MARION CO. FAIR: It’s a jungle out there at this year’s county fair

You can see more than the unusual domesticated animals at this year’s Marion County Fair. On Thursday and Friday, make room for exotic singing birds as well as a crocodile, elephant, giraffe and chimp.

No, these aren’t new divisions for 4-H livestock judging. Rather, these are just a few of the performers who will appear in Chris Short’s Puppets Personalities Show to be presented Wednesday and Thursday. This free attraction will be offered both days at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. in the pavilion.

The show features a number of entertaining and elaborately costumed marionettes and Muppet-like puppets. The figures used in the show are three feet tall and completely animated.

All the figures are hand-carved and constructed by Dean Short. The show will be presented by his grandson, Chris Short, who is the third generation to present the show.

The show has appeared in 40 states at fairs, amusement parks, malls and schools.

The animals are part of this year’s theme, “A Journey to the Jungle.” Tarzan will make a surprise appearance, too.

In another part of the show, a cowboy will sing a famous country and western song titled, “Cool Water” and the cowboy has a surprise for the youngsters.

Chris Short’s shows are underwritten with contribution from local corporate and business sponsors.

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