The Ugly Lamp Contest

Lynn’s Paradise Cafe– one of the best local eateries that takes pride in it’s quirkiness – sponsors The Ugly Lamp Contest at the Kentucky State Fair.  Abs and I missed it on Friday.  We both managed to see it Tuesday night… though we weren’t together… coincidence?  I think not.  I made it back to the Fairgrounds for some good times to be had with our friends, The Hillmans.  And I had my trusty little Canon PowerShot to do my dirty work.  I counted twice I mentioned these damn lamps with no proof they exist.  But they do. 

Two categories: born ugly and made ugly.  You decide which is which because I get confused.

Kentucky State Fair: Ugly Lamps

Kentucky State Fair: Ugly Lamps

Kentucky State Fair: Ugly Lamps

Kentucky State Fair: Ugly Lamps

Kentucky State Fair: Ugly Lamps

Kentucky State Fair: Ugly Lamps

Kentucky State Fair: Ugly Lamps

Kentucky State Fair: Ugly Lamps

Kentucky State Fair: Ugly Lamps

I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to. 

September 9, 2009 - 5:49 pm

denise:) - I was okay taking your word for it!!

Seriously- who comes up with these? We’re talking FUGLY- born or made makes no difference!

Week 1: Chair

And we’re off!

I’ve had mixed emotions about the photo challenge.  I tell myself it shouldn’t be hard whatsoever, this is crap we see everyday.  But then I have a hard time getting a photo that I’m pleased with.  Therein lies the “challenging” part.  I’m hoping the ideas pick up for the following weeks otherwise I might get stale faster than I anticipated.

Here is my chair:

Week 1: Chair

After taking several “chair” pictures at the Fair and around the house, I settled on the one I took at work.  I like the bright colors.  If I had put more thought into, I probably could have had something much more interesting but what you see is what you get.

I’ve started a “Challenger Roll” on the blogorama that can link to participants’ flickr sets.  If you’d like to be added, send me a comment and I’ll take care of business.  I’m really excited to see how others did so I hope you drop a note!

Next week’s subject is “cocktail”.  And if you haven’t seen the list, check out my Page with the 52 subjects.  Please join if the mood strikes, anyone and everyone is welcome. 

Note: I noticed over the weekend that I had green listed twice.  Oops.  So week #34 is now orange instead.  Enjoy!

August 26, 2009 - 10:33 am

Susan - I love the colors in this! I’m with you, though, it was harder than I thought to get a good “chair” shot. But I like this one!

I started my own set of challenge photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/spacecase/sets/72157622024918403/

August 26, 2009 - 12:38 pm

geekgirl415 - You did an amazing job- the colors are gorgeous, composition perfect and it’s interesting, even if you don’t think so!
Thanks for the challenge list- – perfect timing since my POTO subjs are becoming more scarce!!

August 26, 2009 - 3:12 pm

Melanie - I guess you can add me to that challenge roll. I had to join Flickr for you too! Oh the things I do for you..:)

Here is my first week challenge photo
http://www.flickr.com/photos/iluvmyweeniedogs/sets/72157622027169291/

August 26, 2009 - 3:50 pm

Dawn - I really like this photo. I think the bright colors are a great contrast and the simple composition shows that off.

August 29, 2009 - 5:40 pm

Mike - I love the contrast.

Why I Love The State Fair

By now, you’re aware of my love for the Kentucky State Fair.  Everything about it gets me in high spirits.  The exhibits, the farm animals, the people, the smells, the carnival food, the music, the people…  I usually attend with my best pals from high school: Abby, Kelly & Natalie.  These girlies make it worth while.  But then, so does the people watching.

Abby was my partner-in-crime all day and we did everything we set out to do (except for the ugly lamp exhibit – still kicking myself for that one).

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Nat had to work but stopped by frequently as her work is at the Fairgrounds.

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Kelly had to work as well but joined in on the fun after dark.

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

And Heather came along for the ride this year.

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

We ate.  We drank.  We danced.  We made fun of each other.  We met some people Abby knew (because she knows everyone in this city).  We met some people we didn’t know (but Abby can probably call them a friend now).  And we took lots of pictures.  Now I’m fully aware that many of these aren’t great or even good for that matter but you know what, I don’t care.  I had a good time with my girlfriends and just kept on trying new things with the kahuna.

And instead of telling you all about all of our fun, I’ll just show you.  Forgive me if my photos seem grainy – we stayed out past my bed time and I refused to use the flash.

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Me dancing – nothing new here.  Photographed by Heather with the kahuna.

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Kentucky State Fair: Who Knew

Miss Kelly strutting her stuff on the Midway.

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

Abby, this is what you look like when you say “Really?!”  I really mean that.

Kentucky State Fair: Fun Times

We had no idea they still did these!  This was HOT at the roller rink back in the day.

Kentucky State Fair: Who Knew

Always meeting new people – these guys were funny.

Kentucky State Fair: Who Knew

And last but not least, the most surprising thing we saw all night. I told you you wouldn’t believe what was on his shirt. Abby, thanks for taking one for the team!

Kentucky State Fair: Who Knew

I can’t wait to go back!  So I’m going tonight, but not with my besties.  The Hillmans are a good time too – if the Mrs. doesn’t get embarrassed by my awesome dance moves, that is.

August 25, 2009 - 3:05 pm

Dawn - Wow. I totally didn’t see that shirt coming. Not even a little bit. You really do see everything at the Fair, huh? (Was there deep-fried food on sticks? You can’t have a fair without deep-fried food on sticks!)

Agility Doggins Make Me Happy

Since the Kentucky State Fair has been sans “awesome pig race” the past couple years, they have a new show that includes agility and retrieving dogs.  This makes me happy.  And all of the people that packed in the bleachers – talk about a hot show.  It was packed.  I’m talking people were sitting on hot concrete to watch these dogs.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

I’ve thought about signing Chase up for agility training because she is a frisbee fanatic but then I remember I’m lazy.  So we’ve stuck to backyard training and even have the Chevster retrieving discs.  Not too shabby if you ask me.  But these dogs were so good!  Chase can do a few of the tricks but for the most part, she’s small time compared to these pros.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

The trainer, Lou Mack, introduced all of the performers, most of which were blue heelers. Not surprised as they are a very smart breed and usually work with cattle. These dogs love to be out there. And how do I know this? Because there are frisbees everywhere and if they are anything like Chase they can’t wait to get that flimsy plastic in their mouths.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

Look at the air this dog got! Amazing!

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

He has dogs that can do hand stands.  Or rather, front leg stands.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

He has dogs that jump rope.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

This one is my favorite though.  That doggin wants that frisbee in it’s mouth.  I can hear her saying “I’m coming to get ya!”

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

There were dock jumping dogs.  But none of those photos looked too good.  Not because I did a horrible job photographing it but because the background they jumped against.  The trainer had a huge white trailer next to the pool so the audience could see the dog that was jumping.  But in the pictures, you can’t make it out because there’s also a picture of a dog jumping on the side of the trailer.  It’s an optical illusion.  And confusing.  So I’m not posting those. Sorry.

Kentucky State Fair: JUMP Dog Show

We liked the dog show, it was cool, but it just doesn’t compare to the racing pigs. Racing pigs scream State Fair. Dog show… not so much. There’s no little colored silks. There’s no crowd with pompoms to match. And there’s not a prize Oreo at the end of the track.  I miss those oinkers.  But as long as the agility dogs return to the fair, I’ll be sitting on those bleachers.

August 24, 2009 - 1:06 pm

Abby J - i vote that next year we organize a “bring back the racing pigs” campaign. We’ll make buttons and shirts and recruit!

August 24, 2009 - 1:56 pm

geekgirl415 - Wow!!! Amazing shots!

August 24, 2009 - 1:58 pm

shutterboo - Master plan, AbbyJ. :)

August 24, 2009 - 2:56 pm

benteirena - Amazing dogs, I’ll have to say! Wish I could train my dog like that, but as far as I know, all he’s interested in is sleep, hugs, beeing outside and give you presents in form of a shoe ;) Although he seem to like jumping over (?) uhm, in lack of the right word ( in norwegian it would be “hinder”, but I can’t put my finger on the english word at the moment..), boxes and stuff like that ;)

A Bunch of Cocks [And Bull]

Yep, I’m talking about farm animals, folks.  While at the State Fair, Abs and I headed over to the Pavilion for the Rooster Crowing Contest.  We weren’t sure what to expect (spoiler alert).  I am not a country girl, I’ve lived in the suburbs outside the city my whole life.  Granted, Louisville can’t really compare to larger cities like Chicago or St. Louis but never mind that, it’s still a city.  Anyway, I tend to get excited about farm stuff because it’s different from what I’m used to.  And for some reason beyond my understanding, I was excited about the roosters.

Kentucky State Fair: Roosters

Abby and I thought this “contest” would be based on quality: Can you make your rooster crow on command?  How loud does your rooster crow?  How long does he crow?  Are there different kinds of crowing?

Kentucky State Fair: Roosters

I mean, this guy was talking to his rooster, encouraging him.  I was thinking, “This may be better than I thought.  I know they say chickens are dumb animals but if he can make that rooster crow on command, I’ll have to shake his hand… after he washes it.”

Kentucky State Fair: Roosters

But no.  That is not what it’s like.  At all.  Quality is no concern of theirs; it’s all about quantity.  So we watched four cocks in four cages crow for 10 minutes while two judges tallied the squawks on a notepad.  Can we say boring?  For 10 minutes, this was the view.  Yeah, boring.

Kentucky State Fair: Roosters

In case you’re wondering, Rooster #2 won with 22 crows.  Rooster #1, the one that got the pep talk, crowed five times.  It seems the contest got in the way of his nap time.  Contest aside, there were so many different kinds of roosters caged around the room and some were very pretty.  Who knew there were that many kinds.  Little ones.  Big ones.  Loud ones.  Sleepy ones.  Some with feathery feet.  Some with normal bird feet.

Kentucky State Fair: Roosters

Kentucky State Fair: Roosters

Kentucky State Fair: Roosters

This poor quacker was stacked with the roosters.  Maybe he thought he was a rooster.  He sure as hell made as much noise as his squatting neighbors.

Kentucky State Fair:Duck

On the way out of the Pavilion, we passed some baby critters.  These piglets were adorable.  There were a few digging around for lunch (you can see their little tails on the right) but these guys were tuckered out.

Kentucky State Fair: Piglets

And then the cows.  I love cows.  For the longest time I wanted a pet cow (reminder: not a country girl) but then I changed my mind and wanted a pygmy goat.  I settled on the canine breed.

Kentucky State Fair:Cows

But while I was snapping away with these two bovine models, the calf started moving it’s head.  I said, “Ah crap, he moved.”  Not missing a beat, Abby said, “No he didn’t.  He mooooo-ved.”  And that’s why I go to the Fair with my Abs.

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