The Annual West Virginia Road Kill Cook-off takes place in September and is one of the region’s most anticipated events. The Food Network, Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel have all done filming of this bizarre festival. If you’ve ever wanted to taste exotic dishes like squirrel gravy over biscuits, teriyaki marinated bear, or deer sausage- this is the place! They even crown a Miss West Virginia Roadkill. No actual roadkill is served, but the cook-off tries to remain true to its name by requiring contestants to use animals commonly seen on the side of the road.
In most places around the world, bugs are universally repulsive and detested. At BugFest in Raleigh, North Carolina, 30,000 people come out to experience these creepy critters up close and personal! There is no lack of entertainment between the cockroach races, beehive hairdo contest and free samples of gourmet bugs. These are only some of the activities awaiting the attendees of this largest insect festival in the United States.
Something fishy has been happening in Port Lincoln, Australia every winter for the past 50 years. It has likely never occurred to you to pick up a 20 pound tuna and hurl it as far as you possibly can, but that is exactly what the competitors do at the Tunarama festival. The infamous “tuna toss” is an integral part of the weekend long event. This small seaside town doubles in population as it attracts 25,000 people to the competition each year.
Mexico is known for its colorful and over the top festivals, but this one might take the cake. The “Noche de Rábanos” combines folk art and agriculture into one of the most unique festivals in the world. Super-sized radishes are cultivated just for this pre-Christmas event and are delivered to the artists, who have only a few days to produce their complex works of art by carving the radishes into everything from animals to cultural scenes.