Weird Science

9 Sep

This napkin holder could tear ass all over the table

In my previous post about the fair, Little Big reader Shelby commented that she didn’t bother going to the fair anymore because drinking beer in 100-degree temperatures while listening to crappy free bands wasn’t her thing.  I can’t imagine why not, Shelby! That sounds like an evening I’d gladly pay twenty bucks for.

What I personally like about the fair is this:

  1. It’s an excuse to eat a whole lot of fried food
  2. I go with people who are fun to hang out with, so we always have good times
  3. I really like goats, and chickens, and bunnehs
  4. Crazy shit, people. Crazy shit.

I have a soft spot for all the crazy shit you find at the fair. It’s a weakness. I’ve become one of those Old People Who Go To The Fair For Exhibits. In my defense it’s not everyday you see a Marilyn Mon-Lincoln or a Lego napkin holder on wheels.

Baberaham Lincoln

I am enamored by entering things in the fair. I think it’s a dying pastime that deserves to be revived. I think communities need to focus more in the inspiration, the creative process, and the skills of the community and celebrating that effort through exhibition is something we need to revisit. I think we need a grassroots community effort to involve children through city programs and the fair.

Also? I just love seeing people enter weird shit.

I get all my tablesetting inspiration from the fair.

I love love love children’s art. I love it unironically down in my soul. I feel that children’s art is the most perfect form of artistic expression.

ZOMG Adorable!

"Everybody's Racetrack."

And this? This is just badass…

I can hear air guitars wail when I see this.

I love that someone entered their Science Fair project in the fair, even though no one else did.

I nearly forgot there was a problem! A delicious, delicious problem.

I really wanted to show this painting to my piano-loving friends Melynda and Stefanie.

It looked way better than person. My flash messed it up.

Speaking of weird shit, I’d like a guard llama, please.

Until next year, crazy fair entries! Until next year.

13 Responses to “Weird Science”

  1. April (aka @lilpyrogirl) September 9, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    My neighbors keep calling the cops on anyone in our neighborhood that has a dog that barks…like…ever. So I have cats but they do a crappy job of defending the house because when the doorbell rings, they take off underneath the nearest piece of large furniture. So, I am now considering a guard llama. No pesky barking and according to that helpful fair project above, it can visit me while I’m in the hospital next week AND go do community service while I catch up on my DVR. Seems socially responsible AND practical.

    • LittleBig September 9, 2010 at 8:31 am #

      I never realized how hard-working those Llamas are! They’re the backbone of society.

  2. MegaGood September 9, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    There are too many good things here.

    Cheetah Car. Yes.

    • LittleBig September 9, 2010 at 8:32 am #

      Honestly seeing exhibits like this at the Fair goes a long way towards making humanity seem redeemable.

  3. Kerri Anne September 9, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    A jaguar transformer! I WANT ONE.

  4. Stefanie September 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    ok, if we’re in town next year during the fair I just might have to go. I forgot how wonderfully painful all of the entries are. I can only imagine the shit we would talk about them. It’s better than going to Walgreens to laugh at stuff 🙂

    • LittleBig September 10, 2010 at 7:22 am #

      The Lodi Grape Festival was pretty great, too. HEY! WE SHOULD ALL ENTER WEIRD SHIT IN THE FAIR!! I think that’s a great idea.

  5. dingey September 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    OMG, dude! In my old hometown, the prominent local dairy farming family have, in their later years, moved on to sheep farming, and they have a llama that acts as a shepherd and guard the sheep against coyotes. This is not a joke. His name is Llary. This is also not a joke.

  6. Shelby Stidham September 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    I’m all for weird. But paying for it, having to smell hay and oil the whole time, and seeing every single person you ever went to high school with? I don’t know.

    I do, however, like the weird car-tiger thing. I dig it!


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