The freaks don’t just come out at night. Across the country, summer days mean weird summer festivals celebrating eyebrow-raising regional culture, food and other activities.
Here are some of the best and strangest summer events in America that are worth checking out.
Barnesville Potato Days
Location: Barnesville, Minn.
Date: Aug. 27-28
What you’ll see: Besides eating various potato preparations, people enjoying the Potato Days can participate in a mashed potato sculpture contest, and watch mashed potato wrestling, a mashed potato eating contest and lots of other spud-related activities.
The Hollerin' Contest
Location: Spivey’s Corner, N.C.
Date: June 19
What you’ll see: Long before cell phones, hollerin’ was once an important method of communication in the rural south, according to the North Carolina tourism board. In addition to listening to the loud-mouths compete, attendees at this event can enjoy country, bluegrass and gospel music, and the money raised goes to the Spivey’s Corner Volunteer Fire Department, the tourism board says.
Summer Redneck Games
Location: Dublin, Ga.
Date: July 10
What you’ll see: This tongue-in-cheek event features the Hubcap Hurl, Bobbin’ for Pig’s Feet and Redneck Horseshoes, a game that uses toilet seats instead of horseshoes... and it’s all for a good cause. All profits go to local charities. “In essence, it’s like a grandiose bake sale — only with butt cracks and hubcaps instead of brownies and pie,” according to the event Web site.