Thursday, May 22, 2008

Shhh . . . the World's Largest Brat Fest is sleeping

Shhh . . . The Brat Fest Is Sleeping
But not for long. As I drove by on Olin Avenue on the way home from work Thursday evening, the World's Largest Brat Fest was all bedded down on Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center and resting up for Friday morning's opening at 11:00 a.m., when the Sparetime Bluegrass Band will hit the Quench Gum Stage and become the first to perform of some forty local musicians booked for the event, which lasts through memorial Day. During the four-day event, people will once again try to break the 2004 record consumption of 37,886 pounds of Johnsonville Brats -- enough to stretch just under 18 miles, laid end to end.

It really did look as if it was sleeping this evening -- complete with an apparent Rapid Eye Movement (REM) cycle. Like a sleeper moving his eyes in REM sleep, Brat Fest moved its Ferris Wheel. There was no one on it. Silently it turned clockwise, then counterclockwise and then clockwise again, just like eyes flicking back and forth in a sleeper's dream state. As I drew closer, I saw someone at the controls, apparently testing the machinery. Then he walked away, presumably to get a good night's sleep, and -- probably for the last time in a few days -- the World's Largest Brat Fest was totally silent. It didn't even snore.


Dr Bud "Hold the kraut" Diablo said...

Are you serving as a Celebrity Cashier, MadGuy? You're much more widely known than some of the people they recruit.

Madison Guy said...

Thanks, Dr. Diablo, but that would violate my vow of anonymity.

Dr Buns Diablo said...

Perhaps you could volunteer to serve as the 6-ft dancing sausage who serves as the Johnsonville mascot. He appears annually at BratFest. "Johnson" is, of course, a slang term for wang, so you would be the butt of some gutter humor. However, your true identity would be concealed by the casing or foreskin or whatever they call it.

Besides, the experience would supply you with a week's worth of blog material, giving your readers a break from the cavalcade of bird photos.

Dr Bud "Jumbo" Johnson said...

Or at least get a photo of the Dancing Johnsonville Johnson. Out-of-staters often ahve an image of the Wisconsite based solely on those endless TV shots of dumb knobs in Cheesehead hats. The popularity of the Johnson will document our more sophisticated side.

Carlo said...

Good Job! :)