|Bob Nixon’s rutabagas|
Sometimes you get hit with the realization that there is a lot in this world you just don’t know about, and that is how I felt yesterday when listening to a CD by Joe Crookston which includes the song “The Rutabaga Curl.” It seems that for the last 16 years, the International Rutabaga Curling Championship has been held each December in Ithaca, NY, to celebrate the last day of the farmer’s market (at which rutabagas, among many other items, are for sale).
I don’t know how I managed to get this far in life without being aware of this event, but I’m glad I am now.
If you would like to be just as informed, visit the official event website, watch a video of the winning toss from several years ago, listen to Crookston’s song, and also take in the Rutabaga Chorus (to the tune and with the spirit of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”). This is an awesome sporting phenomenon, celebrating an awesome vegetable.
For the record, Bob’s rutabagas are not nearly round enough to work as curling stones, though I’m sure they tasted great.