September 2, 2006
This week on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll test the waters and cannonball into our new season with a show from the Minnesota State Fair. Featured guests include the boss of blazing bluegrass banjo, The Del McCoury Band, the vibrant voice of Becky Schlegel, and talk-radio trailblazer turned cultivated crooner Tommy Mischke. Also featuring the Royal Academy of Radio Acting: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Tom Keith, the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, with this week’s guest loafer Andy Stein, and of course, the News from Lake Wobegon. Join us this Saturday from the inside straightaway of the old short track, for a show fueled entirely by creamed corn casserole.

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Segment 1
00:00:12Tishomingo Blues
00:02:58GK talks about how everything you could ever want is at the fair
00:03:38"You Got It" - GK, Becky Schlegel, band
00:06:50GK talks about Labor Day, end of summer, getting older
00:09:16"If Teardrops Were Pennies" - GK, Becky Schlegel
00:12:14Lives of the Cowboys script
00:22:26GK intros Tommy Mischke
00:23:12"Back to the Water" - Tommy Mischke Band
00:27:00GK talks with Tommy
00:28:10"Grandpa" - Tommy Mischke Band
00:32:00Coffee Script - GK and Shoes
00:33:54Powdermilk Biscuit Theme Break
Segment 2
00:35:28GK talks about the upcoming State Fair guests- barkers, cheese curd judges
00:36:40SFX Script
00:39:33"I Like It Like That" - Pat Donohue, GK, Becky, Brian, and Shoes
00:41:33GK Intros and talks with the Barkers
00:44:15"Barker Contest Medley" - Ward Hall, Billy Newcomb, Dennis Miller
00:48:12GK introduces Del McCoury's band, "All Over God's Promised Land"
00:52:35GK talks to Del about his new grandchild
00:53:25"Five Flat Rocks" - Del McCoury Band
00:56:30Duct Tape script
00:57:37"We're Going Down" - GK and Shoes with Ward Hall
Segment 3
01:04:12"Cheese Curd Contest" - Judges: Christine Seppanen, Shirley Barber, Alice Hawks, Contestants: "The Original Cheese Curd" - Audrey Skarda & Mickey Truman, "Big Cheese" - Brad Schroeder, "The Mouse Trap" - Laurie and Krista Spawn
01:13:15"You Better Leave That Corn Dog Alone" - GK, Becky, Brian, Shoes
01:16:05Catchup script
01:19:30GK talks about the horticulture at the Fair
01:21:36"Thoughts of You" - Tommy Mischke and Band
Segment 4
01:27:19News From Lake Wobegon
Segment 5
01:48:11Pat Donohue solo
01:50:30Del introduces next song
01:50:47"Led By The Master's Hand" - Del McCoury Band
01:53:58"The Star-Spangled Banner" - cast and audience

Photos from the show
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Garrison and The Shoes open the show with "Tishomingo Blues." It was a full house at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand.
Garrison Keillor and Tom Keith verbally joust during SFX Script. Tim Russell and Sue Scott "play it old school" with a beat box rap.
The Del McCoury Band Ward Hall ran away to join the circus when he was 15

Guest Information
  • The Del McCoury Band
  • Tommy Mischke
  • Becky Schlegel
  • Andy Stein
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  • The Del McCoury Band

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  • The Lives of the Cowboys script
  • Coffee script
  • SFX script
  • Duct Tape script
  • Catchup script
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  • You Better Leave that Corn Dog Alone
  • We're Going Down

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