Minnow Swallowing Contest in Duluth

St. Patrick’s Day, 1980. Quite a party in the West End.

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tom maloney

about 12 years ago

Hey, was that Commissioner Steve O'Neil seated in the very last clip of the video?

wildgoose

about 12 years ago

"What does it take to be a champion ... ?"  

If the lady swallowed that many minnows I wonder how many the men's winner drank.

Barrett Chase

about 12 years ago

There were three contestants in the women's competition. Two of them almost barfed on camera, and the winner drank 75 minnows. I'd bet that about 68 of those were purely recreational.

Barrett Chase

about 12 years ago

By the way, does anyone know where the Amber Flow was? I remember hearing the name, but its location escapes me.

wildgoose

about 12 years ago

I missed the location in the video I was wonderign where it had been.  Actually Barrett I do remember the amber flow.  We had some family friends who would take us all there regualrly for something that was really cheap, it might have been hamburgers, or pizza but I wouldn't be surprised if it was fried fish, either.  We'd go on Sunday or maybe Saturday afternoons, always in the afternoon.  When we had quarters I'd play Ms. Pacman, even htough I was terrible at vidoe games.  I also remember that they had a 45 rpm jukebox with such great jukebox songs as "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino To Decorate Our Home" 

I don't remember the exact location but I want to say it was it was very "west end," (note that I didn't call it "Lincoln Park.")  Maybe 19th or 20th ave and on Superior St or whatever it's called out there. Surely someone remembers.

TimK

about 12 years ago

I spent many a Saturday morning sitting on their pool table drinking 7-Up and listening to the juke box when I was a child. My dad was a professional alcoholic and was occasionally in charge of my care, so of course the best place to bring a 5-year-old was the Amber Flow. If my rusty brain recalls correctly, it was Roby's in the 80s. I can't think of what is there right now, but it is a bar.

Dave C.

about 12 years ago

The Amber Flow and the grocery/meat store next door - Frank's or Wrazidlo's I think - became Roby's.  I think it's called the Bedrock Bar now.  I was in bands that played there in the 70's.  A slice of heaven.

Friendly Old Knifey

about 12 years ago

Funny, Roby's is where my father used to frequent when I was a small child. It is most definitely the Bedrock, now.

kitty Brand

about 12 years ago

Now that is the best thing I have seen in a long time. Love the odd ball local history stuff. Thanks Paul. 

Also, I believe the Amber Flow is in Biwabik now.  Biwabik's Amber Flow

wildgoose

about 12 years ago

One more thing, as a youngster, the "Amber Flow" always made me think of, well, taking a leak.  I think they may have even had a sign that brought the effect home.  So it seemed an odd name for a bar.  

Today I realize that it was meant to signify the golden flowing nectar-of-the-Gods beer, Milwaukee's Best or whatever they had on tap there.  It wasn't until I was an adult reading/watching Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park that I realized it was an actual substance.  

Apparently it is a good name, hopefully, it's working for the folks up in Biwabik.

Touchdown Johnson

about 12 years ago

The woman who ate 75 minnows is a dead ringer for Chris Farley's Lunch Lady.

http://bit.ly/aaj6kQ

TopOfTheHillMan

about 12 years ago

St. Patrick's Day, 1980. Quite a party


You kids would be surprised what we did in the 80s.

Bad Cat!

about 12 years ago

Erin go Blargh!

Paul Lundgren

about 12 years ago

I have it on reasonable authority that the woman who swallowed 75 minnows was Marilyn Hanson, who is now deceased.

More about the Amber Flow in another post.

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