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Old 06-18-2009, 12:49 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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From rolling cheese in Gloucestershire to wife-carrying in Scandinavia, the world is full of quirky, colourful and downright bizarre events. They may not be to everyone's taste, but here is a selection of some of the unusual festivals you can find around the world this year:

The world's weirdest festivals - Telegraph
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:06 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Fabtastic link John, thank you for the smiles !

I was appalled however that you forgot the world famous "shin kicking" festival as past of the "Cotswolds Olympicks" and the "Poohstick World championship" ( I was runner up a few years back - I would have won but the judges decided in favour of my oponent , a cheating cute blond angelic looking child .... go figure , I'm not bitter , OK well yes maybe ) near where I live....

Robert Dover's Olimpick Games

World Pooh Sticks Championships 2009

And there is also the "Rock, paper, scissors" in Canada, "The Hollerin contest" in North Carolina, "The British Lawn Mower endurance race", "The Monkey Buffet festival" in Thailand ,"The nights of the Radushes" in Mexico,"The battle of the oranges" in Ivrea italy, "The water fight festival in Thailand", "Tunarama" in Port Lincoln South Australia etc...

What a wonderful world we live in sometimes...
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:47 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Moose, I've heard of the Poohsticks festival and am impressed at your expertise.
Lest we forget:
The Worm Grunting Festival in Sopchoppy.
Sopchoppy is several miles south of Tallahassee in northwest Florida.
(While not centuries old, this is absolutely for real, not just some fake made-up tourist thing.)

YouTube - Worms Gruntin in Sopchoppy Florida

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Old 06-18-2009, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Moose, I've heard of the Poohsticks festival and am impressed at your expertise.
Lest we forget:
The Worm Grunting Festival in Sopchoppy.
Sopchoppy is several miles south of Tallahassee in northwest Florida.
(While not centuries old, this is absolute for real, not just some fake made-up tourist thing.)

YouTube - Worms Gruntin in Sopchoppy Florida
That's fantastic , I love all those quirky festivals and celebrations people have. It makes the world a much more interesting and fun place .

The nettle eating competition is one I would definitely avoid taking part in though.

World Stinging Nettle Eating Championship attracts record crowd - Telegraph
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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The Redneck Games in Georgia is a must!

Redneck Games (http://www.eccentricamerica.com/redneck.htm - broken link)
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