Stay weird, America.
1. Roadkill Cook Off — Marlinton, W. Va.
Ever driven past some roadkill and had the urge to eat it? Well, every year in Marlinton, W. Va., you can. This roadkill cook off festival allows locals to enjoy a day of tasting strange cuisine, shopping for local crafts, tasting local wines, and enjoying live entertainment.
2. Testicle Festival — Clinton, Mont.
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Each year in Clinton, Mont., locals gather to celebrate… well, testicles. The Testy Fest includes several different events, the main one being the ball-eating contest. You are given four minutes to see how many bull testicles you can consume. Yes, you have to eat bull testicles. They also have an Undie 500 race which is pretty much what it sounds like — people racing in their underwear.
3. Nalukataq Festival — Barrow, Alaska
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The Nalukataq festival in Barrow, Alaska, is held every June just after the spring whaling hunt is finished. The success of the whaling season determines the length of the festival, which can range anywhere from a day to longer than a week. The most prominent activity that takes place during this festival is the blanket toss, which is when locals use sealskin tarp to literally throw people into the air.
4. Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival — Prairie du Sac, Wisc.
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For those of you that don’t know, cow chips are dry, odorless pieces of cow dung. Yay! This festival, held every year in Prairie du Sac, Wisc., includes a cow chip parade, a cow chip-throwing contest, crafts, food, and of course, beer! The current cow chip-throwing record stands at 248 feet.
5. Eeyore’s Birthday Party — Austin, Texas
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Every year in Austin, Texas, people of all ages dress up and head into town to celebrate Winnie the Pooh’s best friend. This celebration has grown increasingly popular over the years. The celebration features a drum circle, live music, belly dancing, face painting, free food, and pictures with the one and only Eeyore. This festival is free to get in, free to park, and proceeds always go to local charities.
6. Underwater Music Festival — Florida Keys
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The Underwater Music Festival is held every year in the Florida Keys. Music is broadcast by local radio stations and piped underwater. Musicians dressed as mermaids and mermen join in on the fun and put on a show for all onlookers. Many dive enthusiasts come out for the fun and food, but the festival also promotes the preservation of the Keys’ coral reef ecosystem.
7. San Fermin Festival — New Orleans
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This festival, held each year in New Orleans, is based off the traditional San Fermin bull racing festival in Spain. However, this festival doesn’t have any bulls chasing after you, they have roller derby girls. The girls chase runners and if they catch up to you, they are then allowed to whack you with a foam wiffle ball bat. The festival, in typical New Orleans fashion, begins with a party and ends with a party.
8. Wayne Chicken Show — Wayne, Neb.
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On the second Saturday each July, the Wayne Area Chamber of Commerce in Nebraska puts on the “Wayne Chicken Show.” This festival, which lasts all weekend, includes food stands, craft vendors, games, and a huge chicken dance.
9. Humungus Fungus Fest — Crystal Falls, Mich.
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Crystal Falls, Mich., is home to the “Humungus Fungus.” This phenomenon is one of the world’s largest and oldest living organisms. The fungus covers almost 48 acres, so naturally the town created a festival to celebrate its existence. For three days, festival attendees can enjoy a pancake breakfast, tournaments, softball games, and the largest mushroom pizza known to man.
10. National Hollerin’ Contest — Spivey’s Corner, N.C.
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Every year in Spivey’s Corner, N.C., this epic competition takes place for all to hear. The National Hollerin’ Contest began in 1969 to save this endangered form of communication from extinction. The event now includes a BBQ cook off and live music. HOLLER.
11. National Lentil Festival — Pullman, Wash.
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Each year, Pullman, Wash., residents gather to celebrate the wonder that is the lentil. The weekend of fun includes live music, a kids’ carnival, free lentil chili, and several vendors. There’s also an annual 5K race, a lentil pancake restaurant, and the anticipation of who will be crowned Lil’ Lentil King and Queen for the year.
12. Gilroy Garlic Festival — Gilroy, Calif.
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For the past 35 years, Gilroy, Calif., has been home to one of the largest food festivals in the United States — the Garlic Festival. Attendees can enjoy all things garlic, along with live music and a garlic-braiding workshop. This festival has everything, even garlic-flavored ice cream.
13. Hatfield and McCoy Reunion Festival — Williamson, W.Va.
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For the past decade, residents of Williamson, W.Va., have been reliving the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud, but having fun while doing so. The festival includes a marathon, live music, food, and a tour of some of the better-known places where actual feuding took place.
14. Duck Tape Festival — Avon, Ohio
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This festival, held every year in Avon, Ohio, spends three days celebrating the wonders of this all-American product. The festival includes a duct tape fashion show, duct tape statues, and a parade with duct tape floats.
15. Tarantula Awareness Festival — Coarsegold, Calif.
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Each year in Coarsegold, Calif., locals gather for a day of tarantula-themed fun and learning. All kinds of arachnid displays, tarantula races, and even a costume contest, ensue.