The U.S. Has No Shortage of Wacky Celebrations — Here Are 9 That Will Blow Your Mind In the Best Way PossibleG.D.
Wacky, curious, zany, quirky, strange, odd, morbid, unique, hilarious, eccentric.
Those are likely the words that would come to mind if you were trying to describe the festivals you’ll find on this list. And, if that’s the case, you wouldn’t be wrong. They’re quite, hmm, let’s put it this way: peculiar. But, before we dismiss them as something that doesn’t concern us, consider this question: Why do we organize and coordinate festivals in the first place?
The answer is actually quite simple: festivals bring our communities together. They do so in a fun way, whether its intention is to celebrate a unique heritage, or simply to blow off steam. And so we say go for it. Make your festivals as quirky as possible. Wear your eccentricities with pride!
And while you’re planning your own festival, here are 9 that are celebrated across the United States and that have helped pave the way for odd celebrations everywhere!
The Where: Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin
The When: Undecided for 2015
The Why: In a word: history. And it starts with the pioneers of the plains. Amidst their settling, they and their fellow travelers faced harsh conditions, but even more so when they pressed forth into the plains, where both water and timber are scarce.
Enter: the cow chip. For those unfamiliar with the term, cow chips are dried pieces of cow dung. Dung, as in feces. Feces as in, well, you get the point. Anyway, somewhere down the line, buffalo hunters discovered that cow chips could be used as fuel — they could be burned to warm the home and to cook their food. Believe it or not, cow chips saved many lives, and, that, my friends, is to be celebrated.
The How: Like any other festival with lasting power, the events have evolved over the years. In 2014, the events included: a 5k run/walk, a 10k run/walk, a beer garden, live music, a Tournament of Chips parade, and the world famous Cow Chip Throw.
The Where: Austin, Texas
The When: April 25th, 2015
The Why: Many of you Winnie the Pooh buffs could probably figure this one out on your own, but, for those less-versed: in one of A.A. Milne’s popular stories, Eeyore, the notoriously depressed donkey, believes that his friends have forgotten his birthday. But, they haven’t. Not at all. Instead, all of Eeyore’s friends collaborate and throw him a surprise birthday party.
And, basically, that’s how this festival began, back in 1963, when University of Texas English students decided to have a party and picnic in the famous donkey’s honor.
The How: Welcoming both children and adults, the festival includes live music, artists for temporary tattoos and face painting, food and drink vendors, large drum circles, and, of course, costumes.
The Where: Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina
The When: June 21st, 2015
The Why: The National Hollerin’ Contest is only one part of the Hollerin’ Heritage Festival, which is essentially in place for one reason: to get back to our roots. As its website states, “Each year, we revive the ‘almost lost’ art of Hollerin’ and seek to preserve our distinct cultural, historical, and agricultural heritage.”
The How: Not sure what Hollerin’ is? Then check out this video:
It isn’t all about the Hollerin’ though! Past events at the festival include: a BBQ cook-off, live music, antique farm equipment displays, living history exhibits, and a classic car show.