Category Archives: Contests

Pufferbilly Days – Saturday Afternoon

On the Saturday afternoon of Pufferbilly Days I wandered around downtown for a bit. I watched the 1st Annual Mullet and Moustache Contest. I tried to watch the Spike Driving Contest, but the weather was so blazing hot, none of the people that signed up to compete showed up to compete. So there was nothing there to photograph.

Here are some pictures:


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Still at least a couple more sets of Pufferbilly Days photos to share.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is SIGNS:


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SIGNS

SIGNS! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what is a SIGNS photo? Quite simply is is a photo of a SIGN(s) or of SIGNS. SIGNS. SIGNS. There are SIGNS everywhere. Messing up the scenery. Breaking my mind. Do this, don’t do that. Can’t you read the SIGN(s)?

But one thing you should definitely do is find an interesting SIGN(s) and photograph it in an interesting manner. Of course there is more than one definition of the term SIGNS.

Happy photo harvesting!

Selfie Project – August 2022

Another month down and another month of THE SELFIE PROEJCT in the books. I think I had a pretty active August. At least in spurts. With Pufferbilly Days and the State Fair and some much needed vacation all in August, I did some things man.

I don’t anticipate September being anywhere as busy, but hopefully I’ll do some cool stuff this month.

Here are some of my favorites from August for THE SELFIE PROJECT:


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Day 241 - August 29, 2022
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Day 243 - August 31, 2022
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Of course there can only be one selfie that represents THE SELFIE PROJECT every day, but I did have a busy August, so here are the many alternates:


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You might be thinking, “That is a lot of pictures with ice cream!” There is a reason for that. The reason isn’t because I love ice cream, but that is probably the base level reason. I’ll explain the real reason in a future post. Or I won’t. What is important for you to know is that your humble narrator is a champion. A ice cream champion. Also, Willy and Jesse owe me dinner.

You also might be thinking, “How many gray t-shirts do you own?” The answer is, plenty.

Finally you might be thinking, “You need to retire that green t-shirt.” Yeah, that is true enough.

Kyle – Volume 9

By the time this publishes, the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon will be over and hopefully I will be in possession of my entries. I don’t know I had a completely successful Iowa State Fair Photography Contest, but it wasn’t a complete failure. I only got one picture accepted. I shouldn’t say only because getting one picture in is an incredible accomplishment. There have definitely been years when I got shutout. There will definitely be years in the future where I will get shutout as well. One picture is an accomplishment. But I got three pictures in last year.

On the other hand, last year I got two Honorable Mentions. This year, I got 1st Place in Color Iowa Places and Landscapes.

In the end, there is a ton of luck involved. You never know what the judges will like. When they wake up in the morning, the judges don’t even know what they will like. What they had for breakfast might change their mood and change how they judge. So maybe I entered one great pictured and three terrible pictures. Maybe the judges needed a better breakfast burrito in the morning.

Regardless, here are the pictures I entered.


2022 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - Olive Avenue
Class 11 – Open Road – “Olive Avenue” – Not Selected for Display

2022 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - Hi Trestle Trail
Class 13 – Iowa Places & Landscapes – “Hi Trestle Trail” – 1st Place in Class

2022 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - She Hates Pink Flowers
Class 17 – Plants, Flowers & Trees – “She Hates Pink Flowers” – Not Selected for Display

2022 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon - Best Mislaid Plans
Class 23 – Places & Landscapes – “Best Mislaid Plans” – Not Selected for Display

I didn’t really feel great about my entries this year. I’m crazy far behind on photo editing and my selection process was sloppy at least, so all things considered, not a bad year.

Here are some statistics about the this years Iowa State Fair Photography Salon:

+ 2191 pictures entered. 635 exhibited. 29%.
+ Of the 635 pictures exhibited. 193 got ribbons. 30%.
+ 125 pictures entered in Iowa Places & Landscapes (Color). 19 exhibited. 15%.
+ 158 pictures entered in The Open Road (Color). 43 exhibited. 27%.
+ 149 pictures entered in Plants, Flowers & Trees (Color). 33 exhibited. 22%.
+ 82 pictures entered in Places & Landscapes (Black & White). 23 exhibited. 28%.
+ 1179 Adult color pictures entered. 285 exhibited. 24%.
+ 339 Adult black & white pictures entered. 118 exhibited. 35%.
+ 191 Youth pictures entered. 79 exhibited. 41%.
+ 482 Special Division entered. 153 exhibited. 32%.
+ 7 photographers from Boone County entered 27 pictures.
+ 51 photographers from other states entered 169 pictures.
+ 669 photographers entered.
+ As near as I can tell, ZERO photographers got all 4 pictures in. The book claims that 2 people got all 4 pictures in, but my scan of all the entrants that had pictures accepted comes up with zero. This is my main goal every year. I did it once.

The theme class for 2023 is Sunrise, Sunset. I don’t imagine I will be entering that next year, but stranger things have happened. We’ll see what happens when I procrastinate and throw together my entries in hurry in late May next year.

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It is another Formal Portrait Sunday. This is the final collection of images from Kyle’s Senior Picture Photo Shoot. Included in here is a picture that was used for his campaign to be the Winter Formal King. A crown that he did claim.


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Kyle’s current plan is to attend DMACC. He was recruited to play football for a Division III school, but decided to retire from the game and concentrate on figuring out what he wants to do with his life. Good luck with that, I’m still working on that myself.

Next Formal Portrait Sunday we will check back in with the Junck Family Photo Shoot.

Baby Got Rack – Iowa State Fair – 2022

While I’m still not ready to reveal what picture got into the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon and what “award” it received, I am ready to share some pictures from Baby Got Rack’s day at the Iowa State Fair.

It was mostly great. We won 1st Place in our category (Combo/Specialty) and also won 1st Place in Showmanship. The only slight down is that we once again didn’t come home with the literal crown they give to Best of Show. That once again went to the guy that won Beef. Scott says that Beef doesn’t always win Best in Show. Scott is wrong about this, but we didn’t qualify for Beef so we couldn’t enter Beef. Anyways, this is one of the internal debates with the team. Like how some people on the team don’t realize that lemonade sucks. But what can you do?

Here are some pictures from the day:


Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

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Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

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Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

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Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Iowa State Fair

It was a big day for Boone, which is low-key becoming the Barbecue Capital of the World. In addition to Scott’s TWO wins, Rashawn Parker of Boone captained Team Parker to 1st Place in Team. Sean Van Cannon of Boone also came home with 1st Place in Poultry. Just getting to the State Fair through the Boone County Fair is a gauntlet!

If you would like to peruse all the pictures from Baby Got Rack’s 2022 Season, click on the link below:

Baby Got Rack – 2022

It was an up and down season that ended on a high. We will be ready to go in 2023.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is WEEKENDS:


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WEEKENDS

WEEKENDS! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.
But what is a WEEKENDS photo? It is simply a picture taken of something you do on WEEKENDS. Or it could simply be of something you do this coming WEEKEND(S). So taking your picture this WEEKEND(S) is probably your best bet.

Happy photo harvesting!

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Results

Before I delve into the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest, I do know what picture and what award I got into the Iowa State Fair. It is my policy not to reveal the pictures I entered until after the State Fair is over, but your clue is don’t go all the way into the main room. Go almost into that room, then look to your left.

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I think that the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest was a success this year. Not a smashing success, but I definitely feel like it is on greater footing now. A more solid foundation. In 2021 there were only 24 pictures entered. This year that number more than doubled to 61. Which is a good number, but I won’t be satisfied until that number hits triple digits. Until we outgrow KWBG and I’m forced to find a new location.

This is how the entries broke down.

ADULT
+ BLACK & WHITE – 1 entry (I can’t put into word how this breaks my heart!)
+ HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY – 3 entries
+ NATURE – 16 entries
+ PEOPLE – 5 entries
+ TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES – 6 entries
+ TOTAL – 31 entries

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+ BLACK & WHITE – 3 entries
+ HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY – 1 entry
+ NATURE – 7 entries
+ PEOPLE – 1 entry
+ TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES – 0 entries
+ TOTAL – 12 entries

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+ BLACK & WHITE – 4 entries
+ HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY – 1 entry
+ NATURE – 10 entries
+ PEOPLE – 1 entry
+ TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES – 2 entries
TOTAL – 18 entries

Thank God for the Youth and teens that are holding down the BLACK & WHITE class. Once again the balance with the NATURE class was all out of whack, so next year I’m going to split them up into ANIMALS and PLANTS.

These are the winners:



Best of Show – “Pismo Beach Beauty” – Angie DeWaard


People’s Choice Award – “Just A Swingin'” – Daphne Harris


1st Place Adult Overall – “Pismo Beach Beauty” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult Overall – “The Art in Nature” – Angie DeWaard


3rd Place Overall – “La Vita Dolce” – Angie DeWaard


1st Place Teen Overall – “Edison Phonographs” – Emma Wiebold


2nd Place Teen Overall – “Happy Little Squirrel” – Simon Enabnit


3rd Place Teen Overall – “Cartwheel in the Creek” – Emma Wiebold


1st Place Youth Overall – “Light Shining on Tables” – Tommy Williams


2nd Place Youth Overall – “Fly” – Layla Gorshe


3rd Place Youth Overall – “Lake Sunset” – Reese Howie


1st Place Adult Nature – “Pismo Beach Beauty” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult Nature – “Libella pulchella” – Allison Kayser


3rd Place Adult Nature – “Lithobates castebeianus maculosus” – Allison Kayser


1st Place Adult People – “The Art in Nature” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult People – “Good Sports” – Angie DeWaard


3rd Place Adult People – “Persevere” – Jen Ensley


1st Place Adult Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “La Vita Dolce” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “Two Tracks” – Sally Kay Whitney


3rd Place Adult Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “Spike Driving Contest” – Bea Upah


1st Place Adult Black & White – “Zebra Bark” – Angie DeWaard


1st Place Adult Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Through the Wires in Pilot Mound” – Angie DeWaard


2nd Place Adult Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Mill Creek Stone Arch” – Bea Upah


3rd Place Adult Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Sunset Over Boone” – Nicole Schecklman


1st Place Teen Nature – “Happy Little Squirrel” – Simon Enabnit


2nd Place Teen Nature – “Fence Post” – Emma Wiebold


3rd Place Teen Nature – “Garden Raider” – Simon Enabnit


1st Place Teen People – “Cartwheel in the Creek” – Emma Wiebold


1st Place Teen Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Beautiful Garbage” – Simon Enabnit


1st Place Teen Black & White – “Edison Phonographs” – Emma Wiebold


2nd Place Teen Black & White – “Rosie the Pug” – Emma Wiebold


3rd Place Teen Black & White – “Old Tree in Pasture” – Emma Wiebold


1st Place Youth Nature – “Lake Sunset” – Reese Howie


2nd Place Youth Nature – “The Cone” – Kayelee Burns


3rd Place Youth Nature – “Black Lab Smelling Flowers” – Tommy Williams


1st Place Youth People – “Grass” – Evie Gorshe


1st Place Youth Hidden Treasures of Boone County -“Kate Shelley Museum” – Kayelee Burns


1st Place Youth Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “Fly” – Layla Gorshe


2nd Place Youth Trains, Planes and Automobiles – “Steam Engine” – Kayelee Burns


1st Place Youth Black & White – “Light Shining on Tables” – Tommy Williams


2nd Place Youth Black & White – “Easy on Me” – Kayelee Burns


3rd Place Youth Black & White – “Snickers” – Daphne Harris

Maybe you don’t agree with the judges? Which is fine. I don’t agree with all of their decisions, but I selected a great collection of judges this year and they did a tremendous job!

Meet them:



One thing I learned this year is that a lot of people seem to think I was “the judge” or “a judge” and then when they found out I wasn’t a judge, then I didn’t really do that much. Which I think is funny, but I’m okay with people not knowing how much work goes into this and thinking the judges do all the work. If people see how much work this is, then I’m not doing my job.

I’ve already mentally selected the three judges for next year. Two of them have already committed. I’m sure the third one will commit as well, I just have to make the call. Janae will be returning and Nathanial and Logan will be rotating out. The second judge that has committed is Angie. I had been playing with the idea of whomever wins Best of Show gets to be a judge the following year. Her winning Best of Show cemented that or maybe quickcreted it for this year, at least.

While I’ve already tried to explain how much work I put into this contest. I definitely don’t do it myself. I need to thank people that helped along the way:
+ Kim Barker – Helped with label printing and only complained once, but for good reason.
+ Nathanial Brown – a judge, but also a good idea man. For example, his idea to split the youth division into Teen and Youth. Also provided sides for dinner AND most responsible for streamlining the Judges Form.
+ Kio Dettman – Got me this gig, but also is part of the Display Team. Both setting up and tearing down.
+ Janae Erickson – Judge while being super pregnant. A trooper.
+ Michelle Haupt – Did the Photo Contest Book. It looks professional because it is professional. I think she was only moderately frustrated when she would ask a question and 9 times out of 10 my answer was “I trust you.”
+ Jesse Howard – Part of the tear down team and gophered stuff between Ames and Boone for me. Including purchasing the photo stands for the overall photos.
+ Jay Janson – Designed one of the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Flyers.
+ Monica Jennings – Designed multiple Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Flyers, designed and assembled the judges board for the display case, designed and put together the certificates that went with each ribbon. She was also instrumental in putting together the display. Bossing Logan around even more than I did. Which is saying something. I got so many compliments on what the display looked like this year. I think that was a lot of Monica.
+ Logan Kahler – Was a judge. Which was big. But even bigger in my mind, was being the “inside the display case” man when putting the display together. He also provided the meat for the judgement night meal. It was delicious.
+ Teresa Kahler – Did a ton of the administrative stuff and has big ideas for streamlining that process next year with mail merge.
+ Carla Stensland – Did a ton of administrative stuff as well. She was the judges’ assistant and helped keep them moving forward.
+ The Staff of KWBG – They are all wonderful, but Jennifer in particular is VERY helpful. She put up lights so there is some lighting in there at night and fixed some of the small mistakes that were made on the administrative end.

I’ve already mentioned some of the tweaks I’m going to make for next year. There are still more to make. However, the rest I’m going to keep close to my vest for now. But I might share them when I share some of the behind the scenes pictures in the future.

However, I think there is time for one last look back. I mentioned the incredible job that Michelle did on the book. This idea is pretty much completely stolen from, I mean influenced by, the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. Michelle is a genius when it comes to making this kind of thing and I think you should click on the links below and really appreciate her work:

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Book – Easy to Read

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Book – Easy to Print

Be wary, next year I might try bothering you to get you on the photo contest team! Or even better, maybe next year you or your kids will enter. I heard more than one story about this being a great activity for parents to do with their children and grandparents to do with their grandchildren.

Plymouth and Sioux County Aux – Vol. 5

Here is the final collection of pictures I took on my road trip to harvest the town signs of Plymouth and Sioux County.

Lots more great art:


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Next time we hit the dusty trail for auxiliary images from THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will visit Woodbury County.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is FAMILY:


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FAMILY! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE!

But what exactly is a FAMILY photo? It is simply a picture of a FAMILY or something that comes from a FAMILY. An example might be a keepsake from a relative that has passed on. But don’t be hampered by the strict DNA definition of FAMILY. In the theme reveal image, none of the 3 people share any DNA. They were the judges for the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest. They are a photography FAMILY. They are in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest FAMILY. The people that come here and submit pictures are a FAMILY of sorts as well. Even though I am the only one that has met every single one of you.

I should note that I am on vacation next Monday. I don’t necessarily have plans for that day yet, but it is quite possible that there will be no reminders going out that day. Also possible the submission post might be later in the day than usual.

Happy photo harvesting!

Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest – People’s Choice Award

I know that Thursdays are for flowers, so I apologize for sullying our Thursday with a non-flower post on a Thursday. However, this information is somewhat time sensitive. By the time this publishes, hopefully, the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Display will be complete and ready for the world to see in the KWBG windows.

In 2021, there were 24 entries. This year there were 61. More than double! It still isn’t where I want it to be, but it is a big step in the right direction. Hopefully we make another good sized jump in 2023. I already have ideas on what I want to change for next year. This is a learning process and adjustments have to be made every year. It is art right? There is no such thing as perfection.

One thing I added this year was the People’s Choice Award. I completely stole, I mean I was influenced by, the old Pufferbilly Day Barbecue Contest where Baby Got Rack came home with the People’s Choice Award every year.

I had 3 excellent judges this year. All professional photographers. Trained in their fields through education and experience. But now that the “experts” have had their say, it is now time for the rest of us to have our say. It is time for the people to speak!

I want you to vote for the People’s Choice Award. It is simple enough. Every picture below has a number below it. Pick out the ONE that is your favorite or you think is the best. Doesn’t really matter to me how you pick the picture you vote for. Then at the bottom of this post, click on the link to the voting form. Once there, put in the number that corresponds with your favorite picture. Click Submit and you have voted!

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Click on the link below to vote!

People’s Choice Award Voting Form

I will be updating the current rankings at the Photo Display every few hours throughout the weekend.

Baby Got Rack – Boone County Fair

Today is the last day to enter the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.


Pufferbilly Days Form - 2022

I will be picking up the entries from the Chamber about 5 PM today. I’m excited to see how many entries we got this year. I know of at least 4 people that have told me they are entering. I’m hoping there are plenty more out there. At the very least, there should be more submissions than there were last year. And that, my friends, is called improvement.

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A couple Saturdays back, Baby Got Rack put on our Hawai’ian shirts, our cargo shorts, and our fedoras and took to the field of battle in the rough and tumble world of competitive barbecue at the Boone County Fair.

Not everything went our way and we definitely dropped the ball in more than one way. But we did enough to win the combo category and we will be competing at the State Fair on Tuesday, August 16. In the morning. If you are at the State Fair on that day, stop by. We will be somewhere on the Grand Concourse.

Here are some pictures from the Boone County Fair:


Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Baby Got Rack - 2022 - Boone County Fair

Thanks to Jay for taking the Baby Got Rack team photo.

On to State!

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This is your reminder that this week’s theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is ODD CAMERA ANGLE:


WEEK 359 - ODD CAMERA ANGLE
ODD CAMERA ANGLE

ODD CAMERA ANGLE! What a great theme for Year 9 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

But what exactly is an ODD CAMERA ANGLE photo? It is pretty simple. 99.9% of the pictures in the world are taken from the eye level of the photographer. This theme asks you to move the camera. It can be from an extremely low camera angle. Or it can be from an extremely high camera angle. Move your body and your camera to a perspective of your subject that isn’t normally seen.

Happy photo harvesting!

My Song

Reminder that tomorrow is the deadline to turn in your entries to the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.

Important things to note:
+ Entry Deadline: July 29, 2022 – 5 PM
+ Turn entries in at the Boone County Chamber of Commerce – 903 Story Street – Boone, Iowa
+ 3 Age Divisions: 7-12, 12-18, and 18+
+ Categories are: Nature, People, Hidden Treasures of Boone County, Trains Planes & Automobiles, and Black & White
+ Limit of 6 entries per person.
+ Picture can’t already have been entered in the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.
+ Photos must be mounted on 11 x 14 foam board. Photos can be any size up to 11 x 14. Photos can be, but do not have to be matted. Mats will not be judged.
+ Entry tag should be affixed to the upper right hand corner of the back of the image. Apparently virtually nobody did this last year and Laura (the head of Pufferbilly Days) filled these out and attached them herself. Which I recently found out and makes me really disappointed in people’s ability to follow very simple instructions.
+ 1st, 2nd, & 3rd will be awarded in each photo class for each age division.
+ A Best in Show will be awarded to the overall best photograph (as determined by the 3 judges – I am not a judge, the only way my opinion would enter into any of this, is if we need a 2nd tie-breaker) and that Best in Show could come from any Age Division.
+ A People’s Choice Award will also be awarded. There will be directions on how to vote at the Photo Display. I will also (hopefully) create a way to tell you how to vote besides going to the display. If I have the skills to pay those bills.
+ Current plan is to put the display up on the morning of Thursday, August 4. But they will definitely be up on August 5.
+ Display will be taken down on the morning of Monday, August 8. Pictures can be picked up at the Boone County Chamber of Commerce definitely after 12 PM on that day.
+ You don’t have to be from Boone or Boone County to enter.

And while you are at it, you might as well get your pet ready and enter them into the Pufferbilly Days Pet Show:


Pufferbilly Days Pet Show Flyer - 2022

Just to clarify, you can enter a cat. Just nobody ever does. Which is just a total mystery to somebody like me that thinks cats are just swell.

Also, I will be there photo-documenting the event. So you will get to see me, which is a bonus of some kind.

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Everything I do,
Surrounds these pieces of my life,
That always change,
Or hey, maybe I’ve changed.

Sometime being happy
Can be self-destructive,
Even when you’re sane
Yeah you’re only insane.

Thursdays are for flowers and this collection of flower pictures were all taken in my yard. I do need to branch out and take more flower pictures outside of my yard. I’m sure I will get on that at some point.


Digging for God - 2022

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2022

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2022

Solace of Ordinary Humanity - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Girl in the Blue Skirt - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Unceasing Effort - 2022

Man, I love me some alliums.

Town Sign Project: Buchanan County

A reminder that this Friday is the deadline to enter the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest is this Friday at 5 PM. Entries should be turned in to the Boone Chamber of Commerce at 903 Story Street.


Pufferbilly Days Form - 2022

Photos will be displayed at KWBG at 824 Keeler St. Definitely starting on Friday, August 5. But the goal is to have them up Thursday morning. August 4. People’s Choice voting will begin shortly thereafter.

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Back at the end of May, I cruised around Buchanan County harvesting their town signs. It was a good trip.

Here are some facts about Buchanan County:
+ Population is 21,141. Making it the 29th most populous county in Iowa. Below Washington County and above Jones County.
+ The largest town and county seat is Independence.
+ Created in 1837.
+ Named after Senator James Buchanan, who would go on to be the 15th President of the United States.
+ Home of Iowa’s largest frying pan.
+ Major highways are: I-380, US-20, IA-27, IA-150, IA-187, and IA-281.
+ Adjacent counties are Clayton, Fayette, Delaware, Linn, Benton, Black Hawk, and Bremer.
+ Population peaked in 1980 at 22,900. Population has declined in the last two census.

The Buchanan County Courthouse is fair looking:


Buchanan County Courthouse
The Buchanan County Courthouse located in Independence, Iowa.

The Buchanan County Freedom Rock is located in Independence, Iowa.


Buchanan County Freedom Rock

Buchanan County Freedom Rock

Buchanan County Freedom Rock

Buchanan County Freedom Rock

With Buchanan County completed, here is the Photography 139 Conquest Map:


Town Sign Project - 81 Counties
PURPLE=COMPLETED

81 counties down. 81.8% of the Cyclone State conquered.

Here are the town signs of Buchanan County:


Independence, Iowa
Independence, Iowa
Independence
Celebrate our spirit!
Population: 6,064 (+98)

Jesup, Iowa
Jesup, Iowa – Partially in Black Hawk County
CITY of JESUP
Population: 2,508 (+12)

Fairbank, Iowa
Fairbank, Iowa – Partially in Fayette County
Welcome to Fairbank
Population: 1,111 (-2)

Winthrop, Iowa
Winthrop, Iowa
Winthrop
“Friendliest town for miles around”
Population: 823 (-27)

Hazleton, Iowa
Hazleton, Iowa
HAZLETON
Welcomes You!
Population: 713 (-110)

Quasqueton, Iowa
Quasqueton, Iowa
City of Quasky
Quasqueton
Est. 1842
Population: 570 (+16)

Lamont, Iowa
Lamont, Iowa
Welcome to LAMONT
WEST GATEWAY to BACKBONE STATE PARK
Population: 429 (-32)

Brandon, Iowa
Brandon, Iowa
Welcome to BRANDON
A Little Town
We’re Proud to Call Home
Population: 341 (-32)

Rowley, Iowa
Rowley, Iowa
Welcome To ROWLEY
IOWA’S BEST KEPT SECRET
Population: 270 (+6)

Aurora, Iowa
Aurora, Iowa
Welcome to Aurora
Population: 169 (-16)

Stanley, Iowa
Stanley, Iowa – Partially in Fayette County
STANLEY
Population: 81 (-44)

Buchanan County is a collection of some solid signs. Even a few great ones. I don’t think there is a bad sign in the bunch. I don’t think I can single one out as the worst.

But what get the purple ribbon? Who gets Best in Show? I love Brandon’s sign because it has the frying pan on it. I love the rapids on the Quasqueton sign. I love the fact that the words “Iowa’s Best Kept Secret” are pretty much a secret on the Rowley sign. However, I think the purple ribbon has to go to Stanley and their dilapidated Tin Man town sign. I’m sure some will argue it is the worst, but I love it. Even it blows over in the next derecho.


Stanley, Iowa
Stanley – Best in Show – Buchanan County

There are a few alternate town signs in Buchanan County:


Quasqueton, Iowa
Quasqueton – Alternate

Stanley, Iowa
Stanley – Alternate

Independence, Iowa
Independence – Alternate

Independence, Iowa
Independence – Alternate

Independence, Iowa
Independence – Alternate

Aurora, Iowa
Aurora – Alternate

Aurora, Iowa
Aurora – Alternate

Jesup, Iowa
Jesup – Alternate

Here is the current list of Best in Shows:


Fontanelle, Iowa
Best in Show – Adair County

Nodaway, Iowa
Best in Show – Adams County

Centerville, Iowa
Best in Show – Appanoose County

Audubon, Iowa
Best in Show – Audubon County

Norway, Iowa
Best in Show – Benton County

Gilbertville, Iowa
Best in Show – Black Hawk County

Moingona, Iowa
Best in Show – Boone County

Readlyn, Iowa
Best in Show – Bremer County

Stanley, Iowa
Best in Show – Buchanan County

Storm Lake, Iowa
Best in Show – Buena Vista County

New Hartford, Iowa
Best in Show – Butler County

Manson, Iowa
Best in Show – Calhoun County

Coon Rapids, Iowa
Best in Show – Carroll County

Anita, Iowa
Best in Show – Cass County

Lowden, Iowa
Best in Show – Cedar County

Dougherty, Iowa
Best in Show – Cerro Gordo County

Washta, Iowa
Best in Show – Cherokee County

Fredericksburg, Iowa
Best in Show – Chickasaw County

Murray, Iowa
Best in Show – Clarke County

Rossie, Iowa
Best in Show – Clay County

Low Moor, Iowa
Best in Show – Clinton County

Ricketts, Iowa
Best in Show – Crawford County

Dexter, Iowa
Best in Show – Dallas County

Weldon, Iowa
Best in Show – Decatur County

Terril, Iowa
Terril – Best in Show – Dickinson County
Best in Show – Dickinson County

Ringsted, Iowa
Best in Show – Emmet County

Marble Rock, Iowa
Best in Show – Floyd County

Popejoy, Iowa
Best in Show – Franklin County

Tabor, Iowa
Best in Show – Fremont County

Scranton, Iowa
Best in Show – Greene County

Beaman, Iowa
Best in Show – Grundy County

Menlo, Iowa
Best in Show – Guthrie County

Stanhope, Iowa
Best in Show – Hamilton County

Britt, Iowa
Best in Show – Hancock County

Ackley, Iowa
Best in Show – Hardin County

Modale, Iowa
Best in Sow – Harrison County

Lime Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Howard County

Bradgate, iowa
Best in Show – Humboldt County

Ida Grove, Iowa
Best in Show – Ida County

Millersburg, Iowa
Best in Show – Iowa County

La Motte, Iowa
Best in Show – Jackson County

Lynnville, Iowa
Best in Show – Jasper County

Anamosa, Iowa
Best in Show – Jones County

Webster, Iowa
Best in Show – Keokuk County

Titonka, Iowa
Best in Show – Kossuth County

Springville, Iowa
Best in Show – Linn County

Lucas, Iowa
Best in Show – Lucas County

George, Iowa
Best in Show – Lyon County

East Peru, Iowa
Best in Show – Madison County

Leighton, Iowa
Best in Show – Mahaska County

Pleasantville, Iowa
Best in Show – Marion County

Haverhill, Iowa
Best in Show – Marshall County

Malvern, Iowa
Best in Show – Mills County

Riceville, Iowa
Best in Show – Mitchell County

Onawa, Iowa
Best in Show – Monona County

Melrose, Iowa
Best in Show – Monroe County

Grant, Iowa
Best in Show – Montgomery County

Paullina, Iowa
Best in Show – O’Brien County

Melvin, Iowa
Best in Show – Osceola County

College Springs, Iowa
Best in Show – Page County

Mallard, Iowa
Best in Show – Palo Alto County

Kingsley, Iowa
Best in Show – Plymouth County

Plover, Iowa
Best in Show – Pocahontas County

Bondurant, Iowa
Best in Show – Polk County

Walnut, Iowa
Best in Show – Pottawattamie County

Malcom, Iowa
Best in Show – Poweshiek County

Maloy, Iowa
Best in Show – Ringgold County

Nemaha, Iowa
Best in Show – Sac County

Elk Horn, Iowa
Best in Show – Shelby County

Orange City, Iowa
Best in Show – Sioux County

Collins, Iowa
Best in Show – Story County

Tama, Iowa
Best in Show – Tama County

Gravity, Iowa
Best in Show – Taylor County

Creston, Iowa
Best in Show – Union County

New Virginia, Iowa
Best in Show – Warren County

Humeston, Iowa
Best in Show – Wayne County

Badger, Iowa
Best in Show – Webster County

Buffalo Center, Iowa
Best in Show – Winnebago County

Sloan, Iowa
Best in Show – Woodbury County

Joice, Iowa
Best in Show – Worth County

Woolstock, Iowa
Best in Show – Wright County

The next time we hit the open road for THE TOWN SIGN PROJECT, we will look at the town signs of Delaware County.