Cantril welcomes alligators

Croc Encounters provided the alligators for the Cantril Dayz event.

"Cantril Dayz" in Cantril, Iowa is back for its sixth year, but this time with a new twist.

This year’s event featured alligator wrestling. "Croc Encounters" from Tampa, Florida came out to the event with their own tortoises, iguanas, alligators and snakes. Visitors got the chance to take pictures with many of the animals, including smaller gators.

But, the main attraction was the alligator wrestling show. Members from "Croc Encounters" demonstrated to the crowd how to handle gators while also educating them on each animal.

"Cantril Dayz" committee member Mary Jane Mast says the alligator wrestling was a good addition to the annual event.

“Some of us had seen a show at the Iowa State Fair and so we looked it up and thought ‘hey why not.’ So, that’s what we did and we got them in. So, we’re always looking for something new and unique."

The two-day event wrapped up Saturday night with a fireworks display.

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