I don't know what is wrong with me, but I truly love the Minnesota State Fair. Above is a photo Non Birding Bill took of me enjoying a fave fair food--the scotch egg on a stick (for those who don't visit pubs very often, a scotch egg is a hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage and deep fried--mmmmmmm).
Normally we have the bunnies the first weekend and the following weekend they are replaced with the chickens and ducks. However, some roosters were in early. Look at this fellow feeling like he is the cock of the walk. He is the Shaft of roosters.
This pigeon looked like it really had some identity issues. It looked like it's trying to be a Bonaparte's gull. Sounds like it needs to watch some Brady Bunch episodes to learn how to just love being what it truly is: a pigeon, not a gull. Poor, little Jan bird.
When not looking at birds at the State Fair (or eating elephant ears and fried cheese curds) I love to check out the crop art. People take bird seed and get artistic with it. Some of it is pretty amazing, not only for the art, but for the subject matter:
Sister Wendy? Who would have expected her to be immortalized in dried seed? Portraits are pretty par for the course when it comes to crop art. Some of it is quite striking:
This was a surprise. Someone was inspired by the oddest of comics Fred Bassett--I never got that cartoon. All Fred ever does is state the obvious. Must be British humour.
So, just how progressive is our State Fair? We have a lactation station--sponsored by fm107. This is for all the new moms out there who need a quiet cool place to nurse their babies. NBB and I stopped to say hi to Mary Jo Pehl who is now a co-host on the Cathie Harnett Show. They were doing it live at the fair, always fun to watch. While there we met Amy who has been on with Ian and Margery like myself. I found myself really enjoying Amy's condo purchasing whoas and triumph while checking her blog tonight. This truly is the Great Minnesota Get Together!
All in all the State Fair was a good time. I'll be back again on Labor Day to do a segment live at the KARE 11 booth.