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August 2007

August 28, 2007

Champlain Valley Fair [42]

Fair3 Saturday was the opening day of the 2007 Champlain Valley Fair

Even impending rain could not keep the crowds away from the death-defying rides, tasty fried cuisine, diverse animal displays and 4-H competitions.

Eva talks to 4-Hers about their cows and finds out who will be the Supreme Grand Champion Cow.

Did you know that cows have different personalities just like people? 

And what makes an "ideal cow" anyway?

And why isn't Rusty DeWees entered in the Best Cock contest?!

Rocking tunes by Avi and Celia - "Down to You" and "Soak Her In" from their album Off the Floor.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

And for more fair fun, you can watch a meatier montage below:

August 21, 2007

Bennington Battle Day [41]

August 16th is a state holiday in Vermont.  It commemorates the Battle of Bennington which was fought in 1777 during the American Revolutionary War

Although the battle did not take place INSIDE Vermont's borders, it was fought in defense of Bennington's food and military supplies. 

The American victory during the Battle of Bennington not only ensured that their provisions would be safe but depleted the strength of the Loyalists.

Today, the Bennington Battle Monument, a 306 foot obelisk commemorates the battle. 

Bennington4On August 18th, history reenactors and members of the Living History Association from all over the country converged on the monument to celebrate the holiday.

The reenactors portray specific military figures, uphold the rigid ranking system and often carry weapons, as long as they are 16 years of age or older. 

While the firing of military gear and female arts such as spinning and sewing are a large part of the activities, there is much more to it than that.

The reenactors have a deep love of history and hope to share their knowledge of events with the general public. 

Bennington8They are a tight knit group of individuals which often includes multi-generational extended families.

It is more than a hobby, reenacting is a way of life.

Nicely fitting music by The Reverend Nathan Brady Crain and Friends, Blow it All, "The Sawyers of the Truth."

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

NOTE: If you would like to learn more about the details of the Battle of Bennington, you can hear the Major General describe it indepthly here!

August 13, 2007

Rhythm Riderz [40]


Breakdancing5_2 Last Saturday's Festival of Fools in downtown Burlington was a chance for children of all ages to immerse themselves in the diverse street performers Burlington has to offer.

At the bottom of Church St, the Rhythm Riderz Crew was entertaining the crowd with their b-boy dance moves.

B-boys and Burlington are two entities you might not readily connect but the crew is becoming a weekend fixture on lower Church Street.

August 07, 2007

Mud Volleyball [39]

Mud_volley_ball14 On August 5th, teams gathered from all over Vermont on a muddy field in Essex for a day of mud volleyball. 

It was the 18th Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament and the proceeds benefited The Epilepsy Foundation of VT.

The Town of Essex provided the field and the firetrucks which poured over 160,000 gallons of water into the parched earth. 

The mud was fragrant and spiced with manure.  Frogs kept the volleyball players company in the pits.

95 Triple X was on hand for musical accompaniment (I counted and "Beautiful Girls" played over 4 times - the glories of Top 40 radio).

Mud_volley_ball13The players worked hard to detach their feet from the treacherous muddy pits but there were many ungraceful belly flops and Jackson Pollock-esque mud splatters. 

At the end of the day, there was a garbage can filled with discarded and duct-taped shoes.  Fire hoses were used to clean off the first layer of dirt.

Did you know that mud can creep into your most intimate crevices and days after the event, the pesky substance continues to seep out slowly?  Eek. 

Despite this, you will probably see me on the field next year.  It is too fun to watch from afar and it is for a really good cause. 

Mud_volley_ball_1 I plan on being a mud beast but don't expect me to wear one of those yellow banana hammocks - they take guts! 

I am glad to have been, quite authentically "stuck" in a field in Essex Vermont.

Aptly titled song, "Let Go," by Lowell Thompson (MySpace).

UPDATE: 8/12/07 - YouTube made Mud Volleyball it's Pick of the Day which lead to 11,000 hits.  Thanks YouTube!

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