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Cool LEGO Creations W hat connects nature and fun together? The LEGO exhibit currently on display at Powell Gardens! The “Nature Connects” LEGO show has 27 sculptures designed by New York artist Sean Kenny. He used 500,000 LEGO bricks for his creations. Visitors to the exhibit can walk under an 8-foot-tall hummingbird, stand in the middle of a 7-foot rose, come nose-to-nose with a 5-foot tiger swallowtail butterfly and see an oversized Japanese koi fish leap out of the water beside huge lilypads floating in a pond. The largest sculpture is a mother bison made from more than 45,000 colorful LEGO bricks. “This exhibit is a fun way to help our visitors learn more about the complex and amazing network that interconnects all living things on Earth,” says Eric Tschanz, Powell Garden president and executive director. “Just as LEGO bricks connect together to create something fun, colorful and intricate, so does nature.” Powell Gardens is located at 1609 NW Highway 50 in Kingsville. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through September. The LEGO exhibit is included in the general admission price of $10 for adults; seniors, $9; children 5-12, $4; 4 and under, free. For more information about the gardens and future exhibits, go to or call 816-6972600. A little LEGO history T photos courtesy of Powell Gardens This rabbit and fox are just two of the LEGO creations on display at Powell Gardens in Kingsville. This amazing display runs through Sept. 29. he LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. The creative business, based in Denmark, has been passed down through the Kristiansen family and is now run by grandson Kjeld Kristiansen and his children. The name “LEGO” is an abbreviation of two Danish words, “LEg GOdt,” meaning “play well.” The LEGO brick in its present design was created in 1958 and will fit any LEGOs you buy today. The combination of colorful, interlocking blocks can be put together in thousands of forms — it’s just a matter of the maker’s imagination. Fun facts: • There are 52 LEGO brick colors • There are about 2,300 various pieces in the LEGO family • There are 20 billion LEGO pieces made each year • LEGO says that out of every million bricks made only 18 will be rejected due to a defect Do you know a youth, age 15 or under, who’s doing something cool as a hobby or little business? Tell us about them! Send your e-mail to You might see them on a future Just4Kids page. 38 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP T ry your hand at my monthly word watch. It’s easy. I’ll list three words for you to find. Read the stories in Rural Missouri and look for the words. When you find them, send me a note telling me the stories where you found the words, what each word means as it’s used in the story and your age. If you get all the words right, your name goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to five winners each month. Send your answers to: Buddy Bear’s Word Watch P. O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Entries must be received by Sept. 10. Kids, please wait a month before re-entering — and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15. Entries must be written by the youth, please. Can you find this month’s words? diaspora pseudonym conquistadors Due to our coloring contest page last month, we don’t have Word Watch winners this month. Make sure to enter next month! DId you know? Laid end to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold each year would reach around the world more than five times! http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - September 2013

Rural Missouri - September 2013
Merchant miniatures
Scorching the border
All aboard
Blasts from the past
Out of the Way Eats
Mowing down the competition
Hearth and Home
A place for Pershing
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - September 2013