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Overbrook, Kansas Hosts 21st Annual Dogmeat Festival
By: Prime Time News
For three generations the town of Overbrook, KA has been serving a dish that by most American's standards is shockingly taboo. Canines have been on the communities menu since the early 1970s when refugees from the Vietnam war were relocated to the quiet, close-knit township. Grateful for their new-found liberty, the Vietnamese were eager to share many of their ancient traditions with their new neighbors.
Overbrook, KA held their first official dog meat festival in the fall of 1992, a low key event where villagers brought in their own doggone dishes to be sampled by friends and neighbors. Every year attendance has steadily grown and now the event is host to 100s of hungry townsfolk each clamoring for a taste of all the vendors tail-wagging wares.
The town plans to close their mainstreet to make way for vendors and event goers.
2013 finds the town embracing their unique culinary custom and proudly exclaiming to the rest of the country "we eat dog and that's okay!" I took a trip to this charming borough to speak with some of the locals and see what they had to say about their new-found reputation as the dog meat capital of United States.
Lenard Wilkins, and elder member of the city council was also in attendance. I asked him if the city has caught any flack from neighboring towns because of their taboo tastes.
"We're ready for the nation to know what we're about and why it's okay. Get with the times, people. Realize that it's perfectly natural to eat mans best friend. It takes an evolved, open minded person to break out of these imposed ideas of what is and isn't okay to eat.