I also met a painter there named John Preston, from Iowa, who's a great painter and a good guy. He ended up winning first prize. I'm attaching an image of one of his smaller paintings (8x10) that wasn't entered for the judging, but I think it's a real gem of a painting. That's the Mineral Point water tower in the distance of his painting.
John also told me about another plein air event called "Bluff Strokes" that will occur this coming October 9-15 at Dubuque, Iowa. It sounds like an interesting event (in the prime fall color season) and if anyone wants to check it out just go to bluffstrokes.org.
Finally, I'm attaching a photo of my painting buddy that I acquired as I was painting by the side of the road in the countryside. This border collie came up and watched me paint, then laid under my easel to rest. Every time I walked from my easel to my car he would follow me step for step. When I left, he tried to get into my car. And as I drove away I saw him in my mirror running full speed along the side of the road after me. I guess I have at least one loyal fan.