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Madison Snaps: July 18, 2008
Midway ghosts
Midway ghosts
Credit:Angela Richardson

Today's image is titled Midway Ghosts and was photographed by Angela Richardson.

Spectral blurs and more static figures glimmer under the spinning shimmer of a Ferris wheel in this photo, shot at the Dane County Fair on its opening night. Crowds gathered at the fairgrounds adjacent to the Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center for a special "Sneak-A-Peek" on Tuesday, the first of six evenings of food, rides, and old fashioned summer fun this week.

"It was hot and sweaty and bright and loud and smelly and full of people," declares Richardson in the caption to the photo captured at the fair's opening night. "From my point of view, the fair provides a perfect kind of sensory overload. A night on the midway feels ever on the edge of mania - gaudy, super-saturated colors, a celebration of the ridiculous and the fantastic where thrill-seeking and self-indulgence are the norms. I truly love it."

The Dane County Fair runs through Sunday, with the Midway opening and noon and running until the hour before midnight each day. "There was so much to take in," continues Richardson. "At a certain point, I had to surrender and step directly, happily into the swirl of it all. The outfits! The faces! The hairdos! The lights! Tiny children carrying giant clouds of cotton candy. Grown men cradling stuffed tigers. Everyone decked out and strutting for each other. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" More of her shots from this first as well as following nights at the fair can be viewed in a photo set capturing the lights and faces to be found there. Step right up!

This is the latest entry of Madison Snaps: photos of Madison-area events and locations. The Isthmus group photo pool is the primary source for Madison Snaps, which are published here with the permission of individual contributors. If you are interested in having your photo eligible for Madison Snaps, please respond to the posting on the Flickr group page, or send a message. There is no compensation for Madison Snaps photos, which are © to the respective photographers.

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