Sunday, July 4, 2010
Here in the Michigan Upper Peninsula we love our country. We don't always agree with the federal government (mostly we don't), but the land, the people, our relationships with each other that's what's most important. My name is Gertie Johnson and I'm an original, authentic Yooper.
Today, Stonely (where I live.) is celebrating with a barbecue cookoff, lots of beer, pony rides for the kids, a chain saw carving (bet you've never seen one of those) and cow pie bingo.
Cow pie bingo is my mother-in-law's favorite Fourth of July activity (other than taking potshots at me). She's in her nineties and still has a lot of get-up-and-go.
For those of you who don't know about cow pie bingo, here's the scoop. A bunch of men take chalk and make a numbered grid in the farm field right next to the park. Then they sell tickets. Next they release the cow into the field. Whoever's numbered square she cow plops on wins the cash prize.
Grandma has a real knack of guessing. Sometimes I wonder if she cheats. And how she does it.
To read more about my family and the U.P., try Murder Passes the Buck or Murder Grins and Bears It.
Are your Fourth of July plans as excited as mine?
Submitted by Hannah