I'm definitely in the nostalgic phase of my time at this year's Indiana State Fair. While I'm ready get get some sleep and the dishes are piling up in the sink and there is a mound of clothes in the hallway and I'm sure the neighbors would like me to mow the lawn, I'm realizing all of the things I haven't seen at the Fair yet. 

I hadn't been in the 4-H Buildings yet this year and I was happy to have a couple of hours to wander around and look at the projects. You can smell the sugary sweetness of the cakes when you walk down the stairs. 

I always thoroughly examine the small engines even though I have no idea what I'm looking at. 

This project was very interesting although the title is a little frightening. 

I love how all of the clothing is displayed by the county of the exhibitor. 

I spent some time in Pioneer Village saying goodbye to all of the folks I won't see for another year. 

I got to see the wood cutting demonstration - this coal fired tractor is what is driving the belt to the saw. I might have been standing a little to close. A chunk of hot coal landed on my scalp and singed my hair, nothing too tragic - I have plenty more. I'm sure I entertained the people near me by jumping around like a goofball and clawing at my hair. 

I learned today that Jerry and Chub are being put out to pasture tomorrow - retiring.  Typically steers can be called oxen when they are four years old after years of painstaking training when they are four years old. Jerry and Chub are 17. The average for oxen to work is 10-12 years, so they've led a productive life. I hear that the new team has been to the Fair to visit already. I look forward to meeting them, but I'll miss these guys. 

I finally caught Farmer Jason's show. Farmer Jason is Jason Ringenberg who is Jason of Jason and The Scorchers. His show for kiddos is clever and catchy and a nice addition to the Family Fun Park area of the Fairgrounds. I loved hearing the kids yell their requests - one little guy really wanted to hear the tractor song and I didn't think it was appropriate to request "White Lies."  The kids choice was spot on for the venue. 

I stopped to chat that Peter Cooper, the cooper. He was making a bucket and too, time to show me how he planed and measured the angle for the slats. 

#farmerselfie - I can't find the paper that I wrote this farmer's name on - I do remember that he raises grain crops in Johnson County and he is the tractor tram mechanic during the Fair and looks a lot like Bob Kevoian

I rode my bike so I entered and exited the Fair through the gate in the back of the Midway.

These waste cans give me a start every time I see them. I'm not afraid of clowns, but I am apparently frightened by clown trash bins.



Nora Spitznogle is a nonprofit director by day and year-round Indiana State Fair geek. She hasn't missed a single day of the Fair in over a decade and the stack of ribbons from entering baking competitions and ugly lamp contests in the Open Show are among her prized possessions.