Indiana State Fair 2019 Photos, Part 5 of 6: The Art of the Fair

Good Omens art!

I tried every possible angle and couldn’t find one that would eliminate the reflections on this Good Omens fan art.

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

It’s that time again! The Indiana State Fair is an annual celebration of Hoosier pride, farming, food, and 4-H, with amusement park rides, cooking demos, concerts by musicians either nearly or formerly popular, and farm animals competing for cash prizes without their knowledge. My wife Anne and I attend each year as a date-day to seek new forms of creativity and imagination within a local context…

…so we’re interested in seeing what new works of paint, photography, building blocks, and science have been offered up for the various competitions. The State Fair holds its massive celebrations on behalf of our farmers, but Indiana has no shortage of artists, either. They come from all demographics, work in multiple media, bring ideas from pop culture as well as from their own home life, and all contribute in their own ways to the Hoosier State hometown legacy.

duotone Jesus!

A duotone Jesus for some reason hung between two restroom doors.

Abbey Road strings!

The Beatles, literally hooked on strings.

steampunk girl!

Li’l found-object steampunk girl.


A Navi portrait accessorizes an artist’s desk.

leg lamp!

4-H ribbons are okay, but this is a major award!

Comb On Over!

Posters are an integral part of the 4-H experience for all ages. In my book, the more puns, the better.


Vincent Price’s Egghead would be proud.


Some posters actually taught me fascinating things, such as this comparative study of suturing techniques.

Rabbits Help Win WWII!

Anne the WWII aficionado confirmed this thesis is in fact legit.

Supermarket Psychology!

This primer on how groceries trick customers into spending more was hard to read up on the top shelf, no doubt placed up there by The MAN.


For anyone who ever wondered why Michael Scott wasn’t allowed to play with the baler down in the warehouse.


They call it…Caskart! They tuned a casket into a go-kart with 12-hp engine and “flamethrower exhaust”.

tractor tire wreath!

Tractor tire Christmas wreath. The hard part is finding a door large enough to hang it on.

Army men flag!

American flag composed entirely of red, white and blue Army men.

Blue Line flag...

A “Blue Line flag” made of bullets and casings.

General Lee censored!

The General Lee but censored, like that one version of E.T. where the Feds’ guns were all digitally erased.

NASCAR via Pollock?

NASCAR via Pollock.

Lego boombox!

As always, Legos were in the house. Kids, ask your mom or dad what a “boom box” was.

Lego Hogwarts!

The four founders of Lego Hogwarts.

Lego BB-8 and Porg!

Lego BB-8 and Lego Porg!

More to come! Other chapters in this very special miniseries:

Part 1: Our Year in Food
Part 2: The Heroes Theme
Part 3: The Marvel/DC CAN-ematic Universe
Part 4: Cake Bosses
Part 6: Random Acts of State Fairing
Encore Part 1: 2 Fair 2 Food
Encore Part 2: Another Ace Art Assemblage
Encore Part 3: Last Day, Last Call

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