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10 of the world's weirdest festivals

By: Bryan Nelson on May 1, 2014, 9:56 a.m.
Moose droppings

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Moose Dropping Festival

This festival — which ran for 37 years in Talkeetna, Alaska — was pretty much just what it sounds like: it centered around a raffle where numbered moose dropping were dropped from a net bag onto a target. The event also involved a betting game of tossing painted moose "nuggets" onto a board, the "Mountain Mother contest" — which was a game of strength for area married women — and live music in the village park over two days. However, in 2009, the Talkeetna Historical Society and the village decided the gathering had gotten too unwieldy and has since turned their energy to other moose-approved events like the Moose on Parade auction, a fundraiser for three area nonprofits in which participants decorate a moose plywood cutout and the resulting "parade" of animals are then auctioned off to the highest bidder. (The local VFW still holds the “moose dropping” raffle each July Fourth as the group's yearly fundraiser.)