Welcome to our apparently now controversial 2013 Oklahoma State Fair Photo Contest! This is the sixth and perhaps final year we’re doing this, so let’s hope it it’s a good one.
Before we get to the photos, let me go over three things:
1. How it works. The Ogle Mole Network submitted about 200 photos for this year’s contest. After spending many hours reviewing and debating the merits of each pic, we selected 20 for the semi-finals. They are divided randomly into two groups. 10 go up today, and 10 more
will be posted tomorrow are located here. You can vote for up to three photographs in each group. The three pics from each that get the most votes will advance to next week’s finals.
2. What people win. Whoever submitted (and hopefully took) the winning photo will win a feast to Picasso Cafe in the Paseo. Oddly enough, Picasso’s has its “fair” share of hipster-fusion fair cuisine. My favorite is the indian taco…that’s topped with vegi chili and Ahi tuna. They also serve up fried risotto balls (a.k.a. risotto croquettes). That may be a fried food item you can’t actually find at that fair.
3. Disclaimer. If you stumbled across this link on your niece’s Facebook page, I should warn you that The Lost Ogle is an irreverent satirical news and entertainment website. It’s not for everyone, especially if you’re nice and kind-hearted. We started this contest six years ago as an absurd alternative to other State Fair Photo contests. If you take everything way too seriously, and poking fun at our state’s fine people and Wal-Mart culture bothers you, stop reading now and head over to Post Secret. Like our fair contest, most of that site’s content is also depressing. It’s just nicer.
Anyway, if you’re totally cool with laughing at those fair freaks that come out of hibernation for 10 days each fall, check out the photos and vote for your three favorites below. The second half will be up tomorrow:
Here at The Lost Ogle, we keep tabs on all those random Internet lists and rankings that mention or reference something about our home state. Every now and then, we compile some of them into one simple post for your viewing pleasure. We call it “Where We Rank.”
Remember, all the sources mentioned in this post are 100% legitimate and reputable. In no way are any of them desperate link-baits and content fillers created by websites looking for easy page views and referrals.
Here we go:
HerCampus.com named Oklahoma State the 4th Best Hipster Campus in the country. Since the KFOR.com newsroom is apparently run by a bunch of 19-year-old girls who read HerCampus.com, they treated the ranking as a legitimate news item.
The guy pictured above is Owen Hossack. When he’s not pretending to be an Alabama dandy, he’s a former OSU frat boy. He was recently expelled from school for turning into Pistol Pete during a hazing ritual.
Owen Edward Hossack, 22, is a former member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. On Aug. 16, according to an affidavit, he used a loaded handgun to frighten two pledges at an Alpha Gamma Rho pledge initiation.
According to court records, the pledges were told they were being taken to a bonfire initiation event. During the ride to the bonfire, fraternity upperclassmen allegedly yelled at the pledges to stare at their laps, the affidavit states.
The victims told police Hossack aimed the gun at their heads and asked whether they were willing to take a bullet for their fraternity brothers.
Police say the gun was then discharged, shattering the rear window of the vehicle. No injuries were reported.
That’s one thing the students at Rose State never have to worry about. Well, the frat prank part that is. Ending up in the back of car with guns pointed at you is always a real possibility. Just kidding. Rose State has a wonderful and safe campus.
The story continues:
If there’s a Woody Guthrie song out there about a sad traveling hard-lucked carnie, it’s more than likely about this guy. His name is Frank Feikema. He was busted for selling a stuffed animal to an undercover fair cop at the Oklahoma State Fair in Tulsa for $40. Add that to the ever growing list of Oklahoma “WTF Laws.”
Via News 9:
No, that picture isn’t fake. Also, Mike Morgan, Gary England and that other dude are not about to block a free kick. They were actually receiving the Lee Allan Smith “Spirit of Oklahoma” Award (whatever that is) at their annual Associates Gala (whatever that is).
Three lifesaving meteorologists will receive the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award at Oklahoma Christian University’s Associates Gala.
The 11th-annual dinner, featuring Oklahoma City Thunder broadcaster Grant Long as the keynote speaker, will be at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
OC will present the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award to KWTV’s Gary England, KOCO’s Damon Lane and KFOR’s Mike Morgan for their tireless efforts to keep people safe and informed during the May tornadoes.
The award, given annually to individuals who have devoted themselves to the betterment of Oklahoma, is named for Lee Allan Smith, a tireless proponent of Oklahoma City and the state as a whole.
Previous Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma award winners include Oklahoma City mayors Ron Norick, Kirk Humphreys and Mick Cornett, and former Oklahoma governors and first ladies George and Donna Nigh, Frank and Cathy Keating, and Brad and Kim Henry
That’s cool. It’s about time that someone else around town learned that heaping praise on local weatherman will bring visitors and attention to your obscure local university and/or website. It’s just a shame that we weren’t there to appreciate it. Clark Matthews could have read some of his dirty weather limericks and I could have shared the Gary England origin story. Seriously, how did we not get tickets to this??! We’re the authority for local weatherfolk. Who do the people at Oklahoma Christian think they are? The New York Times???
Overall, we heard the ceremony went great. There were only a few complications. The first was when the state map of Oklahoma suddenly appeared at the bottom right corner of the projection screen and alerted the audience to a flash flood watch in Roger Mills County. The second problem took place when something called a Damon Lane got lost in the moment and wet his pants on stage. You also had some hyperactive toddler and David Payne making strange, loud noises in the back of the room, but that happens at any event.
Here are some pics and tweets from the ceremony. I’m going to warn you, some of them are surreal. First, we had severe weather deity Gary England pose for a pic with Princess Snowflake Emily Sutton:
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