We nominate Ken Meyer for Carp King. He is well qualified for this grand title. Ken is a very active man when it comes to rive life on the Mississippi River. He boasts the nickname Captain Ken, He is a 'boat mechanic and keeps a lot of the fisherman's boats in working .order so that they too can enjoy the river. He spends countless hours working on their boats, and does it with a smile When he isn't fixing boats, he also enjoys trying to catch the big one, although it seems to always get away. Who else do you know that has. a collection of over a dozen different boats lying around his property. They may not all 'be up and running but he can't just fathom tossing away a piece of floating history. Ken also has attended different Corps of Engineers meetings to voice his
concern 'of the way the river life is handled. He enjoys eating smoked carp and other fish delicacies. Ken also has a big heart in helping others out, as he is a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Zor Shriners.
His wife Jan is well suited for the title Carp Queen as she has to put up with Ken's boat collecting and being away so much fixing boats.
To summarize it best, just look at his Cadillac and truck license plates that read CAPT- KEN.
*Excerpted from Ken and Jan Meyer's nomination for Carp King and Queen. See here for additional Dropping of the Carp photos.
My recollection of the 2010 Dropping of the carp will be as such. The week went by so fast I hardly had a chance to get geared up to start the work I had to finish. The weather didn't cooperate starting on Wednesday which put us behind. We persevered and the weather on the 31st threw us another curve. I think I counted the weather change 6 times that day. It started out comfortably warm, turned cold, the wind changed, turned warm, rained, the wind changed again, turned cold, and at 11:57 I could have swore the snowflakes where about three inches around. Our equipment, being tarped, survived the rain but not the wind gusts, so we had to do an almost complete reset of the light equipment at 9:00.
We were able to speed up the lighting of the fireworks as we saw the crowd dissipating away from the chilliness. For a moment I felt like a rock star as I saw all the camera flashes geared toward the light and fireworks show with myself at the sound controls. We played in the New Year with some of the top pop and dance hits of 2010 and noticed a few enthusiastic hangers-on attempting to dance away the midnight chill. I only wished people could have hung around a little longer but the cold night drove them back to the comfort of the establishments with the convenience of heat. I was pumped up and the ideas for next year began to flow before the volume control was twisted back down to a non-ear piercing level. Keep an eye out for us next year. I believe the Dropping of the Carp festivities have now turned the corner of the first decade of the millennium and is now headed progressively into its teen year's.
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Tom Nelson Carp Master
Carp Fest Run/Walk
by Mike Ulrich
Prairie du Chien Parks and Recreation Director.
The air was crisp and a slight mist began to fall but that didn't stop the 7 Carp Fest runners on Friday 31st, 2010. The top runner Dave Farmer came in at a time of 20:43, Second place, Roger Kordus 22:45, Third, Andra Boos 24:45, Fourth, Linda Kordus 26:13, Fifth, Bernie Bartels 27:24, Sixth, Paul Bartels 31:28. To finish the race Margaret Eggan came in at 32:21.
The Carp Fest committee thanks the 2010 runners for their partcipation and hopes to see them back next year and a few more brave runner for the 2011 Carp Fest Walk/Run.