Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hidden Messages

This ain't no Last Supper, but Medora hasn't fallen completely off the fresco bandwagon.

And Medora's version of the fresco comes with a not-so-subliminal message:

What exactly is better(n) than bacon? I'm still not sure.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pitchfork Fondue: the weirdest picnic ever

This was the event that we have been waiting for. That all our friends have been waiting to hear about. That defines the weird town that is Medora, ND.

It is the famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue.

(keep in mind that this happens every night. that is a lot of steak!)

We're talking steak on pitchforks deep fried in 55 gallon drums of sunflower seed oil. You can see all the pitchforks lined up and ready to go before the eating begins, and you can watch the fondue-ing process. It takes about 3-5 minutes. The menu also includes fruit and vegetables, cole slaw, baked potatoes, garlic bread and baked beans.

The evening went as follows:

Guests arrive, claim a picnic table under the pavilion, and when the word is given everyone lines up at the buffet, hands in their ticket in exchange for a color coded plate referring to either a 9 oz new york strip steak, 12 oz rib eye or hot dog. Somewhere near the beginning of the line, it started raining, which quickly turned into an absolute downpour. The pavilion provides shelter, but the rain still blows in from the edges, and the fight for tables in the middle commenced. There were only 4 of us and we were near the front of the line so we managed to score a pretty good location. Live entertainment was provided by Steve Lasiter, the Burning Hills Singer, and members of the Coal Diggers. They did a great job and started playing somewhere over the rainbow when a beautiful one appeared in the sky, the plus side of the rain.

(a few of our fellow diners)

Our take on this event:

It was like a giant picnic with hundreds of strangers. The food was good, the steak was average (abby though it was weird, and well, it was), and the live band was entertaining. The rain and the fact that were hundreds of people there made it a bit of a stressful event. I wish the actual fondue-ing was a more central focus of the event. It happens off on the edge of the pavilion, and you can watch if you want to, but no one really does. Worth the $26 that paying guests spend? I don't know, but it was certainly entertaining!

(notice the pitchfork hole)

Oh and they guy sitting behind us with the shirt that said "I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat vegetables" was simply priceless.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

extreme canine stunt dogs.

The Medora Musical, which takes place every night from June 2 through September 5 (a review will be coming soon!), has a special act that performs after the intermission every night. Throughout the summer there will be a total of four acts, the first of which was the Extreme Canine Stunt Dog Show.

(the obstacle course)

These extreme canines have appeared on a number of Animal Planet TV shows, Ellen Degeneres show, The Tonight Show, and even Chicago's very own Oprah Winfrey Show. There are a total of 13 dogs who are part of the extreme canine team all of whom have been rescued from shelters and trained to be incredible performers.

(some mad frisbee skills)

With names like Chaps, Jet, Seven and Charlotte, each dog had it's own personality and knew how to work the crowd. The show started with an obstacle course for the dogs (as you can imagine, some nights the dogs were certainly better than others). Gail, the dog's trainer, and her assistant Tom, a butler-looking sort of clown, worked with the dogs through the obstacle course, hula hooped with the dogs, and threw frisbees to the dogs in crazy patterns.

(obstacle course and Tom, because every show needs it's clown)

The crowd loved the dogs, especially the tiny one, Charlotte, who jumped over a collie named Seven. And personally, I loved the dogs. Any time you can have dogs at an outdoor performance, you are setting yourself up for a good situation. On occasion the dogs would get distracted by horse poop on the back of the stage, but once their concentration was back, the show was a hit.

(bff's charlotte and seven)

The last three photos are courtesy of mary egstad,