The New York State Fair is always a place for all ages, even when they open the gates for free for those over 60 on one of their senior days.
That was the case Monday when my dear wife Karen and I took our one trip this summer of 2016. That’s when we were free after our work hours on that 10-day stretch through Labor Day. The weekend is packed. No, we’re not at that age. Coincidence.
The seals were feeling playful with a couple of handlers preparing for a show as we walked the expanded grounds. A crowd was gathering. Apparently a young girl asked her dad if she could get closer.
The seal became a ham, much to the child’s delight. And everybody else’s, too.
The horse building had a few caretakers hosing down their beautiful animals outside. We did not go in. I surmised that the heat must have been pretty high in there. In any case, this little one liked the guy with. The water cooling off his animal.
It came on a smaller stage, where the crowd was manageable and the musicians were many decades younger than the headlines a mile over at Chevy Court. Everybody was having fun with the music of Vivid Recall.
We had it in our minds to catch a bit of Brian Wilson’s magic no matter the size of the crowd at the court. The genius behind the music of the Beach Boys had his former band mates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin on stage to help him out lots. He himself didn’t do much but sit behind his keyboard and take the role of elder statesman. It didn’t matter to the masses.
Here’s my friend Katrina Tulloch’s review for the big daily.
Hover over a gallery photo for a description. Click on an image for an enlarged slide show.
Here’s how I caught Wilson, Jardine and the rest of the gang playing “I Get Around” with my iPhone 6.
I’ll have some more photos from our state fair trip tomorrow. Think goats, rabbits and sand sculpture.
If you clicked on the clip, how do you think Brian Wilson and the former Beach Boys sound? Would you put your kid up close to a seal? Which is your favorite photo and why?