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Years Later Everything Still Looks Fresh

Frozen in the moment. Still fresh,  Magic.

I went back to an external hard drive and dug through archives

Looking for images that say fresh.  I sure like to photograph my food. Scroll down for the fresh statue.

Anna is born. October 2003

Anna is born. October 2003

The butter cow at the Ohio State Fair

The butter cow at the Ohio State Fair

A fresh fruit tart at Suzanne's home for tea

A fresh fruit tart at Suzanne’s home for tea

A roll in Zagreb

A roll in Zagreb

Bill's Paint Palette

Bill’s Paint Palette

mixing up paint in with the food theme

Fresh Asparagus at my sister's in NYC

Fresh Asparagus at my sister’s in NYC

A Spinach Salad

A Spinach Salad

Vanilla Gelato

Vanilla Gelato

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries

Zagreb Fountain Might be Considered a Bit Fresh

Zagreb Fountain Might be Considered a Bit Fresh

The Girls Eye the Mobile Ropes Course at the BSA Booth, Ohio State Fair



Girls Eye the Mobile Ropes


The Girls at the Boy Scouts of America Booth-  Eyeing Mobile Ropes Course



Kids and Goldfish


Michael and Maura eye Goldie and Tiger

We didn’t play any games but these goldfish were foisted on us by a girl who won them.  Sadly, both are deceased already(the first within 24 hours) despite the investment in an aquarium with filter and lights and pretty gravel and conditioning the water etc etc.



Railroad display


The Railroad Display



Patting the Calf



Petting a calf.  The calf was a prize in a drawing.  No, we did NOT enter the drawing.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?


Why did the chicken cross the road?



Mobile Ropes Course







Mobile Ropes Course





Kids at the Fair

All seven kids on the inflatable chair at the State Farm Booth.  And obviously had them pose for this shot.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

Tough challenge this week.   For me, at least.

I didn’t want to post a painting from the Metropolitan Museum from my archives or someone else’s idea.

There have been a lot of creative and unusual masterpieces posted by fellow bloggers .  And although there’s plenty of grandchildren artwork where I’m vacationing, how could I chose a single piece from one of the four?

In Ohio, there are no majestic tall ships with light on their sails  like  Frizz in Germany or Colline’s intricate handmade ship models, or Francine’s stunning views of the Grand Canyon or Meg’s post of Capri. Or Madhu’s edible masterpiece.

There are so many others to see and even a brand new grandchild for Gilly

So keeping it simple.  Very simple

One more photo from the Ohio State Fair to meet theWeekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece.  


Look, an egg!

Look, an egg!

State Fair Food, Signs and 2000 Pounds of Butter

As promised yesterday, here’s a sampling of the food available at the Ohio State Fair.

People were generous in allowing me to photograph the food they purchased and were about to consume.

I’m sorry I didn’t get pics of the actual Roast Beef Sundae and the Donut Burger.   There is a lot more to see and eat.



Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana








Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana with Sprinkles


The Ribbon


The Ribbon (potatoes fried) with Cheese and Ranch Dressing.

Deep Fried Everything

Deep Fried Everything

Deep Fried Buckeyes

Deep Fried Buckeyes

Cotton Candy and Pirate

Cotton Candy Booth

Roasted Corn

Dipping the Roasted Corn in Butter


Donut Burger

A Burger in a Donut for a Bun



on the grill

Peppers and Onions on the Grill






Muddy Pigs


Muddy Pigs Booth


Cooking Chicken


Grilling Chicken

Eating Food at the Fair

Fairgoers eating Deep Fried Turkey Legs?

Butter Sculpture

The Butter Cow  Sculpture

(I wanted to see this as I remember seeing one a long time ago when I was young)

I read an interesting obituary in the New York Times Norma Lyon, the Butter Cow Lady in 2011

Cow and Calf in Butter

543 Hours to Create the  Butter Sculpture Display Kept at 46 degrees F

Ohio Fair Choir

Ohio State Fair Youth Choir Founder, Glenville Thomas  (d. 1991)    Honored in Butter Sculpture

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn Booth

French Fries Stand


French Fries Booth

Gyros Booth

Gyro Booth

Funnel Cake

Funnel Cake with Powdered Sugar on Top


Funnel Cake Stand

Ohio State Fair – Columbus Ohio

Today’s post is primarily people.  A few animals. Or people and animals.  The food highlights will be a separate post.  Stay tuned for a Deep Fried Buckeye.  No, I didn’t eat it but someone let me photograph theirs.

I accompanied two moms and seven children!  We had a wonderful afternoon.   Perfect summer day.  Last year our visit to the fair was cut short by a severe thunderstorm.  If you are new to the blog you can check it out here

Keep Cool Fans


Fans from the egg farmers- outside the Taste of Oho Pavillion-  four of them are my grandchildren.  Three are their friends.




I'm in a Fowl Mood

Thanks for letting me photograph your shirt in the Taste of Ohio Pavillion

Thanks Guys Top banana



No, not going to guess my weight or age today!



Union General


Union General  from the Civil War Encampment checks out the cowgirl boots




Boy and Cow


Being taken back to the livestock/ stall area after showing






Abe Lincoln


Abe Lincoln chats with fairgoers




Cowgirl Boots


Cowgirl Boots galore




AIrbrush T shirt Art


Airbrush artist




No Firearms


Posting a No Firearms sign on the Dairy Pavillion




Pirates on Stilts



Jack and Drew talk to the Pirate about missing treasure




At the Cardinal gate.

Bent Traffic Cone

Bent traffic cone and Ohio State Trooper giving directions


Jack  Milked a cow


Jack milked a cow. Why he put the sticker on his mouth is beyond me.We did not put it there!




Watching the pig races



Watching the pig races



weaving a scarf


Weaving a scarf




Ohio Fair Band


Rousing band music




checking the bags of wool

Checking the bags of wool




Walking her horse


The horse barn



sleeping with the livestock


Sleeping near the livestock



napping at the fairCatching a quick nap behind the concession stands




milking the cow

Waiting in line to milk the cow



horse stall


Looking down the walkway lined with horse stalls



Ohio State Fair

Exhausted. This woman takes a nap on the grass.


Perfect summer day.  Last year our visit to the fair was cut short by a severe thunderstorm.  If you are new to the blog you can check it out here


Waiting With Their Sheep

Bubble Blowing Champ, Model Railroad Men, Pickle the Mini-Dachshund, Sheep and a Storm at the State Fair


This is what the sky looked like as we made our way down the midway to the van.

Then the rain started. We’d been at the Ohio State Fair about two hours. The photos are not enhanced, that’s the color of the sky!

A deluge.  The view from the van shows the lightning. Shortly after four in the afternoon.  It got dark as night. When we got home, the power was out so we

went to eat dinner at House of Japan.  Thanks to the Kroger booth people at the fair for sheltering me and the kids while Erika ran and got the van and the nice State Trooper who guided us to the van as the wind blew and the rain fell.  No hail today, thank goodness.  We got pretty wet and it came up fast but all is well.





The first photo of the fair is a small combo at the entrance gate playing Life is a Cabaret.  They were good musicians and set the mood.

As we listened to the music we saw this gentleman approach the exit.

His name is John and he blew an eleven inch bubble to win the bubble gum machine and the trophy.  He was a good sport and allowed me to photograph him.

The nice woman with the mini-dachshund, Pickle ( 1 yr), let the children pet the sheep and Michael had fun feeding one.  Thanks Carrie.

William , originally from Wheeling, was one of the men running the Model Railroad display.


And that is Dave in the PETA shirt in the Sheep Pavilion.

I asked one of the men how they judge the sheep in the competition.  He said, they’re choosing the ones who will look best on the table.   Some of you know that two out of my three kids are veg, but the one said to me, “Ma, ask that man if you can photograph his shirt!”






















Thanks for graciously allowing me to post your photos on the blog today. It was good to talk with everyone we met.

















What’s Her Story?

What's Her Story?

Waiting. An ongoing theme. For a bus, a birthday, a phone call. We wait.

Jack and the Giant Curly Fry


=Jack examines his French Fry at the Ohio State Fair.

Dining at the Ohio State Fair. One fry was like an entire potato! From the archives.

Ohio State Fair Winner

What do people do with these giant stuffed animals they win?

What do people do with these giant stuffed animals?


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