admin | September 20, 2010 in Music,WordSmatter | Comments (4)

Fair season. Winter is done. Spring is here, and summer is starting to peek around the corner.

With fair season…comes fair food. We’ve played a lot of fairs and festivals over the years, and we’ve seen some weirdness when it comes to culinary carnival contributions. Some even teeter on scary.

Oh, there’s deep-fried Snickers and deep-fried bananas and deep-fried Twinkies. Beef kabobs and turkey kabobs and “I’m not sure but it must be some kind of meat” kabobs. I’ve heard about deep-fried Coca-Cola, (I’m not sure how that works), and at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, I saw cheerful vendors serving up spaghetti and meatballs…ON A STICK!

So when we headed down to the southern edge of Texas to perform at Borderfest in Hidalgo last spring, the Dippin’ Dots ice cream stand in the lobby of the arena didn’t really seem suspect…until I looked a bit closer at the sign.

“Ice Cream of the FUTUTE?” Ew…that just sounds bad. Not even a handmade sign, but factory issue and mass-produced. I ran the words through Microsoft Word, Spellcheck, and looked it up in the dictionary on my laptop. Nope. “Futute” was nowhere to be found.

I thought about ordering some. What flavors might they have? Ganilla? Slawberry? Rocky Toad? Hey…wait a minute.

It occurred to me that Borderfest 2010 was celebrating the culture of Australia with this year’s festival. Outback Steakhouse is the current sponsor of the “Southern Voice” tour, and as I write this, I sit in my hotel room in Sydney, Australia; we perform here tonight for the very first time.

Of course. “One CROC-olate, please.” Yum.


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  1. Comment by Kyle DreierSeptember 22, 2010 at 8:53 am  

    Makes me crave “Peatza-in-a-Kuhp”. 🙂

  2. Comment by KevinSeptember 23, 2010 at 7:50 am  

    “Slawberry”… really. That is just gross. But very funny.

  3. Comment by Stacy — September 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm  

    “Futute”…now that is one massive mistake… LOL! I just wonder how many people walked by that little stand of yummy goodness and never noticed! We can always count on you, McMahon, to pleasure us with these fine details. There’s nothing like ice cream….”croc-olate” …hmm, just maybe!

  4. Comment by Angelika — September 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm  

    Funny that you noticed it, because most people would have walked right by it without a second look. I actually thought you were going wacky until I took a closer look. Did you point out the mistake to them or leave it alone?

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