What's a rutabaga? And, furthermore, what's a rutabaga curl?
A rutabaga is a large root vegetable that is related to turnips and cabbages and tastes slightly sweet. To prepare it, I usually peel it, cut it into pieces, boil it, and mash it, sometimes adding a potato or an apple and a little maple syrup or cream. Roasting with other vegetables drizzled with oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper is also a great option.
But never mind what I do with rutabagas. Others have created an annual tradition and sport with them.
This Saturday (12/19/2009), more than 100 contestants are expected to roll rutabagas 79 feet toward a target to vie for the gold medal. Contestants under 8 years of age will compete in a separate category known as the turnip toss. Registration begins at 10:45 and rutabagas start rolling at noon. And, the fun is not just reserved for the contestants -- The Rutabaga Chorus will sing, athletes will parade, a torch will be lit. For rules, photos, and a history of the contest, check out the official website.