SOURCE: VirtualTourist

March 15, 2007 09:57 ET

VirtualTourist Announces 10 Wackiest Spring and Summer Festivals

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 -- VirtualTourist, the popular travel research and social-networking site, today released its members' and editors' top picks for wacky, and otherwise memorable, festivals in the United States. These events offer travelers many types of options for their spring and summer vacations, from fun and silly to just plain strange.

UFOs to Cow Chip Throws: 10 Wackiest U.S. Festivals

April 1: St. Stupid's Day Parade; San Francisco, California -- Sponsored by The First Church of the Last Laugh, this zany SF gathering is April-fool hearty.

April 7: Spamarama; Austin, Texas -- Race with it in the Spam can relay, toss it in the Spam disc shoot, or even -- gulp -- eat it in a chow-down. This party's all about the revered mystery meat.

April 27-29: Mangum Rattlesnake Derby; Mangum, Oklahoma -- Slither me timbers! This event is not for the ophidiophobic (snake-fearing). Other than rattlers, draws include a flea market and carnival rides.

May 5: Annual East Coast National Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race; Baltimore, Maryland -- Human-powered artworks fit to travel over land, mud and water compete in this race that is pure, off-the-wall eye candy.

June 23: Coney Island Mermaid Parade; New York, New York -- Mingle with mermaids and pal around with neptunes in this vibrant, costume-rife parade and ball.

July 5-8: Amazing Roswell UFO Festival; Roswell, New Mexico -- The faithful and the cynical gather to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "Roswell incident," when a UFO was said to have crashed into military grounds nearby.

July 27-29: Pierogi Fest; Whiting, Indiana -- This event is packed full of food, costumes, a polka parade, polka bands, a pierogi-eating contest and even "Eastern Bloc Jeopardy."

August 1-5: Testicle Festival; Clinton, Montana -- The Rocky Mountain oyster (the you-know-what part of a bull) is the specialty of the "testy festy," a mountain party with music, contests and lots of beer. Not family friendly!

August 27-September 3: Burning Man; Black Rock City, Nevada -- Tens of thousands descend upon a middle-of-nowhere desert to dress up, play, make things and burn things.

September 1-2: Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw; Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin -- This party gets smokin' with bands, food and all kinds of activities, leading up to the Saturday afternoon chip throw (they can fly quite far, apparently).

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Note to Editors

Detailed information as well as member quotes on these and other festivals can be provided upon request. Interviews are also available.

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