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Enjoy small town summer celebrations

Published: Thursday, July 25th, 2013

It’s the end of July in Custer, which can only mean one thing—Gold Discovery Days is here.
No matter what state you’re in, virtually every small town in the U.S. has some sort of “(Insert Random Name) Days” or “(Insert Another Random name) Festival” each summer. It’s as American as apple pie and driving everywhere we go.
In nearby Upton, Wyo., it’s simply called “Fun Days.” Our next door neighbor Newcastle celebrates Cambria Days. In Hill City they have the Heart of the Hills Logging Show (among other seemingly endless weekend celebrations, including the now-defunct Harry Potter Days and Yellow Bellied Marmot Days).
In Fruita, Colo., they have “Mike the Headless Chicken Days,” a festival founded in honor of a bizarre historical event: In 1945, a Fruita resident's chicken survived without a head for a full 18 months. What better reason to host a festival?
Of course, who could resist the call of the “Testicle Festival,” held in Clinton, Mont., where festival goers dine on bull testicles, also known as Rocky Mountain oysters, and participate in a variety of ballsy events, including a hairy chest contest, wet T-shirt contest and bull chip throwing contest. Sounds like fun for the entire family!
In my home town of Midwest, Wyo., the three-day event is dubbed “Salt Creek Days,” named after both the Salt Creek that runs through the area and the Salt Creek Oil Field that surrounds the town.

It’s the end of July in Custer, which can only mean one thing—Gold Discovery Days is here.

No matter what state you’re in, virtually every small town in the U.S. has some sort of “(Insert Random Name) Days” or “(Insert Another Random name) Festival” each summer. It’s as American as apple pie and driving everywhere we go.

In nearby Upton, Wyo., it’s simply called “Fun Days.” Our next door neighbor Newcastle celebrates Cambria Days. In Hill City they have the Heart of the Hills Logging Show (among other seemingly endless weekend celebrations, including the now-defunct Harry Potter Days and Yellow Bellied Marmot Days).

In Fruita, Colo., they have “Mike the Headless Chicken Days,” a festival founded in honor of a bizarre historical event: In 1945, a Fruita resident's chicken survived without a head for a full 18 months. What better reason to host a festival?

Of course, who could resist the call of the “Testicle Festival,” held in Clinton, Mont., where festival goers dine on bull testicles, also known as Rocky Mountain oysters, and participate in a variety of ballsy events, including a hairy chest contest, wet T-shirt contest and bull chip throwing contest. Sounds like fun for the entire family!

In my home town of Midwest, Wyo., the three-day event is dubbed “Salt Creek Days,” named after both the Salt Creek that runs through the area and the Salt Creek Oil Field that surrounds the town.

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