This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

Posts about State fair

New Fair Video: One Last Look

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 6, 2010 - 12:01 PM

 The sixth and final video of this year's Fair - a look back at the Fair and the obligatory twilight shots of the Midway on a gorgeous late summer evening. Click on the headline of the post, and you'll be whisked off to the video. Thanks, and enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

New Fair Vid: The Old and the New

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 3, 2010 - 2:52 PM

 Shot on a  warm sunny day - which seems like a million years ago - here's a basic, if obvious, primer on the difference between old homey fair and the shinier new additions. 

State Fair rash, explained?

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 2, 2010 - 11:31 AM

I mentioned the mysterious Rash in a column last week, and heard from many gratified people who’d suffered the pain and itch, wondering what the devil they picked up out there. One of the readers forwarded a letter from a doctor. For what it’s worth:

Here is a simple answer.  Soil has bacteria in it and some soils have more nasty bacteria in them than others when it comes to human health.  The dust that is kicked up by a large group of people circulates such bacteria and then your skin has an allergic reaction.  Your skin and digestive system normally is made up of bacteria providing some positive services to the human body.

So it’s “kicked-up bacteria,” which, as Dave Barry says, would make an excellent name for a rock group. Maybe one of those country-punk bands.

Retro Fair: the Fire

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 2, 2010 - 9:37 AM


Tribune Photo

Tribune Photo

There are a few reasons I like this picture: one, the old STATE FAIR ARCADE sign. Two, the small, handmade booths that used to predominate the grounds. Three, the reason cited in the story for the 08/28/68 fire:

"Children playing with matches near butane gas tank apparently caused explosions"

Those were the days.

(The kids weren't injured, the story said.)

Man attends Fair for 90 years

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 1, 2010 - 2:06 PM


That’s Roy. He’s been to a few Fairs. Started going in 1920, when he was five. Says he’s been to over a hundred. Some words with Roy in tomorrow’s video!


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