Y’all Got Pet Lobster?

May 7th, 2010 by Harrumpher Leave a reply »

Aiken10Post time for the green and orange tonight! Here’s my bet — PETA won’t like the 26th annual running of the lobsters in Aiken, South Carolina.

This silliness is a spoof of the extravagant Kentucky Derby hoo-ha. The event site is replete with:

  • Adopt-a-lobster (not cheap, but they make it easy with PayPal)
  • Tickets are cheap at $5, and that money as well as adoption and sponsorship fees help three local charities
  • “100 thoroughbred lobsters will compete in several heats leading to the main races that will be held at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 pm.”
  • Other features include a midway with rides, food for purchase as always in the South, and three local bands, plus the East Coast Party Band from Charleston

This is supposed to be the day before the Kentucky Derby. This year, the event was screwed out of temporal proximity by a bad calendar break and follows it by six days. The history page notes, “The event began as a small get together of local friends and has continually grown into a large festival and Aiken’s biggest reunion.”

There’s no word on the fates of the winning and losing hardbacks. I have my suspicions.

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