Name That Flyover City! — Apr 7, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. What midwestern city is home to the yearly celebration known as Brat Fest?
  2. Aside from Tallahassee, Florida, there is another city whose name is derived from the Muscogee words, “tallasi” and “tulasi,” both of which mean “the old town.” What city is it?
  3. What southern city got its name from an English statesman and scholar who was beheaded in 1618?

And here are the answers:

  1. Madison, WI. Brat Fest has been held every Memorial Day weekend in Madison, Wisconsin since 1983. The story goes that Tom and Margaret Metcalfe held the very first Brat Fest in front of their family-owned grocery store, Metcalfe’s Market, with a 22” Weber Grill, a table and three chairs. In 2001, Johnsonville came onboard as the Official Brat for the Festival. In 2005, Brat Fest outgrew Metcalfe’s parking lot and moved to Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center. This year’s fest will include 100 free musical acts, fireworks, a carnival and of course, BRATS!
  2. Tulsa, OK. Tulsa was settled by Native Americans of the Creek and Cherokee nations prior to becoming an American city. The two tribes existed peacefully along the banks of the Arkansas River until an American outpost appeared in 1834 and the Creek were removed from their ancestral homes. The Creek Nation (also known as The Muscogee Nation) celebrates its heritage each year at the Council Oak Ceremony in Tulsa.
  3. Raleigh, NC. Raleigh was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who attempted to establish the first English colony on the shores of North Carolina in the 1580s. Raleigh sponsored a settlement of about 115 people in the area, which eventually became known as Raleigh and became the capital of North Carolina. Raleigh was beheaded after violating a peace treaty between Spain and England. His head was embalmed and given to his wife, who kept it under her bed in a velvet bag until her death.