Indiana State Fair 2021 Photos, Part 3 of 5: The Year in Lego

Lego snow leopard!

Lego snow leopard!

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. At least, normally we attend every year. You can guess why there was no 2020 edition…

In addition to the nonstop celebration of food, for some reason Lego is a frequent sight at our State Fair. 4-H kids and competitors in other art contests routinely turn in works of Lego as their favorite sculpting medium. There’s nothing emphatically Hoosier about them. To my knowledge we have no Lego factory and no Legoland theme park. Indiana was not a beachhead for Danish explorers. The Lego Indiana Jones sets have nothing to do with us, much as we might wish to contrive otherwise. But at our state fair there’s always room for Lego.

This year the programmers leaned in to that Lego prevalence and dedicated an entire exhibit hall to Lego — one man’s Lego creations, in fact. The fairgrounds’ Harvest Pavilion was turned into a “City of Bricks” to play host for a traveling exhibit with the contractually distinctive name “Sean Kenney’s Wild Connections Made with LEGO® Bricks”. The artist in question has had multiple collections of unique giant-sized Lego works tour around the country to trumpet various causes. In the case of Wild Connections, onlookers learn a thing or two about endangered species, wildlife preservation, and other related ecological issues that I remember reading about in National Geographic hardcovers when I was a kid. Maybe someday humankind will figure out how not to drive beasts to extinction, but we’re not there yet.

Lego dodo!

Lego dodo! They don’t get any more extinct than that.

Lego bee!

Lego bee on Lego pansy.

Lego birdbath!

Lego animal conference at a Lego birdbath.

Lego chameleon!

Lego chameleon, not even trying to blend in.

Lego fawn and doe!

Lego fawn and doe, Indiana State Fair 2021.

Lego hummingbird!

Lego hummingbird, freeze-framed so we can make out the wings.

Lego whooping crane!

Lego whooping crane. They’ve been on the endangered list longer than I’ve been alive.

Lego peacock!

Lego peacock, proudly unaffiliated with NBC.

Lego dragonfly!

Lego dragonfly.

Lego zebra!

What’s black and white and brick all over?

Lego spider!


Lego Rhino!

Please put down your poaching rifle; powdered Lego rhino horn has no useful side effects.

Lego butterfly!

Lego butterfly, formerly a Lego caterpillar.

Lego polar bears!

Lego polar bears imploring kids to just say no to Lego Coca-Cola.

Meanwhile in the other exhibit halls, Lego proliferated at the hands of younger artists in smaller doses, some using directions and some improvising their own wide world of Lego.

Lego tractors!

Lego tractors, apropos of our fair.

Lego county fair tractor race!

Variation on a theme: Lego county fair tractor race.

Lego Battle of the Bulge!

In Anne’s historical estimation, possibly Lego Battle of the Bulge.

Lego Natural History Museum!

Lego Natural History Museum with requisite space displays and big fossils.

Lego mural painters!

Lego mural painters outside the same Lego Natural History Museum.

Lego fast food!

Lego fast food, whose pieces would’ve cost more to make than the actual food.

Lego Hogwarts!

Not the first Lego Hogwarts we’ve seen at the fair.

Lego International Space Station!

Lego International Space Station.

Lego Clone Wars!

Of course we braked for Lego Clone Wars.

To be continued! Other chapters in this very special MCC miniseries:

Part 1: Our Year in Food
Part 2: The Darling of the Duck Dash
Part 4: The Year in Art
Part 5: And the Rest

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