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Five of the Strangest Things People Celebrate in the Summer

Take a Charter Bus to One of These Bizarre Festivals

The winter months can take their toll—it’s dark when you get up and dark when you go to sleep. For many, the cabin fever that comes from hunkering down for the winter seems to require a cathartic need to do something really strange, silly or just plain bizarre when summer rolls around. How else do you explain some to the truly weird celebrations that take place across the United States when the days get long. There’s the Roadkill Cook-Off, in Marlinton, West Virginia, where farm-to-table gives way to “road to table.” In Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, they gather every summer to who can heave a cow pie further than anyone else—there’s also food and craft beer at the festival. In the Florida Keys, musicians don scuba year and take their axes in the ocean, participating in the Underwater Music Festival.

That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, though. Here are five of the most unusual ways you’ll see folks have fun this summer:

The National Hollerin’ Contest, in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina—If you know anyone with a particularly big mouth, here’s where they can shine. Organizers started this event back in 1969 to try to preserve a tradition in the hills of Appalachia—the lost art of “hollerin’,” which they say was a popular form of communication before the invention of the telephone. The event almost ended in 2016, but former junior Hollerin’ Contest winner Robby Goodman stepped in and gave it a new face. It’s now known as the World Wide Hollerin’ Festival. The festival now features a barbeque competition and plenty of live mountain music.

The Roswell UFO Festival, in Roswell, New Mexico—July 6-8, 2018—Legend has it that, in 1947, an “unidentified flying object crashed on a ranch just outside of Roswell, with extraterrestrial occupants of the “flying disc” captured by the U.S. military. Every summer, thousands of people gather in Roswell to see where the alleged UFO landed, to speculate on exactly what happened and to generally have a good time. While the UFO Festival is going, you can expect to see aliens around just about every corner, or else someone donning a tin-foil hat. There are a wide range of events sponsored as part of the festival, including lectures from well-known authors, an alien costume contest, a tour of the UFO crash site, a car show and even a 10k race.

The Tomato Art Festival, in East Nashville—August 10-11, 2018—This edible art festival kicked off in 2004 and keeps growing in popularity every year. Organizers take their tomatoes and their festival seriously—there are a number of contests, including a Bloody Mary competition, the “biggest-littlest-ugliest” tomato contest, a tomato haiku competition and a tomato fairy/elf contest. There are a number of juried “tomato art” shows, a parade with tomato-themed floats, bobbing for tomatoes, a tomato toss and a giant ice cream social featuring, you guessed it, tomato-flavored ice cream.

The Great Texas Mosquito FestivalJuly 26-28, 2018—In late July, when the mosquitoes in Clute, Texas, 55 miles southeast of Houston, are at their peak, the city will sponsor its 38th annual tribute to the pesky bug. There’s a barbeque and fajita cookoff, a cornhole contest, washer pitching and one of the most unusual events you’ll find anywhere—the annual mosquito calling contest. There are no rules—you can use any means to call a skeeter. Winners say the judges rarely look to see if any mosquitoes actually heeded your call—the winners are determined based on style and energy.

Burning ManAugust 26-September 3, 2018—The folks that organize this annual event, held each of the last three years in Black Rock Desert in northwest Nevada, insist that it’s not a festival, it’s a “community.” It’s usually held over the course of a week, culminating on Labor Day. It’s a cashless society inside Burning Man—everything is bartered or traded. There are no trashcans, either—you have to take out everything that you bring in or use. The participants—nearly 70,000 last year—erect a temporary city with materials brought into the site and taken out when the event is done. The participants also build a giant wooden structure, a sort of totem, which gets set ablaze on the night before the event ends. Many participants adopt alter egos for the entire week, taking on assumed names. Organizers call it seven days of radical self-reliance and radical self-expression, with lots of body painting, bizarre clothing (and many clothing optional participants).

A Charter Bus—There’s No Better Way to Experience All America Has to Offer

Whether you’re off to the Humungus Fungus Fest in Crystal Falls, Michigan; the Duct Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio; the Tarantula Awareness Festival, in Coarsegold, California, or one of the hundreds of other bizarre events this summer, there’s no better way to go there with a group than on a charter bus. When you’re on vacation, you don’t want to spend all your time buried in a map or looking at GPS, battling traffic or trying to find a place to park. On a charter bus, you’ll get to goof off with everyone else while we handle the details.

If you’re planning on traveling with a group, there’s no mode of transportation that compares to a charter bus. Here are some of the great reasons for renting a charter bus from BusRental.com:

  • There’s no safer way to travel—Our drivers are highly skilled, undergoing extensive and regular training to prepare them to properly respond to any situation. There won’t be any concerns about your personal safety or the security of your personal belongings, either. There’s only one way on and off most of our buses, so you won’t have any uninvited guests, and your stuff will be safe.
  • There are endless options—A charter bus lets you dream and make it happen…you won’t have to choose from a limited number of prepackaged excursions. Instead, let us know where you want to go, when you want to be there, and how long you want to stay. W’ll set everything up. Because we have access to a large number of charter bus service providers, we can usually make last minute changes to your trip and can even book your entire excursion with relatively little notice.
  • A charter bus lets you relax—A charter bus is stress-free travel at its best. You’ll travel on the same coach for your entire trip, so there are no worries about missing a connection…and your luggage will always be with you, so you’ll never lost your bags. There’s no TSA line—you won’t have to take off your shoe or empty your pockets. You can bring you own shampoo and other toiletries, and you won’t ever have to put your phone on “bus mode.”
  • No delays or cancellations—Our charter buses are regularly maintained, so mechanical problems are virtually nonexistent. In addition, we can anticipate traffic or travel problems and find alternate routes to get you where you want to go when you want to be there.
  • There‘s room to move—You won’t bang your knees against the seat in front of you—there’s lots of leg room between the seats. The aisles are roomy, too, and you can get up and move about whenever you choose.
  • Charter bus travel is reasonably priced—Charter bus travel is, hands-down, the most affordable way to take a group of people anywhere.
  • You’ll be helping the planet—Traveling as a group, on a single coach, is an environmentally friendly way to travel.

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Whether your group is large or small, we have the ideal coach. For small groups, our Executive Sprinter Van seats up to 12 people, with ample room for personal belongings. If you have a mid-sized group of adventurers, consider our mini-bus, with accommodations for 24 to 35 attendees. Large groups are not a problem, either—our largest buses hold up to 57 passengers, and multiple bus rentals are always an option. You can even turn your trip into a party, with one of our party buses, which house 20 to 40 guests and offer state-of-the-art sound systems.

We offer a wide range of modern amenities, so you’ll want to check with our agents to see what’s available on the coaches you are considering. Many of our buses have Wifi, DVD players and PA systems, as well as ports and charging stations for your devices. In addition, some coaches have on-board restroom facilities.

Book a Charter Bus from BusRental.com

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Five of the Strangest Things People Celebrate in the Summer