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  • n  tall grasses grown for the elongated stiff-branched panicle used for brooms and brushes

  • It was broomcorn, the dry, tasteless straw from which 45 million brooms a year are made.
  • Six years ago, its forefathers appeared on the American continent, probably arriving in a shipment of broomcorn from southeastern Europe to a Canadian broom factory.
  • From that I graduated to a job, pulling broomcorn for 50 a day and board, grateful to get even that (last decade of the 19th Century).
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  • Budweiser Clydesdales to appear in Mattoon, Arcola
    MATTOON (JG-TC) — The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to make several appearances in the area Sept. 6-8 including the Arcola Broomcorn Festival and Mattoon’s Peterson Park.
    Sept. 5, 2013 - Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

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