#2,319 Anvil Shoot.
by Erin Napier
Today we took a few of our producers to their very first ever anvil shoot crawfish boil. Surely, EVERYONE has these in their town every spring, right?! It’s one of the annual events put on by one of Laurel’s dearest families, the Mulloys, to celebrate their employees at Laurel Machine and Foundry and they invite everyone in town to come too. Today we had the great
terrifying pleasure of lighting the anvil. Well, Ben did while I stood in the background filming it and hoping all the warnings I was hearing about how easy it is to blow yourself up were slightly exaggerated. While the party is hopping at a safe distance from the anvil launching pad, everyone gathers together to watch the lighting of the anvil.
Last look before he lit the fuse and ran like Flo Jo…
Then it rockets 700 feet into the air and falls out of the sky with that Looney Tunes ‘wheeeeeeeeeeee’ sound before it thuds into the dirt and sinks 5 feet. It’s thrilling and scary because you feel CERTAIN it will land on your head.
Then we went back to the party!
Trent Mulloy, thank you for keeping Laurel cool.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!