A recent visit to the Minnesota State Fair made me remember painting this illustration for the Hartford Courant. I love everything about state fairs: crowds of happy people, delicious smells of all sorts of foods, blue ribbons adorning everything from quilts to canned peaches. Halls full of local art, bee hives and fresh apples. It fills me with happiness. I tried to convey that in this painting: all the energy and happiness this time of the year brings us.