For a sunny spring day we went to the home of Miami University in Oxford Ohio, for a Kinetics Festival. On the way down we stopped off in Hamilton to check out some public art, mostly in the form of large sculptures. After a brief time in Hamilton we made our way to the college.
The Oxford Kinetics Festival is a combination of art and mechanical, encouraging all to participate. For the most part if was decorated, or uniquely designed bicycles, but there were other events, such as a boxing bear (someone in costume), a guy walking across a 50′ long wire/rope and various events for the kids.
The most amusing part of the day was an event where people had their home made bicycles in a race around a parking lot where they would have to intermittently stop and perform feats while wearing animal heads. Also of note is a large two wheeled teeter totter that as they went up and down it would make the wheels turn and they would move across the field.
We had a good time and thought it was the greatest – until we reached Arcata, California a couple of months later.