County officials in Oregon are matching the bet made by Dane County Board leaders here on the Rose Bowl, with local goodies from Eugene (in Lane County) put up against the local fare from Madison.
Faye Stewart, chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners, issued a press release on Thursday, in response to the bet made by Dane County Board Chair Scott McDonell and Vice-Chair John Hendrick, over who wins the Rose Bowl, the Wisconsin Badgers or the Oregon Ducks.
"We are committed to promoting local businesses and products, so we are putting together a basket of locally-grown or made goods that will be sent to the Dane County Board, should the Badgers pull out a win," Stewart said.
Goodies in the Lane County basket will include wine from King Estate and ale from Ninkasi, along with products from several local food businesses.
"We hope the Rose Bowl is an exciting game and we can't wait to receive that gift basket from the Dane County Board," Stewart said.
McDonell and Hendrick started the bet by offering to send a basket of locally made goodies, including chocolates, cheese and bratwurst, to the Lane County Board of Commissioners if the Badgers lose to the Ducks.
McDonell will also don the colors of the Ducks at a County Board meeting if Oregon wins, and Stewart agreed to do likewise by wearing the Badgers' red and white if Bucky comes home a champion from Pasadena.
The Rose Bowl, pitting the Big 10 champs Wisconsin against the Pac 12 champs Oregon, will be played on Jan. 2 beginning at 4 p.m. on ESPN.