Saturday, July 21, 2007

July 20, Festival Friday

Here is some of the b-roll I didn't use in my Festival Friday package yesterday. The first set of clips is from the Ottawa County Fair. The second set is from the Archbold Carp Festival. The Lion's Club of Archbold were prepping some "Fresh Feesh" for the fryer. No it wasn't really carp. I'm told it was "Fresh Frozen North Atlantic Whiting." Would that be an oxymoron? I digress.

Here's the story I was told about how the Carp Festival got its name. Back in the early 1900's, the city of Archbold had a flood. Legend has it that the water was so high, it flooded the main drag in town. Legend also has it that when the street flooded, carp swam up and down the street. Seizing the opportunity for a laugh, Archbold's neighbor, Wauseon, nicknamed Archbold "Carp Town." Years later, in the 1970's, Archbold decided to have a city festival and the Lion's Club, playing on the now infamous nickname, suggested that festival be know as the "Carp Festival," and the name stuck. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

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