Special Report

Famous, Unique, and Even Weird Traditions in Every State

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21. Massachusetts
> Tradition: Fluff Festival
> When: Early fall

Marshmallow Fluff was invented in the Boston suburb of Somerville, and the city honors this little piece of its history and the tasty creation every year with a festival. Last year’s festival took place virtually from Union Square due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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: Ringing cowbells
> When: At Mississippi State games

Cowbells are a staple at Mississippi State football games. No one is sure when exactly, but some time in the 1930s a cow wandered near the field where Mississippi State was playing their arch rival Ole Miss. Mississippi State won, and since then cowbells have been viewed as a lucky charm.

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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.

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