FlightNetwork.com Seeks Out Wonderfully Weird Festivals

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Coffin races at Frozen Dead Guy Days - Photo by Dave Baker

The editors of FlightNetwork.com have compiled a list of delightfully weird festivals to inspire travellers to venture into strange and wonderful territory

Summertime is prime tourist season and many travellers conclude their summer travels with a vow to do something a little different for their next trip. The editors of FlightNetwork.com, one of Canada’s top travel sites, have compiled a list of 11 Gloriously Weird Festivals That Will Make You Smile to inspire those horizon-broadening forays into strange and wonderful territory.

The list is all over the map, ranging from fun and educational family events such as the Woolly Worm Festival or alpine Cow’s Ball, to rowdier affairs like Frozen Dead Guy Days, Montana’s Testicle Festival, or the fierce Calcio Storico.

Here’s a taste of the wacky festival action:

Frozen Dead Guy Days - Nederland, Colorado

What would you do if you found yourself in possession of a cryogenically frozen corpse? The town of Nederland, Colorado faced that precise quandary years ago. Seeing a perfectly valid excuse for a good party and a way to shake off the winter blahs, Frozen Dead Guy Days was born. Festivities, which draw up to 20,000 visitors, include frozen salmon throwing, coffin races, a hearse parade, polar plunge, and tours of the frigid resting place of the deceased dude himself. Not surprisingly, a great deal of beer is consumed as well.┃Find flights to Denver

Monkey Buffet Festival - Lopburi, Thailand

Lots of places honour their founding fathers, but Lopburi, in Thailand, does so in a unique way. Since legend has it that the town was founded when Rama awarded fiefdom of the area to Hanuman the Monkey King, every year they put on a bountiful buffet for approximately 600 monkeys, who emerge from the wilderness in droves to binge on the towers of fruit and other goodies laid out for them.┃Find flights to Thailand

Woolly Worm Festival - Banner Elk, North Carolina

Punxsutawney Phil and his brethren cast their shadows to gauge the arrival of spring, but woolly worms, which are the caterpillars of the Isabella Tiger Moth, are consulted in fall to predict whether the upcoming winter will be mild or harsh. Not content to rely on just any old woolly worm, in 1973 Banner Elk started the Woolly Worm Festival with the premise of determining the fittest one around.┃Find flights to Charlotte

Night of the Radishes - Oaxaca City, Mexico

Started over a century ago to generate some buzz about the local farmers’ market, the Night of the Radishes is strictly about the radish. Mexico’s traditional radishes, which are bountiful in December, can grow as big as 3kg, giving artisans plenty to work with as they carve elaborate sculptures and showpieces from tons of the piquant vegetable.┃Find flights to Mexico

Calcio Storico Fiorentino - Florence, Italy

A bizarre but splendid combination of manly men, colorful historic costumes, cannon fire, and a ferocious brand of football make Calcio Storico an event worth remembering. It is a tournament of a violent form of soccer or rugby from the 16th Century that is played in sand, with players sporting medieval costumes. Nearly all types of physical contact are permitted, including punching, tackling, and headbutting opponents.┃Find flights to Florence

To discover six more scintillatingly strange festivals and for more details on how to experience the ones listed above, check out 11 Gloriously Weird Festivals That Will Make You Smile on the FlightNetwork® blog.

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