Ozarks drought breakers

I wouldn’t mind a little rain right about now. The old Ozarkers had a few ways to bring it on, according to the late great folklorist Vance Randolph.

One way was to pour out a gourd, or bucket, full of water in the middle of your field.

Another was to submerge a cat in sulfur water – not drown the cat, mind you, just dunk it.

Some thought plowing their dry, dusty field would do the trick — as in “plow it and it will come” (if you’ll indulge me with a play on words from the film “Field of Dreams” where Kevin Costner’s character heard a repetitive voice that told him “build it and they will come.” Sorry, that’s corny, I know). 

The actual old saying for this one was “rain follows the plow.”

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