Art teacher to display piece at state fair

East Marshall High School art teacher Hallie Crouse said going to the Iowa State Fair is a family tradition.

So it came as no surprise that when she submitted a design for the concrete sculpture contest that the Gilman resident depicted her two sisters and herself enjoying the fair.

Crouse’s design was accepted and her entry has been painted. It will be on display at the fair as part of dozens of these sculptures in the shape of the state.

“Mine is based on our family tradition of my mom and sisters going to the fair,” Crouse said.

The piece also features fair staples like food, a blue ribbon and horticulture contests.

“It’s got a collage of items that represent the fair to me,” Crouse said.

While Crouse came up with the design on her own, her sisters helped paint the actual art on the 240-pound piece of concrete.

“It kind of became a sister project,” Crouse said.

She is unclear just where at the fair the piece will be, but expects to get a map from the information booth to search it out.

“I’m excited to go find it,” Crouse said. “It’s kind of like a giant Easter egg hunt.”

The piece is entered in the fair art competition and then becomes her property afterward.

“We pick it up and it’s ours to keep,” Crouse said.