Travel Picks: Top 10 wacky summer events

Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:37am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - If you enjoy the strange, unusual or downright wacky and you're planning a summer of fun in the United States, online travel adviser TripAdvisor ( may have a festival of foolishness that will appeal to you in its top 10 list of the wackiest summer events in the United States. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Humungus Fungus Festival: August 5-7, Crystal Falls, Mich.

Fungus fanatics will be in their earthy element at this celebration of the world's largest mushroom, which weighs 11 tons, covers 37 acres and lives just below the ground near this northern Michigan town. Travelers can work up an appetite in the strong man contest as they watch contenders compete in events including a keg toss, tire flop, and a metal pole lift - and then devour some mouth-watering mold, by indulging in a slice of the world's largest mushroom pizza. General admission is free of charge although some events do have a fee.

2. National Hollerin': June 18, Spivey's Corner, N.Carolina

Travelers should leave their indoor voices at home at this cacophonous celebration, which draws in over 10,000 attendees. The hollering contest is not the only pursuit for travelers to enjoy at this gathering; conch shell blowing, a greasy pole climb, and the classic game of corn hole are also integral to the hollerin' hoopla. Those with a firm grip can even compete to hold on to a greased watermelon, while local firemen try to knock it from contestants' hands using a fire hose. General admission is $5, and free for children 12 and under.

3. Cream Cheese Festival: September 17, Lowville, New York

Travelers in search of some cheesy fun and tub-loads of excitement will be delighted by this event, which is now in its seventh year. Cream cheese connoisseurs can finger paint a mural with the yummy spread, fill a friend's face in an all-you-can-eat contest, or have a taste of the world's largest cheesecake, which measures 20 feet in diameter. Athletic attendees can even test their pitching prowess in the "Flinging Cream Cheese Toss." General admission is free of charge.

4. Watermelon Thump: June 23-26, Luling, Texas

Now in its 58th year, this juicy four-day celebration is ripe with fun and anything but melon-choly! Attendees can attempt to break the Guinness World record of nearly 69-feet in a seed spitting contest, while watermelon-lovers can even participate in a melon eating match to see who can demolish a slice the fastest. A variety of tasty summer treats can also be enjoyed at the festival, along with live music and a car show. General admission is free of charge Thursday and Sunday, and is $8 Friday, and $10 Saturday.   Continued...