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Governor Goebel Assassinated Again at One Damn Bad Oyster Party

Governor William Goebel, a Covington native and Kenton County State Senator, was assassinated again on Monday night.

The Awesome Collective of Covington with the help of many generous friends pulled off what is expected to become an annual tradition.

The One Damn Bad Oyster Party pays homage to what legend has as Goebel's last words as he lay dying from an assassin's bullet on February 3, 1900: "Doc, that was one damn bad oyster."

The idea originated during an appearance by Griffin VanMeter of Kentucky for Kentucky (the "Kentucky Kicks Ass" campaign) at the Awesome Collective's mini-conference Downtown last fall and then was developed during a national conference the Collective attended in Sacramento, California.

Oysters, beer, food, and Kentucky-themed items were sold at the event.

A reenactment team was assembled to bring to life Goebel's rise to power, his own victorious duel with a banker in Downtown Covington, and ultimately, his murder in Frankfort as he was mired in a contested election for Governor.

The annual event will raise funds for a permanent tribute to Goebel in Covington (the event was held in the Mainstrasse Village park named for him) as well as a community leader award also named for the fallen governor.

Goebel is the only governor in American history to have died from an assassin's bullet.

The Awesome Collective wishes to thank: Katie Simms, the One Damn Bad Oyster Party planning committee, Savor Catering, Otto's, Strasse Haus, Hangover Easy, BLDG, Kentucky for Kentucky, Coving Ten, Center for Great Neighborhoods, Julie Qui of In A Half Shell, Washington Platform, Piper's Cafe, Wertheim's, Cork N Bottle, Renaissance Covington, City of Covington (& Parks & Recreation), the assassination reenactment team, Keep Covington Beautiful, Commonwealth Bistro, Mick & Pat Noll, Top Notch Metal Fabrication, Designs Direct, Residents of Mainstrasse Association, Holmes High School, Hello Cole, and NeighborWorks America.


Editor's note: Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News, is a member of the Awesome Collective of Covington and was part of the assassination reenactment team.