Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Giant Things at the County Fair

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
In our county here in southeastern Ohio, we have a wonderful county fair each Labor Day weekend. Among the many things we look forward to seeing there, aside from the funnel cakes, the elephant ears, the corn dogs, the bloomin' onions, the cotton candy, the lemon shakes, the sausage sandwiches, and the bologna sandwiches, is the giant inflatable sheriff's deputy. It's not just a Giant Thing, it's a giant thing that can walk around and gesture to people.

I am certain that the giant inflatable deputy appeals to kids, helping them to see law-enforcement officers as something other than threatening. But I was surprised to see how many fully grown, otherwise normal adults wanted to have their photos taken with Deputy Blowup. Women especially seemed to like this giant inflatable man in a uniform.

Liam asked me: "Daddy, what does that giant inflatable deputy do?"
"Son, he solves giant inflatable crimes in our community."

It was a hot afternoon at the fair, so the giant inflatable deputy, and his smaller fellow officer, headed off toward the inflatable log cabin nearby, each one casting a long shadow.

I love seeing the giant inflatable deputy. But, you know, when he's gone, I feel just a bit deflated.


On September 22, 2009 at 6:18 PM cyberthrush said...

Exactly what is it about a giant inflatable dude in a uniform that gets the babes...?

On September 22, 2009 at 11:30 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

Nobody does goofy better than BOTB.

My word verification: exughea

which I think I heard Deputy Blowup utter as he toddled along in his hotsuit.

Not a babe, but into inflatables anyway...

Mee Mee

On September 23, 2009 at 10:53 AM Heather said...

Bill, this post reminds me of seeing your goofiness in person at MBS - I've only been privy to your blog postings and hearsay from others that you are one silly human being, but at last I got to experience it myself. Silly's good. Rock on.

On September 23, 2009 at 11:31 AM Nancy Ortiz said...

Inflatable. Uh huh. Right. Well, moving right along...TTFN. Nancy O.

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