All you need is a rutabaga and a dream
This year’s championship event took place, as always, on the last day of the farmers’ market season.
Rutabagas, for the unitiated, are root vegetables of the Brassica family, most likely originating as a cross between a turnip and a cabbage.
Unlovely as they may be, rutabagas are just right for rolling down an icy lane (you can cook and eat them afterwards).
Before the festivities begin, the chorus does a quick rehearsal, this one filmed by a Japanese photographer for a reality show of unusual sporting events. The program sent a crew to participate, making this a truly international event.
The event has its own original song, Joe Crookston’s The Rutabaga Curl.
My favorite line: “Re-peat re-frain forever and eeeeever….”