Travel Picks: 10 wacky summer U.S. events

Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:04pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Fancy some mashed potato wrestling? Or what about the world's largest chicken dance or an Ernest Hemingway look-alike competition?

For travelers looking for fun event this summer, travel website TripAdvisor ( has come up with the top 10 wackiest summer events in the United States this summer.

"These offbeat events are sure to create lasting memories, without breaking the bank," said Karen Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor.

This list is not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Summer Redneck Games - July 10, Dublin, Georgia

The 15th annual Summer Redneck games, a one day extravaganza, features a mud pit belly-flop contest, armpit serenade, watermelon seed spitting contest and Redneck Horseshoes, in which toilet seats are thrown. A coveted prize trophy is awarded for each of the day's events: a half crushed, empty mounted beer can.

2. Barnesville Potato Days - August 27/28, Barnesville, Minnesota

This annual celebration attracts over 16,000 potato lovers who feast on potato produce and can enjoy over 40 unique events, including mashed potato wrestling, a potato peeling competition, mashed potato sculpturing, and a mashed potato eating contest.

3. Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge - July 10, Virginia Beach, Virginia   Continued...