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Quilt Show (do not touch)

I cannot over-emphasize how much fun we had at the Nebraska State Fair. And we truly enjoyed the quilt show – they were stunning works of art.  And my impression that people in Nebraska fill up those long winters (which I believe last upwards of 16 months per year) by making quilts is a complete stereotype, and surely wrong. But still, the quilts were beautiful.

Each quilt came with a little sign that said, “Please do not touch.” It was almost impossible, though, to not touch them. I wanted to feel those tiny stitches, notice the different textures of the fabrics, and just rest my hands on them and think about the hands that did the work.

Nebraska State Fair
Grand Island, Nebraska
photographed 8.28.2018

Various Modes

People going about their State Fair day: walking, tramming, scootering.

Nebraska State Fair
Grand Island, Nebraska
photographed 8.28.2018

The more you know

Two things I did at the Nebraska State Fair:

  1. I looked at this cutaway model of a cow.
  2. I ate a hamburger for lunch*.

It was a complicated situation.

Nebraska State Fair
Grand Island, Nebraska
photographed 8.28.2018

*Where I spotted this, which is by far the very best thing I saw in the entire state of Nebraska:

(Note: feel free to use the term “fry hole” as a work- and family-friendly term in place of, well, you can figure it out….)

Two cows

These two were waiting for whatever it is cows wait for when they’re at the state fair. Maybe they were waiting for visiting Texans to show up with a camera?

Nebraska State Fair
Grand Island, Nebraska
photographed 8.28.2018

Demonstration

We spent almost the entire day at the Nebraska State Fair – it was certainly worth the $2/person admission price!

This gentleman was hard at work, explaining over and over again the benefits of that hose nozzle. He didn’t seem to be especially bothered by the fact that not one person seemed to care, but you’d think that eventually it would get a little discouraging.

(I did kind of want to play with it, because it looked fun. But I also was pretty sure that I wouldn’t have been allowed to see just how far the water could shoot.)

Nebraska State Fair
Grand Island, Nebraska
photographed 8.28.2018

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