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Boy Scout troop makes first appearance at county fair

posted Aug 11, 2014, 4:34 AM by Dan Rautenkranz   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 4:43 AM ]

Republished from the Local Newspaper  By Alex Purdy on Aug 8, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

Deep in the recesses of the Nobles County Fairgrounds, there sits a canoe.  It’s no ordinary canoe, for on it sits bottles. Next to it are two young boys who will ask passersby if they’d like to play a game of ring toss.  The boys are Thomas Hunt and Austin Carlson. Thomas is the librarian of Boy Scout Troop 134 and has been in scouting for seven years, while Austin is the den chief of the same troop and has been involved with scouts for three years. They, along with Austin’s mother, Ladonna, are at the Nobles County Fair this week to promote the troop and its activities.“This is our first year at the fair,” said Ladonna Carlson, one of Troop 134’s veteran leaders. “We are trying to raise awareness of the troop here in the community, and we are also trying to recruit more members to the troop.” To entice people toward the booth, the troop uses a few different marketing techniques, with the highlight being the ring toss. “The ring toss is free,” explained Austin. “And even if you don’t make a ring on the bottle, you get a prize anyway.” Scattered throughout the old glass bottles are a few taller blue bottles, each with a parachute cord bracelet on them. If the tosser is lucky enough to land on one of those bottles, he or she will be the recipient of a free bracelet made by Sonja Peters, an assistant scoutmaster. If the ring-thrower is unable to get one of the elusive bracelets, they are available for purchase, and the money raised will go toward the troop. The troop hadn’t recruited anyone to join on Friday morning, but Ladonna remains hopeful. “We’ve had some interest, but nobody has signed up yet,” she said, laughing. “But we’ve only been here a little over a day, and I think we’ll get even more interest yet.” The booth will remain open throughout the rest of the weekend at the fair. “There is so many wonderful things the scouts get to do and learn about,” Ladonna said. “They just do everything.” For more information on Worthington’s Boy Scout Troop 134, call Scott or Donna Hunt at 370-1024, or stop by the booth at the fair. For more general information on the Boy Scouts, go to