Wednesday, August 23, 2006

gone fishing again

Yes....we'll be "gone fishing" until Labor Day. I'm posting a group of pictures taken last weekend at a local festival called Elburn Days.

I invite you to view them all in one sitting, or ration them out one per day. If you choose the latter, just view the first picture and the next day scroll down to the second and so on.

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We have our share of crime in this area, and I certainly don't recommend leaving a bicycle unattended and unlocked, but the fact remains that in this community a kid can tuck his bike under a tree unchained and return later to retrieve it. When I arrived at the park to work a shift in my employer's booth I spotted this bike. Four hours later - it was in the same spot.

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The main street is lined with booths selling crafts and other items. This is Dieckmanns Honey Bees, selling fresh honey which is fabulous on warm biscuits.

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This one I'll entitle "Rebel". We've all spent hard time as a teenager. The rebel is easily identified by her zippered and chained jeans. Self expression at it's best.

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Families spend the day together. The older kids negotiate time with other kids their age, promising to meet dad by the funnel cake tent at 4:00.

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Everybody's wired these days. This cowboy takes care of some business before the truck and tractor pull.
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We'll just call this one festival still life.

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Spectators begin to line up early. Saturday's main event is a truck and tractor pull. Very exciting and loud.

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A beautiful 1940 Ford pulls in to make his bid to rack up the longest pull.

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Another drive backs up to get hooked up to the sled.

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The green flag signals the start of the pull.

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A farmer waits for the next entry to line up.

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The big diesels put on quite a show.

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These girls were driving around in a golf cart selling pork chops, brats and hot dogs to the crowd.

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The bus known as the Miller Light party deck cheers on their favorite drivers.

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Twisted bibs seemed to be a fashion statement. I saw lots of them.

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There was time after the race to stand around and relax. This is Hog Wild from Oregon, Illinois. As you can see these are big machines and a costly hobby. Blown engines are not unusual.

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Just a little look at small town America. A different kind of culture.

3 comments:

Floridacracker said...

Neat series!
Have a great fishing trip.

Ava said...

Really enjoyed the pictures!

Hope you have a great time on your fishing trip.

Deb said...

To quote John Cougar mellencamp, "Ain't that America!" The Miller Lite party deck says something...though I'm not quite sure what...

have a great trip!