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A giant white dress

Yes! Children AND adults can sew up a giant white dress, if they want.

But if that’s not your deal, look to the far wall, where you can (apparently) check out the BEST NEBRASKA WINES, which sounds weird enough that it’s probably a real thing.

Neither dresses nor wine your thing? Off to the right, then, is an accordionist/comedian you could check out. I make a mistake of sitting down in the front row after he’d started his show – I must have violated some some provision of the of Accordionist Audience Code of Ethics, which just goes to show the hidden dangers of traveling in foreign places like Nebraska – and he heckled me relentlessly. At one point, when some old dude came down to take a picture, he stopped playing, and said as he gestured to my camera, “Sir – no photos. She’s here from Jimmy Fallon and won’t let anyone else photograph me.” It was SO FUNNY. To the accordionist.

All this to say the state fair had plenty of stuff to look at.

Nebraska State Fair
Grand Island, Nebraska
photographed 8.28.2018

All the little ants

I was only three days out from attending a Dave Matthews Band concert, so who can blame me for having the lyrics to “Ants Marching” running through my head when I saw this…

Nebraska State Fair
Grand Island, Nebraska
photographed 8.28.2018

NOTE: To be clear, DMB was not appearing at the Nebraska State Fair. As far as I am aware.

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….)

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