Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
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. As if our dwindling downtime to-do list for 2020 weren’t already small enough to fit on a Post-It, Anne and I are still reeling from Thursday afternoon’s announcement that the 2020 Indiana State Fair has been canceled after too many vendors kept backing out, painfully aware that crowds and super-powered viruses remain a volatile mix.
Recounts of our State Fair experiences have been among MCC’s annual traditions ever since I launched the site in April 2012. But it’s not as though our lives began in April 2012. We have quite a few stories not yet shared here from pre-MCC days. We may not be able to make new State Fair memories this year, but we can wallow in the older ones we haven’t revisited in a while.
Hence this previously unshared flashback to our 2011 experience, which featured some of the same staples that longtime MCC readers should know by now. Prime example: super fun art installations!
The State Fair’s annual canned food drive is the most creative one we know. Teams create installations that are then donated to charity once the art-appreciation phase is over. The 2011 theme was probably “Heroes”.
It wouldn’t be Indiana State Fair art if there weren’t Lego sculptures around the exhibit halls. When I was a kid being dragged along while my family looked at 4-H entrants celebrating topics that bored me, every Lego creation was a bright spot in the long hours that I had to wait before the midway rides opened.
(Sorry. 2020 has been such a long millennium.)
To be continued! Other chapters in this MCC nostalgia-laden miniseries: