I spent roughly two days with the queen of the Indiana State Fair. Her name is Alyssa Garnett. She’s a college student, a sorority sister, a small town girl and the representative for the Indiana State Fair. These photos are a glimpse into her daily activities at the fair. I’ve kept the photos in the same order I originally presented them, as well as the same captions.
Miss State Fair Queen Alyssa Garnett waits backstage for the introduction of the county queens. Garnett has a schedule of mandatory events she must attend daily during the State Fair. Garnett is a college student from Pulaski County, Ind.
Garnett reapplies her makeup throughout the day to keep up her appearance. She regularly wears her hair in a bun to keep it looking nice in the heat.
Garnett talks to the calf she helped deliver at the Indiana State Fair. She says the calf is very sweet and likes to be played with.
Employees from Roche Diagnostics pose for a photo with Garnett. It wasn’t until later that she realized that their excitement to see her may have been because she was a scavenger hunt item. She was.
Garnett helps thresh wheat in the Pioneer Village at the State Fair. Her duties in the Pioneer Village include blacksmith, wheat threshing, and cutting lard.
Garnett lets Cora Shaw, 2, of Southport Ind. try on her crown. Garnett says she is often stopped my kids and parents wanting to take photos.
Garnett rests in the office where she goes to reapply makeup and occasionally take naps. She says in the office she can relax because she must smile at all times while in the public eye.
Garnett participates in the daily parade every day of the fair. She says she’s doesn’t get bored with it because it could be the last parade she’ll ever be featured in.
It’s been a week of lemon shakeups, various animal poop, and photography. I’ve been at the Indiana State Fair everyday since it started August 1st. I’m working with a group of other students from Ball State in a program called BSU at the Fair. We’re a mobile freelance media group that helps papers with content. If you saw any of my BSU at the Games posts, yes, it’s almost exactly like that. Only most people at the Indiana Fair speaks some form of English.
I’ve compiled some photos that I like that show the diversity in the sort of things I’ve been shooting. There’s been a cheer leading competition, a rodeo, and flat track. I’ve processed some photos in black and white. I’ve done long exposures. The list goes on. If it’s a big deal to Hoosiers, I probably have photos of it.