blue ribbon
August 30, 2008

This Saturday on A Prairie Home Companion, we'll bring you our deep-fried Friday night show from the Minnesota State Fair grandstand, with special guests Tonic Sol-Fa, and Suzy Bogguss. Plus The Royal Academy of Radio Actors: Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman, and Tom Keith, Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band—with the Shoe Horns complement, and of course, The News from Lake Wobegon. GK once said "The State Fair is not a way of life, it's a reward for making it through summer. Sort of like ice cream is a reward for eating your broccoli." If you're in the area, come on down to the grandstand this Friday night and get your reward. You've earned it. Otherwise, tune-in Saturday for some Fair fun.

Listen to the show
Requires Adobe Flash plug-in. See how to listen.
In segments
Play individual show segments as listed below.

Segment 1
00:00:00 Logo
00:00:13 "Tishomingo Blues" (with barker Candy Anderson)
00:03:20 GK opens, talks about the fair
00:05:31 "At The Fair"- GK/ Shoes
00:08:50 Loon call contest- Fred Newman and Tom Keith
00:10:15 GK intros Suzy Bogguss
00:10:20 "Sleepless Nights"- GK/ Suzy Bogguss
00:13:35 Guy Noir script
00:22:45 GK talks with Wayne Ball about Florian Tools' ratchet pruner
00:22:45 GK intros Tonic Sol Fa, "Where Does The Money Come From"
00:26:29 "One of Those Days"- Tonic Sol Fa
00:33:05 Powdermilk Biscuit Break
Segment 2
00:34:36 "Como Parkin'"- Pat Donohue and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band
00:37:40 GK talks with Eddy Niehorster, the V slicer
00:40:36 The Lives of the Cowboys script
00:50:16 "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"- Suzy Bogguss and Shoe Band
00:53:08 "Lovesick Blues"- Gk/ Suzy Bogguss and band
00:56:12 Intermission "Hey Good Lookin'"
Segment 3
01:00:10 "State Fair Hand Jive"- GK/ Shoes
01:04:36 GK talks about the girl scout troop 99
01:05:26 GK talks to Barb Schaller, award winning canner, they sample foods
01:13:00 McCain script
01:14:36 Grandstand script
01:18:19 "Boogie On Russ"- Richard Dworsky and Shoes
01:21:33 State Fair Sonnet
01:23:12 "Gone Gone Gone"- Tonic Sol Fa
Segment 4
01:25:48News From Lake Wobegon (Download MP3)
Segment 5
01:39:31 "Aces"- Suzy Bogguss and Shoes
01:43:14 Catchup script
01:45:53 SFX script (contest)
01:51:00 GK talks about the grandstand, going to the fair with his father
01:52:12 "I Still Can't Say Goodbye"- GK/ Shoes
01:55:00 Credits, "The Parting Glass"

Photos from the show
Click any image to start the slideshow.

Tom Keith and Fred Newman compete for their jobs as sound effects men   A cappella group Tonic Sol-Fa sing
Suzy Bogguss, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore."   During intermission Garrison mingles with the audience and leads them in a sing along.
Guest Information
  • Suzy Bogguss
  • Tonic Sol-fa
  • Guest Books and Recordings
  • Suzy Bogguss
  • Tonic Sol-fa

  • Scripts
  • Guy Noir Script
  • The Lives of the Cowboys
  • McCain Script
  • Ketchup Script
  • Grandstand Script
  • Lyrics
  • Tishomingo Blues Fair Lyrics
  • At the Fair Lyrics
  • Hand Jive Lyrics
  • State Fair Sonnet
  • Parting Glass Lyrics

  • Online Greetings
  • This week's greetings
  • Submit a greeting
  • Music Information
    Performers, music sources and credits

    The News from Lake Wobegon
    Is available as a free podcast. Download the MP3 file here.

    Or, subscribe using this XML file:

    Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

    Old Sweet Songs

    Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

    Available now»

    American Public Media © |   Terms and Conditions   |   Privacy Policy