Thursday, June 21, 2007

Happy Summer!, and Happy Pea Week Eve...

This week we salute The Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival and World Championship Rotary Tiller Race, set for June 29-30. It's a beautiful thing.

For all the info, go to

Below is a report from Emerson from Festival Pea-R magnate Bill Dailey...

The top picture is Shane Waller of Junction City, Arkansas, current men's world record holder (200 feet in 5.72 seconds - an average speed just shy of 24 miles-per-hour.) Shane has won it the past three years. This photo was taken in '04, when he set the record. (Photo by Rhoda Wallace.) TEDDY NOTE: Please note the gentleman standing to the left as you look at the pic; he's got his fingers in his ears. And the girl sitting over his right shoulder has her hands on her cheeks as if to say, "What the...?"

The bottom picture is the venerable Wayne Waller of Three Creeks, Arkansas, former world champ and former world record holder. Wayne is well remembered for showing up one year in a racing uniform consisting of boxer shorts with hearts on it. (Photo by Hal Miller.)

Have you noticed a trend? The Wallers are the Andretti's of tiller racing.