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Fairies dancing?

By Ross Boettcher

ROWAN, Iowa — A natural phenomenon with a name rooted in folklore has sprouted near the Iowa River Players Theatre. Dr. Jon Ahrendsen of Clarion said he first saw what is known as a fairy ring on Sunday on his way to a performance at the theater in Rowan. A fairy ring can take on various forms. The ring identified by Ahrendsen is a large, dark green circle of grass encompassed by large mushrooms. “It’s definitely something you don’t see every day,” Ahrendsen said, “especially ones with this large of mushrooms.” He said the mushrooms were “about as big as a dinner plate.”Scandinavian and Celtic traditions say that fairy rings are the result of elves or fairies dancing. German and French folklore say the rings are caused by the actions of witches or devils.

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