Minnesota County Fairs: Kids, Cows, Carnies, and Chow

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"Ninety-five county fairs are held throughout Minnesota every year, and Susan Lambert Miller has attended nearly every one of them. Though she took a few summers to complete her quest, it's still a lot of ground to cover. Camera in hand, Miller often visited multiple fairs in a weekend - sometimes more than one a day. And just a taste of what she found at these Minnesota get-togethers - those kids, cows, carnies, and chow - appears here in delightful, dazzling photographs." "The heart of a Minnesota county fair beats in the 4-H buildings, with

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"Ninety-five county fairs are held throughout Minnesota every year, and Susan Lambert Miller has attended nearly every one of them. Though she took a few summers to complete her quest, it's still a lot of ground to cover. Camera in hand, Miller often visited multiple fairs in a weekend - sometimes more than one a day. And just a taste of what she found at these Minnesota get-togethers - those kids, cows, carnies, and chow - appears here in delightful, dazzling photographs." "The heart of a Minnesota county fair beats in the 4-H buildings, with their displays of bumper crops or beautiful animals or creative activities. A young girl cuddles a cow in the dairy barn. An earnest boy carefully guides a horse twice his height into the judging ring. Ar ow of dancers awaits the moment their choreographed performance begins." "Fairs bring neighbors together, to play bingo in a tent, to applaud a bluegrass performance, to explore the frights and delights of the midway. Food plays a significant role, whether hawked from a booth or artfully arranged for competition. Carnies beckon for games and prizes. The loudspeaker blares with announcements of livestock judging or the next "main event." These summer festivals offer a feast for the senses, with countless ways to take it all in. Miller's photographs display a feast of sorts as well, a view of Minnesota's quintessential spirit through the camera lens, introduced by Shannon Olson's meditation on our fairgoer selves. Step right up: see rooster bingo, smell sizzling pork chops on a super-sized grill, hear the horns of a wild bumper car ride. In Minnesota County Pairs, summer fun is always at its peak.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873517195
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Lambert Miller is a nationally recognized photographer specializing in architectural views and a fair fanatic who has earned the nickname "carny" from her children. She is also the author of State Fair: The Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Shannon Olson is the author of Welcome to My Planet: Where English Is Sometimes Spoken.
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