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    Unusual local cultures, flavors and activities (AIB the 'corniness' thread)

    An interesting and very unique annual local event is underway here in northeastern Wisconsin - as of 06:30 today (Saturday, 2010-02-13), the annual Lake Winnebago lake sturgeon season is under way.

    Lake Winnebago and its upriver tributaries support a native sturgeon population that is large and healthy enough to support an annual open season. This ancient species of fish can grow as large and heavy as average people, live as long or longer and are taken by spear through holes cut in the ice. Spearers sit in darkened shacks set over the holes and take them when they swim by. Bag limit is one for the season and the season lasts for two weeks or until a preset harvest quota is met (IIRC, last year's season lasted eight days).

    This is very popular among the local blue-collar crowd and an important part of the Appleton to Fond du Lac area's culture. An example, each street name sign in the Village of Stockbridge, WI (located on the east shore of Lake Winnebago) shows a sturgeon next the the street's name.

    http://www.postcrescent.com/article/...1/2130533/1004

    Mike

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    Yesterday I stopped in a couple of Louisiana Hobby Lobby stores, where the Mardi Gras stuff is all 50% off. Can't believe it: a whole aisle-wall of that great color combination.

    Interesting to contrast with the V-day and St Patrick's products, each of which is at least a full aisle (both walls).

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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920 View post
    An interesting and very unique annual local event is underway here in northeastern Wisconsin - as of 06:30 today (Saturday, 2010-02-13), the annual Lake Winnebago lake sturgeon season is under way.

    Lake Winnebago and its upriver tributaries support a native sturgeon population that is large and healthy enough to support an annual open season. This ancient species of fish can grow as large and heavy as average people, live as long or longer and are taken by spear through holes cut in the ice. Spearers sit in darkened shacks set over the holes and take them when they swim by. Bag limit is one for the season and the season lasts for two weeks or until a preset harvest quota is met (IIRC, last year's season lasted eight days).

    This is very popular among the local blue-collar crowd and an important part of the Appleton to Fond du Lac area's culture. An example, each street name sign in the Village of Stockbridge, WI (located on the east shore of Lake Winnebago) shows a sturgeon next the the street's name.

    http://www.postcrescent.com/article/...1/2130533/1004

    Mike
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    Packi Day (Polish Mardi Gras)
    Eating Muskat at Fish Frys on Friday in Lent (Can't make this stuff up folks, way too disgusting even for me!)
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    Dere's dat der Dyngus Day in Buffalo der, dontcha' know gutdemmet. Dyngus Day is a Polish festival held the Monday after Easter. Dyngus Day isn't even celebrated in Poland anymore, but in Buffalo it's essentially the sequel to St. Patrick's Day. Non-Poles also celebrate; many take squirt guns or pussy willows to school or work to attack members of the opposite sex, and get caught up in the drinking and festivities in Buffalo's old Polish neighborhoods and Cheektowaga.

    St. Joseph's Day is a big deal in Buffalo. It's essentially an Italian Passover; Italian families will have large St. Joseph's Table dinners.

    There's the local phenomenon of Easter butter lambs. Also, despite the strong Polish influence on Easter traditions, Buffalo is equally into faschnacts and pazckis. Fish fry isn't just a lent thing in Buffalo; it's year 'round, because word of Vatican II still hasn't arrived.

    I get a kick out of places where the first day of deer season is a holiday, and many workplaces and schools close.
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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920 View post
    An interesting and very unique annual local event is underway here in northeastern Wisconsin - as of 06:30 today (Saturday, 2010-02-13), the annual Lake Winnebago lake sturgeon season is under way.

    Lake Winnebago and its upriver tributaries support a native sturgeon population that is large and healthy enough to support an annual open season. This ancient species of fish can grow as large and heavy as average people, live as long or longer and are taken by spear through holes cut in the ice. Spearers sit in darkened shacks set over the holes and take them when they swim by. Bag limit is one for the season and the season lasts for two weeks or until a preset harvest quota is met (IIRC, last year's season lasted eight days).

    This is very popular among the local blue-collar crowd and an important part of the Appleton to Fond du Lac area's culture. An example, each street name sign in the Village of Stockbridge, WI (located on the east shore of Lake Winnebago) shows a sturgeon next the the street's name.

    http://www.postcrescent.com/article/...1/2130533/1004
    And a state record fish was pulled out of Lake Winnebago on the season's first day (Saturday)!



    Mike

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    Walleye Drop

    Port Clinton, OH, is about 35 miles east of Toledo. Port Clinton considers itself the "Walleye Capitol of the World". Located in Lake Erie's "western basin", the PC area hosts numerous boat marinas. On any given not-so-windy day the basin is filled with hundreds (sometimes thousands) of small boats. Limit catches of big walleyes are the norm.

    On New Year's Eve, Port Clinton hosts the "Walleye Drop" as the clock strikes the midnight hour. The giant fiberglass walleye has been in the national news a number of years. I would consider this reasonably corny.

    Another corny example.....

    My own town, Swanton......every August we have the Swanton Corn Fest.

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    Dan, Don't think that the butter lamb is local... well unless you consider my side of the lake local. Its here too, never understood it.
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    The local tradition that immediately comes to mind is the Turkey Testicle Festival. There are actually several different festivals, but probably the most popular is the one that occurs at Parkside Pub in downtown Huntley, IL. Basically, every year, thousands of locals converge on this small bar (where outdoor tents are set up to accomodate everyone) and feast on fried turkey testicles and lots of beer on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It also usually turns into a reunion of sorts as locals who went to high school here come back home for the holidays.

    There are also similar festivals in Union and Byron, IL.

    If that isn't unusual, I don't know what is.

    I've only been to the festival once. I tried the testicles and didn't particularly care for them. I prefer the beer and the ambience.
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