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FAIRWATCH: Aug. 16

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Check out the 4-H building. There are tons of cool projects. The cakes are my favorite. Sidney Schenkel of Nodaway County did a project on beef by-products titled "everything but the moo is used." The box holds glue, soap, a baseball, gum and a crayon. Tonya Fennell



I'm watching Jerry Fraiser on the Kids Stage. Lots of crowd interaction with adults and kids. He's got a full crowd and everyone is laughing. Tonya Fennell



As I was waiting for the military appreciation ceremony to begin, the tent was filled with a busload of soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood. When I saw the brown round hats of the drill sergeants, I could tell something was up. They asked all the soldiers to evacuate the tent immediately and to line up in formation. I thought maybe they were going outside to see the fly-over. However, a couple of young Marines sitting behind me who were visiting Fort Leonard Wood said one of the soldiers was missing. The drill sergeants knew the quickest way to account for this soldier was to line them up. He (or she) must have snuck in quickly and quietly, because the soldiers returned to their seats soon after. I know I wouldn't want to make a drill sergeant mad. I'm not too good with push-ups. Latisha Koetting



Joyce and Roger Riney of Mexico, Mo., sat on a bench across from the Coliseum, poring over a map of the fairgrounds. Were they plotting their course for the day? "We're trying to figure out where we are," Joyce said. Roger said the couple, who last attended the fair 8 or 10 years ago, planned to take the tram ride around the grounds to figure out what attractions they would check out. Bob Satnan



Crowds are light today even though the weather is great cooler than the past week with a slight breeze ruffling flags around the fairgrounds. Wes Duplantier



Want to see live earthquakes happening right now all over the country? Check out the Active Earthquake Kiosk in the Womans Buidling. The kiosk lets people click on various regions of the world to see where earthquakes are occurring now. It also tells the magnitude and what causes them. Courtney Hudson



At the petting zoo, a little girl wanted to feed the white miniature horse, but he was too lazy to get up and get the food. Grandpa says, "He's already got a lot of food. You just save it and you can eat it later." "NO!" shouts the girl. Courtney Hudson



So I am not the only person who can't see the white bar at the petting zoo. As I stretched my head in for a closer look at the giant turtle, my forehead was blocked by the white bar, which for some reason I did not notice. I was a little embarrassed, until two other people did the exact same thing. Courtney Hudson



Save MO Energy. Pledge to turn off lights tonight at 8:30 p.m. for 60 minutes, a display at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in the Womans Building encourages. Courtney Hudson



I don't know if it's just wishful thinking, but the Impact Signs display on Missouri State Fair Boulevard has a mock gas station sign listing $1.50 for unleaded and $1 for diesel. I bet the cars flying around the speedway down the street would like to fill up on those prices. Matthew Steingraber






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