Indiana State Fair 2022 Photos, Part 4 of 6: The Year in Lego and Other Arts

corn truck mural couch!

Someone prettied up a truck and set up an outdoor living room in front of it.

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…

Anne and I are at that age when we’re more interested in visiting the exhibit halls than we are in rattling our bones on the Midway rides. We enjoy 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.

In this case the largest artwork on the fairgrounds was an entire truck turned into a stationary mural. It was supposed to draw attention to an entire exhibit of tricked-out vehicles called the Mural Derby, but all the other participants were parked away from the main thoroughfare and out of sight behind the giant Ferris wheel, where we had no idea they existed till I looked it up just now, days after the fact. But at least we witnessed the one truck, which was nifty.

corn truck mural!

Thoughts and prayers for whoever has to change that flat front tire at fair’s end.

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 Indiana per se, much as we might wish to contrive otherwise. But at our state fair there’s always room for Lego.

Lego City!

There’s always at least one ambitious Lego City.

Lego crane!

Lego crane!

Lego Batmobile!

Lego Batmobile with non-Lego riddle! If you solve it, give yourself an ‘E’ for effort.

Lego Coliseum!

Lego Coliseum! Lego gladiators and Lego lions sold separately.

Lego Under the Sea!

Lego unda da sea!

Obi-Wan Kenobi diorama!

A diorama of the Mapuzo sequence from the third episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi, featuring Vader’s Lego Imperial shuttle.

Lego lightsaber duel!

Computer, enhance Lego lightsaber duel!

Several 4-H categories in non-humanities fields challenge their students to create posters exemplifying or explaining complex concepts to a layperson audience. A lot of them blend together, particularly whenever the rules for their divisions limit how creative their poster titles can get. Sorting through the hundreds of entrants, a few standouts can nab our attention.

Fainting Goats!

Sometimes we learn about issues we never knew existed yet afflict many victims out there.


Sometimes we learn new vocabulary words we can sprinkle into our small talk. I can imagine your expression, but seriously, do not test me on this.

Parasite Resistance!

For some youngsters the poster contest is a first draft of their doctoral thesis. And the ribbons are awarded accordingly.

pig reproductive system!

For some posters the adult supervisors grant kids necessary leeway to push the boundaries of poster art in the name of agriscience education.

Copters and Robbers!

The poster-title punning game was weak this year, but we appreciate those who did their part.

Indiana Limestone contributions!

This isn’t the first poster I’ve seen listing famous buildings that contain Indiana limestone, but it’s among my favorite recurring topics.

Star Wars Galaxies gallery!

Triple bonus points to the student who brought back photos from their trip to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Florida. We enjoyed a sneak preview at Celebration 2019 but have yet to experience the real deal.

Other arts varied across media, subject matter, and location. Most of these were in the 4-H Building, but the Indiana Arts Building also contained a selection of handcrafted wares amid the vendor booths that were curiously stuffed in there for the first time.

sewn Yoda!

Tiny needlework Yoda.

Star Wars clone helmet!

If the armorer who made this clone helmet isn’t already in the 501st Legion, a recruiter might consider reaching out to him.

Paper Hogwarts!

Giant paper Hogwarts.

Steam Punkin rug!

Steampunk harvest rug.

Salvador Dali Had a Farm!

Salvador Dali’s robot farm.

giant penny table!

A giant tabletop penny made from actual pennies.

screwdriver sculpture!

Screwdriver windmill and a modest salute to Purdue.

MacGyver art!

TV’s MacGyver, pointillist style.

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

Part 1: Our Year in Food
Part 2: The Year in Speed
Part 3: The Year in Canned Food Art
Part 5: The Expo Hall Baby Farm Animal Takeover
Part 6: Random Acts of Fairness

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