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We Went to the Animal Fair

August 1, 2008

We went to the Animal Fair

The Birds and the Beasts were there

The Big Baboon by the light of the moon

was combing his auburn hair

You should have seen the monk

he climbed up the elephant’s trunk

the elephant sneezed and fell on his knees

and what became of the monk? the monk?

and what became of the monk?

sing along!

(Kids singing the song in case you forgot the tune or need some kid energy…)

We haven’t been to the Ventucky County Fair yet this year. We will, for sure, like we do every year, and see animals and visit the building named after my great grandfather, Elmer Paquette. His name is painted above the doorway. Maybe next year I will laminate a story with photos about him and post it so people will know that Elmer Paquette was a real person who moved to town in 1906 and was a barber and then a caretaker of Seaside Park where they hold the fair every year.

We live close enough that we can hear the fireworks go off every night at 10pm. I used to ride my bike down to the beach every night to watch them; now with a child, it is harder to do that with his bedtime and all, and the trees have grown up enough in the 10 years I’ve lived here that I can’t see them very well from out front of my house.

Every year for the past 11 years, I have had a preBurning Man costume party on a Saturday night during the fair where we parade down from my house to the beach to watch the fireworks go off over the ocean. This year of course the party theme is ANIMAL FAIR, and we’re encouraging people dress as inspired by the song. Prizes! Prizes! Prizes! and possibly some notoriety. It’s the second Saturday this year; potluck, BBQ, dancing, shenanigans galore and lots of kids running around like the happy little wild things they are.

So break out that playa animal finery and come on over anytime after 5pm! If you have too much to drink, you are welcome to sleep over in the back yard or on the deck, and have pancakes and clean-up with us!

RSVP below and let us know what you will be bringing (Hint: we are particularly fond of sparkling red Aussie shiraz! Which reminds me you may know a different version of Animal Fair with these lines: The monkey he got drunk/he slipped on the elephant’s trunk…

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2008 5:04 am

    Woohoo, sounds great. I’ll be there. I will get drunk but just leave me lying where I fall (unless it’s on top of someone, of course). If the theme is animal, I won’t need to dress up, I will come naked and be a Yeti.

  2. August 1, 2008 10:00 am

    You really know how to have a good time.

  3. August 1, 2008 4:10 pm

    I’ll be sure to put a blankie on you if it’s cold out, Paul…

    Thanks Nathan! That’s why I’m the Art Predator–showing people the way to live life fully–aesthetically rather than anaesthetically!

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