Fair Watch


Trooper Tyler Cunningham of Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop A scoots around Thursday on the coolest set of wheels on the fairgrounds. The modified Segway is being used by MSHP recruiters.


Bob Satnan | For the Democrat

An odd sight to see, one of the two RobotCars talks with Professor Farquar as they cross paths walking around the fairgrounds late Tuesday afternoon. Both are Missouri State Fair strolling entertainers.


Nicole Cooke | Democrat

• One of my favorite Fair traditions is the Missouri Wine & Craft Beer Tasting at the Missouri Travel Council Trade Show in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. It’s kind of an ingenious way to keep people at the Fair: you’ve got to go and get your wristband for the tasting at 11 a.m. but it doesn’t actually start until 4 p.m. In the past the wristbands have been but this year they said “2012 Youth Exhibitor” on them. Waste not, I suppose. If you happen to be a youth exhibitor from 2012 with access to time travel, you’re in luck. — Columnist Travis McMullen

• I overheard a couple yesterday as I was walking to the Coliseum. The wife said to her husband that they should go by the bank and get some more money because there were a few more things she wanted to buy. He looked at her and quite simply replied, “You can either buy one more T-shirt or we can send our daughter to college.” — Reporter Hope Lecchi

• Every year I try to find my favorite Fair T-shirt. My three finalists are:

“Every summer has a story”

“Keep Calm and Farm On”

“What happens in the barn stays in the barn” — Reporter Hope Lecchi

• I was sitting in the Mathewson Exhibition Center during the Gypsy Horse show and it happened to be time to do a little cleaning in the dirt arena between rounds. Sure enough, people with rakes and buckets came out and began to rake unmentionable substances out of the dirt. It was like watching someone clean the world’s largest kitty litter box. One of them even had a shirt with a four-leaf clover emblazoned on it, complete with the words “Lucky Shirt.” Maybe the rest of his day will be a little more fortuitous. — Columnist Travis McMullen

• I think all of the employees who work at the Missouri State Fair do a tremendous job, often times they are working outside in the heat of the day. There is a group of individuals, the Youth Crew, who seem to be everywhere sweeping sidewalks and picking up litter, doing work they probably wouldn’t have to if others would be a little more thoughtful and disposed of their trash properly. I just wanted to say thank you for all you do to help keep the fairgrounds looking nice. — Reporter Hope Lecchi

• This certainly will spark “he doesn’t know what he’s talking about” reactions, but that is not uncommon. Best food options at the Missouri State Fair, ranked: Prime rib sandwich with horseradish sauce at Jackson’s BBQ, pork burger with cheese and bacon at the Pork Place, and, until this year, the raspberry honey ice cream from the Missouri State Bee Keepers. This year, raspberry was replaced by salted caramel, and that is not a step down. No offense to all the other offerings at the fair, but this is my list and I’m sticking to it. — Columnist Bob Satnan

• Overheard in the Missouri Wine Tent Wednesday night: A woman said she took her mother, who is over 90, to the Fair on Tuesday. They were attending Comedic Juggler Alex Clark’s show when he asked her mother to come on stage. To the woman’s horror, the juggler balanced on a ladder while her mother threw an axe, a sword and an unlit (“thank God!”) fire stick at him. When asked if she took photos of this momentous event the woman said “no” because she just knew the juggler would be maimed and she didn’t have the nerve to film it. She added she could see the newspaper headline the next day: “Woman kills juggler with axe at state fair.” — Reporter Faith Bemiss

• I was struck by some of the prize offerings on my walk through the midway. “South Park” debuted in August 1997 and has been running almost non-stop since then, thanks to syndication and Comedy Central milking reruns for all they are worth. And still, hanging at a few of the game booths, were enormous stuffed versions of Cartman and Kenny. I just hope when someone wins one, the carnival worker says, “Oh, my God, you won Kenny!” — Columnist Bob Satnan

Trooper Tyler Cunningham of Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop A scoots around Thursday on the coolest set of wheels on the fairgrounds. The modified Segway is being used by MSHP recruiters.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_FairWatch-4.jpgTrooper Tyler Cunningham of Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop A scoots around Thursday on the coolest set of wheels on the fairgrounds. The modified Segway is being used by MSHP recruiters. Bob Satnan | For the Democrat

An odd sight to see, one of the two RobotCars talks with Professor Farquar as they cross paths walking around the fairgrounds late Tuesday afternoon. Both are Missouri State Fair strolling entertainers.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_FairWatch2-2.jpgAn odd sight to see, one of the two RobotCars talks with Professor Farquar as they cross paths walking around the fairgrounds late Tuesday afternoon. Both are Missouri State Fair strolling entertainers. Nicole Cooke | Democrat
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