Ramblings and cultural musings on travels and life in an engineered landscape.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Milan Melon Festival Grand Parade 2008
Of all the festivals and events that belong to the Ohio Festival & Events Association (http://www.ofea.org/index.php), the Milan Melon Festival Grand Parade is recognized as the best parade in the state. Much of the credit needs to go to Art Dickman, who has been organizing the parade since 1971, and Doris Weiss, who has been in charge of the queens since the festival started in 1959. There are many other types of festivals in Ohio, but festivals featuring food are the most prominent. Although parades are not a significant area of my research, I am interested in the ways that food is presented at these parades. This year, the parade lasted an hour and 15 minutes. Here are just a few photos:
Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. My academic background is in English literary studies and history and I hold a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. I am in the process of converting my doctoral dissertation *Foods That Matter: Constructing Place and Community at Food Festivals in Northwest Ohio* into a book manuscript. *Foods That Matter* examines the cultural practices surrounding foods presented at food festivals in Northwest Ohio. Finally, I am the father of two daughters who reluctantly accompany my wife, Michelle, and me on our culinary travels—you come too.