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I attended the Giant Omelet Festival in Abbeville, Louisiana this weekend.

Basically, they build a big log fire in the middle of the street in front of the courthouse. While it's heating up, there's a small parade, and the local high school girls' dance team does a little number in front of the giant skillet (exact dimensions may be on the looked about 4-5 yards in diameter to me).

Then they chop 50 pounds of onions and crack 5,000 eggs into plastic paint buckets. They use a fork lift to situate the skillet over the fire, and then they heap in lots of oil and butter. They saute the onions and peppers, then pour in the eggs. Soon after that the Tabasco Girls (a chosen few from the dance squad) come out and pour tabasco sauce in. Then they add the crawfish, and a team of cooks scrapes and shoves the eggs around while they cook.

The whole ordeal took about an hour and half. The resulting concoction was mildly flavorful scrambled eggs, served with a little hunk of French bread. Not bad for free I guess, but it wasn't really an omelet.

And soon after they forklifted the skillet from the fire and began serving, the flies started buzzing all over the "omelet" (there were at least 200 flies hovering and landing). Not surprising, but it didn't add to the experience.

It was an experience though...but once is probably enough.

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