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Private "Pissant," also known as Lee Vry, dances during the changing of the guard ceremony. With a dwindling population, he said he's recruiting more "Knights of St. Urho" if anyone is interested. Shyness is frowned upon, as public disrobing might be required. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

St. Urho celebrates spring, saving the local wine crop, grasshopper annihilation

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Saints usually evoke benevolent thoughts of Mother Theresa surrounded by destitute children. But every March, Menahga plans a boisterous weekend to celebrate a giant sainted Finn with an even more ginormous grasshopper impaled on a pitchfork.


All hail the festival of St. Urho. His saintness is alleged, in Finnish folklore, to have eradicated a locust of grasshoppers feasting on the country's sparse grape crop.

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