This is the final collection of photos of the Howards from 2017.
Of course, there are 2018 Howard photos out there, but those won’t be released for public consumption until after Christmas. Probably.
By the time this gets published, I’ll probably be making the trudge up Expo Hill towards the Cultural Building to pick up my photos from the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon.
If you didn’t get a chance to duck into the Cultural Building to check out my photos, that is fine. That is dandy. Here are the 4 pictures I entered. 2 were accepted for display. 2 were not.
2 pictures for display was a solid showing. You never know what the judges will like. I was surprised that Willy’s eye was selected for display. I thought of the 4, it had the worst chance to make it. I guess you never know.
A few statistics from the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon:
1018 Photographers Entered
3201 Photographs Entered
Photographers from 20 other states entered
863 Adults Entered
466 of adults who entered have at least one photograph on display
27% of the photos entered were exhibited
I should start planning for next year, but that hasn’t really been my style, yet.
Starting on the 3rd to last photo shoot from 2016 to have the 2016 backlog cleared up.
This collection is from the Howard Family Photo Shoot:
I told all the people that missed Saydie Sundays that she would be back. For at least one more week after this, even!
Friday night was the big Jay home cooked meal extravaganza. Willy choose not to join his brothers for this meal. Even though a week earlier he begged me not to go to the Ames on the Half Shell Appreciation Party because he needed a home cooked meal.
Although I was moved by his pleas, I had already made a commitment to attend the party and I was looking forward to getting the sweet AOTHS calendar that Shannon had designed.
Because I could only make an appearance at FNSC on that Friday Jay and Willy held a weenie roast in Willy’s garage. I stayed at the weenie roast log enough to eat a couple dogs and clean the gutters of Willy’s garage because… well if you know Willy, you know why.
Let us just say that because the gutters were clogged, rainwater was pouring out of the gutter and nearly falling onto the grill.
“What are we going to do about this?” was the question of the night. So I grabbed Willy’s ladder and unclogged his gutter and the weenie roast was saved.
I don’t like to brag, but the word hero was mentioned a couple times.
Jay rescheduled his home cooked meal for the next Friday. Willy decided he “needed” something else more than he needed the home cooked meal. He needed to race.
Well below is a very poor camera phone picture of what Wily missed.
You will have to trust me that it tasted much better than this picture makes it look.
Another highlight of the night was Auxiliary Member Jesse Howard’s presence. Plus Kelly, Kalista, Saydie and Taylan all became full Auxiliary Members. So despite the fact that Willy shafted his brethren, it was a successful evening.