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Like a Rock Star

August 21, 2013 - Jennifer Brookens
While I've taken the week off after the whirlwind of activity that was this year's Martin County Fair, there are still just a few moments I want to share that were only partially shared in the Sentinel.

Doing the photo spreads, for every photo that was published, there are probably about a dozen or two others from the same series. Meaning photobombers (those making stupid faces or gestures in the background) are scrapped. And no, you weren't funny or cool, you just ended up in the trash bin!

But I had my good moments. The first was the happy accident of running into Rep. Tim Walz at the fair when I happened to have the camera in tow. He was being given a tour on a Gator by fair board member Ed Murphy, and they stopped just long enough to talk about something and it was the time I needed to get in front of their Gator and get a few shots. I've met Tim Walz twice, with the last meeting taking place back in 2008. When they realized they were being paparazzi'd, he still said, "Well, hi there, Jenn!" Even with several years, changes in my appearance and a big camera in front of my face, he still remembered who I was. Had to say I was impressed!!

My second big moment at the fair was Saturday night, when country star Jerrod Niemann was performing. Wasn't sure how close I was going to get or what type of photo I'd end up with, but I took a chance. Just as he took the stage, I walked up as close as I could. There was just a rail, and no burly bodyguard to order me to back off. So I get up to the rail and start snapping. Suddenly, a bunch of other concert goers surround me. I keep clicking. Then he comes over right to our group. Perfect for close ups. He's shaking hands and giving hi-fives, then he turned to me, looks at me a little curious, but shakes my hand, even though I keep snapping the whole time. Definitely one of those moments I'll probably brag about over and over whenever celebrity encounters come up in conversation. The rest of that night, I felt like a rock star.

I still have the photo of him shaking my hand, even though it's pretty blurry. But a photo I got a few moments before ended up being used in the paper - and on some of my social media pages, where I just had to brag.

So now, even though I probably need a chiropractor's appointment for my neck after carrying that camera around all week, I'd have to say this year's fair was one to remember.


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