Sunday, July 22, 2018

Cow Chipping in Chatham, Illinois



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Yes. Yes, it is.
The Chatham Illinois holds its annual Jaycee Sweet Corn Festival in July every year. A big draw is the Cow Chipping Contest.   (My own photos disappeared, so this are some other photos from other Cow Chipping, which is a very universal sport.)


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Future chippers--not afraid to get their hands dirty
My brother Rev. Don Peck and his son Jeremy Peck are extremely involved in this annual event. Don and Jeremy know just about everyone in this town of 12,000 and their crew of friends really know their cow patties.


A team of highly trained technicians are dispatched to the field and extract the day old product with specially designed tools. The correct dimensions were determined by measurement using a toilet seat. The interior is the chosen dimension. (This was a part of my original post.)

Believe it or not, this is serious business. 



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searching for cow patties serious professionals
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Cow chipper technicians in training
When a pie was deemed acceptable, it was taken to the security container to prevent contamination.  Whispers of sabotage had been heard, suggesting plans to rig the pies with pellets and pieces of gravel. A security squad was in place to guard against such.


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Serious business, I mean serious


As said above, this is very serious business.


Cow Chip pile
examining for size requirement

"This event will take place on July 21-23 at the Chatham sports field. Any attendees wishing to participate in the cow chipping throw should attend when the event is announced.  Experience is not necessary. All should understand that participation may result in pungent particulates adhering to hands and clothing."


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It's mine.
Competition is serious business.






Boy, I hope I can attend next year's Cow Chipping Contest.  



28 comments:

  1. I well remember my brothers putting firecrackers in relatively fresh cow manure. How those particulates travelled...

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  2. Blah blah blah. That's almost as bad as the bull testicle eating one I came across. I've stepped in enough cow crap for one life time, no wanting to throw it haha

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    1. This event has no appeal to me, whatsoever.

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  3. My dogs would LOVE that: One eats it, the other rolls in it.

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    1. That would be a heck of a mess to clean up.

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  4. I just hope the smell wasn't what one would expect.

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    1. Not strong and overpowering. Just a whiff now and then.

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  5. The fact of you calling them "pies" is a little off putting for me. Generally a pie is something to look forward too. out here in Australia we call those things cow pats or patties, which I suppose could be equally off putting to some one who eats meat or sausage patties. I think I'll just wander off now...

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    1. I have no idea why they are called pies. Maybe because they are round like pies?

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  6. Fun post, I like the cow chip security tee shirt.

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  7. Everybody wash your hands before heading to the bake table.

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  8. I guess people will have a festival for just about anything!

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  9. Looks like fun. That hat is something special!

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  10. What a hoot. Chatham is just down the road from where I grew up. And no I've never been to a cow chipping contest:)

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  11. Isn't it amazing what a little teamwork can accomplish?

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    1. They're a close group and maintain their friendship all year.

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  13. I bet they could get very creative with bake sale items at such an event. ;) Love that hat, lolol!

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!