree, Live Music on the Bandshell, 7 – 9:00 pm
• August 10, Illinois Rail (Bluegrass)
• August 17, Kyle Lacy and the Harlem River Noise (Rockabilly)
• August 24, The Barb City Stompers (Swing Jazz)
• August 31, Strata (Classic Rock)

Ogle County Pilot’s Breakfast, August 26, 7:00 am – Noon ‘Fly In or Drive In’, Ogle County Airport

Illinois Bicentennial Celebration, August 26, 1 – 4:00 pm Historical Hay Wagon tours, Campus (Link to more information)

Bald Hill Prairie Preservation Project, 2:00 pm Presented at the Mt. Morris Public Library


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With over 2,500 votes cast, the 2017 winners are:

With over 2,500 votes cast
the 2017 winners were:

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1st Place 2017
Kate May Fitch
'Straw-bear-y'

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2nd Place 2017
Fran Volz
'Ballerina'

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3rd Place 2017
Danica Rogers
& Seth Gittleson
'It's On Like
'Straw'nkey Kong'

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3rd Place 2017
Danica Rogers & Seth Gittleson
'It's On Like 'Straw'nkey Kong'

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With over 2,500 votes cast, the winners are:

1st Place
Kate May Fitch
'Straw-bear-y'

2nd Place
Fran Volz
'Ballerina'

3rd Place
Danica Rogers & Seth Gittleson
'It's On Like 'Straw'nkey Kong'



U.S. National Straw Sculpting
Competition Moves to
Mt. Morris, IL 61054


“It was a little village of 2,500 people,” said artist Fran Volz. “They had a brewery and this.” “This,” to Volz’s amazement, was a straw sculpture competition that draws thousands of visitors to the village of Höchenschwand in southern Germany.
It inspired the artist to create his own a straw sculpture, resulting in an impressive 21-foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty. In 2016, Rochelle hosted the first ever U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition. In 2017, the competition found it’s permanent home in Mt. Morris, Illinois, where Encore! Mt. Morris added this fine arts event to a growing cultural calendar.
“I’d like to see it grow and attract national and even global sculptors, while keeping it a rural and fine arts event,” explained Volz. “This is a connection between farming and urban societies – taking what farmers produce to create what’s often seen in cities in the form of statues.”
Encore! Mt. Morris will host the Third Annual U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition August 10–26, 2018 on the former college campus in the center of Mt. Morris. The community development group is working closely with Fran Volz to retain his vision of the contest while expanding it to include more artists and student groups.
“Art is universal. Everyone can participate,” stated Volz. “Young and old. It doesn’t matter what your background is.”
Details about the competition, photos of the sculptures, and more about Volz’s process for creating straw sculptures can be found here at StrawUSA.com.

Encore! Mt. Morris is a cultural initiative of the Mt. Morris Economic Development Corporation. Composed of volunteers, it’s committed to developing Mt. Morris, Illinois into a unique, thriving rural and cultural arts destination in northwest Illinois.

Learn more about Encore!
at
encoremtmorris.com

Learn more about Fran Volz
at
franvolzstudios.com

U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition
Moves to Mt. Morris, IL 61054

“It was a little village of 2,500 people,” said artist Fran Volz. “They had a brewery and this.” “This,” to Volz’s amazement, was a straw sculpture competition that draws thousands of visitors to the village of Höchenschwand in southern Germany.
It inspired the artist to create his own a straw sculpture, resulting in an impressive 21-foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty. In 2016, Rochelle hosted the first ever U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition. In 2017, the competition found it’s permanent home in Mt. Morris, Illinois, where Encore! Mt. Morris added this fine arts event to a growing cultural calendar.
“I’d like to see it grow and attract national and even global sculptors, while keeping it a rural and fine arts event,” explained Volz. “This is a connection between farming and urban societies – taking what farmers produce to create what’s often seen in cities in the form of statues.”
Encore! Mt. Morris will host the Third Annual U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition August 10–26, 2018 on the former college campus in the center of Mt. Morris. The community development group is working closely with Fran Volz to retain his vision of the contest while expanding it to include more artists and student groups.
“Art is universal. Everyone can participate,” stated Volz. “Young and old. It doesn’t matter what your background is.”
Details about the upcoming competition, photos of the sculptures, and more about Volz’s process for creating straw sculptures can be found here at StrawUSA.com.

Encore! Mt. Morris is a cultural initiative of the Mt. Morris Economic Development Corporation. Composed of volunteers, it’s committed to developing Mt. Morris, Illinois into a unique, thriving rural and cultural arts destination in northwest Illinois.

Learn more about Encore! at encoremtmorris.com
Learn more about Fran Volz at
franvolzstudios.com