Festivals are celebrated for a variety of reasons. Some are common and others are quite unique. Hotels.com has created a list of the 10 most eccentric festivals held around the world. In a June 18, 2012 press release Taylor L. Cole, director of public relations and social media for Hotels.com is quoted as saying “Festivals give travelers a unique experience and special insight into the destination and culture.”
1. Frozen Dead Guy Days
Held during March in Nederland, Colorado.
It is a festival that celebrates an actual dead person named Grandpa Bredo. He is frozen and resides inside a shed in the hills above Nederland. The festival has live entertainment and provides festival attendees with such events as frozen t-shirt contests, ice turkey bowling, coffin racing and more.
2. La Tomatina
Held during August in Bunol, Spain
It is known around the globe as the ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight.’ Thousands of people from every place on earth go there to throw more than one hundred metric tons of tomatoes at each other in the street. The hour-long food fight is only one part of the festival that also has parades, dancing, music and more.
3. UFO Festival
Held during July in Roswell, New Mexico
Based on the crash of a mysterious object on a ranch outside Roswell in 1947, the festival draws skeptics and enthusiasts for a three-day family oriented event. People who go to this festival car participate in a costume contest, see live entertainment, a parade, listen to guest speakers and more.
4. Darwin Beer Can Regatta
Held during July in Darwin, Australia
People who attend this festival will be able to see crews of four adults put their boat building and water racing skills to the test. Floating vessels made from empty cans and milk cartons are used for a race on the water. There is also a children’s sand castle building competition, kayak races, beach races and more.
5. World Grits Festival
Held during April in St. George, South Carolina
Those who go to this festival will be able to see the crowing of the honored Miss Grits. Here you can see eating and cooking contests, corn tossing, live music and more.
6. Watermelon Thump
Held during June in Luling, Texas
This is a festival for all those who love the watermelon. Many competitions are held including melon eating and team seed spitting. The festival provides food, a car show, live music and craft vendors. The Champion Watermelon award is presented to the grower with the largest Back Diamond watermelon.
7. Trenary Outhouse Classic
Held during February in Trenary, Michigan
During the last Saturday in February teams of three people race their homemade and decorated outhouse over snow. The outhouses must be on skis, can be made from any material but must have a toilet and toilet paper. The teams consist of two pushers and one rider. It is age inclusive event as there is one race held for adults and one for kids.
8. Battle of the Oranges
Held during February in Ivrea, Italy
For those who love to dress in medieval attire this is the festival for you. During the festival residents wearing medieval costumes are broken up into nine teams. Once given the signal they wage war by throwing thousands of oranges at one another. For those who want to just watch and not participate, wearing a red hat will identify you as a non-combatant.
9. Boryeong Mud Festival
Held during July in Boryeong, South Korea
The city of Boryeong is known for the beautifying mud at its Daecheon Beach. People who attend this festival can use mud pools, engage in mud skiing competition as well as enjoy brilliantly -colored mud body painting. There is also a variety of live entertainment and an impressive fireworks display at the close of the festival.
10. Cheese Rolling Festival
Held during June at Coopers Hill, Gloucestershire, England
This annual festival has contestants go to the top of Coopers Hill. Once a round piece of cheese is rolled down the hill participants chase down the hill after it. The first person to get to the cheese wins. Since the hill is very steep and the cheese rolls fast, those chasing down the hill after it tend to fall and roll down the hill.
It’s comforting to know if you find the local street fair held in your area boring, there are other places that can provide you with a unique festival experience.
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