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Funky Festivals

Posted on Oct 27, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   14 Comments | Posted in festivals

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the Howl-O-Weenie Festival, a Halloween celebration of Dachshunds.  The idea of a festival devoted to wiener dogs dressed up for Halloween seemed crazy, but I was hooked from the moment of my arrival. This led me to consider other festivals that may sound nutty, but I’ll bet they are fun to attend.  Just reading about these annual events and looking at the photos posted on the websites proved to me that Americans are a fun-loving bunch.  Check these out:

1.  Roswell UFO Festival, Roswell, New Mexico.   

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About 20,000 humanoids attend this multi-day party devoted to all things UFO. There are workshops, parades,  UFO experts (huh?) and ooh-gobs of people garbed in alien costumes. The whole city participates with fireworks, free concerts, etc. This is a blow-out celebration in the little desert town famous for the supposed 1947 crash of an alien spaceship. I can’t vouch for the veracity of that claim, but these folks sure know how to throw a costume party.

2.  Summer Redneck Games, Dublin, Georgia

 Ceremonial Torch and Horseshoe, photo courtesy of

Touted as “more fun than indoor plumbing”. How can you not be intrigued by a gathering with a tagline like that? The games include such grueling athletic competitions as redneck horseshoes (tossing toilet seats), armpit serenading, and bobbing for pigs’ feet, to name just a few.  The winner’s trophy? A crushed, mounted beer can.  *sniff*  Makes me proud to be from Georgia.

3.  The Wayne Chicken Show, Wayne, Nebraska

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This annual three day party for poultry includes such activities as the world’s largest chicken dance and a chicken hat contest. Personally, I’d like to be present for the National Cluck-Off in which contestants have fifteen seconds to offer their best chicken impersonation.  I can think of a few congressman and senators who would make fine competitors.

What crazy festivals are you aware of? Better yet, have you attended any? Can you top one of these for sheer zaniness? Let’s hear about it, buttercup!

Til next time –

14 Responses to "Funky Festivals"

  1. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    October 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm  

    Y'all better git back-I'm fixin' to start tossin' toilet seats. (I didn't know I could win a prize for that. Thanks for the tip!)

  2. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    October 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm  

    Hi Lisa,There are always toilets sitting at the curb in our town, how many toilet seats do you want? You southerners sure know how to have fun.

  3. Comment by K9friend
    October 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm  

    I've never attended, but up in Illinois there's an annual horseradish festival. I'm sure I can truthfully describe it as hot stuff!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm  

    Hey Cathy – Why you little overachiever, you. Always wanting to win, win, win. First place in the SCBWI YA Fiction for Middle Grade and Teen contest wasn't enough? You have to win the toilet lid toss as well? LOL You know what? If you set your mind to it, "do it you will". 😀

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 28, 2010 at 7:33 pm  

    Hi Linda – We Southerners can be a lot of fun. 😀 I've not participated in the Redneck Games, but I think it would be a hoot to attend!

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm  

    Hey Pat – The horseradish festival is one I've not heard of before. I'll bet the food is terrific. Hot, yes, as you said…but terrific. 🙂

  7. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    October 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm  

    Hmmmm. I think you just gave me a fabulous idea for my blog. Thanks Lisa.

  8. Comment by Lynn
    October 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm  

    You sure come across some interesting festivals.

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 29, 2010 at 5:59 am  

    Hi Laraine – I'll look forward to reading your post. Whatever you write will be hilarious!

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 29, 2010 at 6:01 am  

    Hi Lynn – Believe me, when I started a Google search I was amazed at the oddball festivals that popped up. The tough part was choosing only three!

  11. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    October 29, 2010 at 10:44 am  

    Lisa, they all look like so much fun. I would love to go to all 3 just to take photos for my blog! The chicken one looks like all around family fun. I have nothing against UFO's, I just wouldn't want to be taken away in one. I was under the impression that in the beginning of the UFO gathering, that was one of the participants goals. Give me Earth any time! The redneck one would be fun, but I am just as happy watching The Redneck Weddings on t.v.Great post!

  12. Comment by Tammy
    October 31, 2010 at 12:15 am  

    Oh, Lisa, this really made my day! And I'm proud…or something…to say I've lived in TWO of the states you mentioned (Nebraska and Georgia). So that explains it.

  13. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 31, 2010 at 8:58 am  

    Hey Kathy – Thanks. The UFO one intrigues me the most. If there were real ETs in the crowd, how would you know?

  14. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 31, 2010 at 9:07 am  

    Hi Tammy – So you lived in Georgia? I've never been through Nebraska, but it sounds like a fun place. Two words. Chicken Show. It's got to be fun!

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