Whitesville Central School’s Doug Moot crowned, “Garlic King”
By Andrew Harris
One of Allegany County’s premier festivals is this weekend, celebrating all things garlic!! The Cuba Garlic Festival is now in it’s 17th year, held at the famous Empire City Farms on September 17 and 18.
The festival has named the annual “King and Queen,” and loyal subjects all over Cuba NY couldn’t be happier. The King, Doug Moot, is about as close to royalty in Cuba as possible already. King Doug takes this official title at a most auspicious point in world history. The paralells with now King Charles are more than ironic, this is destiny arriving on the shores of Cuba Lake where King Doug lives and reigns. The Whitesville Central School community is equally proud, and quick to acknowledge that this royal treatment is long overdue. One English teacher, who will remain anonymous, quipped:
“Well of course he should be the Garlic King! Moot is basically a monarch in Whitesville, especially in the school. He’s a legend and does often smell of garlic. I’ve heard that the people in Cuba regularly bow or take a knee, throw flowers at his boat, even make fielty payments.”
You will be able to find King Doug, and his Queen Jennifer Ruolo who is the Coordinator of the Olean General Radiation Center, this weekend at the Garlic Festival. One warning about the new King, don’t ask for autographs or make direct eye contact. He, while jovial, has certain triggers which should be avoided.
The event is only $8 to attend and parking is free. Check out www.cubanewyork.us/cuba-garlic-festival