September 4, 2004
This week it's a live broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair. This annual Mecca for Norwegian Bachelor Farmers hosts a show from the historic State Fair Grandstand. We welcome folk star Shawn Colvin, Minnesota-based a capella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa, and the Marching Wolfpack of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, as guests, as well as the regular crew: The Royal Academy of Radio Acting, Tim Russell and Sue Scott; sound effects from Tom Keith; and Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, joined this week by fiddler John Neiman.

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Segment 1
00:00:00Logo
00:00:11Tishomingo Blues
00:02:51GK opens, talks about fatty food at the fair, rides, bringing his daughter to the fair and pre-chewing his pronto pup, deep fried cheese curds
00:05:03"Let's Go to the Fair" - GK and Shoe Band
00:08:00"Doxology" - GK, Shawn Colvin, Shoe Band
Segment 2
00:09:55SFX script
00:13:24"I Feel Fine" - Pat Donohue, John Niemann, GK, and Shoe Band
Segment 3
00:16:05Rides script
00:17:46"Land of 1,000 Dances" - Tonic Sol-Fa
00:21:27GK talks about the gadgets for sale at the fair, introduces Marching Wolfpack of Cottage Grove
00:22:43"The Victors March" - Marching Wolfpack
00:23:28GK talks to percussion section
00:24:19"It Don't Mean A Thing" - Marching Wolfpack
Segment 4
00:26:26Julia Child script
00:28:04"On A Stick" - GK and Shoe Band
00:29:56Powdermilk Biscuit Break / "Florida Blues"
00:32:21GK introduces Shawn Colvin
00:32:49"I'll Be Back" - Shawn Colvin
00:36:05GK talks to Shawn
00:37:38"That's The Way Love Goes" - Shawn Colvin, GK, Shoe Band
00:41:16GK talks about the new cow at the fair this year and introduces Princess Kay of the Milky Way and the other finalists
00:48:37"America" / "America the Beautiful" - Pat Donohue, solo guitar
Segment 5
00:51:10Old Eye script
00:53:16"Sold" - Tonic Sol-Fa
00:56:08"Long Black Train" - Tonic Sol-Fa
00:59:37Intermission - "Muskrat Ramble"
01:03:52GK sing Hail to the Minnesota and talks more about the fair, Greetings
01:08:42"Gimme a Footlong" - Pat Donohue and Shoe Band
Segment 6
01:12:24Guy Noir script
01:22:32"Mouse House" - Rich Dworsky and Shoe Band
Segment 7
01:24:51The News from Lake Wobegon
Segment 8
01:40:26"You Got Me All Wound Up" - Shoe Band
01:41:35GK talks about the Ferris wheel, meeting people at the fair
01:42:40"Killing the Blues" - Shawn Colvin
Segment 9
01:47:04Catchup script
01:51:02GK talks about the fair
01:53:34"In The Still of the Night" - Tonic Sol-Fa and Garrison Keillor
01:56:00Credits, "I Feel Fine" closer

Photos from the show
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Park High Marching WolfpackPrincess Kay and court
Tonic Sol-Fa Pat Donohue
Shawn Colvin Shawn Colvin

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  • Old Eye for the Young Guy
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  • Doxology
  • On a Stick
  • In the Still of the Night


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