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Holmen LEGO Masters meet fans at Sparta museum



Caleb and Jacob Schilling speak to children about LEGOs in Sparta on Dec. 27, 2022 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A near packed house at the Deke Slayton Space and Bicycle Museum on Tuesday to listen to two Holmen LEGO Masters talk about their TV fame.

A near full house at the Slayton Museum in Sparta, Wis., to hear the Schilling brothers talk about being LEGO Masters on Dec. 27, 2022. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Jacob and Caleb Schilling, recent college graduates, were finalists in a 2021 season of the Fox competition show “LEGO Masters, while the museum has its own LEGO holiday village on display through Jan. 28.

Jacob said their talk dealt with “what we learned from (the show), what others can learn from it and just enjoying the hobby of LEGO overall.”

A LEGO Christmas village is on display at the Deke Slayton Museum in Sparta (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

During their presentation, Caleb admitted it was a bit nerve-wracking to try creating LEGO sculptures for cash prizes with TV cameras everywhere.

“Any time you move, they come towards you,” Caleb said. “And by the end it was just comical.”

“At first, it’s like really intimidating and I think it probably made us more accident-prone because we’re trying SO HARD not to mess up for the camera,” he joked.

The brothers said the TV show has opened the doors to other opportunities to speak about LEGO and do similar projects.

The show pits pairs of LEGO builders against each other to compete for a grand prize of $100,000.

Jacob and Caleb were asked to wear plaid shirts while working on the show, so they could be promoted as the Plaid Brothers team.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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