Just back from a trip to Ohio and that perennial favorite, the state fair. I hadn't been to the fair since the late '80s and I had a sneaking suspicion that it had been moved, or at least changed, since then. But when I got out of the car I knew it by the humidity, and the dust, and the smell of bug spray. (Here's a representative link, accompanied by a photo of some reluctant-looking children dressed as llamas.)
The highlight of the fair, for me, has always been the Butter Cow, a lifesize butter sculpture that stands in a refrigerated glass case in the Dairy Barn. Fairgoers can shuffle past it on their way to buy gigantic bowls of ice cream (which, alas, I did not do). I did get to take a few photos, seen below.
I was not able to photograph:
-the pig race ("a snort time to post time!")
-our group eating roasted corn like a pack of crazed wolverines
-E. laughing in the chicken barn (well, I did photograph this, but have opted not to post, as it seems bad manners to laugh at animals)
-fried twinkies in any form.
Posted at August 11, 2003 09:10 PM
We also saw a "Border Collie Demonstration" in which border collies herded sheep and ducks. This was actually a much lower-key event than you might think. The moving dark blur in this photo is the dog, of course, somewhat successfully inducing these ducks to run up and down a slide into a wading pool. The man off to the side is the trainer, a retired schoolteacher whose patience seemingly knew no bounds.