Donald Trump Piñata

A Donald Trump Piñata displayed in the front window of Laredo Mexican Restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

An angry-looking Donald Trump piñata in the front window of Laredo Mexican Restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Laredo is owned by Mexican immigrants, and has been in this tiny brick building on the corner of Broadway and Stophlet Street as long as I can remember. When I was young, the building was painted blue and there were more traditional-looking piñatas hanging in the windows of the otherwise plain, unadorned building.

Piñatas are a traditional party game in Mexico. The paper mâché sculptures are filled with candy and small toys, then hung from a tree. Children take turns trying to break open the piñata with a stick while blindfolded. Traditionally, they were shaped like stars or animals. Today, piñatas made to look like cartoon characters are popular with children.

Effigies of disliked politicians are often purchased by adults. Donald Trump is the Republican Party nominee for the 2016 Presidential election in the United States. He has angered many Mexicans with stridently anti-immigrant rhetoric aimed largely at Mexicans.

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Tilt-A-Whirl at the Three Rivers Festival

The ride attendant silhouetted against the bright lights of the Tilt-A-Whirl ride and the Ferris Wheel at dusk during the Three Rivers Festival carnival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Tilt-A-Whirl ride is a blur of movement and colorful lights in front of the Ferris Wheel at the Three Rivers Festival carnival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Tilt-A-Whirl ride in motion in front of the Ferris Wheel at night at the Three Rivers Festival carnival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The Tilt-A-Whirl is one of the more interesting carnival rides. The seat pods spin back and forth, changing directions rapidly as they move up and down around a circular path.

I have photographed them at other carnivals in both Fort Wayne and in New Mexico, but this was the first year that I had seen a Tilt-A-Whirl at the Three Rivers Festival. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to photograph it. It was undergoing repairs, and didn’t open until the last night of the festival.

The sun had set when I began photographing the ride, and the sky quickly darkened in the few minutes I spent shooting it!

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2016 Three Rivers Festival #3

A child inside a Zorb ball at the Three Rivers Festival carnival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A child inside a Zorb at the 2016 Three Rivers Festival.

A Zorb is an inflatable ball that a person can get inside and roll around, like a giant inflatable hamster ball! They’ve been part of the festival for the last few years.

An I Love SPAM bumper sticker on the sign in front of the Fun Slide at the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Two children slide down the giant three-lane slide.

Two kids slide down the Fun Slide, a giant three-lane slide at the 2016 Three Rivers Festival.

I couldn’t help but notice the “I Love SPAM” bumper sticker that someone has affixed to the sign on the fence in front of the Fun Slide. During the first weekend of the festival, the manufacturer of SPAM was giving out free food made with the processed meat product.

The name SPAM has long been associated with unwanted advertising emails. Now, the real world has been Spammed!

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Bill Clinton vs. Barack Obama

An African-American man wearing a t-shirt comparing Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. President Clinton - Blow Jobs. President Obama - No Jobs. He is also wearing two necklaces with large cross pendants.

I spotted this man and his hilarious t-shirt in the crowd on the last evening of the 2016 Three Rivers Festival.

His shirt compares the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Clinton = Blow Jobs. Obama = No Jobs.

The Three Rivers Festival takes place for 10 days in July at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Poop Emoji Hat Seller

A man selling novelty hats and toys is wearing a rainbow-colored Poop Emoji hat and shooting bubbles from a bubble gun at the Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This young man is wearing a rainbow colored hat shaped like the Poop Emoji, complete with the emoji’s eyes and smiling mouth, at the 2016 Three Rivers Festival.

He works for a company called Good To Glow, which has had people selling novelty hats and toys at the festival for the last several years. He mentioned that they had the Poop Emoji hat in brown, but the more realistically poopy-colored hats sold out quickly!

The Three Rivers Festival takes place for 10 days in July at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Praise Fellowship Church

Praise Fellowship Church on Third Street in Mishawaka, Indiana; a yellow brick church with a glass brick cross over the front entrance.

Praise Fellowship is an old yellow brick church on the southwest corner of Third Street and Union Street in the small town of Mishawaka, Indiana.

Like a lot of churches built in Indiana in the 20th Century, the building is plain and unadorned, except for the cross made of glass bricks in the facade above the doors.

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Official Loser Flag

A bumper sticker on the tailgate of a pickup truck. The Confederate flag, Official Loser Flag Since 1865.

This pickup truck was parked in a vacant lot on Fourth Street, west of Clinton Street, which served as a parking lot during the 2016 Three Rivers Festival in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The bumper sticker on the tailgate features the Confederate battle flag with the caption:

“Official Loser Flag Since 1865.”

The American Civil War ended with the defeat of the Confederate army (The South) in 1865.

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2016 Three Rivers Festival #2

More photographs from the 2016 Three Rivers Festival. The 10 day long festival takes place every year in July at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A man in a medieval knight costume advertising SPAM meat in front of the Spamerican Tour trailer Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sir Can-A-Lot the SPAM Knight.
Sir Can-A-Lot the SPAM knight

The “Spamerican Tour” trailer was giving out free food made with SPAM, the canned pork mystery-meat product, at the 2016 Three Rivers Festival. They even had “Sir Can-A-Lot” the SPAM Knight to attract visitors to the free SPAM.

A carny leans against the tent pole next to the balloon-dart game he runs at the Three Rivers Festival carnival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The tent has stuff animals hanging on the sides and a board with balloons on the back wall.
The Balloon-Dart Game

A carny leans against the pole holding up the tent over his balloon-dart game at the 2016 Three Rivers Festival. Players win a toy by throwing darts at the balloons.

The man running this game was one of the more interesting carnival workers that I have met over the years. He had traveled all over the United States working in carnivals, and claimed to speak nine languages!

The Super Round-Up ride is a blur of motion at the Three Rivers Festival carnival in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The Super Round-Up ride

This is the Super Round-Up ride at the 2016 Three Rivers Festival.

Riders stand inside the circular metal cage as the ride spins rapidly. Once it reaches enough speed that centrifugal force will hold the riders against the wall of the spinning cage, it tilts upward!

This is a popular carnival ride. I have photographed them at previous Three Rivers Festivals, and at several carnivals in New Mexico during my time in the southwest. Some of them are simply called the “Round-Up” without the “Super.” I don’t think there is any difference, aside from the name!

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The Bubble Blower

A young woman wearing an American flag shirt blowing giant bubbles on the Fourth of July in the crowd on the Courthouse Green in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

This patriotically dressed young woman was blowing giant bubbles in the crowd on the Courthouse Green before the fireworks began on the Fourth of July in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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The 2016 Fourth of July Fireworks

The Lincoln Tower looms over the crowd on the Courthouse Green before the fireworks began on the Fourth of July in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

People watch the Fourth of July fireworks from locations all over downtown Fort wayne and the surrounding neighborhoods, but the largest crowd gathers on the Courthouse Green.

The tall building in the background is the Lincoln Tower. When it was completed in 1930, it was the first skyscraper in Indiana. The 22 story building remained the tallest building in the state until 1962, when Indianapolis finally built a taller building. It is currently the third tallest building in Fort Wayne.

The tall building behind the Lincoln Tower is Fort Wayne’s tallest building, the 27 story Indiana-Michigan Power Center (formerly known as One Summit Square). The fireworks are fired off from the top of the building.

The 2016 Fourth of July fireworks display on top of the Indiana-Michigan Power Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The 2016 Fourth of July fireworks display on top of the Indiana-Michigan Power Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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