Bird’s Eye View Contest

Last week’s contest was won by Siberian Dog. It was Enumclaw.

This week’s contest is related to something in the news from August. Good luck!


  1. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Looks like an all-season go-kart track. It’s somewhere in the northern U.S. where they have deciduous trees, because the leaves are off the trees — looks like early spring in the midwest. Maybe Illinois. There’s a ticket booth on the corner, in front of the barn, and a diner across the street. It certainly could be part of a fairgrounds complex.

  2. 4


    I thought go-karts at first, but that would be a terrible design. Every indoor kart track I’ve seen is under a big open-area roof. Exhaust fumes in that tight of a passageway would be unbearable on a busy day.

    The little section of bleachers at the top of the photo leans me towards a fairgrounds or school property.

  3. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 Yeah, that was my thought too, it doesn’t like right for go-karts. If there was a wreck you couldn’t get to it. It’s too level to be a luge training track. I don’t think it’s an animal chute. Roller rink track? Nah. The chute in the left foreground has to be a clue, but I can’t visualize what it’s for.

    Maybe it’s a track used for tapeworm races.

  4. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Okay, well here’s one possibility, let’s say you want to build an indoor jogging track of a certain length, but you have a limited amount of land to put it on, so the only way you can get the desired distance (let’s say 500 meters) is by looping it back on itself as was done here. You’ve got four 180-degree turns here.

    Or it could be some sort of amusement ride, like a tunnel of love, or a wild mouse-type ride on rails. It’s the weirdest-looking shed I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t find anything remotely resembling it by doing a word search on Google.

  5. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    What are those things in front of the barn building? Bales of hay? The semi trailer could be used to truck in hay bales.

  6. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I’ve got it! It’s in Montana. It’s where Klynikal Klown and his buddy hold goat races.

  7. 10

    Change in Time spews:

    I’m baffled, but really think it’s a fairground somewhere. I’ve looked through search results of news related to fairgrounds in August, but can’t find this place. My wife thinks it’s some kind of horse training/walking area. (She also thinks I have wasted too much time so off I go.)

  8. 11


    Your intuition is good…and I have no idea what the building is either. Was hoping whoever solves this will know.

  9. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @7 “Or it could be some sort of amusement ride, like a tunnel of love”

    One of my guesses turned out to be right; I just didn’t have the location.

    “End your day with a ride on Ye Old Mill. The nostalgic Ye Old Mill is the Iowa State
    Fair’s oldest permanent amusement ride. The old-fashioned “tunnel of love” has been in continuous use since it was built about 1921, creating countless memories for thousands of Fairgoers.”

  10. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    My guess of 500 meters was almost right on the money, too:

    “The classic Ye Old Mill ride was originally built in 1921. Over 80 years later, the building and canals were in need of repair. Thanks to a $100,000 gift from Boatmen’s Bank of Iowa, the structure was repaired and the original boats and all 1500 lineal feet of boat canal were replaced. Since its completion in time for the 1996 Iowa State Fair, thousands of visitors have continued to enjoy the historic ride.”


  11. 19


    @18: Thanks, although once it was narrowed down to “fairgrounds”, it pretty much had to be Iowa (corndog eating) or Indiana (stage collapse.) I tried Indiana first..

  12. 20

    Change in Time spews:

    For sure nice win @12. As far as how to post a link (which I obviously am not expert at), there is a “share” link in the upper right of the bird’s eye window. I just copied and pasted it’s output (tried to use the “link” button on the edit comment window, but couldn’t make it work).