10 to try: odd festivals

Bored of run of the mill breaks? Try one of these

The Redneck Games: Born out of anger at media suggestions that the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta would be hosted by a 'bunch of rednecks', the Redneck Games features events such as 'toilet seat throwing', 'bobbing for trotters', the 'mud pit belly flop' and the mysterious 'armpit serenade'.
July, 2009, East Dublin, Georgia, USA

The Baby Jumping Festival (El Colacho): First staged in 1620, this strange event celebrating Corpus Christi sees grown men dressed as the Devil leaping over a row of babies lying in the street.
June 11-15, 2009, Castrillo de Murcia, Spain

Boryeong Mud Festival: First staged in 1998, the Boryeong Mud Festival now attracts more than a million visitors to the South Korean city. Said to be rich in minerals, the mud for the festival is trucked in to Daecheon Beach for tourists and locals to enjoy.
July 11-19, 2009, Boryeong, South Korea

Camel Wrestling Championship: Now restricted to the Aegean region in Turkey, camel wrestling involves two camels butting each other until one gives in or is pinned down. Often the loser will run into the crowd of spectators causing panic as onlookers try not to get trampled.
January, 2010, Selcuk, Turkey

Wife Carrying World Championships: Participants in the seventeenth world wife carrying championships aim to win a relay race while carrying their wives. The winner receives their wife's weight in beer. Similar events have now sprung up around the world.
July 4, 2009, Sonkajärvi, Finland

Monkey Buffet Festival Thailand: Over 600 monkeys are invited to feast on over two tonnes of grilled sausage, fresh fruit, ice cream and other treats. The locals see it as a thank you to the monkeys which inhabit the village and bring thousands of tourists their each year.
November, 2009, Lopburi, Thailand

Noche de Rábanos (Night of the Radishes): In the 16th century, after radishes were brought to the Americas, vegetable sellers used to make sculptures of radishes to advertise in the markets. Since 1897 the custom has been celebrated with an annual festival, with the best sculptors awarded cash prizes.
December 23, 2009, Oaxaca, Mexico

Ivrea Orange Festival: Every year in the town of Ivrea, residents re-enact an ancient battle in medieval costume, armed only with oranges. Nine teams of orange-throwers battle against one another, while participants are fed with free beans to keep energy levels up.
February, 2010, Ivrea, Italy

Räbechilbi Turnip Festival: Over twenty tonnes of carved turnips and fifty thousand candles are displayed in this Swiss festival celebrating the humble turnip. The event includes parades of illuminated houses and plenty of music and entertainment.
November 14, 2009, Richterswil, Switzerland

World Bog Snorkelling Championships: Competitors, many in fancy dress, battle to be the fastest to snorkel through 60ft of bog. Well over a hundred people compete each year. Check out www.visitsouthwales.com.
August 31, 2009, Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales

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