The Legend of Muddy-Frogwater
How did it all begin?
It began innocently enough. It was the early 1970's and a group of good friends in high school and from the nearby town of Weston were hanging out and having a good time. As is always the case with close friends, good-natured teasing happens a lot. Before long, the Westonite friend started poking fun at their city name and "Milton-Freewater" became "Muddy Frogwater". Well, the friends, Dan, Billy, Raymond*, Seymour*, and Juice*, thought this was actually pretty funny and started using the name too. As in all small towns, it did not take long for word to get around and "Muddy-Frogwater" seemed to catch on around town.
Around this same time, the annual festival in town was facing a tragic and untimely demise. The "Pea Festival", which celebrated the area's largest agricultural crop, was declining in attendance and participation, probably for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the Festival's royal court may have objected to the titles of "Pea Queen" or "Pea Princess", lest there be any misunderstanding or misspelling of the name. However, every small town must have a yearly festival and the search was on.
One fateful night settled the destiny of "Muddy-Frogwater" and perhaps saved the town festival. The group decided it was time the new town name became official, since so many folks were using it anyway. Late one evening, Raymond, Seymour and Juice sneaked to the edge of town and painted "Muddy-Frogwater" over the "Welcome to Milton-Freewater" sign in one of the first recorded instances of graffiti the town had known.
It didn't take long to decide that the new town festival would henceforth be called "The Muddy-Frogwater Festival". And thus the legendary festival was born!
* Names have been changed to protect the [not so] innocent.