The festival began in 1977 and had been held for 33 consecutive years until 2011, when the force of Hurricane Irene prompted the town to cancel it that year. So instead of being the 41st festival, 2017 was the 40th.
The festival reminded me of several I had attended in the Indianapolis area when I lived there. Penrod was the first to come to mind. Lazy Daze was not as large as Penrod, which consumes much of the Indianapolis Museum of Art grounds on the second Saturday of every September. Like Penrod, Lazy Daze provides bus shuttles to the grounds from designated parking areas, and I took advantage of that. Unlike Penrod, however, Lazy Daze offers free admission, which I appreciated.
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Photo geek stuff: I shot the whole festival with my Canon 6D and Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di PZD VC lens. I bracketed all of my shots for three exposures, but I processed very few (not more than five) pictures in Photomatix high-dynamic range (HDR) software. Most of the photos you see in this post were single-frame images.
Above and next several below: Samples of art and crafts that caught my eyes as I strolled the festival grounds.
Above: A colorful art installation on the main lawn around city hall and the police station.
Above and below: The town's sister cities sign pole was a popular attraction.
Above: This guy was preaching to anyone who would want to listen. Not many wanted to during the short time I was in this area.
Above: I took a half-dozen or so shots of this woman who had an excellent command of these hoops, but none of them turned out very well. This was about the best.
Above: The most popular point in the beer garden was (no surprise) the tap vendor.
The only performer on the schedule for the beer garden stage was the Monika Jaymes Band (above). One of the photos I took (first below) was something I'd ordinarily toss, but ... I like the guitarists blurry movement, so I processed it. The next three below are other shots from their show, which was a pretty good one.
There was a much more extensive schedule of performers at the main stage. The Will McBride Group (above and next five below) was on stage when I arrived in the mid-afternoon.
Above: This girl saw me shooting in her direction as she approached the stairs to the overlook where I was seated. By the time she reached the top, she had removed the balloon headpiece art ... and was still giving me the disconcerting eye.
Above: A frame of the reflection pond in the beer garden.