Bo Bienvenu, of Prairieville, adds to our collection of stories about races and other sporting events involving critters:

"A highlight of the early Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festivals was the crawfish race.

'"The mayors of all the local towns had an entry with a number on its back. There were formal introductions of the owners and trainers, and results from the claiming races.

"There was a sheet with a target painted on it. The crawfish were put in a bucket, and it was turned upside down on the inner circle.

"Someone shouted, 'Ils sont parti!' and the bucket was lifted. The betting began immediately and ended when the first crawfish crossed the outer circle.

"That owner/mayor had bragging rights for a year."

Creative banking

Our tales of "chicken drop" and "horse plop" contests reminded Sarah Stravinska, of Chestnut, of this story from long ago:

"When my husband went to photograph the grand opening of a new bank for his newspaper, one of the attractions was a pony ride for the kids.

"City fathers and the mayor were all lined up; out came the pony. Just as my husband snapped the picture, the pony made the first deposit at the bank."

A chat with Fats

Chuck Falcon, of Donaldsonville, shares this memory:

"The passing of Fats Domino reminded me of this day back in the 1980s, when Fats played at the Plaquemine Civic Center.

"We hung around after his performance until he came out from backstage.

"He sat and talked to us like we were his neighbors. When we mentioned we were from Donaldsonville, he asked us about Tony and Ralph Falsetta. Tony had the Town and Country Club back when Fats was just getting started, and he would often play there.

"He was a very humble man."

Everybody eats

Donald Landaiche, of Donaldsonville, says our mentions of ways to keep squirrels out of bird feeders reminds him of the time he rigged up some PVC pipe over the feeder pole to keep squirrels off:

"Much later, feeling guilty of depriving the squirrels of their daily repast, I decided to remove the PVC.

"Now everyone is happy, and all come to enjoy their daily meal — squirrels, doves, blue jays, sparrows, cardinals, blackbirds, thrush, wrens and more.

"They all seem to get along quite well, and none of them go hungry."

Right place and time

Nic Ourso tells of his "miracle moment" one Halloween night:

"In 1959 I was going on 13 years old and was making some money selling Cokes and 7-Ups on the east side of Tiger Stadium at the LSU home football games.

"I would load a bucket and walk up and down the stadium seating area selling as many drinks as I could.

"At the Ole Miss game I went down to the concession stand and reloaded my bucket with drinks and some ice.

"And miraculously, as I was coming out onto the seating area, right in front of me Billy Cannon caught the ball and ran it all the way for a much needed touchdown!

"What a miracle that was for me!"

Special People Dept.

Hazel Hagan, of Baker, celebrates her 90th birthday on Monday, Oct. 30. She is a Master Gardener and a Y Aquatics member.

Joy of sharing

J.B. Castagnos, of Donaldsonvile, says stories about lottery winners brought this old tale to mind:

"Some friends and I were discussing the lottery winner at the morning coffee gathering.

"One of the guys said if he would win that much he would give each of us a million dollars.

"I told him he reminded me of Boudreaux and Thibodeaux talking.

"Thib asked Boo, 'If you had two Cadillacs would you give me one?'

"Boo told him, 'Thib, you and I are best buddies; sure I'd give you one.'

"Then Thib asked him, 'Boo, if you had two boats, would you give me one?'

"Boo replied, 'As much as you like to fish, Thib, I'd be glad to give you a boat.'

"Then Thib asked him, 'If you had two hogs would you give me one?'

"Boo frowned and told him, 'Thib, you know I HAVE two hogs!'"

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