Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- Pig statues arose all over Cincinnati about 20 years ago. If you chose to count them all, there were about 400! What was that all about?
- Since the early 2000s, this annual festival has celebrated beer and comedy, two great things that go great together! Though the 2021 event is cancelled, the festival will be back in late summer 2022. What is the name of this festival?
- What is the name of the legendary downtown Cincinnati bar and grill that has operated at 210 East 8th Street since 1861?
Here are the answers:
- In 2000, the Big Pig Gig, a public art installation launched by Artworks, took its inspiration from a similar installation in Chicago that featured cows. What made the project so interesting was that each pig had its own unique look based on the artist who created it. The reason the pig was the chosen animal has to do with Cincinnati’s history as “Porkopolis,” one of the major pork-producing cities in the US. If you want to get a look at the majesty of pig-themed artwork, check out the Big Pig Gig’s Instagram page!
- The Cincy Brew Ha-Ha is billed as “America’s Largest Beer and Comedy Festival.” For 14 years, it has provided the city with comedians of all shapes, sizes, and styles (on four different stages), along with over a hundred different beers, food, and enough laughter and fellowship to cool off the hottest summer! Previous headliners have included David Allen Grier, Hal Sparks and Michael Ian Black.
- Arnold’s Bar and Grille’s website couldn’t make it more direct and succinct: “Arnold’s is a historical, legendary downtown Cincinnati destination with a reputation for good food served in friendly surroundings at moderate prices.” Their modesty, while admirable, is unnecessary. Arnold’s history is fascinating, its food is abundant and innovative (Blueberry Chicken, anyone?), and its décor harkens back to the age of the classic American saloon, including a bathtub on the second floor that allegedly held actual gin during Prohibition. All that, plus live music and proximity to Reds and Bengals games make Arnold’s a must visit for downtown revelers.
Thanks for playing!