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Another swinging year for Schnitzelburg Dainty Contest

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A contestant takes a whack at the Dainty Contest A contestant takes a whack at the Dainty Contest
Congressman John Yarmuth takes his turn at the Dainty Contest Congressman John Yarmuth takes his turn at the Dainty Contest
A crowd gathers in Schnitzelburg for the 43rd annual Dainty Contest A crowd gathers in Schnitzelburg for the 43rd annual Dainty Contest
Creator of the contest, George Hauck, enjoys the festivities Creator of the contest, George Hauck, enjoys the festivities
People load up on bologna sandwiches before the contest starts People load up on bologna sandwiches before the contest starts

Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- Broom sticks and chalk lines make up a competition rich in Louisville history. For the 43rd year, the German neighborhood of Schnitzelberg hosted the Dainty Contest.

Dainty--a German game uses a long stick to hit a small piece of stick, launch it in the air, and whack it as far as you can.

The summer street game turned iconic Louisville festival still impresses its very first contestant, George Hauck. "My wildest ambition, I never dreamed Schnitzelburg would be the home of Dainty contests." Hauck is the owner of the 101 year old family corner store, Haucks. The store paints the back drop for the contest.

After 43 years, George Hauck's neighborhood contest has turned into a city-wide tradition. "This is a slice of Americana that is hard to find anywhere in the country," said Mayor Greg Fischer.

But getting the distance--or let alone making contact isn't easy. As one spectator put it, it takes "a lot of skill". Skill many don't have. "In order to pop the puck up and actually hit it, it takes a lot of skill," he said.

So we asked the man himself for some advice. Hauck had this to say: "I think you close your eyes and swing, and you get lucky and hit it."

State and city dignitaries started off the contest--friendly wagers included--and they all said it was good fun.

"We actually accomplish more in this than generally we do in the political world," said Congressman John Yarmuth.

At least at 93, Hauck can still enjoy his favorite past time. He gave up competing just last year. "I did up until last year, and I thought I better quit while I'm ahead."

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