Special Report

Famous, Unique, and Even Weird Traditions in Every State

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6. Colorado
> Tradition: Frozen Dead Guy Days
> When: Three days in March

Frozen Dead Guy Days are coffin races held in Nederland, Colorado. The competition consists of six “pallbearers,” who carry another team member in the coffin over an obstacle course of snow and mud. The event is named after a man who passed away in 1989 and is kept in a cryogenic state in a shed in Nederland. The event, which began in 2001, also includes a salmon toss and a hearse parade.

Source: Courtesy of Christa Trudeau

7. Connecticut
> Tradition: Turkeys painted neon colors
> When: Weeks before Thanksgiving

Each year, the turkeys at one turkey farm in Guilford, Connecticut, are painted in neon colors ahead of Thanksgiving. The dye is not toxic and vegetable-based. The tradition began about 45 years ago by the turkey farm owner’s grandmother to entertain children.

Source: Courtesy of Sussex County Online

8. Delaware
> Tradition: Return Day
> When: Thursday after Election Day

Return Day is a Delaware tradition and a state holiday in which officials from the Democratic and Republican parties meet in Georgetown to “bury the hatchet” to end differences arising from the recently concluded election campaign. Officials meet on stage and together stuff a hatchet in a box of sand.

Source: Courtesy of florabama.com

9. Florida
> Tradition: Mullet Toss
> When: Every April

This competition is not about the hairstyle but about the fish. This is a contest among Perdido Key residents and visitors who try to throw a mullet fish from Florida into Alabama. The festival is as much about the beach party as it is about seeing who throws the dead fish the farthest.

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10. Georgia
> Tradition: Peanuts in Coke
> When: Any time

Dropping peanuts in coke is not a new idea. In fact, it was a very popular trend in the 1920s — anywhere from Georgia to southern Virginia. Today, peanuts in coke is referred to as a Southern tradition, but Georgia seems to have taken the tradition a step further. The state has a famous pie that includes these two famous ingredients — the Georgia Peanut Pie With Coca-Cola Glaze.