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2010 Race Report: AVAM’s Fifi Joins the Circus, Bumpo the Circus Elephant, Circus Rat, and Frog

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AVAM’s Fifi Joins the Circus, Bumpo the Circus Elephant, Circus Rat, and Frog

The American Visionary Art Museum, as sponsor of the race, also produces a set of animal entries as Kinetic Inspiration. This year, three of AVAM’s four sculptures shared a novel theme: joining the circus.

Fifi Joins the Circus had a clown hat, clown nose, and bow tie, and radiated pink glee.

After a dramatic splash into the water, her pilots’ spatted high-heel boots plunged into the harbor with every revolution of the pedals.

Her pit crew also had thematic costumes, including a strong man who was helpful at getting her through the viscous mud. Nonetheless, Fifi lagged behind other entries enough that she won the Next to Last award. (Anybody can be last, but it takes a bit more effort to be next-to-last.)

We also direct your attention to the gentleman who appears to be hanging off Fifi’s nose.

Bumpo the Circus Elephant had Anemone Antics in hot pursuit through the wild pastures of Patterson Park.

Bumpo was supported by a crew of muscular circus acrobats who performed crowd-pleasing gymnastics on the pier. Bumpo wore a tasseled fez, fringed umbrella, and stripped banners.

Circus Rat also wore a festive hat and its crew wore matching tasseled fezzes.

The Rat’s banner bears the insignia of the “Ratline Brothers Bubonic & Scaley Flea Circus”.

In the background as the Rat team rushes to get through the mud, you can see Chessie, the Moderately Famished Caterpillar, Twitter Jay, and Fifi all catching up.

The Frog looked exactly the same as it has every year since 2002.

Perhaps in despair, the Frog took a nose-dive into the harbor immediately after entering the water. A few minutes later, as it was coming in for landing, it took another nose dive.

Finally, somewhere between the water entry and Patterson Park, the Frog lost its right eye in some sort of gruesome accident.

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  1. Champion Candy Haus
  2. Go Ask Alice
  3. Los Baltimuertos
  4. Chessie
  5. Anemone Antics
  7. Heavy Metal
  8. The Creature from the Landsdowne Lagoon
  9. The Moderately Famished Caterpillar
  1. Going to Hell
  2. Safari Attack
  3. Scrum Roll Racer
  4. Mobile Media
  5. Jemicy’s Veke Versa Boat, Squid Man, Kraken, Cabrena Octopus & Calamari
  6. T-Wrecks
  7. Got Milk
  8. Carver Cobra II
  1. Twitter Jay & the Recyclists
  2. Big Bamboo
  3. AVAM’s Fifi Joins the Circus, Bumpo the Circus Elephant, Circus Rat, and Frog
  4. The Boatercycle
  5. Volunteers
  6. Spectators
  7. The Team
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