Boat Festival/Tater Day
The annual boat festival held in France celebrates the return of springtime. Children make miniature boats with candles in them that symbolize the joy of sailing on the “seas of life.” At the end of the day, a great procession ends at the Rhine, where the boats are cast onto the water as everyone makes their wish for the coming Summer months.
Batats (sweet potatoes), brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus, became a dietary staple and one of the primary crops grown in the southern United States, where they are as rampant as the kudzu vine. The small tuber is rich in vitamin A and mainly grown for human consumption in the form of alcohol, flour, and starch.
Originally a market where potato slips for Spring planting were sold, Tater Day has been revived as a country fair. In Benton, Kentucky, Sweet Potato Day comes complete with a beauty pageant, horse races, carnival games, and a flea market. Celebrated since 1843, Tater Day is one of the oldest trade days in the United States.
Sweet Potato Pudding
1/4 cup melted butter
1 % cup milk
‘/4 tsp. nutmeg
‘/2 cup sugar
1 cup grated sweet potatoes
1/4 tsp. allspice
Pinch of salt
Beat egg and add remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased baking dish. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally. Serves 4.
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