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Competition draws crowd to see who is the fastest tobacco cutter. By David Stephenson and Amy Wilson
September 3, 2009 – Lancaster, Kentucky, USA. Alvin Stamper, 26, defends his title as the tobacco cutting champion at the Garrard County Tobacco Cutting Competition. At the end of every summer during the tobacco harvest, men gather to compete against each other to see who is the fastest at cutting the crop before it is hung in the barns to cure. From planting to the auction house, tobacco remains one of the most labor intensive crops and the hands and backs of laborers have yet to be replaced by machines.
Ernie Brown, Jr. hunts for snapping turtles in Lincoln County farm ponds near Stanford, Ky. Brown, known as the Turtle Man, was trying to make a name for himself for his entertaining style of catching snapping turtles with his bare hands. It wasn’t long before Animal Planet came knocking and offered the Turtle Man his own television series.
Before the sun is up, horses are on the track. Riders in thick jackets and leather chaps ease them up the stretch and gallop them back down, around the turn. Hooves pound. Puffs of steam pour from big nostrils. The grandstand casts a giant shadow, holding winter’s last chill.
This video was shot with the Canon 5D Mark II on a beautiful morning before the Keeneland Race Track 2009 spring meet was to open in Lexington.
Two weeks after the worst ice storm in its modern history, Western Kentucky is still recovering. Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Amy Wilson and David Stephenson took a one-day road trip to talk to people about how they are coping.
Shot in about 90 minutes as a way to test a pre-production model of the Canon 5D MarkII.
Produced for Time.com: General Quarters surprised horse racing fans when he won the 2009 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Now, he and his 75-year old trainer, Tom McCarthy, are headed for the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.