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VIDEO: Republic celebrates grasshoppers with new festival

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REPUBLIC, Wash. -

The town of Republic is bugging out. A hopper hoopla is taking over the town to celebrate the grasshopper. The two-day festival is happening Friday and Saturday and includes a costume contest, a parade, bug cars, artists, music and food. The main course is the bugs themselves (a great source of protein!), but the festival creators stress no one must eat the bugs. The grasshoppers come in a variety of flavors and seasonings.

The idea began on social media after the towns boom grasshopper season. Organizers asked how they could use one of their abundant resources to create something fun and beneficial for the community. The Grasshopper Festival was born.

Some serious bug people are also in town for the festivities. Dr. Virginia Emery, from Seattle, is bringing grasshopper specimens from the University of Washington and will present workshops on sustainable wild-harvesting of insects as well as beekeeping.

Documentary filmmaker Ian Toews will be on hand to cover the first-ever festival. He's making a film about people eating insects worldwide.

Bug Chef David George Gordon is cooking up the critters as well. Gordon is the author of the Eat-A-Bug Cookbook. He's also the author of 20 other cookbooks and he has an insect food truck.

Festival organizers  say a steady flow of people have been visiting the town for the grassroots grasshopper party.

The Grasshopper Festival is sponsored by a company called All Things Bugs.

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