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Janis and Bobby Hillstrom were crowned St. Urho's royalty Saturday. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

St. Urho celebrated in Menahga

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Saints usually evoke benevolent thoughts of Mother Theresa surrounded by lepers. But every March, Menahga hosts 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, underway this weekend. 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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