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Man eating turtle

Saturday I went the the Annual Arenzevill Burgoo? what is a Burgoo you ask? Burgoo is a type of stew but has grown to be the name of the event where you make and eat the stew as well. It's made in a big iron kettle that is stirred constantly and kept heated by a fire all day. It's made of all sorts of veggies and meats. It used to include wild game but the state of IL outlawed that a few years ago. Still, I've tasted things that don't taste like beef, pork or chicken so I think the chefs still add venison and turtle late at night when people are not watching. If you go in the early morning or late evening you can participate in "Kettle Service" where you bring your own container and the chefs fill them for you. It is priced accordingly. If you get it by the bowl, it's $4 for about a pint and a half of piping hot stew. Really good stuff too.

The Burgoo event features a carnival, events for the kids and live bands for 2 days. It's basically a free event so you can get a lot for almost nothing. I had a bowl of soup, crackers and a bottle of Bud and was out of there for $6. Not too shabby. The highlight for me is always the frog and turtle races. All the local kids invade the streams and farm ponds for toads, bull frogs and turtles. Mostly red eared turtles and mud turtles because snapping turtles are pretty dangerous. Each race is restricted to a particular kind and size of critter. Like all small toads or all large turtles. The critters are placed in a small circle with a barrel covering the lot of them. When the barrel is raised, the kids all start screaming for their critter and the first one to hop, crawl or slime out of the larger circle wins. The owner wins $10 for 1st place, $5 for second and $2 for third. The last race of the day is an "all critter" race and the kids can enter all their varmits at once. You end up with a big pile of turtles with frogs and toads sitting on top.

So after the last race, this kid in the grey t-shirt is insulting turtle #20 because he just sat there in the last race and didn't move. #20 still wasn't moving. So the kid picks him up and looks him in the eye and calls him a "dumb turtle", #20 has had enough at this point. First he was kidnapped from his lovely pond, dumped in a barrel with not so nice smelling neighbors and made to race them for sport. Then he had to endure insults for not performing to the will of his captor. So #20 did the only thing he knew how to do in the situation. He bit the kid on the neck. It was like a scene from "A Christmas Story". All the other kids are laughing, adults are pointing and this one mother is trying to get the turtle to release while the kid screams. Little brother tried to grab the turtle and yank him off big brother's neck. The turtle finally released on it's own and was released back to the pond. The kid's pride was more hurt than anything else. He did require stitches though. Guess he won't be insulting turtles again anytime soon. Now if bullfrogs would just learn to bite!

Check out the closeups. You can see how far the skin on the kid's neck is pulled out.





Peace,

Wander

Comments

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lauramander
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, i wish you had video of that!
wander
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Me too but I was very lucky to have been standing there with a camera. I think I was the only one in the crowd who was not too stunned to do something. I had to turn away afterwards so people wouldn't see me laughing.

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ryl
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Go Turtle #20!
wander
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
It was fantastic. I had a beer with the two judges to the right of the kid just after and they were still laughing.

W
piscesdreams
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
10 points for #20! I love happy endings.
wander
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
It was classic. I still laugh when I look at the photos.

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piscesdreams
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
The best is the kid in the background with the grey T-shirt!
http://pinkcoyotedesigns.vip.warped.com/BurgooLo/DSC_0073.jpg
wander
Sep. 9th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Oh I know. At work we were saying the kid who got bit was the local bully and the skinny kid was one who got beat up all the time.

W
gracegiver
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
LOL ... FANTASTIC post.

Did you shoot these Hi-Res? Can you zoom in on that bite? It's hard to see exactly how deep he went or his mouth, for that matter.

wander
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
You bet I did. I'll see what I can do when I get home and post the results. I've emailed this to several people. Two reactions are guaranteed. if they have kids they ask how the kid is. If they don't they ask what happened to the turtle. The local newspaper wants my photos. Bwhahahahahaha!

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wander
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
This is about as good as I'll get without really blowing out the pixels. The turtle had retreated into it's shell and was pulling the skin with it.



W
gracegiver
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
I know it's not polite to revel in someone else's pain, but man ... this is classic. Wish I could see his face.
wander
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I started laughing then turned away thinking the parent would think I was cruel. Then I saw everyone else laughing too.

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ryl
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Go Turtle! This is like a Stephen King revenge story!
wander
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
It actually kind of looks like Stephen King special effects too.

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carocrow
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
If only we could bite the necks of people who insult us in public.
carocrow
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Oh, and what a piece of Americana. Wouldn't this make a great Norman Rockwell painting?
wander
Sep. 9th, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
I have a few artist friends. Mayhap I'll see if one of them could do a good rendering.

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wander
Sep. 9th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Well you can but...

Some of us like a bite on the neck now and then.

W
iamcyber
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
It's the Turtle-nator!!!

Kid shouldn't have been pissing off said turtle...stitches had to SUCK but he shouldn't have been antagonizing the poor thing. Glad Turtle-nator is back in a happy pond/lake/stream somewhere.
wander
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
Bwhahahahaha! I'll be back. Imagine the nightmares that kid would have!

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iamcyber
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
Looks like FUN though. The 'burbs would NEVER do something like that.
wander
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
Nope, this is a redneck country thing. Where we are animal lovers in the sense of we love the way they taste.

W
iamcyber
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
Hehe!

Can't believe they outlawed using "local" meat. Best meal I've had at a festival was at a pow-wow I was at one summer when I was visiting my family in Indiana. No cow sold there. Only deer, elk or buffalo. YUM!
neversremedy
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
http://pinkcoyotedesigns.vip.warped.com/BurgooLo/DSC_0073.jpg

I love the kid laughing in the background. :)
wander
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
You just know he's the skinny kid on the playground who gets beat up alot.

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prairiesong
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
That'll teach him.

I havn't forgotten the burgoo poem challenge but am looking for the proper form. (Besides being without a computer to write with.)
wander
Sep. 10th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
At this point my old journalism professor would have said, "Pencils don't work for you?"

I know what you mean though. Word processing has been the savior of my poor penmanship.

W
prairiesong
Sep. 10th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Yes, I did know how to write w/pencils once. I think I get more done composing at the keyboard.
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