We saw fun shows at the fair this year.
Another one: he’s the mean substitute and the participants are his students. Every time he turns his back, they make their meanest face. This is my favorite photo, because it also captures Yolanda Martinez, his wife and assistant, laughing. Also, it was interesting to read about Mark & Yolanda on their website.
We overheard the Jest In Time Circus and had no plans to go, as what we could hear was in a very high register. But the two performers hung out after the show to sell clown noses and to take pictures with the kids. It was fun to watch them interact with the children.
In this picture they got the kids all set up and smiled for the picture. At that point, it became apparent that there was no parent present to take the picture. So I did, and the boys ran off happy. I’m not sure where there parents were.
And then came our favorite performers: Powerhouse Percussive Dance. They combined innovative tap, precision clogging and explosive stomp into one performance. They were very fun to watch and hard to get good pictures of because of all the movement.
In retrospect, I wish I had taken more pictures of their shoes which were gloriously beat up in a way that four 30 minutes shows per day all summer will do.
One of the takeaways from the fair this year was seeing all the microcosms of society I know nothing about. You can make your living hypnotizing people, clowning, or clogging. Did you know that all of the Powerhouse group were national champions? No, because you didn’t know clogging had a national championship.
So thanks, Oregon State Fair, for bringing all of us together.