Cow Chip Tossing Day
It may have started in Wisconsin, but cow chip tossing seems to have caught on - at least, on August 31st. In some parts, cow chip tossing is even more popular than watermelon seed spitting, potato sack races or pie eating contests combined.
The first pioneers that settled in the Plains faced Indians and unfriendly land. The desire to own a home and land to raise a family gave the settlers the determination to brave the difficult conditions. The scarcity of water and timber for fuel and shelter, plus extreme weather conditions, made life hard and lonely. Bitter winters found the settlers desperate for fuel.
Buffalo hunters had found that buffalo chips could be used for fuel. Most of the buffalo were gone by the time the settlers came, so they had to rely on the "cow chip" for furnishing fuel to cook their food and warm their homes.
When dry, the chips were odorless, gave a clean, bright flame and burned with intense heat, without soot. Chips were gathered and stored for the winter as autumn approached. The cow chip was a life-sustaining utility and was often used in trade for food or anything the pioneers needed.
In 1970 tossing cow chips became a sport in the Cimmarron Territory Celebration held each year in Beaver, Oklahoma in remembrance of the rugged courage and individualism of the early pioneer.
Giant Cow Chip In 1975 the Sauk Prairie Jaycees, recognized the Sauk Prairie Area as the Cow Chip Capital of Wisconsin and organized the first State Cow Chip Throw.
In 1989 the Wisconsin State Legislature proclaimed the cow chip the Unofficial State Muffin.
Over the years, this light-hearted tradition continues. The entire Sauk Prairie Community welcomes you to join the fun.
How far can you toss a cow chip, meadow muffin, prairie patty or dried bovine dung by any other name? (Yep, the dried piles are much easier to toss ... and a lot less messy.)
Happy Cow Chip Tossing Day on August 31st. (And watch your step out there in the barnyard.)
National Eat Outside Day
It's National Eat Outside Day! Today is the last day of August, which makes this a very timely celebration. It's the perfect opportunity to take your breakfast, lunch, or dinner into the great outdoors and enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather.
Al-fresco dining first became popular in the 18th century. Patrons who enjoyed eating their meals in the open air could visit tea gardens, seashore resorts, or rooftop restaurants. Eating outside was considered a tourist activity up until the early 1900s. Around that time, the first sidewalk cafés appeared on the streets of Manhattan.
There are many ways that you can participate in National Eat Outside Day. Eat at your favorite outdoor restaurant, enjoy a popsicle on your porch, organize a barbeque in your backyard, or have a picnic at a local park. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to enjoy some time outside. Have fun!
National Trail Mix Day
August 31st is National Trail Mix Day. While its origins are unknown, this annual “food holiday” celebrates trail mix – a healthy snack usually comprised of dried fruits, nuts, seeds, granola, coconut and a bit of sweet chocolate. Legend has it that some surfer dudes invented trail mix back in the '60s.
Like the name suggests, trail mix is the perfect pick-me-up while hiking on a trail or a great lunchtime or afternoon snack. Trail Mix, also referred to as GORP (an acronym for Good Old Raisins and Peanuts) is available in a wide variety of prepackaged trail mixes found at your local grocery store, but you can also make your own, adding your preferred ingredients.
Princess Diana Memorial Day
August 31st marks the 16th anniversary of the tragic death of one of the world’s most beautiful and admired women. On this day in 1997, Diana, the Princess of Wales, died in a horrific car crash moments after leaving the Ritz Hotel in Paris.
Lady Diana Frances Spencer was born on July 1, 1961. “Shy Di” went on to marry Prince Charles on July 29, 1981. Millions around the world watched the lavish, fairy-tale wedding as it happened on television on July 29, 1981. The couple would share two children before the marriage began to unravel. In 1992, it was officially announced the couple would separate and in 1996, the couple divorced. Although she officially resigned from her duties in 1993, her charitable work and life in the public eye continued.
The Death of a Princess
Chased by paparazzi after leaving the hotel, the driver of the Mercedes car, Henri Paul, crashed in a Paris tunnel. Paul, along with Diana's boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, were pronounced dead on the scene. Diana’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, survived. Diana and Dodi were not wearing seat-belts.
While Diana initially survived the crash, she died hours later in a hospital from injuries sustained in the accident. Despite several controversies surrounding the accident, it was eventually determined that Henri Paul’s high rate of speed and the driver’s level of intoxication were the cause of the crash. The “People’s Princess” was only 36 years old.
The World Mourns
More than 1 million people lined the funeral route as young William and Harry walked behind their mother's coffin on September 6, 1997. It is estimated that over 2 billion people watched the funeral on television.
Diana's final resting place is the magnificent Althorp estate, the Spencer family home for 20 generations. Visitors can view the award-winning exhibition which showcases the life and work of Princess Diana.
But besides being one of the most beautiful and photographed women in the world, she was also known for her warmth, compassion and humanitarian work. Her legacy continues to this day. Diana not only lives on in her children, but in the hearts of all who knew and admired her. After all, she was affectionately called the "Queen of Hearts."
Franchise Appreciation Day
What is Franchise Appreciation Day?
Franchise Appreciation Day is an initiative to help create an awareness to increase customers knowledge of the importance of using social media networks and location-based services to connect with, and continue to support local franchises. It's also a day to celebrate franchises and allow you the consumer to enjoy a day in support of your favorite franchises by receiving Discounts and Giveaways.
When is Franchise Appreciation Day?
Saturday August 31st, 2013 [Labor Day Weekend]. We encourage everyone to support local franchises daily.
Who can participate?
Anyone. We encourage everyone to support local franchises.
Why should I get involve?
To help with building and strengthening the relationships between consumers and franchisees using mobile applications and social media to connect with their local consumers. This would drive more traffic and in-turn would create more revenue for that franchisee to hire more people in your community, and do more community involvement activities.
What is a Franchise?
A franchise is a right granted to an individual or group to market a company's goods or services within a certain territory or location. Some examples of today's popular franchises are McDonald's, Subway, Domino's Pizza, Golden Krust Bakery and the UPS Store.
There are many different types of franchises. There are over 120 different types of franchise businesses available today, including automotive, cleaning & maintenance, health & fitness, financial services, and pet-related franchises, just to name a few.
Who are Franchisees?
A franchisee is an individual who purchases the rights to use a company's trademarked name and business model to do business. The franchisee purchases a franchise from the franchisor. The franchisee must follow certain rules and guidelines already established by the franchisor, and in most cases the franchisee must pay an ongoing franchise royalty fee to the franchisor.
What are the Franchises Facts?
The number of jobs filled within and because of franchised businesses (17,430,700)
The number of franchise establishments (over 828,138)
Direct and indirect economic impact of franchised businesses; ($2.1 trillion)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of franchised businesses ($1.2 trillion)
Franchised businesses account for nearly 50% of all retail sales in the United States.
Franchised businesses supplied an annual payroll of $304.4 billion, or 4.2 percent of all private nonfarm payrolls in the United States in 2007!
What is Sociallybuzz?
Sociallybuzz is a social media management, marketing and advertising company, working with businesses and franchises to help them understand the importance of having a local social web presence and the values of having a great relationship with their consumers.
Love Litigating Lawyers Day
Because every profession deserves to be dutifully celebrated, August 31st has been named "Love Litigating Lawyers Day." Today's the perfect opportunity to go up to your favorite litigator and give him or her a big 'ol hug.
Where would we be without these folks? Goodness knows. I shudder to even think.
If you're looking for a good gift for your favorite lawyer, check out these awesome gavel stress balls, to ensure that even if they leave the court, the court doesn't have to leave them.