This picture makes me happier than it probably should. My dog baby playing in the fresh snow that was falling the night of the 28th.
My brother-in-law moved into the USI apartments on Thursday. Being on campus was a shock to my system, I was amazed how much the small state college had expanded. The campus had new architecture, flowing sidewalks, and lots of activities for the students. However, back in the apartments, not much had changed.
Who cares how out dated the apartments are, at least for freshman moving out of home for the first time? I can remember how excited I was to get my first taste of freedom, exhilarating for better or worse. However, I was quickly grounded once I saw the bill, freedom comes with a cost.
But move-in day at USI isn't about the cost of a good education or who has the latest college apartment amenities, like PS3 and Xboxes. Besides, I brought the entertainment, buying the toilet paper was someone else responsibility.
The 2011 Vanderburgh County 4H Fair has been going all week, despite the humidity and sweltering heat. To beat the temps my wife, daughter, and I went out to the 4H grounds in Evansville on Saturday morning. Getting there around 9:30 meant that we were one of the first handful of people from the public, to see the exhibits. This allowed us a little more hands on time with the animals and owners. It also allowed me to take plenty of pictures!
Animals, animals, and more animals! Even though I grew up on a farm with cows, pigs, and goats, I still love seeing all the unique animals on display at the 4H Fair. I'm not the only one, my daughter squeals at the sight of a fluffy bunny, curious goats, and horses. Although she claims that the cows are her favorite farm animal.
The little guy above caught my eye while walking between the displays. I can only imagine how hot he felt, luckily all the animals were being cooled with huge fans and plenty of water. As for fluffymcfluffsalot above, I'd call him Snowball. He even won a ribbon, but got a little hungry.
At the risk of being spit on we braved the Alpaca and Llama exhibits. For the life of me, I know they aren't stupid creatures, but they look derp to me.
My wife and daughter lose interest with the equipment pretty fast, but this HUGE tractor certainly got their attention. Lord knows the cost of the thing, but it looked BA with the huge TRAX instead of tires.
We could have spent all day simply walking through all the animal exhibits and talking with their owners. Everyone was so proud of their pets and/or livestock, it really was an enjoyable experience. We felt like the gawking geese below, too much to look at!
After walking around for a little while we started getting very hot, so we went inside to check out all the blue ribbon winners. Specifically we were looking over the vegetables and arts and crafts. There was one 'craft' blue ribbon winner among the model cars that caught my eye.
The guillotine model made above was done by an 8th Grader. Teachers, please keep an eye on this kid. 😉 Also inside was rat and reptile exhibits and the reptiles sure knew how to do interior decorating.
My family and I also took time to look at all the horses and pony's getting ready for the costume contest. We even witnessed one pony being painted from head to toe in PINK! Being the father of a 3 year old I know it had to be Pinkiepie.
Because we went so early in the morning we didn't have time to see any of the events going on, like the demolition derby or tractor pulls. To be honest, I'd have been hard pressed to get my wife and daughter to set still long enough to enjoy those attractions. Oh well, there is always next year.
What: 2011 Vanderburgh 4H Fair
Where: Evansville, IN
For more of the pictures that I took, please view my 2011 Vanderburgh County 4H Fair Flickr Set.
Beautiful weather, custom rides, and happy faces as far as the eye can see. No doubt about it, this would be the best way to describe the 2009 Frog Follies in Evansville, IN. My only regrets are that I didn't have longer to spend time with the attendees and those that traveled so far to enjoy the company of other hot rodders.
I showed up to the Frog Follies, which is located every year out at the Evansville 4H Grounds, around 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. At this time there were still hundreds of people filing in, 2 by 2 in some places, a sight in itself to behold. And once on the grounds excitement was in the air, mixed with testosterone, and lots of grease. Basically all the best smells mixed into one, which would make one heck of a dangling air freshner.
Another reason why I love attending the Frog Follies every year is because of how affordable it is. Unlike the Evansville downtown festivals, all the drinks and food you could possibly want are priced just right. Furthermore, just to get through the door you aren't charged an arm and a leg, $5 per person will do. Hiking around the 4,000-5,000 cars on display will create quite a thirst, thankfully RC is on tap around every corner. For $1.25 you'll get a humongous drink and another $1 will buy you a hotdog. Recession budgets rejoice!
Originally I had intended to bring my HD camcorder to take snap shots and conduct some interviews. Unfortunately I was plagued with electronic gremlins that prohibited me from taking any of my own pictures or video. Oh well, there is always Frog Follies 2010! Below are a few photos I culled from Flickr and the official Frog Follies website will eventually update to include a gallery of the 09 Frog Follies.
Well, one of my great friends snapped this shot with her cell phone from an apartment complex on the East side. To be honest, I think it's a great reminder we all need to heed when going for a public swim. Although while thinking about it, this should apply to more things than just swimming and why doesn't the pool I use have this sign up?
I guess they just don't care.