This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

End of the fair

One of the best parts of the fair is the free stage. The people performing there are very good and draw respectable crowds. If the seating were better, they probably would draw more. On Thursday the Free Stage featured the Jhonny and Sally show. They did country and western music in their first performance, and their second show was music from the 60s.
 Jhonny and Sally are not their real names--Sally is actually Catherine and she has a show that plays on CNBC Prime. (Check their website to hear samples of their music.)

The rides on the Midway change a bit from year to year. I think this one has been in some past shows, but the kamikaze ride that impressed me in some past years has disappeared.
 The rides disappear quickly after the fair is over.
Not all the goldfish went home with kids.
Judging from the amount of trash left in the bleachers, the demolition derby was well attended. This year there was not a combine demolition derby.
 The retired iron tractors were getting ready to leave. The old road grader was one of the odd vehicles in the retired iron display.
 This tractor will not be in the retired iron display for quite a few years. I could not resist and had to ask what it cost. It was over $300K and that was without a bunch of extra stuff, such as computers and software. I suspect most people in big cities have not idea of where the technology of farming is and how complicated the business of farming is. The combine behind it cost about the same.
 The commercial building was cleaned out and empty on Saturday morning.
The next big event for the fairgrounds will be the Fall Festival in five or six weeks.

Update: The tractor made of aluminum cans that was pictured in a couple of posts this week is going to Fair Oaks Farms. They must have been as impressed with it as I was.


Old WPUM Engineer said...

Fair Oaks Farms posted on Facebook the Tractors had found a home there. I did not realize those were aluminum cans and those models were that big. That was a very well done project.

Gene said...

That yellow road grader looks like the one driven by Claude Wheeldon for W.C. Babcock Construction Company in the 1950s and 60s. I used to watch Claude as he graded many a Jasper County road in that thing.