Dipping Into The Sugar Of The Quintessential Fair Cookie Jar

The last night on the Midway slowed down to a trickle, with cloudy skies, the threat of storms, and a vendors looking for last chance customers. Brian, of St. Paul, played the rollerball game again and again, hoping to add to his cache of winnings for his waiting child – or his inner child. He was […]

Good News Comes In Threes

Three very nice things happened yesterday. I got a call from the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit telling me that someone (thank you, dear someone) purchased my “Pinky Toes” piece; my Nuns photos was in the Mpls Star Tribune viewer photos (thanks, Eileen Schiebe Chanen for alerting me to submit), and a Midway Fair worker gave me a […]

Our Great Midway!

Let’s spend a moment in our happy place. This iconic Midway image was brought to you by short little me getting higher than my little legs like to go! Available as a print on archival metallic paper, so you can be happy all year ’round.  

4H Cleans Up

Not only did the 4H kids clean up in award ribbons, but their exhausted exuberism cleaned up messy barns and loaded trailers full of gear and animals. There was a lot of waiting until their truck arrived, and I was most amused to see how they amused themselves. Meet the clean up crew from St. Clair […]

Janey Had A Little Lamb

Janey Had A Little Lamb

Which followed her everywhere. Off lead. No leash. Says Chisago County High School senior Jane, “The week before the Fair, she didn’t listen to me at all. I think, once at the Fair, “Pepper” bonded with me as her Mother. She’s only 6 months.” Pepper would occasionally get distracted, but Jane soon coaxed her onto the […]

Our Purple Hearts

Day 2 of the 2016 Minnesota State Fair was decreed Unite In Purple day to honor Prince, our native son. The Fair was packed with record setting attendance; a large portion of the solid sea of people wore purple. We actively shared in the communal loss, for, as social activist Sandra said, “I’m here because for me, his death […]

The Calm Before The Crowds

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Amusements, Blog, Colors, State Fair / BeyondTheStick

The night before opening day is always so sweet and quiet: the calm before the crowds. The Midway owners turn the ride lights on, as if to acknowledge that set up is done, and here she is in all her glory. Game on! We’re ready for you! 

Product Placement

Totally walking his talk, or the side of his truck’s talk, as he and his partner carried an endless number of 5-hour Energy displays bottles. He told me they’re not heavy. Only about 100 pounds.

How Many Men Does It Take To…..

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Amusements, Blog, Ironies, State Fair / BeyondTheStick

How many men does it take to place an umbrella and two garbage cans? I’m not mocking; I’ve never built a Fair. Just an observer here……but it was amusing to see these guys work it out among themselves.  

Strong Woman

The tent wasn’t up yet, and the guys were hanging. Serena looked like the one in charge. At one point it looked like she was going to lift the tent herself. Soon I realized it took a crew of 12 to lift the tent. Serena was beaming when it was up. “This game is my baby. […]

Wise Woman

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Amusements, Blog, Ironies, State Fair / BeyondTheStick

  Hope, of Indiana, had it under control as she calmly instructed her crew to change out the Wisconsin State Fair sign for the Minnesota State Fair sign. “The less you have to remember, the better you are.” I asked how long it takes to set up their basketball game. She laughed: “If you have […]

Pinky Toes

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Blog, State Fair / BeyondTheStick, The Walk Of Life

I’m proud to have been accepted once again into the largest juried Fine Arts Exhibit in the great cultural state of Minnesota, The Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit. And I salute all my fellow artists who entered, and either got accepted, or didn’t. We’ve all been there. Some years in; some not. There were over […]

So Happy Together

For three years I wrestled with my inner middle-age denial, and wouldn’t let my music-loving self buy tickets for the Fair’s “Happy Together” tour, featuring The Turtles, Mark Lindsey of Paul Revere and the Raiders; Gary Pucket of The Union Gap; Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night….you get the 60’s-70’s vibe. Oh, what a night! […]

New Blog Gets Facelift

New blog, old news: Homer Simpson, Stewie Griffin, Jeff Passolt, and me on Fox 9 News in 2011. And me with Belinda Jenson on KARE-11 in 2009; with Diana Pierce on KARE-11 in 2011; and with Roshini Rajkumar on WCCO Radio in 2013. The Fair still looks the same; the hosts still look the same. […]

Canuck Dogs: My Peers Across The Border

Posted by on Jun 30, 2013 in Blog, GreatPyrPhotos.com

Honored that breeder Tina Duncan chose my gaiting photo of gorgeous Molly for her June spotlight in www.CanuckDogs.com. Thanks to Tina Duncan, Sabrina Simard, and handler Emily Burdon on their great wins with Molly!