Frog Follies 2014 Pictures

Pictures from the 2014 Frog Follies. This was the 40th anniversary of the antique car show event, which is the biggest and best pre-49 car show in the United States.

Was miserably hot today, August 23rd, 2014 at the Vanderburgh County 4H Fair Grounds for the 40th Anniversary of the Frog Follies.  This event is the biggest and best pre 1949 automotive show in the United States and it's easy to see why.  There was hardly any space not covered by antique cars and all the buildings were full of vendors.  Even the fields were covered by swap events and vendors slinging any product remotely related to automotive.

The Frog Follies have become an annual event for father daughter time in the Davidson house hold.  My 6 year old was just as excited to see all of the cars as I was, even tolerating my endless scanning of booths for a good deal.

Evansville does an amazing job at hosting this event and accommodating all the extra people inside the city.  During my time, there were hardly any traffic jams, as 41 and Booneville-New Harmony road were clear and lines of cars were in constant motion.  Furthermore, inside the fair grounds there were plenty of helpers parking cars, directing traffic, and watching out for walkers to and from the event.

As usual, I plan on attending again next year.  Although, I'd like to order a little bit cooler weather please.

For the entire 2014 Frog Follies picture album, please visit the Evansville Blog Flickr page for all 75 photos. Click Here - 2014 Frog Follies Flickr Album

Video of Macroburst Hitting Evansville 2014

I was at work when the macroburst hit Evansville, IN on Friday May 9th, 2014. It was the strongest wind I have ever experienced and it was compounded by the fact that there were no warnings of any kind. There were no tornado warnings, and I don’ t think there were even any severe thunderstorm warnings. So, when the wind picked up, I thought nothing of it.

I was at work when the macroburst hit Evansville, IN on Friday May 9th, 2014.  It was the strongest wind I have ever experienced and it was compounded by the fact that there were no warnings of any kind.  There were no tornado warnings, and I don' t think there were even any severe thunderstorm warnings.  So, when the wind picked up, I  thought nothing of it.

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January 2014 Evansville Snow

January 2014 snow finally showing up in Evansville, Indiana. Not nearly as much as promised, but still some snow, and plenty of below zero temperature.

The snow did not show up as soon as the Evansville weathermen promised.  Better late than never?  Also, on the north side, we might have received a half an inch of snow, if that.  But, with all the wind it blew away or drifted up into the corners of the yard.

I'm sure the meteorologists are being heckled right now pretty hard.  One thing they did nail was the frigid temperatures.  Today, Monday the 6th and tomorrow January 7th, EVSC is closed due to the sub zero temps.

Halloween 2013 At Mesker Zoo

I visited Mesker Zoo in October, just not during a Boo at the Zoo Halloween event. It was more pleasant without the crowds and we still got to enjoy the frightful amenities.

Halloween Decorations
Zoo Halloween Decorations

I've attended Boo at the Zoo, Mesker Park Zoo's annual Halloween event, every year for the past 6 years.  However, this year it just wasn't in the cards, but that didn't stop us from visiting the animals in October.  I'd recommend everyone who lives near Evansville to enjoy Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Gardens.  My daughter and I explored the zoo a few weeks ago,  let me tell you what we saw.

Mesker has a new featured animal, their first Komodo Dragon.  This large lizard exhibit can be found in the the upstairs of the Hippo/Rhino building, where birds used to be displayed.  This remodeled exhibit gives the lizard plenty of space to live and plenty of frontage for people to look.  The opposite side of the room has also been remodeled, giving a number of different snakes new homes.

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Forced Unionism, or Right To Work In Evansville

Another sticky issue facing Evansville and Indiana, is a bill called Right-to-work. If passed, would be a law that would make it illegal to force employees to pay union dues and other fees, conditional upon employment. Indiana has some strong arguments on both sides to such a law, thankfully we wouldn’t be the first state to take the plunge, currently there are 22 other states that are Right-To-Work. Let’s look at how the law has affected their economy and employment opportunities.

Another sticky issue facing Evansville and Indiana, is a bill called Right-to-work.  If passed, would be a law that would make it illegal to force employees to pay union dues and other fees, conditional upon employment.  Indiana has some strong arguments on both sides to such a law, thankfully we wouldn't be the first state to take the plunge, currently there are 22 other states that are Right-To-Work.  Let's look at how the law has affected their economy and employment opportunities.

Unemployment Rate

As of December 2011, the number 2 state for lowest unemployment rate would be Nebraska, who has a Right-To-Work law.  So, if a state that can boast an unemployment rate of just 4.1%, has a Right-to Work law, and 6 of the Top 10 States with the lowest unemployment rate are right-to-work, why not Indiana?  It's not as detrimental to the economy as opponents would like you to believe.  At the same time, Indiana has twice the unemployment, setting at 9%, but can this be attributed even in part to a lack of right-to-work law?

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