Win, run and flood Appalachia

One thing we know to be true about Appalachia: we love competition. But there is more to a competition than winning. In this week Inside Appalachiawe meet competitors who are also keepers of beloved regional traditions.

First, we head to eastern Kentucky, where residents are reeling from millennial flooding after about 16 inches of rainfall. At least 37 people are dead and hundreds of homes and businesses are destroyed. Katie Myers with Ohio Valley ReSource reports from Whitesburg, Kentucky.

In this episode:

  • Millennial floods in eastern Kentucky
  • Reducing Road Death Rates in North Carolina
  • Musgrave’s reports of the Mountain Mushroom Festival
  • An accident in Appalachian history led to a new style of pizza
  • Brave children carry on the tradition of Eisteddfod
  • Going for gold at the West Virginia Senior Sports Classic and beyond

Millennial floods in eastern Kentucky
Residents of eastern Kentucky are in shock after millennial floods killed at least 37 people, destroying homes and businesses in the process. Katie Myers with Ohio Valley ReSource reports.

Reducing Road Death Rates in North Carolina
You can’t drive very far anywhere in Appalachia without seeing traffic accidents. Great Smoky Mountains Association officials now have a new strategy to reduce wildlife deaths on North Carolina highways. Blue Ridge Public Radio’s Matt Peiken has more.

Musgrave’s reports of the Mountain Mushroom Festival

Nicole Musgrave

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Tina Caroland shows off a morel mushroom at the Mountain Mushroom Festival in Irvine, Kentucky. Caroland demonstrated how to fry morels at the festival for about 15 years. She bought morels for this year’s cooking demonstration because Caroland and her family were slow to find morels at the start of this season.

Have you ever heard of mushroom hunting? Every year people go into the woods in search of mushrooms like morels, also called ryland fish, molly moochers or hickory chickens. They’re a seasonal favorite in Appalachia, and they inspire all kinds of competition. Folkways reporter Nicole Musgrave reports from the Mountain Mushroom Festival in Irvine, Kentucky.

An accident in Appalachian history led to a new style of pizza

dicarlo's pizza

Zack Harold

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Primo DiCarlo single-handedly, accidentally, created a whole new kind of pizza: cold cheese on a hot crust. The dish would eventually take the region by storm and become known as Ohio Valley Pizza or Wheeling Pizza. But more often than not, it’s still called “DiCarlo’s pizza.”

In Wheeling, West Virginia, people are passionate about their pizza. People there say an accident in history led to a new style of pizza – Appalachia’s contribution to America’s great regional pizza traditions. Folkways reporter Zack Harold visited DiCarlo’s Famous Pizza to find out more.

Brave children carry on the tradition of Eisteddfod
In Wales, the word ‘Eisteddfod’ refers to a traditional music competition that dates back almost a thousand years. Immigrants brought the tradition to southern Ohio, where it has endured for generations, thanks in part to brave children. Folkways reporter Capri Cafaro has this story.

Going for gold at the West Virginia Senior Sports Classic and beyond

carol routine

Courtesy of Carol Rustin

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Carol Rustin of Jefferson County, West Virginia is an avid runner who recently won a gold medal at the West Virginia Senior Sports Classic, qualifying her for the National Senior Games.

Carol Rustin of Jefferson County, West Virginia is an avid runner who recently won a gold medal at the West Virginia Senior Sports Classic, qualifying her for the National Senior Games. What sets her apart is that she succeeds despite having lost her ability to see. Journalist Shepherd Snyder spoke to Rustin about her experience as a blind athlete.

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What do you think? What kind of competitions take place in your part of the country? You may know of a sport or contest that we have never heard of. Or someone over there makes pizza like no one else. Tell us about it. Email us at [email protected] Or, you can find us @InAppalachia on Instagram and Twitter.

Our theme music is by Matt Jackfert. Other music for this week was provided by John R Miller, Ona, Chris Stapleton and Dean Martin, a member of the famous Rat Pack hailing from Steubenville, Ohio – and hailing from Appalachia. Producer Bill Lynch wanted to make sure we mention it.

Alex Runyon is our associate producer. Our executive producer is Eric Douglas. Kelley Libby is our editor. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens. Zander Aloi also helped produce this episode. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram @InAppalachia.

You can also email us at [email protected]

Inside Appalachia is a West Virginia Public Broadcasting production.

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