June 22, 2001

For Immediate Release
Contact person:  Bill Dailey (501) 315-7373, or Mildred Beene (870) 547-2707
Email: purplehull@juno.com
Web site: www.purplehull.com

Garden Tiller Racing Discussed on National Radio

   What would you guess might have been the topic of discussion Thursday on the nationally broadcast “Kiley & Booms” sports call-in show on the Fox Sports Radio Network?

   Tiger Woods being on the skids?  No.

   Cal Ripken’s retirement?  Guess again.

   Garden tiller racing?

   Yep.  Garden tiller racing.

   “They contacted us about two weeks ago, wanting to discuss the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race,” said Bill Dailey, spokesman for the Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival.  “So we arranged a time, and they called about 3:30 Thursday and we talked on the air about tiller racing for probably 10 minutes or more.”

   The “Kiley & Booms” show, hosted by Kevin Kiley and Chuck Booms from studios in Washington, DC, is carried on the Fox Sports Radio Network, which consists of over 50 radio stations throughout the nation.  It has affiliates in most major markets, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, and Washington, DC.  It’s carried in this area by KWKH, 1130 AM, in Shreveport.

  “So from the Ventura Highway in California, to the Washington Beltway, to the Pacific Northwest, folks were hearing about the sport of garden tiller racing,” said Dailey.

   During the ten-minute interview, various questions about the tiller race and the PurpleHull Pea Festival were asked, according to Dailey.

   “They were particularly interested in the Tiller Girls,” said Dailey.  “I think they’d seen their picture on our Web site.”

   The Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival and World Championship Rotary Tiller Race will be Saturday, June 30.  The tiller race will begin at 3:30 p.m.  For more information, go to the festival’s Web site, www.purplehull.com, or call (870) 547-2707.

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