The Asparagus Bed of Mason County
I had to delve deep into the bowels of the web to find this one. It's an article from the Cincinnati Enquirer dated 2002:
Over the years, the fields around May's Lick have been known for nurturing tobacco, corn, hemp and maybe a few illegal crops. But the story goes that nearly a century ago, a banker named Sanford Roff declared May's Lick the “asparagus bed of Mason County.” Considering townsfolk probably grew even less asparagus then than they do now, this slogan was more about marketing than the true state of agriculture. Mr. Hoff's theory was that asparagus grows in fertile soil and May's Lick is blessed with fertile — although mostly clay-red — ground.
So what Mr. Roff really meant was May's Lick was prime property, and it could be the asparagus bed of Mason County — if people tried.
So there you have it. The May's Lick Asparagus Festival, and the whole story of being the 'asparagus bed of Mason County' has little to do with the actual plant itself, and a lot more to do with a dream of a better tomorrow - a prosperous future for the residents of Mason County rooted in the soil. Now that's pretty cool, don't ya think?