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When I think of all the epic events and festivals that occur annually in the South, NONE stand out as a better time than the Mullet Toss that takes place each spring at the legendary “Flora-Bama.”  I’m struggling with how to properly describe The Flora-Bama Lounge.  Okay, picture a beach bar/ honkytonk that literally sits on the state line between Orange Beach, Al. and Perdido Key, Fla.  Lemme try again.  Imagine Ocean Annies at Myrtle Beach, only times 100.  For just about every kid in Alabama, your first trip to the Flora-Bama is a rite of passage.   In 2004, the bar took a direct hit from Hurricane Ivan.  It was feared that it could not recover.  However, The Flora-Bama rallied like so many have rallied within its walls.

For those of us who LOVE a good beach party, if you’ve never been to The Mullet Toss, YOU’RE missing out on a rite of passage.  The World Famous Interstate Mullet Toss is where people from all-over descend upon this legend and pay money to literally toss a mullet fish from a ten-foot circle in Florida across the state line into Alabama.

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Winning tosses are usually in excess of 150 feet.  Imagine tossing a fish 50 yards?  You’re essentially the Patrick Mahomes of fish throwing.  In addition to being an unreal excuse to party, The Mullet Toss also makes a lot of money for local people in need and charities.  Additional events at the Mullet Toss include the “Polar Bear Dip,” the “Mullet Man Triathlon,” “Super Bowl Chili Cook-off”, “Shindig on the Sand”, “Flora-Bama Fishing Rodeo” and “Bulls on the Beach”.

The Craziest Festivals You Can Attend In North Carolina and Elsewhere

I’ve always said the most fun I’ve ever had at any fair or festival was the first time I attended the “Woolly Worm Festival” in Banner Elk.

Literally, you have people drinking, eating, and gambling at the speed of a fuzzy worm (see above pic) racing up a string.  Just thinking about it now, I start laughing.  Totally, preposterous fun.  However, Banner Elk’s pride and joy are just the tip of the crazy festival iceberg.

  • Frozen Dead Guy Days (March)

    Come to Nederland, Colorado, for this event featuring coffin races, costumed polar plunges, icy turkey bowling, and even a frozen T-shirt contest!  Sounds like fun, but also sounds REAL cold (not my jam).  Still too cold in March in Colorado for me.

  • Hillbilly Days (April)

    Grab up all your kin folk and head to Pikeville, Kentucky for this celebration of Appalachian culture.  Featured events include:  a cornhole tournament, quilt show, hillbilly music, food and local crafts.

  • Duct Tape Festival (June)

    Ever wonder who makes-and where-Duct Tape?  The answer is Shurtape Technologies in Avon, Ohio (suburb of Cleveland).   Each June the locals pay homage to their hometown product that none of us can live without.

  • Humungus Fungus Fest (August)

    EASILY, my favorite name for a festival, this takes place in Crystal Falls, Michigan.  People come from all over the world to pay homage to the world’s largest, oldest living organism, a 200,000-pound shoestring mushroom occupying 38 acres of land and dating back anywhere from 1,500 to 10,000 years.  Food, fun, and falderal abounds.

  • Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw And Festival (September)

    What better way to honor the bovine that drive the Wisconsin dairy industry than with a party set around cow chips.  There’s a cow chip parade and or course the spectacle of watching competitors vie for the state’s cow chip toss record-live from Prairie du Sac.

  • Cream Cheese Festival (September)

    Lest you think cow chips are the only things that can be flung at a festival.  Welcome to Lowville, New York and September’s Cream Cheese Festival.  In addition to the “Flinging Cream Cheese Toss,” you can paint murals with the spread, participate in an all-you-can-eat contest and even take a bite from the world’s largest cheesecake.

  • Tarantula Awareness Festival (October)

    Coarsegold, California is where you’ll find this celebration of arachnid-inspired poems, music, crafts, and events.  Some of which include a hairy legs contest, a tarantula hat dance, and a tarantula derby.  And since Halloween is right around the corner on the calendar, the festival also features trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating

  • Woolly Worm Festival (October)

    And since we opened this by mentioning the Tar Heel State’s contribution to this list, if you’ve never seen a woolly worm race, here ya go.  And make plans to head up to Banner Elk in the fall.  You won’t regret it for a second!

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