Delaware, Ohio – October 2017 – Can’t Be Bored at a Gourd Show

The Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio was the host for the annual Gourd Show. Apparently a lot of people like making art out of gourds. With the results it is obvious there are some skilled gourd-artist around.

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There was also entertainment. While we were there a band called the ‘Rum River Blend’ played a mix of acoustic rock, bluegrass and folk. Their fiddle player, Carl, was 95 years old (he was the 1948 Ohio Fiddle Champion)!

Let’s give it up for Carl!

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Calgary – September 2017 – Views of the City

Calgary, Alberta was the next stop, where we arrived right as the Pride Parade ended. People were in a festive mood.

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There is a bluff just north of downtown Calgary offering a nice view of the downtown skyline.

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The river was a favorite rafting spot.

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The impressive pedestrian/biking ‘Peace Bridge’.

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While there are some older buildings downtown, much has been replaced with new skyscrapers.

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Calgary is famous for it’s rodeo, the Calgary Stampede. Part of the grounds is the arena, the Saddledome.

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The city has been celebrating Canada 150.

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Hamilton, OH – August 2017 – Remote Control Airplane ‘Flying Circus’

The Cincinnati Remote Control Airplane Club has been around for over 50 years. Once a year they host a ‘Flying Circus’ at the Butler County Airport in Hamilton, Ohio. This event allows them to showcase to the public their love of their airplanes, as well as their skill in flying them.

There were a number of models both in scope of the time of aviation design as well as scale.

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One of the highlights was an event to break balloons by flying low and fast and clipping them with (hopefully) their wheels. Not all used their wheels.

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A few slammed into the display holding the balloons.

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Some of the landings made it but a bit off course.

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The pilots went to pick up the remains of those that crashed.

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A Wright Flyer model was flown, albeit very briefly before crashing.

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The models were amazing in detail – from a distance it is tough to tell they are models.

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The coordinator had a great hat.

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A model Valkyrie deloyed a chute to slow it down when landing.

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Some of the landings were dicey, but made it.

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A trio of Red Baron bi-planes put on a great show.

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Some model jets made an appearance.

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Another close landing.

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In the end it was a great show.

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Columbus – July 2017 – Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fairgrounds has been at the same location since 1886, when the land was north of town. Now it is in the  middle of the city, between Ohio State University and some inner city neighborhoods, along the flight path for the airport.

It is in this setting that each year thousands of Ohio youth (and adults) bring their prized animals for show.  Nothing like a morning in Columbus with about 1000 rooster cackling, airplanes blasting over, and the smell of 1000 fried food stands. Still it seems to have become an annual event for photography.

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In addition to the animals there is the always fascinating ‘butter sculpture’. Imagine the cholesterol.

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Also featured are crafts.

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Prize winning cake.

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Throughout the midway are rides, and other attractions including the ‘Wild Monkeys’ show.

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Cincinnati – July 2017 – Dangerwheel

While researching what to do for the year one event I found that was highlighted in red letters not to miss is Dangerwheel – Adult bigwheel racing down a hill in Cincinnati!

East 12th Street in Over The Rhine is not the steepest street in town, but it is more than sufficient to get the riders moving quickly.

Aided by sometimes over exuberant pushers, the racers head down the hill.

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Not satisfied with just going down a hill on a trike with no brakes or pedals, the audience pelt the contestants with water balloons.

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The second round featured large balls in the course for the racers to ride through.

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Costumes, and props are encouraged.

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Without brakes mayhem usually ensued at the bottom.

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In the end the entire event was great. We unfortunately were unable to stay to the end (they take about 7-8 hours to compete, we only had 4 hours) – next year we will spend the night in Cincinnati and stay for the entire event.

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