Archive for the ‘Fairs and Festivals’ Category

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A Polychromed Metal Statue of a Comical Chihuahua with a Bone Gripped Between His Jaws Sold on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds During the Big E Last Year in West Springfield, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on August 20, 2019)

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A Buddha Sitting in the Lotus Position Spotted Among Various Other Statuary For Sale in the Better Living Center at the Big E Held on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on  August 31, 2019)

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A Giant Papier-Mâché Face Seen Mounted Above the Entrance of a Tent Featuring Activities for Young People at the Recent North Quabbin Garlic Festival in Orange, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on October 11, 2018)

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A Sleek and Shiny Stylized Swan Hood Ornament Seen on a Restored Peterbilt Truck at an Antique Truck Show at the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on June 7, 2019)

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A Carved Wooden Mask Available for Purchase at the Big E Last September on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on March 28, 2019)


A Charging Ram Hood Ornament Found on an Old Dodge Truck at an Antique Truck Show Held at the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on May 12, 2019)

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A Grimacing Gargoyle Grips a Surprisingly Still Functional Double Van Der Graaf Generator Above the Entrance of the Old Exhibition Hall on Agricultural Street Built for the Failed Worcester International Electro-Technical Exhibition of 1891*

*HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!

As you probably suspected, the photograph is an April Fools Day hoax, and the gargoyle, Exhibition Hall, and the Worcester International Electro-Technical Exhibition of 1891 exists, for the most part, only in my imagination. The gargoyle in the photograph is, in reality, the weightlifting grotesque from the old C Auditorium, with a grimacing gargoyle head I sculpted from Plasticine, pasted on in Photoshop, while his dumb bells masquerade as the supposed double Van der Graaf generator (with the help of a pair of superimposed starburst lens flares). You may be surprised to learn that the International Electro-Technical Exhibition of 1891 was an actual event. However, it was held in Frankfurt, Germany, not Worcester, Massachusetts. Although you will not find Agricultural Street on any present day map of Worcester, that was the original name of Russell Street, the current day location of the campus of Becker CollegeWorcester Agricultural Fairgrounds, as well as once the home of the long gone Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds, the site of the first perfect game ever pitched in Major League baseball. You might think the last fact is also an April Fools Day prank, but believe it or not, it’s true and you can look it up (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on April 1, 2015).

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This Game Fowl in Flight Functions Not Only as a Hood Ornament, but Also as the Handle of the Radiator Cap Cover on a Restored Truck of Unidentified Make and Manufacturer Found at a Recent Antique Truck Show at the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on December 7, 2016)

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Various Ornately Decorated Drinking Goblets Including Ones Featuring Tiny Skulls, the Face of a Green Man, and the Head of a Zombie Available for Purchase on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds During the Big E Last September in West Springfield, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on May 1, 2019)

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A Pair of Gargoyles Seen For Sale in the Better Living Center at the Big E Held on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA (Originally Published on Gargoyles and Grotesques on May 31, 2019)