Well, it happened. My return to the Little Boots Rodeo in Elk Grove Village- the final challenge with their Mayor Craig Johnson- and- my date with…the saw.Let me tell you the story…
We arrived at the rodeo right on time, and were met by a big fan, Sue, who was going to work as our “handler” for the event- making sure we got to every place we needed to go,that we had whatever we needed, and that our line was being managed. She whisked us to the area where the pig races were going to take place,where we met up with Cowboy Jack Groat, who oversees this yearly event, and Mayor Johnson. We addressed the crowd, and declared that, whoever came out victorious in this challenge (recall our previous challenges- the bull-riding event and the duck races- both of which had questionable endings) would be the once and final champion in infinitum.It was also added, once again, that the losing pig’s representative would be sawed in half by magician Mr. D, who was in attendance with his unqiue magic truck.The mayor asked first who in the crowd was hoping for a Svengoolie win- and the crowd roared! He then asked who was hoping for him to win…there was a pause- and then- the crowd…roared…kind of. Then, it was time for the pigs to be introduced. Mayor Johnson’s pig was a fine strapping fellow who calmly go into place at the gates. Then, they introduced my pig- a bionic wonder, they said , genetically produced to be an excellent- wait, what on earth is that squealing? Why, of course, it’s my pig- the experimental wonder- who appears to be about one-fourth the size of the mayor’s pig, and not very happy about being in the race!He was placed in his separate gate, and then- both pigs went through the gate early, before the official start of the race! The two pigs were corralled, and brought back to the gate- where they both went into the same enclosure, and my pig- the genetic wonder- was- ahem- facing the wrong way. This was finally rectified-the pigs were ready-the crowd was ready- and- away they went!
There they went spinning out of the turn, and- my lord! My little experimental model was in the lead! They headed for the checkered flags and- what a surprise-the mayor’s pig coursed ahead, and crossed the finish line first.
And so, the mayor won- and I lost. Being a goolie of my word, I knew our next stop would be- the saw!
We went over to Mr. D’s truck, where he had just finished a show, and needed to set up his saw paraphernalia…so, we took a quick side trip to the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile parked right next door!
The impressive vehicle is even more imnpresiive close up- and I recounted my tale, told in a previous blog, of seeing the Weinermobile as a small child, when the “Little Oscar” actor was actually there to make an appearance. I think our friend Sue pulled some strings- because we were invited to actually get on board to take a closer look at the inside of the Weinermobile- a rare treat!
We got to check out the interior- with its blue, cloud-infused sky-painted roof, and hot dog-shaped accoutrements- including hot dog red and mustard yellow decor, including a lovely squiggle of yellow “mustard” on the rug down the middle aisle! Even more imnpressive- that our guide, Jessie, a petite young lady probably no more than 5 feet tall, is the driver of the huge hot dog! Our visit concluded, of course, with her giving us -an Oscar Meyer Weiner Whistle!
But then- it was time- Mr. D was going to cut me in half. Would I cut the mustard? (No, that would stay in the Weinermobile…)I’ll continue the story in tomorrow’s blog-but- don’t forget- I will be back at the Little Boots Rodeo- in either one or two pieces- today from 1-3 pm! Come on out for the fun- info is under our “appearances” tab on this site!