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Old 03-30-2016, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Got this idea in Red John's thread about city and sports representation, oddly enough.

What "unique" event that was created in your city/metro is looked down upon by many, yet is still wildly/inexplicably popular and/or secretly beloved?

Delaware (yea I'm using the whole state, since there are "cities" bigger than my state, or at least halfway there) has the Punkin Chunkin festival in Sussex County (returning this year after a couple years' hiatus) where teams spend stupid amounts of money and man-hours to see who can launch a pumpkin the furthest (the arms race is trying to crack a mile). It's the very definition of "hick" imo, and yet it's gotten national exposure and is a big "event" (and the engineering nerd in me "secretly" await its return lol)

Philadelphia, in which Wilmington is a part of that metro, has the annual Wing Bowl, whose monstrosities are well documented and are too long to name here. Plus, there might be kids around.

What's your area's "infamous" event? How does it stack up to the almighty chunking of punkins?

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Old 03-30-2016, 04:19 PM
 
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The Taste of Chicago is widely beloved and reviled
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Old 03-30-2016, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Sturgis?

I'm guessing since I have no idea how locals who don't own motorcycle-related businesses would feel about it.

I actually do know quite a few Nashville families who rent out their houses on AirBnB and leave town during CMAFest to avoid the scads of Canadians in cowboy hats.

Home - 2016 CMA Music Festival 2016 CMA Music Festival

Another divisive "local" event is the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, which is a historic 11-day event that has been held annually since 1939 and brings 250,000 visitors to Shelbyville but has been under attack recently because of animal cruelty charges. Many trainers have been disqualified for using painful techniques to make the horses use their unique gait, and the resulting scandal has definitely tainted the "celebration."

http://twhnc.com/content/
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Old 03-30-2016, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Snowbird Season in Arizona. That's an event, right? Looked down upon by locals, beloved by non-locals, lol.
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Old 03-30-2016, 05:35 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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carnival - montreal, boston, new york city, miami, ...
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Old 03-30-2016, 05:43 PM
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Location: Boston
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The Freedom Rally is probably one such event for Boston.
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Old 03-30-2016, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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lmao every time I watch a video highlighting the Wing Bowl, I am in tears laughing...

Barstool Philly Invades The 2016 Wing Bowl - Barstool Sports

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The Wing Bowl: The one event that reinforces every single negative Philadelphian stereotype for 24 years and counting.
When that Don Vito accent starts coming out at 4am.

Every year, dozens of articles and threads are created by Philadelphian's pissed this disgraceful event still operates.

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Old 03-30-2016, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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The Freedom Rally is probably one such event for Boston.
do people smoke pot?
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Old 03-30-2016, 06:16 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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The Coachella Music Festival in usually quiet, laid-back Palm Springs, CA.
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Old 03-30-2016, 07:35 PM
 
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Sturgis?

I'm guessing since I have no idea how locals who don't own motorcycle-related businesses would feel about it.

I actually do know quite a few Nashville families who rent out their houses on AirBnB and leave town during CMAFest to avoid the scads of Canadians in cowboy hats.

Home - 2016 CMA Music Festival 2016 CMA Music Festival

Another divisive "local" event is the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville, which is a historic 11-day event that has been held annually since 1939 and brings 250,000 visitors to Shelbyville but has been under attack recently because of animal cruelty charges. Many trainers have been disqualified for using painful techniques to make the horses use their unique gait, and the resulting scandal has definitely tainted the "celebration."

The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration Website- Home Of The Celebration World Class Horse Show
Definitely the Sturgis Rally. On the one hand, it's kind of cool and brings a lot of money to town. On the other hand, it is a freaking pain in the ass to deal with all the bikes on the road. It's actually pretty scary at times. It's a great time for locals to go away on vacation. Unfortunately I can't do that, so I just hide out in my house for a week.
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