Alligator gets a second chance at fair show

A summer tradition in the Quad Cities is in full swing for a 95th year. Thousands of people are packed into the fairgrounds in Davenport for the Great Mississippi Valley Fair.

It has been going on since 1920. There’s something new around every corner at the fair and this year that’s even true for one of the entertainers.  The Kachunga show travels all across the country educating people about alligators. Now you can see the show three times a day for six days at the Mississippi Valley Fair.  The Kachunga family just got a little bit bigger.

Just a day before the fair they took a new alligator in named Kevin.

“People take in something that they think they know what they’re getting into and it doesn’t work out,” said Gil Castillo, the show presenter.

Castillo has taken in many alligators before and is glad Kevin will have a new home in the climate it’s used to.

“Not only is the humidity part of what he needs, but the temperatures being so cold so the fake heat, the very dry heat he’s not use to that,” said Castillo.

Kevin is now joining the four other siblings on the road.

“We’re going to handle him a bit and we’re going to check out what his personality is like and if its conducive to what we’re doing with the others we’ll use him as part of the show,”said Castillo.

Gates open up at six every morning and the fair goes until Sunday, Aug 3, 2014.

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