Worst Food Product Trend: Pumpkin SpiceIt was one thing when pumpkin spice first appeared in a latte more than a decade ago, but we draw the line at Hershey’s Kisses, Oreos and candy corn. If there’s a fall-time flavor that could inspire more grimaces and Taylor Swift-esque break-up songs, we don’t know what it would be. Dear pumpkin spice flavored things, it’s time for you to go.
Most Famous Not-Famous Person Interview: Luke Sky Walker
When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was released, we knew readers would love to see an interview with Luke Sky Walker and we delivered. The only one we could reach was a Lewiston native bearing the same first-middle-last name combination, but we think that was pretty much as good as the real thing. And yes, he’s probably heard that “Star Wars” joke you thought of just now as you imagined greeting him.
Most Repulsive Cover Story: Summer Dares
If there was an issue in 2015 that was intentionally placed face down on the coffee table, it was probably this one. As part of our Summer Dare issue, we challenged readers to try various summer pastimes such as panning for gold, building a cardboard boat and climbing a tree. And what list of that sort would be complete without daring you to eat a bug?
What you really wanted to know, though, was if the pictured crickets were actually eaten. The answer is yes, but by whom, we’ll never say.
Best Use of Marshmallows: Second Annual Peeps Contest
A marshmallow-y orchestra with bow ties and tiny violins starred in “Palouse Peepharmonic,” winner of the 13-and-older category for Inland360’s second annual Peeps diorama contest. The elaborate creation took around 25 hours to create and was the work of Inga Kingsley, Diane Worthey, both of Pullman, and Amy Browse of Palouse, who together comprise the Harmonia String Trio. These musicians know how to play — with marshmallows, at least.
The winner of the 12-and-younger category was the “Wizard of Peeps,” created by Josie Hafer, 12, of Lewiston. The Peeple’s Choice Award went to “LHS — Serving Peeps since 1880,” created by Kylie Badertscher, Halee Davis, McKenzie Keatts and Jacqueline Schumacher, all 18, all of Lewiston.
Luckiest Break: Lucky Rowland
A mini-tailgating concert for friends turned into an opening act at the Watershed Festival at The Gorge for Lucky Rowland. When the Lewiston musician pulled out a guitar and mic at the festival campground, he wasn’t expecting to draw a crowd of hundreds, much less an invitation to open on the festival’s Next From Nashville stage for the likes of Michael Ray and Kelsea Ballerini. Whether it will lead to more than just a surreal experience for Rowland is yet to be seen, but there’s a good chance you’ll have an opportunity to hear him play locally this coming year.
Manliest Fashion Trend: Lumbersexual
Our region might not be a cultural epicenter when it comes to men’s fashion, but that was before everyone went lumbersexual. The fashion trend combines a classic rugged outdoor look with devotion to modern culture. It doesn’t count if you are a logger, only if you’re trying to look like one. You might be a lumbersexual if you have a beard, work boots, plaid flannel, rugged taste in alcohol, outdoor skills and a Mac Book Pro.
Most Wondered Question Along U.S. Highway 195: The Story of the Satellite Fence
“I always wondered what the story was with those?” That was a common response by readers upon learning that the painted satellite dishes along a fence between Lewiston and Uniontown was the creative work of the Wolf family. Started by a single dish from nearby resident Ben Wolf in 2000, the collection slowly grew until it exploded in 2014 thanks to a creative senior project by Wolf’s son, Jake. The informal Palouse landmark continues to draw creative additions and stops for photos.