Elkhart County Fair: The Twister

The Twister ride spins in a circle of colorful blue and red lights in the dark at the 2016 Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana.

This is The Twister ride at the 2016 Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana. You can see the ride’s attendant between the rail and the blur of colorful light from the ride spinning behind him.

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Elkhart County Fair: The Freakout

The Freakout ride at the 2016 Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana. Photographed at night, while in motion. This ride is nearly identical to another carnival ride called the Fire Ball.

The Freakout ride at the 2016 Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana. This ride is nearly identical to another carnival ride called the Fire Ball.

Riders fly by in a blur on The Freakout ride at the 2016 Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana. The colorful lights on the ride form abstract streaks of color against the night sky. This ride is nearly identical to another carnival ride called the Fire Ball.

Last Sunday, I went to the Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana. One of the rides that I photographed was The Freakout.

Riders sit in a circular arrangement at the bottom of a long pendulum that swings back and forth, taking the riders so high that they’re nearly upside down! While swinging, the structure where the riders sit also spins!

The Freakout is nearly identical to the Fire Ball, a ride that I have photographed at other carnivals. A lot of carnival rides were sold under different names by their manufacturers, and some were renamed by the carnivals that operated them.

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Elkhart County Fair: Vertigo Ride

The Vertigo ride spins at the top of a tall tower at the 2016 Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana. The riders look like blurry blobs flying in a circle around the tower.

The Vertigo ride spins around the middle a tall tower at the 2016 Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana. The riders are a bright blur circling the tower in the night sky.

Last Sunday evening, I went to the Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana.

This is the Vertigo ride.

The Vertigo is a tall tower with long spokes radiating out from the center. Riders sit in seats hanging from chains attached to the ends of the spokes. When it spins, the seats carrying the riders fly through the air as they are raised to the top of the tower.

This is similar to the Swing Carousels that I have photographed at other carnivals, but the Vertigo takes riders much higher into the air!

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Pink Orchid Faces

A group of pink orchid flowers that look like insect faces.

This is a photograph from the long-ago past. I made it when I was 15 years old, and it is still one of my favorite flower photographs. The orchids look like insect faces looking back at you. I made it at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I found it in my archives and posted it to my website today after telling a buyer who was interested in flower photographs about it, then discovering that I had never put it online!

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Casper’s Coins in Goshen

An American flag and a Gadsden flag in the window of Caspers Coins in Goshen, Indiana. A neon sign says they buy and sell gold, silver, jewelry, coins, and guns.

This store is on Pike Street (US-33) in the small town of Goshen, Indiana. The signs in the windows say they buy Gold, Silver, Jewelry, Coins, and Guns.

There is an American flag in the window, and a Gadsden flag. The Gadsden flag is the historical American flag with a rattlesnake that says; “Don’t Tread On Me.” In recent years, it has become a symbol for right-wing anti-government and libertarian political movements, such as the Tea Party.

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People Playing “Heads Up!” on the Fourth of

A young woman wearing an American flag tank top and shorts plays the Heads Up! smartphone game with her friends before the fireworks began on the Fourth of July in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

On the Fourth of July, a patriotically-dressed young woman and her friends playing “Heads Up!”, a smartphone game based on the old game of Charades.

The smartphone version originated on the Ellen DeGeneres television show. A player holds the phone on her forehead with the screen facing the other players. It displays a word or phrase and the other players give hints to the one holding the phone, who must guess the word or phrase on the screen.

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American Flag at Glenbrook Dodge #3

A gigantic American flag flies at half-staff at dusk over Glenbrook Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The flag was lowered to commemorate the victims of a terrorist attack in France.

The huge American flag at Glenbrook Dodge Chrysler Jeep flies at half-staff to commemorate the victims of an Islamic terrorist attack that took place in Nice, France the day before I made this photograph.

The flag, the largest in Fort Wayne, has flown over the car dealership on Coliseum Boulevard since 2004. It measures 50×80 feet, and flies from a 232 foot tall flagpole!

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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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