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10 of the Most Unusual (Dare I Say Weirdest) Events in America


“It’s a festival where people compete to see who can toss a mullet the farthest.”

“Is it alive?” I inquired a tiny bit horrified. 

“No. No. No. It’s a dead mullet.”

I was speaking to Nicole Stacey, a tourism rep from Pensacola. I’d asked if what interesting events in the city. (I was thinking something like a seaside Coachella.)

With the speed of a Jeopardy contestant, she replied, “Yes! The Florabama Mullet Toss!”

A first, I assumed she was kidding. She had to be kidding, right? On the contrary, it’s not only for real, this crazy celebration has been drawing massive crowds for 30 years. What?!!

A scene from the frozen t-shirt contest at the Dead Guy Days Festival in Nederland, Colorado. | Photo: Andrew Wyatt

I got to thinking, Pensacola can’t be the only city with an off-the-wall ritual. It is America, after all.

I did a little research, and lo and behold, I learned that if you take an absolutely nutty idea, add live bands, good food, lots of beer, and enough laughter to make you snort, it’s bound to be a hit.

With that in mind, I bring you some of my favorite American events so goofy they’re great.

C’mon, you know you want to go. 

(Please check event websites for updated information regarding postponements or modifications due to the pandemic.)  




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