The last few weeks of August don’t just mean bidding goodbye to summer; for many allergy sufferers, it also means the agony of ragweed season.
But the town of Hudson, Que., is turning to a new idea to give its residents some relief: setting a bounty on the nasty weed.
Hudson has begun paying residents to pull out ragweed, offering five cents a pound for the weed, or 10 cents a kilo.
Julie Schroeder, the town’s director of parks and recreation, has even upped the ante with a grand prize.
“Whoever brings in the most, I am personally putting up $100 of my own money to sweeten the deal,” she says.
Some residents are taking on the challenge with gusto. Seven-year-old Kyle Secours has become known as Hudson’s own “Ragweed Terminator.” He’s managed to slice and dice nearly three times his own weight in less than two days.
That’s 139 pounds (63 kg) for a kid who weighs only 51 lbs (23 kg) himself.
Now, if we would all just pull the noxious Knapweed that is invading the many trails and empty lots about town!