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June 5 & 6, 2009 Wakarusa Festival, Ozark, Arkansas
Moonalice poster by Alexandra Fischer
According to Moonalice legend, the tribe has a long history here in Ozark, Arkansas. The Moonalice hemp business in Ozark was small time until Ulysses S. Grant appointed Fort Smith’s famous Hanging Judge, Isaac Parker. The tribe had a mortal fear of hanging — it was incompatible with the consumption of herbal entertainment — but they liked the Judge. Hanging was good for the hemp business. The Hangin’ Judge was appointed in 1875 and he was a great customer. He sentenced 160 people to be hanged over twenty years. Best of all, he didn’t just buy rope. He bought the whole plant. Smoked like a chimney. Which may explain why only half the people he sentenced actually got hung. The rest just passed out from too much herbal fun.
According to Moonalice legend, today is the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Talk about bravery. But do you know the Moonalice connection to D-Day? Neither do we. If you find one, let us know.