Special Report

Famous, Unique, and Even Weird Traditions in Every State

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1. Alabama
> Tradition: Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
> When: Every Summer

Alabama’s 3-day Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, which takes place on Dauphin Island, is the world’s largest fishing tournament. It was first held in 1929 and has grown to include more than 3,000 anglers who compete for a range of fish-wrangling and cash prizes and 75,000 spectators. 

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2. Alaska
> Tradition: Nenana Ice Classic
> When: Late winter, early spring

The Nenana Ice Classic, which has been held since 1917, is a contest in which people bet when the ice on the Tanana River will break up each spring. The river is adjacent to the town of Nenana. A tripod is placed on the ice and is connected to a clock. When the ice starts to break, the tripod moves, causing the clock to stop, and that decides the winner.

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3. Arizona
> Tradition: Frying eggs on the sidewalk
> When: Every July 4th

It’s no secret that it gets really hot in the summer in Arizona. Frying eggs on the sidewalk when the concrete is hot has grown to be such a popular activity that the city of Oatman hosts a Sidewalk Egg Frying Contest every Fourth of July. There is a catch, though. The concrete is never actually hot enough to fully cook an egg, so people use magnifying glasses and mirrors to help the process.

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4. Arkansas
> Tradition: Hog drop on New Year’s
> When: New Year’s

In New York, revelers bring in the new year by watching the ball drop in Times Square. In Fayetteville, Arkansas, celebrants watch a gold-painted artificial hog descend to ring in the new year. The dropping of the hog is followed by a fireworks display.

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5. California
> Tradition: Marshmallow fight
> When: July 4

People at Ogden Beach in California mark the founding of the nation by holding a marshmallow fight. The tradition began in the 1980s, when two families pelted each other with the gooey treats. The event grew in popularity and city residents were fearful that the exuberance was getting out of control. In recent years, the event has marsh-mellowed a bit.