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State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Deadline is July 27

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Artists throughout Colorado are busy preparing their artwork for the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. The popular and prestigious part of the annual event showcases original artwork by Colorado residents. 

All artwork chosen for the exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Building during the entire length of the Fair. Two divisions for artwork submission are being offered: Emerging Artist and Professional.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Well, the bears are out now and will be until late fall, so maybe a bear tip might be in order. As a guide and outfitter emeritus - and emeritus is Latin for "I'm too danged old to pack moose meat out on my back" I'll talk a bit about ol' ursus.

If you're in dangerous bear country, some people tell you to wear a little bell that tinkles, and the bear hears this and says, "Oh, that must be a person, and I'll bet it's a nice person, too, so I'll just amble off this way."

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

"Salamander sandwiches and great Grecian toads!" said Dud, lurching into his never-really-assigned position at the Mule Barn truck stop's philosophy counter and world dilemma think tank.

Mavis stood there holding the pot of Farmer Brothers coffee as she waited for Dud to flip his coffee mug to the correct upright position.

"You want some coffee before the toads are done?" she asked.

"Sure," Dud said, laughing. "Just practicing my epithets."

Mavis poured. "When you die you want toads and salamanders on your headstone?"

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

It was the kind of picnic he'd remember for quite a while, he knew. It didn't take place at the village park, where folks would normally go, but down along Lewis Creek. There weren't any tables there, or fire rings, or restrooms. It was just a grassy patch down along the creek.

But when the Delgado family invited him to the picnic, he accepted and bought some soda pop for the kids. Jaime Delgado spread the blanket out and his wife, Maria, opened the basket.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Steve waited until all the horses went through the sale Saturday morning (I mean, you never can tell when the world's perfect horse will be sold for a buck and a half, which was about what he was carrying). Then, when they started on the cull cows, he looked at his companions questioningly, and they nodded and rose en masse and walked out into the yard.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Windy Wilson looked through the notions aisle at the store and finally picked out the package of needles he wanted. Big ones. The big ones are easier to thread and it's harder to drop them and stick yourself.

Mrs. Andrews walked past him with her shopping cart.

"Going to do some sewing, Windy?"

"Oh hi there, Miz Andrews. Well ... you know how it is. Gotta have a modiclum of needles around in case a cow cuts herself up on a bobwire fence."

"Oh I see," she said, wandering off.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Irma has it figured out. She's a bona fide, egg-laying member of the "Production Red" hen sorority and she knows her rights.

This is really remarkable when you consider the braincase of your average barnyard chicken is wedged between some feathers and those big expressionless eyes and has about the same capacity for rational thought as that of an amoeba. But somehow this hen of mine has figured it out.

The sunlight triggers it, I believe. Sequential logic.

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PROMO 660 x 440 People - Slim Randles

Marvin Pincus is not the kind of guy to let spring slip through his fingers. Oh, when he was a young man, sure. But now, with the coming of spring to the world and autumn to his life, he'll take every chance that comes along to grab life by both hands and spur it into a run.

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Slim Randles, columnist

By Slim Randles

When Harley Jacobsen came into Doc's office the other day for his physical it was a treat for Doc.

Harley is one of Doc's favorite people. Harley is a farmer. A 24/7 farmer.   Ol' Harley can make hair grow on a bald head and wheat grow on rocks.

When he'd been thumped and bumped and listened to and pumped up and partially drained, Harley asked Doc for the verdict.

"Not bad at all for someone your age, Harley," Doc said, grinning. "But you look tired.  Take some time off and go fishing or take Gladys to the beach."

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Slim Randles, columnist

By Slim Randles

"Well," said Steve, the tall cowboy among us, "at least it's Friday and we all have the weekend to look forward to."

Doc glanced up from his paper at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop and world dilemma think tank.

"Fastest Friday you'll ever experience, Steve," said Doc.

"That's about right," said Dud.

Steve got that confounded look on his face. "What do you mean by that?"

"Today is Saturday."

"Well," Steve said, shaking his head, "that flat wrecks this day all to pieces.