By Correne Martin
Whether you believe the number 13 is lucky or not, the 13th annual Droppin’ of the Carp at Lucky Park in downtown Prairie du Chien could bring you a little good fortune in the new year. This is only if you buy into the superstition and plant a kiss on the world-renowned local fish, “Lucky, the carp,” on New Year’s Eve Tuesday night. It would make for a good photo opportunity, if nothing else.
Of course, there’s much more to the Droppin’ of the Carp and Carp Fest than the lowering of “Lucky,” but the famous frozen fish is certainly the most felicitous aspect of the entire celebration. Between 2,500 and 3,500 fans attend the carp drop from year to year, and this holiday, despite a chilly New Year’s forecast, an enthusiastic crowd is expected yet again.