Friday, August 26, 2016

How I became a real life Milk Dud

Milk Dud 

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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After nearly 20 years in journalism, I've had chance to interview a Vice Presidential candidate, cover both the President and Vice President and interview countless governors and lawmakers. But along with the "hard" news comes fun times. The most recent was a trip to the Du Quoin State Fair for the first ever Moo Moo Classic.

Moo Moo Classic participants
My coanchor on News 3 This Morning on WSIL, Callie Carroll and I were invited to join radio personalities Critter and Wes Bennett from Withers Broadcasting and Lia & Jon E. from WCIL (River Radio) as well as State Representative Terri Bryant and fair managers Tibretta Reiman and Kevin Gordon in the competition. Each of us took a turn milking a cow for three minutes. No bucket though, we were only given a styrofoam cup to collect the milk.

Fourth place
Other than milking a model cow at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, I'd never touched an udder before. I think I got enough milk to serve as creamer for a cup of coffee. Callie got about the same amount. Meanwhile Tibretta needed a second cup and Critter's cup was more than half full. Long story short, we didn't stand a chance. We finished fourth (of four) and took home the COWsolation prize, a bag of Cow Tails candy. Really though our performance as one person put it was worthy of Milk Duds.

But it was a fun event and we had a good time. It's a great way to kick of the 2016 Du Quoin State Fair. Now give me a funnel cake.

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