5 Funky American Festivals

America loves a party. We found enough funky festivals and eccentric events across the country to fill a lifetime with fun.

from Reader's Digest
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    Ostrich Festival
    Chandler, Arizona
    At this annual bash celebrating the southern Arizona tradition of ostrich ranching, revelers can cheer on their preferred bird during a 50-minute ostrich race and then down an ostrich burger-presumably one not made of the losers.

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    World Championship Punkin Chunkin
    Bridgeville, Delaware
    How far can you chunk a pumpkin? Each November, competitors in this contest use catapults, centrifugal spinners, and other homemade contraptions to launch an eight- to ten-pound pumpkin as far as mechanically possible. The record: 4,483.51 feet.

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    Kinetic Sculpture Race
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Is it art-or transportation? Both, it turns out, when human-powered sculptures cross sea, mud, and sand in an eight-hour, 15-mile race along the city’s Inner Harbor each May. Past award winners have included two Elvis impersonators in a car nicknamed Hunk a Hunk of Burnin’ Junk.

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    Sputnikfest
    Manitowoc, Wisconsin
    In September 1962, a chunk of glowing debris from Sputnik 4-one of the first Earth-orbiting satellites, launched by the Soviet Union-fell from the sky onto a street in downtown Manitowoc. The Russians reclaimed the piece, but the town hosts an annual festival to commemorate its arrival. Highlights: a Miss Space Debris contest-costumes made out of aluminum foil are common-and an Artta This World art fair.

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    Frozen Dead Guy Days
    Nederland, Colorado

    When Grandpa Bredo Morstoel died in 1989, his cryogenically minded family packed him in dry ice and placed him in a shed to await a cure for death. This annual March party honors him with a hearse parade, kid coffin races, and frozen turkey bowling.

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