Special Report

Weirdest Tradition in Each State

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21. Massachusetts
> Tradition: Ugly sweater run
> When: Early December

As if wearing an ugly sweater over the holidays wasn’t punishment enough, in Massachusetts, people pull them on for a 3.1-mile race in Foxborough. Runners who finish the race are rewarded with a Kahlua cocktail, other holiday treats, and an ugly hat to complement the ugly sweater.

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22. Michigan
> Tradition: Cherry pit spitting
> When: July 7

The 45th annual cherry pit-spitting championship will be held July 7 at the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire. Rick “Pellet Gun” Krause from Arizona is a cherry-pit spitting dynasty, having won the title 17 times, including the championship last year. Krause was victorious with a shot of 57 feet, 11 inches.

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23. Minnesota
> Tradition: Raffling meat
> When: Once a week

Meat raffles are part of the social fabric of Minnesota, and they have been held in that state for years. These raffles, which are social events like bingo, got their start in local bars. In recent years, the event has become popular in trendy watering holes in Minnesota cities. Participants pony up a dollar for a ticket for a chance to win a packet of meat.

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24. Mississippi
> Tradition: Quirky Christmas decorations
> When: Holiday season

Christmas displays that typically feature Santa Claus, reindeer, and the Magi, are not enough for some residents of Mississippi. To embellish holiday displays even more, folks in Mississippi sometimes add sea creatures such as octopus and lobsters.

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25. Missouri
> Tradition: Testicle Festival
> When: June 2

This festival is held in the town of Olean, Missouri, and features such delicacies as Rocky Mountain Oysters (cattle testicles) and turkey testicles. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, there are other food options at the event, which is celebrating its 25th year this year.