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Siouxland’s Plymouth County Fair, Le Mars

29 Jul

Late summertime in Iowa mean county fairs. While growing up, I belonged to the local 4-H club and showed dairy animals and did “handicrafts” as projects for my club. I believe these days those handicrafts fall under a variety of different descriptions and categories. I visited the Plymouth County Fair over the weekend, and the Woodbury County Fair is this week.

It was a perfect day for a Siouxland fair. Temperatures in the 70’s. Sunshine and lots of great “bad” food to munch on. Generally in July, one can expect hot, humid weather and sweltering while walking around. I hope the weather repeats itself this week.

I didn’t see many of the 4-H projects by club members, whose ages range from 9 or 10 to 18. But I had fun walking around, revisiting my own experiences as a kid going to the fair and photographed different aspects of it with a couple of Holga lenses. One was the “normal” plastic lens while the other was a pinhole lens. I am still trying to figure out how the pinhole lens works on a dslr. The distinctive f/8 or f/16 and be there sharpness is not happening, and I haven’t figured that out yet. Otherwise I did some other shots with a 40mm pancake lens with a polarizer filter. The polarizer almost gives the images a HDR look without the HDR (high dynamic range) photo aspect applied.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa


Siouxland PRCA rodeo, Cherokee

4 Jun

The Cherokee, Iowa, Chamber recently hosted a PRCA rodeo over the weekend with livestock supplied by the Barnes Rodeo Stock Company located in Peterson, Iowa. A parade preceding the event Saturday, June 2, 2012, through the downtown area of Cherokee was a fun event with a variety of floats, animals, (horses of course) and people getting everyone in the mood for the rodeo that followed. A jail break event even occurred during the parade put on by the Western Iowa Border Agents re-enactors. And of course, the rodeo that followed thrilled the spectators but left some of the contestants more bruised and broke than happy and paid. More photos here.

Jerry Mennenga, Sioux City, Iowa

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