What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Proof of life

So, yesterday I did go to the Mespo Festival. It is mostly a large flea market with the chance to buy some good roast ox sandwiches and support the Mespo Fire Department. The people around Mespo are an interesting mix. Here are some crowd shots.

The image above is standing in line to get a cheese on a stick (also supports the Cardinal Band). That was a 45 minute line. While the line for the sandwiches was about 6x as long, it was also only about 45 minutes (which was surprising, given previous years' progression I expected it to be 3 hours). What is everybody looking at? Well, they were adding new wood to the fire. The wood they use are remnants (from logging). Think the outside skins of trees that are sawn off while making lumber. So, they're about 8 to 12 foot long planks just thrown onto a fire (they firemen are good grillers, they only use the coals and ash from the fire to heat the beach-ball sized pieces of meet).

Also, had lunch/dinner sitting across from an exurban hipster. Yea, that was pretty surreal. Also, there were exactly 3 Goths there. I know this because in this crowd, they stood out. Also, wearing black in the hot sun, probably not the best choice.

But one thing about Mespo is not only do the have the oldest still operating general store in Ohio, and one of the few remaining examples of a village green (it's where the festival is at), but they have a great cemetery with some cool stones. Like this one.

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