Seizure-Inducing Berlin Christmas Market
26 December, 2010

If you’ve made it this far through the post, I should add that these animations in no way represent all German Christmas markets. These images were taken at a particularly tacky market that concerns itself more with drinking and rides (vs. those focused on drinking, eating, and shopping). You can find this crazy light show behind the Alexa shopping center for basically all of December (and maybe a bit into January) each year. For a considerably nicer/calmer/quieter experience simply walk a few hundred meters to the Fernsehturm/Alexanderplatz and check out the market in front of the Berlin Rathaus.

Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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Hoopeston Sweet Corn Festival
14 October, 2008

These handmade signs fit right in with Hoopeston’s annual Sweet Corn Festival in late August. For just a couple bucks you get admission to the festivities (an atmosphere like a state fair) and as much corn as you can eat. Serious digestive problems are guaranteed the next day. To clarify one of the above pictures, the sign announcing the “limit 6 ears per person” is only referring only to each time through the line. Shrewd patrons bring their own containers to hoard vast quantities of additional corn – for later at home of course. (It is never as good the next day though.)

After finishing the corn, be sure to stick around for the National SweetHeart Pageant which is just a few steps away from the big Miss America Pageant. But wait, there’s more! On top of all this you can also enjoy: a corn eating contest, flee market, raffle, petting zoo, pony and camel rides, beer tent, chili cook off in the beer tent, magician, hypnotist, teen dance, demolition derby, an autograph session, and an antique auto show!

Welcome to Central Illinois!

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