Top 10 Quirky Local Festivals
May 14, 2010. In honor of Mike the
Headless Chicken (the chicken that somehow managed to live for an
unbelievable 18 months without a head) Fruita, Colorado is hosting its
annual festival May 14-15. In celebration of perhaps the strangest
occasion for a celebration, TIME takes a look at Headless Mike and
other quirky, wacky festivals worldwide. View
the entire Top 10 here.
World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival (Illinois)
By KAYLA WEBLEY ©2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
is the proud owner of the world's largest bottle of ketchup. The annual
Festival honors the city's most visible landmark: a 170-ft.-tall
water tower that is shaped like...well, you get it. The tower was built
in 1949 for the G.S. Suppiger ketchup bottling plant, bottlers of
Brooks Rich & Tangy Ketchup. It reads "catsup" after the original
Brooks' bottle, hence the name of the festival. The day-long event
features a ketchup tasting, a water balloon toss, a hula hoop contest,
a hot dog (smothered in ketchup) eating contest and the crowning of a
Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup contest for the kids. The town
also gathers to sing "Happy Birthday" to the beloved water tower and
serve up some birthday cake.
It seems Collinsville really likes their condiments. Coincidentally,
the town is also the self-proclaimed "Horseradish Capital of the World"
and hosts an annual Horseradish
Fest. They are said to produce 60% of the world's horseradish.
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