Gene Ewer, 85, started crafting paper art creations after his young granddaughter begged him to make her something.
That was in 1985. Since then, the Andover resident has made thousands of pieces, including butterflies, alligators, mice, turtles and more than 200 politicians.
His work involves the ancient art of paper cutting. Seeing no books at the library about the art, Ewer said, he put together a how-to manual that he sells at the fair.
He hands out his paper crafts, which can take a couple of minutes or a couple of hours to cut out, to children “ages 1 to 95” for free. “I’m known [for the paper art] wherever I go,” said Ewer, who has led workshops at local schools and churches.
Location: Baldwin Park
Fairdos, a salon that operates exclusively at the State Fair, has been busy since Day One.
The salon creates “fairdos,” or funky, one-of-a-kind updos that make a bold fashion statement, with bright colors, polka dots, stripes, princess accessories and lots of glitter.
Salon owner Lorri Weisen, a Fridley resident, said, “We like to call them imperfect perfection.”
Everything washes out, “but some kids like to keep their fairdos for a couple of days,” she said.
Of course, the glitter tends to collect in every nook and cranny. In fact, after teardown, a glitter outline reveals where the booth used to be, she said.
Since its start 11 years ago, Fairdos has grown from three to seven stations, with 30 stylists. It has a goal of 4,000 fairdos each year, she said.
This year, Fairdos has a new mobile app that helps people locate the booth, which resembles a Hollywood dressing room, and to interact with the salon on social media, she said.
For Weisen, the salon brings back fond childhood memories of the fair, which was “like a baby sitter to me.”
A mother-daughter venture