Gun rack qualifies for state fair display

When Spencer Tweedy made a gun rack with his grandfather and entered it as a 4-H project at the Central Iowa Fair, he had no idea how far it would take him.

Now he has plans to display the work at the Iowa State Fair after it qualified out of the Central Iowa Fair as one of the top pieces.

Tweedy, 12, of Gladbrook, said he was both surprised and excited to see his woodworking piece qualify for the state fair.

“This is the first time I’m going to have anything going to the state fair,” Tweedy said.

He had minimal help from his grandfather, Roger Schroeder, who was impressed with the work his grandson did on the rack.

“I’m pretty proud of him,” Schroeder said.

Caleb Carver, youth coordinator with Marshall County Extension, was equally as impressed.

“It’s a good use of showing different techniques in woodworking,” Carver said.

Tweedy said the rack took a few days to complete. He even took a small torch to it to give it a burnt look.

“Everything we did was a whole new experience for me,” Tweedy said.

Tweedy said he is excited to be able to travel to Des Moines and see his work at the 4-H building next month at the state fair.

“It will be awesome to see it compared to the best stuff that 4-H’ers have made,” Tweedy said.

Tweedy is home-schooled and is the son of Michael and Michele Tweedy. The project is now on display at the Central Iowa Fair, which includes a full day of events Saturday and wraps up midday Sunday.