10 Wacky Small Town Festivals


Testicle Festival

Could you eat this creature's you-know-whats?
Could you eat this creature's you-know-whats?
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What to do with the many testicles procured in the slaughter of bulls? Answer: Plan a festival in their honor and feed them to throngs of people who attend. The Testicle Festival takes place at Rock Creek Lodge in Clinton, Mont., located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Missoula. Every summer, festival goers dine on bull testicles, also known as "Rocky Mountain oysters," and participate in a variety of ballsy events, including a hairy chest contest, wet T-shirt contest and bull chip throwing contest. Obviously, this one isn't for the kids.

At the festival, you can sample a variety of these rich-in-protein testicular delights. Start out with the $5 sampler plate and prepare your palate for all the testicles you can eat. And don't worry, the festival only serves U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved bull testicles, dubbed "Montana tendergroin."

This annual festival draws about 10,000 participants, and more than 4,000 pounds (1,814 kilograms) of bull testicles are consumed [source: Woodbury]. While attending the festival, if you can stand a rowdy, noisy, testicle-devouring crowd, you can stay at a nearby free campground. The Rocky Creek Lodge gift shop offers lots of testicle souvenirs. So, go nuts!

And remember, when in Rome -- taste a testicle, cheer when the babies cry, and take a tomato in the face. What's weird to you is an annual tradition for the locals.

For even more information on these and other wacky celebrations, trips, and activities, check out the links below.

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