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Boar’s Head festival

Our guests tell us all about the annual Boar’s Head Festival.


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AT LEAST UNTIL NEXT FRIDAY. MEGAN: THANK YOU SO MUCH. CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL IS PREPARING TO CELEBRATE ITS 80TH ANNUAL BOAR’S HEAD AND YULE LOG FESTIVAL. JOINING ME THIS MORNING ARE MATT PAUL, BOB BYRON, AND ANNE JAROSZEWICZ. WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE AMAZING OUTFIT YOU ARE WEARING. >> IT IS — >> IT IS A TUNIC WITH PANTALOONS. MEGAN: I LOVE HOW THE WOMAN HAS TO BE LIKE, LET ME EXPLAIN THIS OUTFIT FOR YOU. WHAT IS THE HISTORY BEHIND THE FESTIVALS? >> BOB IS THE HISTORIAN, BUT IT STARTED IN ENGLAND OVER 600 YEARS AGO. IN THE UNITED STATES WE ARE THE OLDEST PERFORMING BOAR’S HEAD AND YULE LOG FESTIVAL IN THE COUNTRY. 80 YEARS. IT IS BOB’S 40TH YEAR AS THE DIRECTOR. MEGAN: TELL US ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON AT THE FESTIVAL. >> THE SYMBOLISM IS THE BOAR’S HEAD AND YULE LOG ITSELF. THE SYMBOL IS THE BOAR IS THE MEANEST ANIMAL IN THE WOODS IN ENGLAND IN THE MIDDLE AGES. WHEN HE WAS CAPTURED AND CARRIED IN ON A PLATTER, THE SYMBOLISM IS OF GOD OR MAN’S CONQUERING OF EVIL. THAT STARTED AT QUEENS COLLEGE IN ENGLAND. WE STARTED AND CONTINUED FROM THERE. MEGAN: THIS IS A LONG-STANDING TRADITION. TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS HAS MEANT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. >> I HAVE BEEN DOING IT SINCE I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD. THAT IS ROUGHLY ABOUT 30 YEARS. IT HAS BEEN A TRADITION FOR MY FAMILY TO SEE THE CHRIST CHURCH FAMILY, AND TO THE CITY OF CINCINNATI. IT IS A VERY SPECIAL OCCASION. I’M AM EXCITED FOR EVERYONE TO SEE. MEGAN: THIS IS NOT JUST FOR CHURCH MEMBERS? >> IT IS NOT. WE HAVE OVER 300 PEOPLE TAKING PART WITH A FULL ORCHESTRA, A FULL CHOIR, ONE HUNDRED 50 PEOPLE DRESSED IN AMAZING COSTUMES. IN ONE HOUR AND 10 MINUTES YOU ARE TRANSFORMED. YOU WALK OUT FEELING SUCH AN OVERWHELMING FEELING OF GOODWILL TOWARDS MAN. IT IS THE PERFECT WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR AND TO CELEBRATE WHATEVER YOUR FAITH TRADITION. YOU WILL FEEL GOOD. WE WANT EVERYONE TO SEE IT. THERE ARE FOUR PERFORMANCES, INCLUDING A DRESS REHEARSAL. THEY ARE THE FOURTH AND FIFTH OF JANUARY. THE DRESS REHEARSAL IS 2:00 WITH LOTS OF TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE CHRIST CHURCH FRONT DESK. IF YOU WANT TO COME TO ONE OF THE OTHER PERFORMANCES COME DOWN ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE, GET YOUR NAME ON THE WAITING LIST, AND WE WILL GET YOU IN. >> CAL 6214. THAT WILL GIVE THEM ALL OF THE INFORMATION. TICKETS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED, BUT WE WILL GET EVERYONE IN WHO COMES DOWN. MEGAN: CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL WILL HAVE THOSE PERFORMANCES ON JANUARY 4 AT 2:00 P.M. AND 5:00 P.M., AND ON JANUARY 5 AT 2:30 P.M. AND 5:00 P.M. YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION AT

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Boar’s Head festival

Our guests tell us all about the annual Boar’s Head Festival.


The Boar’s Head festival is coming up and our guests tell us about what you can expect to see this year.

The Boar’s Head festival is coming up and our guests tell us about what you can expect to see this year.

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