Monday, October 12, 2009

For my mother who had to miss the show...

Is it just me, or did Oprah take fashion advice from Big Tex?

Today, was the much anticipated taping of Oprah on the Chevy Stage. I’ve heard rumors that people (mostly women) SLEPT at Fair Park last night to secure the closest standing room possible to Oprah. Granted, very little crime happens IN the park, but I still wouldn’t want to participate in a slumber party on the grounds. Especially, in light of last night’s weather. Nothing spells F-U-N like a little lightening and heavy rain.

Because of the anticipated attendance, my boss had everyone arrive by 7:30 AM so we could open the museum early. I got here just before 7:15 – mainly so I could navigate the parking situation. Harpo Productions seized control over the VIP lot where I normally park during the fair on Saturday, so I really didn’t know what to expect. And, despite the fact that I was here before sunrise, I STILL had to park parallel to the swine pavilion – a good half mile from the museum thanks to the less-than-convenient location of the nearest admission gate. Nothing quite like a brisk walk before dawn in South Dallas. Grumble, grumble.

Anyway, Oprah drew a crowd – just like we all knew she would. True, it could have been a tad larger, but the weather was a little iffy and the fog a bit thick. If I had a choice, it would have been a perfect morning to sleep in and/or curl up with a good book. Although, hanging around watching Oprah with all my coworkers wasn’t a bad second.

Here are my pictures and a video I threw together. Enjoy:

Mounted officers...


Waiting for Oprah's taping to begin...




The Chevy Stage...




Oprah finally appeared and the crowd went wild...




Food competition (shhhhhh...it was a tie)


Small children were more interested in the horses than seeing Oprah...


Martina McBride played several songs...










The end of the taping right before the Dallas Cowboys
Cheerleaders hit the stage with a dance routine
(Thank goodness the Cowboys won last night!!)



Just incase the pictures weren't enough...

2 comments:

Grammy Pammy said...

This is SO GREAT!!! THanks so much! I couldn't actually BE there, but your pictures make me FEEL like I was there! I watched Oprah on Channel 8's 5pm news...that's the closest I came to her--except for your pics and video...You did a great job, Dealey---actually better than being there...since I would have had to "be there" at the same 'un-godly" hour you had to be there...
An exciting moment...Thanks again--you are terrific! ( and you make this all sound so easy, too....amazing...) Love, GP

My life so far said...

Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed watching your clips. When do you think it will be aired on TV?