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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Dogs, Derbies and Donuts

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  • The Brown County Fair is under way, and I couldn't be happier. Who doesn't enjoy eating mini donuts, watching cars smash into each other, and going on pony rides?
    I'm probably most excited about the dock dogs event. I have never experienced it in person, so I'm super pumped. I was originally thinking it would be fun to register my dog Pearl, but as a puppy she's still trying to get used to the whole water/swimming thing. She would probably end up lying down at the end of the platform barking at the water or something.
    I'm also looking forward to watching the most American sport there is, the demolition derby. It's also probably the most dangerous sport. Most of these cars can barely even run. The engines are already failing, and combine that with some sweet crashes and you can start a car fire pretty easily. There's also barely any protection for the driver. I think there is a rule where drivers can't intentionally hit the drivers side of their opponents, but what if it's unintentional? All this being said, I still want to give it a try sometime. I feel as though I would have an advantage with all of my sick Mario Kart skills I've gained over the years.
    And then there's mini donuts. Coated in sugar and deep fried to perfection, mini donuts can make anyone happy within milliseconds of biting into one. Your stomach might not be too happy with you, but these little guys are worth the aches. Mini donuts aren't the healthiest treat in the world, but hey, it's the fair. It's almost a sin not to go through a bag if you're at a fair.
    So if you see me at the Brown County Fair, I'll most likely be eating mini donuts whilst watching the dock dogs. I will also be taking photos at the demolition derby on Saturday, which will be dangerously exciting. I'm going to try and get as close to the action as I can without getting run over. Hopefully I won't have to dodge any tires or any other car parts that come flying toward me. It would make for a good photo though.
    On a side note, I am starting to work on the Fall Sports Preview edition of the Herald-Dispatch, so if you're a coach of a fall sports team, I need a preview and a photo of your team by Aug. 21!
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