Special Report

Famous, Unique, and Even Weird Traditions in Every State

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26. Montana
> Tradition: Tricycle race in underwear
> When: First week of August

At the annual Testicle Festival in Clinton, Montana, men and women are invited to compete in the Undie 500, where contestants strip down to their underwear and race around in tricycles. The event has been held since 1989.

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27. Nebraska
> Tradition: Buffalo-chip throwing
> When: Spring

Buffalo-chip throwing is one of the highlights of Chadron’s Fur Trade Days annual celebration of buckskinners, traders, and Native Americns. Participants compete to see who will throw bison poop the farthest. The record is 204 feet and was set in 1990.

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28. Nevada
> Tradition: Lucky Duck Family Festival
> When: September

Nevada is perhaps best known for its various forms of adult entertainment, but one of the most popular annual events is very family friendly. The Lucky Duck Family Festival includes many family activities and free entertainment. One of the most anticipated festival events is the rubber ducks race. It’s when about 5,000 rubber ducks float in the pond at Town Square.

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29. New Hampshire
> Tradition: UFO Festival
> When: Sept.1-2

The annual UFO Festival in Exeter, New Hampshire, has become a traditional event in New England for those who believe the truth is out there. New Hampshire has had a few celebrated UFO encounters, including the alleged abduction of a New Hampshire couple in 1961.

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30. New Jersey
> Tradition: Walk to Washington
> When: Late winter

The “Walk to Washington” is not really a walk but a train ride from New Jersey to Washington D.C., in which politicians traverse the length of the train to schmooze reporters, lobbyists, and business leaders. Past events had been criticized for excessive drinking and boorish, sexist behavior by those on the train.

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