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The Farmer On The Lam

Posted at 5:50 AM on August 27, 2009 by Dale Connelly (18 Comments)

The Minnesota State Fair begins today! Hurrah!

Tomorrow morning, Radio Heartland's live broadcast from the Minnesota Public Radio booth will start at 9am. My musical guests will be Ann Reed, BoJoNo and The Ditchlilies.

We will also play the "Where's Eric" game for the 14th time, a remarkable unbroken string when you consider this is basically an event where grown up people play hide-and-seek.

Under tomorrow's rules, Ochen Kaylan and Leslie Ball will have to find at least one miniature Eric Ringham doll AND the genuine Eric Ringham in the course of our 2 hour show. The Little Erics-in-hiding will be Security Eric and Fair Fanatic Eric.

As a special bonus, we have hidden one more Mock Eric, our gentle Farmer, as a Radio Heartland Listener-only Challenge.

Below Farmer Eric's photo are the five clues.

WE clue 2.jpg

I've got a fifth-row seat. Too bad I can't sit down.

What's another word for a corporate yes-man?

I'm in between two stags a-leaping.

I see a campfire.

From here I can see two bears and four owls.

Only Radio Heartland listeners are eligible to search for this little guy.

Please register to look for him at the MPR booth tomorrow morning after 8 am. We won't credit the return of Farmer Eric to anyone who hasn't signed up.

The registered listener who finds him will be praised and celebrated on our live show, unless they are a person who sincerely does not want that kind of attention, in which case we will silently stand in awe but will not make a fuss otherwise.

Our Bonus Eric locator will also be called on to assist Ochen and Leslie in the last section of the broadcast as they strive to locate the living, breathing Eric Ringham on the fairgrounds.

Irresistible, right? Feel free to wonder and suppose and even post comments about where the little guy will be hiding, but remember that possession is 10/10ths of the law in this game and if you give away the location to somebody else, they could use your clues to get there first!

The hunt doesn't start until 9 a.m. on Friday.

Good luck! And may the most savvy searcher win!



Comments (18)

good morning All - have fun tomorrow!
Steve wants to know if you could stream some of those little donuts up this way.
beautiful day in Blackhoof and i get to stay home and play with the goats.
the nice farmer who was going to take Spot and Opie broke his leg very badly and can't take the boys. if anyone knows of a good home for them - someone ooking for two, beautiful, loving wethers - they make excellent family pets or companion animals.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | August 27, 2009 6:19 AM


Morning Heartlanders.

Can't wait until tomorrow. Got my ticket, my blue ribbon coupon booklet and my transportation map. Finishing the goat pins today! It's a round pin w/ a picture of Barb's Dream & Alba (head shot) wearing their orange bandanas. If you see me, ask if I have any left.

Barb -- sorry you can't be with us. I don't usually do the mini donuts, but I'll take a really good smell for you when I walk by them!

See you all tomorrow!

Posted by sherrilee | August 27, 2009 6:41 AM


I'll be there tomorrow but am feeling clueless....If any of you with clear mini-donut free lives have any sense of Dale's clues you could share them with the rest of us and we will find Eric in your honor.

Person I feel bad for...the 3rd sister of the sibling Princess Kays. She was only a runner up for the coveted crown. She will have to endure years of family gatherings without a crown.

Crop art here I come! Hope to see you all there.

Posted by Beth-Ann | August 27, 2009 7:17 AM


Testing the streaming on my iPod today to make sure I can listen tomorrow from my corner of corporate America. (Old job I could easily stream on my computer...less sure if that's kosher at the new place, but iPod listening seems hunky dory.)

Have fun at the fair for those who go!

Posted by Anna | August 27, 2009 7:39 AM


I'm planning to be there for the boardcast tomorrow. I plan on buying my ticket when I get there, but I wonder if I really should buy my ticket in advance today, if I can do that. Is there an advantage to getting an advanced ticket if I can get one today?

I will look forward to getting a goat pin and meeting other radio Heartlanders.

Posted by Jim | August 27, 2009 7:39 AM


I think I know where Farmer Eric is!! I wonder if I can get Bill to play the game tomorrow morning since I won't want to miss a minute of the show.....a happy dilemma. Although neither of us are big on having the spotlight on us so maybe we'll sit back and watch the fun and see if I was right.
My vacation starts at 4 today and we're going to see Bonnie & Taj!! Whoo hooo.....State Fair here we come! 4 days for sure but maybe 5 who knows?

Posted by Kate from Eden Prairie | August 27, 2009 7:48 AM


Jim -- just one less line to wait in tomorrow. See you then!

Posted by sherrilee | August 27, 2009 7:55 AM


Jim, sorry but yesterday was the last day you could buy tickets in advance. They stop selling discount tickets the first day of the fair.
See you tomorrow!

Posted by Kate from Eden Prairie | August 27, 2009 8:04 AM


Sherrilee is right, Jim.

The pre-fair discount prices ended yesterday.
Today is Thrifty Thursday, but tomorrow is Full Price Friday - 11 dollars admission for most, 9 for seniors, 8 for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 and FREE if you can pass for under 5.

Posted by Dale Connelly | August 27, 2009 8:05 AM


Dale,
Maybe Jim IS under 5 so it won't be hard for him to pass....The wonders of blog anonymity.

Posted by Beth-Ann | August 27, 2009 8:11 AM


i was informed i will be taking my kid to the last summer camp of the year tomorrow morning so i will miss you all this year. i was looking forward to seeing the bloggers who have become family over the last couple of months. enjoy the day. i'll try again next year.

Posted by tim | August 27, 2009 8:33 AM


I wish I was going to be there. I'll be stuck here at work, listening on the computer :) Have fun!!

Posted by Alanna in MI | August 27, 2009 8:34 AM


We'll miss you Tim and Alanna and everyone who would like to be there but can't make it. I hope you can check in on the blog to see how we're doing. A series of posts will appear through the morning, giving special blog-only insight into the search for Eric.
We hope to have a computer set up at the booth so Radio Heartland blog posters can add comments if they wish. That Guy In The Hat has kindly agreed to lead the way!

Posted by Dale Connelly | August 27, 2009 8:49 AM


Thanks for the information on tickets. I would have a very hard time passing for under 5, Beth-Ann, but I can get the seniors discount. Perhaps I am a little childish, but that has nothing to do with my age, only my behavior and that probably will not get me in as under 5. I guess it is good to be young in spirit if one doesn't over do it.

Posted by Jim | August 27, 2009 8:54 AM


...i'm leading the way...? That sounds a lot more intimidating than 'sure, I'll post on the blog.' Will this be a 'Charge of the Light Brigade' situation or a Teddy Roosevelt up San Juan Hill type of thing? Bully!

Posted by That Guy in the Hat | August 27, 2009 9:04 AM


Fun! I wish I could be there tomorrow, but now I am really looking forward to keeping up vicariously with the help of the blog. Best of luck to all of you hunters!

Posted by Kris in Minneapolis | August 27, 2009 10:02 AM


Hey The Guy... Teddy is fine as long as you're not carrying a big stick!

Posted by sherrilee | August 27, 2009 10:53 AM


My wife doesn't let me have big sticks. I only wind up injuring myself with them...

Posted by That Guy in the Hat | August 27, 2009 12:35 PM


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