Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fall Is Here

Once again we go through the change. It's only the first week of Fall and some of the trees are starting to change colors, there's a chill in the air and the days are growing shorter.

Hastings Elder High School Class of '58 held their 50th class reunion at the Hastings Moose Lodge.

Over the years I've seen some pretty ugly baby birds around here, but this baby Blue Jay takes the prize!

The next three pictures show a pair of juvenile Carolina Wrens. We don't see the wrens around here all that often. In fact, this is the first time a pair has built a nest on our property.

Located in Altoona, PA is the Juniata Locomotive shops now owned by the Norfolk Southern Rail Road. New engines are built here and old ones are repaired.

Altoona Mirror paper box.

Buzzard's Crossroads near Carrolltown, PA.

It's very seldom that I take the road that is seen on the right hand side of this photo to drive back to our house. However, for some reason, I took it last week and was surprised to see this billboard wishing my sister-in-law a happy 50th birthday!

Another of our local fairs is the Harmony Grange Fair in Harmony, PA. I covered this year's for the Star Courier Newspaper in Northern Cambria, PA.

Once again I got a "birds eye view" of the fair from the top of the ferris wheel.

Something that has long-ago disappeared from the carnival and fair venues is the side shows. The carnival vendor said they only bring this out once in awhile and they wanted to make sure they brought it to Harmony, PA this year. The next three photographs show off the side show facade. I wanted to go inside the tent and photograph some of the wonders advertised on the canvas but I was told I wasn't allowed to do so because of copyright infringements.

These two young ladies look in awe at the banners because they have never seen a side show before.

Although there wasn't a barker standing outside of the side show trying to entice you to come in, they did have a tape recorder which continuously played the patter of an unseen side show barker.

This was the first time the side show put in an appearance at the Harmony Grange Fair.

Looking over the cake and pie exhibit.

Homegrown vegetable entries.

Three year old John E. enjoys his ice cream while his parent's try to win him a stuffed toy.

One of my favorite shots is the sun filtering through the ferris wheel.

This is the business end of the weight sled used for the tractor pull.

Northern Cambria High School football game, Friday, 19 September 2008. The Colts played the Blairsville Bobcats, unfortunately, Northern Cambria lost the contest. These shots were taken in the order presented during the first half of the football game.

PIAA sportsmanship guidelines are reviewed by the referees with the NC team.

When the band first comes onto the field, they stop at the goal post turn towards the field and salute the pigskin gladiators.

William Bowman, outside linebacker, warms-up before the game begins.

Punt, Pass and Kick Winners!

The defensive players for Blairsville get ready for the game.

Northern Cambria's fullback Issac Lieb gets hit by the Bobcats' defense.

Andy Paronish of Northern Cambria tries to escape the grip of Justin McGinnis of Blairsville.

Northern Cambria gang-tackles Zach Faith, tailback for Blairsville.

Mike Hauzie gets a little help from Adam Kaelin and Chuck Woodley.

Northern Cambria Coach Paul Taranto keeps his eye on the referees when a flag was through on the field after a Colts touchdown.


Janet said...

Thanks Gregg for the pictures taken at our fair...nice to see it from someone else's perspective! Just a small correction, it's actually Westover PA for the address. There is a Harmony PA....but our fair isn't located there! Keep up the great work!

Jet said...

Hi Gregg,

Your site was passed onto me (once again) and always a pleasure looking at your photos. Was nice chatting with you at New Germany and seeing some wonderful art work. As you have probably heard many, many times...keep up the great work!