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Rollin' On The River: Punkin' Chunkin', Giant White Bass and the Reds On Deck

Updated on October 7, 2012
After watching Sunday football, what better way to spend a couple mid-afternoon hours than fishing for the likes of this 13-inch Ohio River white bass.
After watching Sunday football, what better way to spend a couple mid-afternoon hours than fishing for the likes of this 13-inch Ohio River white bass.
The annual Warsaw Pumpkin Festival on the Ohio River featured Dr. Dirt's Pumpkin Chunker that fired mini pumpkins halfway across the river.
The annual Warsaw Pumpkin Festival on the Ohio River featured Dr. Dirt's Pumpkin Chunker that fired mini pumpkins halfway across the river.

Family and Parenting

by Robb Hoff

October 7. 2012

Normally, I write hubs about three subjects: Ohio River Fishing, the Cincinnati Reds and Michael Kruse Music.

But in scrolling through the hub categories, it dawned upon me that I'm not always really just writing about Fishing, Baseball or Music: I'm writing more often than not about Family and Parenting.

That doesn't sound so odd when considering that every fishing hub I've written has involved fishing jaunts with my son and that Michael Kruse is my brother from my mother's mother -- that is, my uncle who's more like a brother than an uncle.

And although I do not have relatives playing for the Cincinnati Reds, watching the Reds -- whether at the ballpark or on the TV -- is really a family event with my wife and kids. In fact, just last night as the Reds played past 1 a.m. eastern time, it was a milestone in our family because we were together watching the Reds win their first playoff game in 17 years and cheering in unison with the final out of that game as Reds closer Aroldis Chapman struck out Giants star Buster Posey to seal the deal.

Additionally, the hubs that I write that don't fit into these primary categories still involve family and parenting, like the ones I've written about trips to museums and attractions.

Now I don't necessarily use hubs to extol the parenting virtues of teaching a child how to tie their lure on their line themselves or explain the the difference between a two-seam and four-seam fastball, but the underlying theme of everything I write in these hubs involves the sharing of experiences that cultivate learning and the sharing of time with those who are valued the most.

And with that I send this hub off on a Dr. Dirt tangent, whose USA Pumpkin Brigade "Punkin' Chunker" entertained many families during the Warsaw Kentucky Pumpkin festival by launching mini-pumpkins halfway across the Ohio River with the help of his son.

Dr. Dirt's "Punkin Chunkin" Cannon

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