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BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes

catspaw49 22 Sep 06 - 06:36 PM
Richard Bridge 22 Sep 06 - 06:48 PM
The Fooles Troupe 22 Sep 06 - 08:18 PM
JennieG 22 Sep 06 - 09:08 PM
The Fooles Troupe 22 Sep 06 - 09:17 PM
wysiwyg 22 Sep 06 - 09:22 PM
Bobert 22 Sep 06 - 09:25 PM
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freda underhill 22 Sep 06 - 10:03 PM
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Subject: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 06:36 PM

I know they happen all over the world but here in the great midwestern USA they are part and parcel of many folk's existence. Looking forward to the "doins" that your town puts on and trying to make it bigger and better each year is as ingrained in the Midwestern soul as the love for greasy and deep fried fair food......and that goes pretty deep! Even in today's modern times with worries about cholesterol and weight, the booths selling assorted types of sweetened, deep fried, dough make a killing. We love everything deep fried from ice cream to pickles. If you can batter it and toss it in the fat, we'll eat it. I'm waiting for cow patties..........

So our love and need for festivals outside of the yearly county fairs also burns far down in our genetic code. What do we celebrate you ask? Just like the fried food, we'll celebrate anything! In Ohio for instance, the list includes almost every vegetable and fruit from apricots to zuchini. I used to live in the "Home of the Tomato" and I figured the only saving grace was that it wasn't the home of the pea. We celebrate bratwurst, popcorn, pumpkin, walnuts, buzzards, soybeans...hell, we even have a CLAY festival. Up until a few years ago, we had an underwear festival in a mill town where they were made, but it was taken over by outlaw bikers and the townsfolk are now having to rely on other towns and the county fair to get their greasy food fix.

Even in the tiny village where I now reside we have a little festival that has grown every year thanks to the work of a group of "community leaders."   It started out as an Oktoberfest sincce the town is "Bremen" but that wasn't working as well as if they could just come up with something to celebrate. A few years back it became "Derrick Days" since they had once pumped oil out of the ground here. Oil has been pumped out of every county in Ohio but what the hell? Bremen needed a theme. The fact that they never found more than a smattering of oil here didn't matter at all.

Like all festivals they have a parade with a Grand Marshall and a festival King and Queen and a Miss Bremen Derrick Days and all of that. After all, we can't be outdone by the corn festival forever. It is of course, but we have something to aspire to! And this brings us to what I wanted to actually say. Sorry about that!

I have observed at these things all manner of silliness and stupiidity over the years and the rule seems to be that the smaller the burg, the more silly it is. Bemen, Ohio is very small. As I looked over this year's program I noted the page devoted to the Senior King and Queen. This is always an honored award and they ride in the nicest convertible through the streets of town during the parade. The parade only goes 4 blocks but the setup for it takes almost every other street...all 14 of them!

So I read all about this couple and I realized they were both dead. Nowthis is a first as far as I know. I've never encountered thisparticularly odd situation before but I figured only here would something this stupid take place. I can hardly wait for the parade tomorrow. Somehow I just know it's going to be pretty weird. Perhaps a nice Vette with their portrait on the rear deck. Or maybe their adult kids holding photos or for all I know they might .........no............I won't go there.

Got anything like this where you live? Tell me about it!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 06:48 PM

I am so glad to see you say that things get hardwired into genetic code (even if I know it to be an exaggeration). It's why I say English people should sing English, and American American, and Irish Irish, etc....

Lots of people would not buy that for music.


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 08:18 PM

Spaw,
you guys even have a GARLIC festival, complete with garlic ice cream....

you should watch the doco movie "Garlic is as good as 10 Mothers" - which has a nice song - mentioned elsewhere in Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: JennieG
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 09:08 PM

Casino, a town in north-eastern New South Wales, calls itself "Australia's Beef Capital". It has - or used to have - an annual Beef Festival with the Festival Queen being called Miss Beef.

And Stanthorpe, which is over the border in Queensland (but not very far from Casino as the crow flies) has an annual "Miss Ring and Rodeo" quest. The Stanthorpe district was where the rodeo movement started in Oz many years ago, hence the rodeo connection - but "ring" is Ozzie slang for the rectum.

Spaw, I am with you on this. I love small-town festivals and the community spirit they foster!

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 09:17 PM

JennieG

I thought Stanthorpe had the "Apple and Grape" festival, which had a name change after it became unfortunatley popularly known as the "Grapple and Rape" Festival...


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 09:22 PM

Are the Sr. Couple going to be IN the parade? If so, I will definitely NOT be able to match that. :~)

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: Bobert
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 09:25 PM

Old farm tractors here, Spawzer, with lots of deep fried anything...

I was kinda hopin' not to get "that call" but "that call" came in spite of my hopin's and looks as if I'll be performin' at the Heritage, think old farm tractors here, Festival again this year on Oct 7th...

Nuthin' better than 70 year old tractors and colestoral... This is what America is all about... All that is missin' is duct tape and then all 3 major food groups would be covered...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: JennieG
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 09:28 PM

Robin, Stanthorpe may have the fruit festival but when we stopped there about 3 years ago there were posters in shop windows advertising the "Miss Ring and Rodeo" quest! I thought of the unfortunate young lass with that title on her CV forever.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: freda underhill
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 10:03 PM

I went to the Kangaroo Valley folk festival a couple of weeks ago.
Despite the fact that there were torrential rains and the festival grounds were ankle deep in mud - i had a fantastic weekend. every moment was good - from the local second hand and craft shops though the rain, lots of great performers, to the fantastic session at our cabin (jennyo, john warner & me)on saturday night - i came away with some wonderful CDs.

The local pie shop had 1st prize certificates from every show in NSW - and a huge selection of very delicious pies.

being vegetarian, I opted for their apple pies!

freda


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 10:10 PM

Richard---I used to believe that it was all nurture and damn little nature but as I've gotten older I have had to conclude I was wrong(:<))

Susan---If they show up in the parade...........I'll let you know right here!

Jenny---Glad to see I'm not alone.(;<))

Bobert---A few years ago at a Steam tractor even, one of them blew up killing 2 and injuring about a dozen.

FoolOldFriend---Here's a partial list and it includes only the larger ones. Probably 25 or so more including ours here!

Geauga County Maple Festival
April 20 - 23, 2006 Chardon, Ohio
Wild Turkey Festival
May 4 - 7, 2006 McArthur, Ohio
Dennison Railroad Festival
May 17 - 21, 2006 Dennison, Ohio
Moonshine Festival
May 25 - 29, 2006 New Straitsville, Ohio
Port Clinton Walleye Festival
May 25 - 29, 2006 Port Clinton, Ohio
Oak Hill Village Festival of Flags
May 26 - 29, 2006 Oak Hill, Ohio
Utica Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival
May 27 - 29, 2006 Utica, Ohio
Deercreek Dam Days Festival
May 31 - June 3, 2006 Williamsport, Ohio
Lancaster Old Car Club Spring Festival
June 3 - 4, 2006 Lancaster, Ohio
Commercial Point Homecoming
June 7 - 10, 2006 Commercial Point, Ohio
Festival of the Fish
June 16 - 18, 2006 Vermilion, Ohio
Earth Angel Super Cruise In
June 17, 2006 Lancaster, Ohio
London Strawberry Festival
June 21 - 24, 2006 London, Ohio
Old Fashion Days of Brunswick
June 21 - 25, 2006 Brunswick, Ohio
Lorain Internation Festival
June 23 - 25, 2006 Lorain, Ohio
First Town Days Festival
June 30 - July 4, 2006 New Philadelphia, Ohio
Ashville 4th of July Celebration
July 1 - 4, 2006 Ashville, Ohio
Gallipolis River Recreation Festival
July 1 - 4, 2006 Gallipolis, Ohio
Ohio Hills Folk Festival
July 6 - 8, 2006 Quaker City, Ohio
Miami Valley Steam Threshers Association
July 13 - 16, 2006 Plain City, Ohio
The Baltimore Festival-Canal Lock Days
August 9 - 12, 2006 Baltimore, Ohio
Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show
August 10 - 13, 2006 Georgetown, Ohio
Tuscarawas County Italian-American Festival
August 11 - 13, 2006 Dover, Ohio
North Ridgeville Corn Festival
August 11 - 13, 2006 North Ridgeville, Ohio
Pemberville Free Fair
August 16 - 19, 2006 Pemberville, Ohio
The Parade of the Hills
August 16 - 19, 2006 Nelsonville, Ohio
Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival
August 17 - 19, 2006 Bucyrus, Ohio
Ohio Tobacco Festival
August 24 - 27, 2006 Ripley, Ohio
Sweet Corn Festival
August 30 - September 2, 2006 Millersport, Ohio
Portsmouth River Days
August 31 - September 3, 2006 Portsmouth, Ohio
West Jefferson Annual Ox Roast
September 1 - 4, 2006 West Jefferson, Ohio
Milan Melon Festival
September 2 - 4, 2006 Milan, Ohio
Wellston Coal Festival
September 5 - 9, 2006 Wellston, Ohio
Fredericktown Tomato Show
September 6 - 9, 2006 Fredericktown, Ohio
Marion Popcorn Festival
September 7 - 9, 2006 Marion, Ohio
Mantua Potato Festival
September 8 - 10, 2006 Mantua, Ohio
Crestline Harvest - Antique Festival
September 14 - 17, 2006 Crestline, Ohio
Clyde Country Fair
September 15 - 17, 2006 Clyde, Ohio
Jackson Co. Apple Festival
September 19 - 23, 2006 Jackson, Ohio
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
September 21 - 24, 2006 Barnesville, Ohio
Geneva Area Grape Jamboree
September 23 - 24, 2006 Geneva, Ohio
Germantown Pretzel Festival
September 23 - 24, 2006 Germantown, Ohio
Ohio Swiss Festival, Inc.
September 27 - 30, 2006 Sugarcreek, Ohio
Ohio Gourd Show
September 30 - October 1, 2006 Greenville, Ohio, Ohio
Holmes County Antique Festival
October 7 - 8, 2006 Millersburg, Ohio
Algonquin Mill Fall Festival
October 13 - 15, 2006 Carrollton, Ohio
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival
October 14 - 15, 2006 Jefferson, Ohio
Oak Harbor Apple Festival
October 14 - 15, 2006 Oak Harbor, Ohio
Circleville Pumpkin Show
October 18 - 21, 2006 Circleville, Ohio
Fall Festival of Leaves
October 20 - 22, 2006 Bainbridge, Ohio
Dalton Holidays Festival
December 2 - 3, 2006 Dalton, Ohio
Feast of the Flowering Moon
May 25 - 27, 2007 Chillicothe, Ohio

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 10:46 PM

Good gawd! You could make a career outta going to all them!


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 11:33 PM

We almost got a call to ministry in Gallipolis (pron Gal-p-lice)! In fact we were there on an interview weekend, taking a few minutes between interviews stretched out on th emotel beds, when we got the message Greg had been elected here, where we are now.

I was disappointed not to see a couple of events I might have expected, in your festival list--

Duct Tape Days
Crack Creme Follies
Roadkill Revival Sunday
Take Back the Possum Night

I'm sure the rest of you have others you might like to mention? :~)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 11:43 PM

September is seafood festival month down here on the Gulf coast. We have the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Pensacola Seafood Festival, the Panama City Seafood festival, and the Apalachicola Seafood Festival all back-to-back.

Seafood festivals are basically opportunities for people to stand in long lines waiting to buy stuff they'd never order in a restaurant. Like shark-on-a-stick. But their real appeal is that drunks can walk around with open alcoholic beverages and not get hassled by the cops.


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: JennyO
Date: 22 Sep 06 - 11:45 PM

Hi freda - glad you at least had apple pie from KV. I took home some of the meat pies and assorted versions thereof, and all I can say is, what a shame you're vegetarian. They were to die (live) for. Funny thing was, as I drove out of town I noticed a sign "the best pies in the world" on ANOTHER pie shop. If the ones we had were the SECOND best, I can't wait to try the best ones!

Now back to small town festivals, Spaw I can't wait to hear about what they put in the best convertible for the senior king and queen! Does seem kinda bizarre, and I can't top that with my old home town festival.

In the place where I grew up, Goulburn, which is a fairly large country town, they always had the "Lilac Time" festival in October, which had all the usual trappings - the parade and floats, the crowning of the king and queen, the stalls and the greasy food.

Goulburn is a very old city (Australia's first inland city) so this festival is comparatively young (55 years), but it's still going, only now it's called the Lilac City Festival. In fact, Goulburn seems to be very well endowed with festivals and events of all kinds - blues, jazz, motor racing, and on the long weekend after this one as part of the Lilac festival, there is a new one, advertised as

"The Inaugural Annual Bush Traditions Gathering
The Old Goulburn Brewery, Bungonia Road, Goulburn NSW
a loooong weekend of music, dance, song and spoken word
celebrating an Australian tradition"

Sandra in Sydney is going, and I'm tempted, although I feel a bit festivalled out at the moment. I have a real soft spot for Goulburn - the old brewery is an interesting spot, and the smell of lilacs still takes me back...


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: JennieG
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 01:41 AM

Geez, Spaw, you could go a festival every weekend and not double up! Triffic! Can I move to Ohio?

You mentioned the Commercial Point Homecoming, is there a difference between a homecoming and a regular festival?

I'm not going to the Goulburn festival, by the time I found out about it I had made other plans.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: eddie1
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 05:30 AM

The "International Goat Days Festival" is held every year in Millington Tn. Check out this link for lots of information.

My attention was drawn to a dish called "Pulled Pork"! The mind boggles!



http://www.karlschatz.com/yearofthegoat/archives/000038.shtml


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 05:40 PM

The best we've ever been to were powwows, both back East and in WY. Nothing beats the fried bread and fresh squeezed lemonade and the whitehides trying to shuffle-step dance. I really miss them!


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: Fibula Mattock
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 07:40 PM

Portaferry has Gala Week which involves such highlights as the Goat Show (yes, prize for the most beautiful goat), pitching the sheaf, pig racing, and the suchlike. Despite such 'Father Ted' activities, the culmination of the week - the float parade - is rather bloody good...


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Subject: RE: BS: SmallTownFestivals-GoodLaughsSometimes
From: JennieG
Date: 23 Sep 06 - 08:56 PM

It's the weekend and there are lots of festivals to choose from in Ohio! According to Spaw's calendar there is:
Jackson Co. Apple Festival
September 19 - 23, 2006 Jackson, Ohio
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
September 21 - 24, 2006 Barnesville, Ohio
Geneva Area Grape Jamboree
September 23 - 24, 2006 Geneva, Ohio
Germantown Pretzel Festival
September 23 - 24, 2006 Germantown, Ohio

I like the sound of the pretzel festival but it's a long way from Sydney, I would have to tie myself up in knots to make it in time.

Cheers
JennieG


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