Mobile Phone Throwing Championships
Aug
20
3:00 PM15:00

Mobile Phone Throwing Championships

What Is Mobile Phone Throwing Championships?

Now here is something that you probably never imagined existing: a Mobile Phone Throwing Championship. Yes, we’re kidding you not. There is a Mobile Phone Throwing Champhionship. It calls Finland its home, where the Mobile Phone Throwing Championships had been held annually since 2000

The Mobile Phone Throwing Competition is an international sport in which participants compete to throw a mobile phone over the farthest distance. And not just that, there are various categories that will test not just the strength of the phone or the thrower, but also style and technique. It has different categories, among them the Original or Traditional Category, which is an over-the-shoulder throw in which the contestant who throws over the farthest distance winning in a best-of-three series wins, and the Freestyle Category, in which players get points for aesthetics and creative choreography. There is also the Team Original Category, where a team composed of up to three members compete, with each getting just one throw and points are later added on.. Another Category is the Juniors, for children aged twelve or younger.

Most phone models can be used, as long as the phones weigh over 220 grams. Some events allow the competitors their own choice of phone models, while others require the use of units provided by the event organizers. The prize for first place in a national event is usually an entry to the world championships. Meanwhile, the prize for winning in the world championships is usually a new mobile phone since these events are usually supported by mobile phone recycling organizations that promotes the recycling of phones.

from http://thecheaproute.com/12/96/mobile-phone-throwing-championships.html

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Air Guitar World Championships
Aug
23
3:00 PM15:00

Air Guitar World Championships

Contestants around the world put their best on stage shamelessly with their invisible instruments. This phenomenon promoting world peace with a smile has inspired both filmmakers and doctorate researchers. You can’t hold a gun while you play the air guitar.

The Air Guitar World Championships has been arranged in Oulu since 1996. Welcome aboard!

https://airguitarworldchampionships.com/en/home/

Air Guitar Media - Photograph by Juuso Haarala

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World Bog Snorkeling Championships
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

World Bog Snorkeling Championships

e 34th annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships are to be held on Sunday 25th August 2019 in Llanwrtyd Wells - an event that Lonely Planet described as one of the top 50 "must do" things from around the world. Hundreds of participants from around the world, and plenty of spectators, are expected once again.

The current World Champion and World Record holder is Neil Rutter who achieved a time of 1 minute 18.82 seconds in the 2018 championships, breaking the previous World Record of 1 minute 22.56 seconds set in 2014 by Kirsty Johnson from Lightwater in Surrey. The Ladies Champion in 2018 was Elinor MacCormac with a time of 1 minute 48.46 seconds and the Overseas Champion was Jean van de Putte from Belgium with a time of 1 minute 38.75 seconds.

In 2018 the bog snorkellers included participants from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Eire, Italy, Iran, Korea and USA, making this a truly international world championship.

https://www.green-events.co.uk/?wbs_main

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La Tomatina
Aug
28
3:00 PM15:00

La Tomatina

La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol (history) near to Valencia in Spain. Thousands upon thousands of people make their way from all corners of the world to fight in this 'World's Biggest Food Fight'where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

Prior to 2013 anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 (reported to be 50,000 in 2012) people crammed into this huge tomato fight, greatly expanding Bunol's normal 9,000 person population. Since 2013 official ticketing has been in place limiting the number of participants to just 20,000 lucky people.

There is limited accommodation for people who come to La Tomatina, so many people take the easier option of staying in nearby Valencia just 38km to Bunol by bus or train. In preparation for the dirty mess that will ensue, shopkeepers use huge plastic covers on their storefronts in order to protect them from the carnage.

https://www.latomatinatours.com/

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Dragon Con
Aug
29
to Aug 30

Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe. Call us a phenomenon, call us one of the most well attended pop-culture conventions in the country, call us the most fan fun you can have in five days:
Dragon Con is where you want to be on Labor Day Weekend. https://www.dragoncon.org/

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Bolas de Fuego
Aug
31
2:00 PM14:00

Bolas de Fuego

The festival takes place on the same day every year — August 31 — and residents gather around to commemorate the eruption of a volcano in 1922 that forced all of the residents of the town to flee. To represent the disaster, locals throw ‘fire balls’ at one another.

Though this dangerous, yet planned, fire fight has taken place for over a decade now without any rules or restrictions, few serious injuries have been reported. The festival has even been given a religious slant by the church, who claim that the volcanic eruption was the embodiment of the local Christian saint, Saint Jeronimo, who was driving the devil from the town with fireballs.

Should this festival be allowed to continue despite the obvious risks involved? Where should authorities draw the line between upholding tradition and potentially antisocial behavior? Is it irresponsible of the church to endorse such reckless behavior in a country where religion appears to be hardwired into its citizens’ consciousness? While these questions remain unanswered, the citizens of small town Nejapa will continue to hold their not-so-traditional custom of fireball-throwing in remembrance of the volcano that once changed their world.

https://theculturetrip.com/central-america/el-salvador/articles/el-salvador-s-festival-of-fire/

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Robot Battles!
Sep
1
to Sep 2

Robot Battles!

Since 1991, Robot Battles has been staging robotic combat competitions (mostly) around the southern United States.

Robot Battles is one of the oldest continuously running robotic combat competitions in the world. We proudly trace our roots to the Denver Mad Scientists Club and are a direct descendent of the "Critter Crunch" robotic competition held every year at MileHiCon in Denver, which began back in 1987 (and is still going strong).

For 2019, we have full tournament events scheduled in Atlanta at both MomoCon and Dragon Con. Over the years, we have held nearly 70 events at conventions, Maker Faires, and game clubs in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, and even as far away as Barcelona, Spain.

http://www.robotbattles.com/

But just what makes Robot Battles different from other robotic events? Well, we don't have a TV show, we don't have supermodels, and we don't have huge cash prizes. What we do have is a creatively unique host, some of the most imaginative builders and designers in the sport, and the most involved audiences in the country (in our humble opinion). And, of course, lots and lots of very intense one-on-one mechanical mayhem matches. Which is what it's all about.

Hear all about it in last year’s episode!

https://www.roshambopodcast.com/episodes/2018/11/16/episode-014-robot-battles

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The European Rock Paper Scissors Championship Final 2019
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

The European Rock Paper Scissors Championship Final 2019

Welcome to the European Championship final 2019. First price is 1000 euro. The participants register at the latest 6 pm in sectarian and the final starts at 7 pm. There will be music, beer and food to buy and lovely atmosphere before the finals begin, come early. See you at O´Learys Tolv in Stockholm/Sweden
The evening's conference is Swedish sport commentator Jesper Hussfelt and head referee Robert Tennevik.

The easiest way to get from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm is Arlanda Express (train) it takes 20 min

hear all about it on our very first episode!

https://www.roshambopodcast.com/episodes/2018/1/29/s1e1-coming-soon

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Galway Oyster Festival - Oyster Shucking Competition
Sep
27
to Sep 28

Galway Oyster Festival - Oyster Shucking Competition

While American oyster enthusiasts might debate the qualities of the East Coast vs. West Coast, or the appeal of Appalachicola Bay, Florida against the coast of Maine, the real oyster contest is found across the Atlantic, in Galway Ireland.

The Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival is the world’s longest running oyster festival. Every September since 1954, locals and visitors alike have gathered to consume huge quantities of the local delicacy while cheering on competitors in The World Oyster Opening Championship.

The festival itself kicks off on the first night with a beauty pageant. That pageant crowns the new Oyster Pearl, the festival queen, who feeds the official first oyster to the Mayor of Galway to open the festivities. Once the party is underway, with ongoing cooking demonstrations, seafood tastings, live music, and gallons of Guinness, the competition gets ready to begin.

photo credit: Annie and Andrew

Just to qualify for the championship, entrants must be able to open 18 oysters in just two minutes. For the actual contest, each competitor gets a case of 30 regulation oysters which must be opened and presented. Speed is the main factor, but the final score also includes bonus points awarded or taken away for presentation. Each competitor rings a bell to show they are done, then steps away from their tray. Judges then confirm all 30 oysters are opened while checking for penalties such as bits of shell or grit on the oyster flesh (4 point penalty), an oyster not severed from its shell (4 point penalty) or even an oyster with the contestant’s blood on it (30 point penalty!).

Shucking oysters is indeed difficult and often dangerous work, since it involves using sharp tools at high speed on slippery surfaces. Even with heavy gloves, constant minor injuries go with the territory. In spite of the risks, the title of World Champion is a coveted one. While there are always some who will claim to pursue art for its own sake, the Oyster Championship is a ticket to instant, if temporary, culinary fame, guaranteeing at least a year full of guest appearances and sponsorships, not to mention cash and other prizes awarded on the spot.

The competition itself is a ticketed event with musical guests and lavish food and drink, but the celebration covers the entire town, with companion events like celebrity chef cook-offs, a parade, and a masquerade ball. Of course, local seafood is the unifying element. Because they don’t want anyone going home disappointed, the festival publishes the Seafood Trail, a guide to local restaurants offering the signature Galway oysters, which are stockpiled in the days ahead to make sure that all the listed venues have oysters available for the entire four day festival.

 

The Galway Seafood Festival is held annually on the last weekend of September. For details, visit them at http://galwayoysterfestival.com

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The World Stone Skimming Championships
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

The World Stone Skimming Championships

Stone Skipping, or Stone Skimming as they say in Scotland, is another hobby we probably all grew up doing. All you need is a body of water and a flat stone and you can make that sucker fly.

In the States we generally try to see how many skips we can make the stone do.  In Scotland, it's a distance game.  To that end, the World Stone Skimming Championships are held every September on beautiful Easdale Island.

Easdale Island is about as perfect a venue for stone skimming as you can imagine.  Situated on the far west coast of Scotland, it's a tiny wind blown island that has no roads and is only accessible by a 10-person ferry.  The slate stones get perfectly shaped by the waves pounding the shore and a quarry on the island serves as a sheltered haven for stone skimming.

We talked to Donald "Mellon" Melville and organizer, emcee, officiant and competitor at the World Stone Skimming Championships and got to know the background and rules of the competition.  From there...well, we did something a bit different this time.  You'll have to listen to find out exactly what makes this episode so special.

Hear all about it in Episode 10 -https://www.roshambopodcast.com/episodes/2018/8/12/episode-010-world-stone-skimming-championships

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Oct
5
to Oct 11

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

For nine days in October the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® creates an enchanted world of special shape balloon rodeos, twilight balloon glows, and vibrant balloon-filled skies. Brisk autumnal mornings in the Rio Grande Valley create an otherworldly backdrop for the breathtaking majesty of our most popular event, Mass Ascension of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

https://balloonfiesta.com/

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The North American Wife Carrying Championship
Oct
12
10:00 AM10:00

The North American Wife Carrying Championship

If you’ve ever longed to go for a run with your wife on your shoulders but thought better of it, we have JUST the event for you!  The North American Wife Carrying Championship goes down every fall at Sunday River in Maine.

Yup, you heard that right.  Wife carrying! It’s a sport that has dark roots going back to the 1800’s involving a sinister thief renowned for stealing and then carrying wives. The 100% consensual version that we explore on this episode started in 1992 in Finland and has been growing steadily ever since.  

We talked to Sunday River Resorts events coordinator Caroline Ochtera to find out her take on the history of wife carrying, to get specifics about the event and we begin to understand the unique way the wives are carried - the Estonian Carry.  It’s not what you are probably thinking.

Hear all about it here - https://www.roshambopodcast.com/episodes/2018/7/15/wife-carrying

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27th annual National Gingerbread House Competition
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

27th annual National Gingerbread House Competition

The National GIngerbread Competition is held every November in Asheville, North Carolina. What began with a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members as another way to celebrate the holiday season has now, two decades later, become The Omni Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition™ and is one of the nation's most celebrated and competitive holiday events.

Hear all about it on our previous episode! https://www.roshambopodcast.com/episodes/2018/7/1/s1e7-national-gingerbread-house-competition

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Monkey Banquet
Nov
24
3:30 PM15:30

Monkey Banquet

Everywhere, on the streets, on the roofs of the houses, in the windowsills, in arms of people,—all the food is prepared for the monkeys who will enjoy this feast once a year in a town called Lopburi.

Enormous food stalls decorated in different shapes and colours are just one small feature of what is available for these little guys. Since they are believed to be the descendants of the Hanuman, the Monkey King, no one can ever deny anything to a monkey. Therefore, even out of this day, they are welcome to chew on whatever they like. If you plan to join the feast keep in mind that monkeys will be everywhere, including the top of your head.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/monkey-buffet-festival

Lopburi is around 140 km away from Bangkok, so it might be a good day trip occasion!

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The World Championship of Santa Clauses - Clu-Wau
Nov
30
10:00 AM10:00

The World Championship of Santa Clauses - Clu-Wau

You know by now that we love fancy dress and prizes. With Santa Claus you get all of that in one fantastic bowl-of-jelly package. But you may be asking how the heck is this a competition?

Well it’s called the Clau Wau and it happens every year to kick off the ski season in Samnaun, Switzerland. In their search for the best Santa Claus team in the world they put Santas through such events as sleigh racing, chimney climbing, reindeer rodeo, gift giving, running under a big hat. As you do.

Of course the degree of difficulty is ramped up and they do it on snow, so there is actually quite a high level of athleticism involved. Add fun and merriment. A great way to kick off the holiday season.

Hear all about it on our previous episode - https://www.roshambopodcast.com/episodes/clau-wau-santa

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Surfing Santas
Dec
24
10:30 AM10:30

Surfing Santas

Surfing Santas started humbly on December 23rd 2009 when George Trosset called up his son and said “ I need you and your wife to be at the beach house tomorrow morning, in Elf outfits… I’m gonna be Santa and your gonna be Elves, and we’re going SURFING.” The local paper snapped a picture of the surfing family and the next year some of Geroge’s friends joined his family in their now traditional Christmas Eve Morning surf. Since then the Santas have multiplied like Easter Bunnies. Nowadays over 1000 surfers dressed like Santa and over 10,000 spectators (most also dressed like Santa) join George and his family in Cocoa Beach Florida for sun, surf and merriment. Surfing Santas has become a full on festival of fun that includes everything you could ever want from a Christmas Eve Day Beach Party. There’s hula dancers, a surf band, a costume contest and a sea full of Santas.

Hear all about it here: https://www.roshambopodcast.com/episodes/2018/12/28/bonus-episode-surfing-santas

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Pilwarren Maslin Beach Nude Games
Jan
12
2:30 PM14:30

Pilwarren Maslin Beach Nude Games

Want to get naked and run around with other naked people and do other sporty things naked? We thought so.

The Maslin Beach Nude Games take place every January in Pilwarren, South Australia. The games have a 30-year history at Maslin Beach, making it one of the longest running nude events in the nation and are meant to be a family friendly fun day at the beach for genuine nudists and people that have never experienced the nudist lifestyle wanting to try it for the first time.

The events are a plethora of crazy including raw egg-tossing, three-legged races, balloon carrying, donut eating, sack races, as something that involves tossing a ball in a tissue box. And no, that is not a metaphor. Also there is a donut eating competition and tug of war. These are all done in the spirit of great fun and having a good time.

Hear all about it here: https://www.roshambopodcast.com/episodes/nude-games

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The Battle of the Oranges
Feb
22
to Feb 25

The Battle of the Oranges

The Carnevale di Ivrea, also known as the “Battle of the Oranges” is a historical re-enactment of the uprising against the Marquis of Monferrato. A tyrant that starved the city in the 13th century. The legend has it that the heroic Violetta, the daughter of a miller, rebelled at the ius primae noctis imposed by the baron and killed him with his own sword. This started a popular uprising that has been recalled ever since as The Battle of Oranges.

Nowadays, the carnival involves thousands of townspeople, divided into nine combat teams, who throw –violently! – oranges at each other. Last February,  700 tons of oranges were thrown in this historical re-enactment that involved more than 100 historical characters and musicians.

https://radseason.com/battle-of-the-oranges-the-ultimate-food-fight/

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Doggie Con
Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

Doggie Con

Doggy Con features a pet parade and costume contest, plus a vendor village of dog-centric goods and activities, a yappy hour social with a Steady Hand Beer Co. cash bar, and plenty of pup culture. From Harry Pawter to BatDog and Robin, there’s room for everyone at Doggy Con.

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 World Police and Fire Games
Aug
9
to Aug 11

World Police and Fire Games

http://www.chengdu2019wpfg.com/en/

The World Police and Fire Games had their origins in San Jose, California in 1985. Since that time the Games have been held every 2 years in a different city and country around the world. Many of the world largest cities have hosted the games.

The Games attract thousands of competitors from up to 80 countries to contest 54+ sports.The Games eligibility extends to all serving law enforcement officers and professional firefighters as well as retired officers. The Games offer the opportunity for competitors and their family to develop and build friendships as well as the opportunity to facilitate cultural exchanges and cooperation between the host city and the world.

The 18th WPFG will be held in Chengdu in 2019 .

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Pig - n - Ford Races
Aug
7
3:30 PM15:30

Pig - n - Ford Races

https://www.roshambopodcast.com/odd/2018/8/21/pig-n-ford-race

Want to take your drove for a drive?  

A drove, obviously, is a litter of piglets.  As far as the drive part, well there is a “Pig-N-Ford” race at  the Tillamook County Fair that, you guessed it, combines pigs and Fords.   You’ve probably never seen anything like it.

The premise is so simple and obvious you’re going to kick yourself for not thinking of it: racing an antique, bare bones Ford Model T around a dirt track while holding a pig.

Here’s how it all goes down. First you run over to a holding pen and grab a pig.  Then you run back to your Model T, crank it up with your one free hand - because you, of course, still have a palm full of pork.  You and your co-piglet do one lap, after which you shut off the car, replace the pig in the pen and grab a different pig and do it all over again.  You do this for a total of three laps.

The winner, as they say, brings home the bacon.  

According to legend the races began in the 1920s. The story goes that a man was driving along in his Model T when he spotted a pig running loose.  He recognized it as his neighbor’s, so he chased the little rascal, wrangled it and, being neighborly, returned it unharmed.

As these things go, of course a competition arouse around it.   And the competition is lively! Generations of families have competed and it is a source of pride in the community.  Good “clean” fun? Maybe not where the pigs are concerned but it does sounds like a great time!

The Pig-N-Ford races go down every year at the Tillamook County Fair held every August in the city of Tillamook in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States.  Load up your family and your drove of piglets

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Mwaka Kogwa
Jul
30
to Jul 31

Mwaka Kogwa

  • Makunduchi, South-East Zanzibar (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

‘Mwaka Kogwa’ is the traditional Shirazi or Persian New Year celebrations that take place in Zanzibar and although the festival has its origins in the Zoastrian religion, the Zanzibaris have certainly taken it to heart. Despite the festival being celebrated around the island, the village of Makunduchi, on southern Unguja, is the key focus of the ritual events and each year a large crowd gathers to attend the celebration.

Mwaka Kogwa

‘Mwaka Kogwa’ is the traditional Shirazi or Persian New Year celebrations that take place in Zanzibar and although the festival has its origins in the Zoastrian religion, the Zanzibaris have certainly taken it to heart. Despite the festival being celebrated around the island, the village of Makunduchi, on southern Unguja, is the key focus of the ritual events and each year a large crowd gathers to attend the celebration.

Together with the usual singing, dancing, feasting and drumming that goes with all East African festivals, Mwaka Kogwa includes specific rituals destined to bring good luck in the New Year. To initiate the celebration, a play fight takes place and all the men of the village beat each other to vent their aggression from the past year. Real weapons were used in the past but now banana sticks are preferred because they are less violent. As they do this, the women of the village dress up in their best clothes and proceed throughout the village and the fields, singing traditional songs about family, love and joy. Then, the mganga, or traditional healer, lights a ritual hut on fire and reads which way the smoke is burning to determine the village’s prosperity in the coming year. Finally there is a large feast in which all guests are welcomed and considered as a sign of happiness and prosperity.

Traditional Swahili food is accompanied by taarab music, and on the beaches the drums and dancing continue long into the night.

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National Cowboy Day
Jul
27
7:00 AM07:00

National Cowboy Day

National Day of the Cowboy was created in 2005 to preserve the role and contributions cowboys and cowgirls made to the western heritage and history of our country. Every year on this day, the NDOC gives recognition awards to individuals, organizations and projects that contribute to the preservation of both pioneer history, and the promotion of cowboy culture.

Shortly after the Civil War, cowboys and cowgirls began to appear in America's heartland and the wild west. They were largely ranchers and ranch hands, raising cattle, horses and other animals. Cowboys herded them across the plains to feed the animals, and ultimately to slaughterhouses to feed a growing American population.

It was a wild and often lawless time. In the absence of the rule of law, Cowboys developed their own code to live by, known as the "Cowboy Code of Conduct" or the "Cowboy Code of Ethics". They were simple and logical rules of behavior. The rules could readily apply at any time, even today.

https://www.fortworthstockyards.com/events/ndac-2019

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World Snail Racing Championship
Jul
20
2:30 PM14:30

World Snail Racing Championship

  • Congham Road King's Lynn, England, PE32 United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Congham is ideal racing and breeding ground for snails and has been host to the World Championships for more than 25 years. Said organiser, Hilary Scase: "Snails like damp conditions and as Congham is surrounded by ponds and is very low lying it is just right for snails. Congham is to snail racing what Newmarket is to horse racing.”

Farmer, Neil Riseborough, is Snail Trainer to the World Championships. He keeps order, tests for drugs, watches out for cheating and starts the races. Neil shouts: "Ready, steady, SLOW!,, and off dash the snails He keeps the course well-watered to encourage good speeds. Races are held on top of a table with a damp cloth spread out. Heats are held throughout the afternoon with a grand final at the end. The winner gets a silver tankard stuffed with lettuce leaves.

The World Snail Racing Championships are part of Congham, Fete which is help to raise money for the 13th century St Andrew’s Church.

Price: FREE to attend, but naturally they’d like you to bring lots of cash to support the fundraising

http://www.snailracing.net/

from: https://www.deepdalebackpackers.co.uk/events/1853177086/

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Boryeong Mud Festival
Jul
19
3:00 PM15:00

Boryeong Mud Festival

http://boryeongmudfestival.com/

“HAVE A MUD-TASTIC TIME WITH BORYEONG MUD FESTIVAL THIS JULY!”

Brazil has Rio Carnival and Spain has La Tomatina, but what about Korea? Glad you asked! We have something even better - Boryeong Mud Festival.


It is the one and only festival where you can make your childhood dream of rolling in the fresh mud come true (if you didn’t have this dream then – you will definitely have it now, trust me). Boryeong Mud Festival is the hottest global event where you can forget about your stressful adult life, frolic in the mud and spend a carefree weekend with your new friends. Chill in the mineral rich mud baths and chase the summer heat away!


Mud is not the only thing that will be waiting for you. You can always enjoy the romantic scenery of Daecheon Beach together with your special someone or swim in the crystal-clear sea after a long day of rolling and splashing in the mud. Then rock the night out at one of the many beach party venues to your favorite K-pop and EDM beats!


If it already doesn’t sound like heaven, add a frosty cold can of beer to your hand and voilà – the recipe for the best adventure in Korea is ready!

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July 13th Events
Jul
13
2:30 PM14:30

July 13th Events

The World Pea Shooting Championship 2019

 http://www.witcham.org.uk/_sgg/m1m6_1.htm

Cambridgeshire, England

Saturday the 13th of July 2019 at Witcham sees the 49th holding of the World Pea Shooting Championship &

 Village Fair on the Recreation Field at 12 pm.  (Competition starts around 1pm).

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2019 Lotus and Water Lily Festival

https://www.nps.gov/keaq/planyourvisit/lotus-and-water-lily-festival.htm

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington, D.C.

TWO-DAY festival features performances from cultures around the world, family fun games, arts and crafts and the amazingly beautiful lotuses and water lilies in full bloom

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The Running of the Bulls
Jul
11
3:00 PM15:00

The Running of the Bulls

The Running of the Bulls is a free-of-charge bullrunning over an 875-meter course in front of six fighting bulls accompanied by six tamed bell-oxen that lead the bulls through the narrow streets of Pamplona and up as far as the bullring. This event takes place each morning during the fiestas of Sanfermin, between the 7th and the 14th of July, at 8 o’clock in the morning. Ordinarily, the run should just take between 2 to 3 minutes to complete, unless something adverse occurs.

How did this tradition first begin?

Apparently, the butchers were responsible in olden times for bringing in the bulls from the ranches and the young apprentice butchers began to accompany the bull minders – the pastores – when these would shepherd the bulls up to the bullring. Often they would run ahead of the bulls to entice them forward. With the passing of time, the event became popular with the general public and the men began to run in front of the bulls instead of remaining behind the animals as the bull minders always do.

How can the public take part?

There is no need to sign up or join a list. Participation is completely free and any person who is 18 years of age or over may take part. However, there are a series of norms and rules that need to be respected if you want to avoid fines or problems with the local authorities. The local police tend to be strict and firm about any kind of misbehavior and are particularly stringent in ensuring that no drunk or intoxicated runners are admitted onto the course of the run.

The stretch of the course

The bullrunning course crosses several narrow streets of the old quarter of Pamplona. It starts from the slope of Santo Domingo street and finishes inside the arena in the bullring. The total distance covered is 875 meters. Although this is a relatively short distance, it is impossible for a runner to cover the whole course. Several factors make it so; the distance, the presence of so many other runners and, above all, the enormous speed of the bulls. Should you find yourself in Pamplona in those days and at that particular time, don’t worry about coming across any dangerous fighting bulls around the next corner. The whole length of the course is completely fenced in which makes it almost impossible for any bulls to escape from the course.


© Iñaki Vergara 

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in the early hours of the morning the double -fencing begins to be put in place along the streets of the course. The streets are now hosed down with water in order to remove the litter and debris left over from the previous night’s unruly partying. At the same time, the local police help move all personnel from these streets. Nobody may remain in the space between the two lines of fencing except health personnel and accredited press people. When the last wooden gate is closed in the fencing, the streets have now become a relatively narrow passageway without an exit or an entrance. The only way for the runners to gain access to the course now is to make their way to a gateway located beside City Hall which is open from between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 a.m. Spectators may also start looking for a position behind the fencing to watch the bullrunning event from there. But they must always stay behind the second line of fencing.

The Build up

Just before the start of the event, the runners who have chosen to make their run at the first stretch on the slope of Santo Domingo, chant a homily to the image of San Fermín, patron of the fiestas, a figure located in a niche on the wall. The words go “A San Fermín pedimos, por ser nuestro patrón, nos guíe en el encierro dándonos su bendición.” (‘We beseech San Fermin to guide us in this run and to give us his blessing’). The piece is also sung in Basque. At exactly 8.00 a.m. a rocket is set off to announce the opening of the bullpens and the start of the bullrun.

The Rockets

Pay attention to the rockets which are set off at the time of the Running of the Bulls. It is in this manner that the organizers communicate with the runners and the general public. The first rocket to go off indicates that the “Encierro” – the Running of the bulls – has commenced and that the bulls have been released from the pens. The second rocket that is heard indicates that all six fighting bulls have left the pens and are now on the streets. The third rocket is set off when the bulls have entered the pens inside the bullring. The fourth rocket indicates that the fencing may now be safely opened and the streets along the length of the course can once again be used by the general public and the fiesta can continue with its holiday mood.

How to run?

Before deciding to take part in the running, find out all you can about the Running of the Bulls and about how to run. If you still want to take part, choose a particular stretch of the course and listen to advice from experienced runners. Basically, it is a question of starting to run slowly at first and when the bulls draw close behind, run with all your might as far as you can. The good runners like to get close in front of the horns and maintain their position as long as they can. You can decide how close you want to be to the bulls (the closer you are, the bigger the risk) and when the bulls begin to outrun you, pull off to one side and let them pass by. Try not to block or hinder other runners as you pull aside (hug the wall or fencing or squeeze through the fencing if you can).

Risks

Running with the bulls has its risks. There is an average figure of about 2, 000 people participating in each Running of the BullsThe bulls could gore you or knock you over or trample you with their hooves. Usually, there are some injuries, big or small, depending on many factors. Occasionally, there are serious gorings and injuries, especially when a bull gets separated from the pack or when occurs a pil-up. It is rare to have a death occur, but there have been several cases over these past thirty years. So, the event is no laughing matter. If you are a foreigner and receive any kind of injury or wound during the running of the bulls you will receive immediate and expert treatment and appropiate hospital facilities should it be necessary. However, later on, you will be given a bill or a demand for payment so that your insurance company can cover all the costs.

 

And if you don’t run

If you don’t feel like risking your life, but just fancy watching the event, you can do so in several ways; by watching from one of the many balconies that line the route, from inside the bullring and here, immediately after the bullrunning, some young heifers are released in the arena to be played with by the runners and public alike. Or you could just watch it on TV, should you be in your hotel or apartment, perhaps nursing a hangover. And of course, the TV is the only option if you cannot make it to Pamplona this year.

http://www.sanfermin.com/en/

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Tiki Kon
Jul
5
to Jul 7

Tiki Kon

https://www.tikikon.com/

Now in its 17th year, Tiki Kon is a weekend conference/party celebrating exotic tropical destinations and the Tiki bars, cocktails, art, music and fashions they inspire.

Tiki Kon gets its inspiration from the highly-stylized Polynesian-themed restaurants and lounges that were popular in the decades after World War II. Those Tiki temples ushered in a whole genre of art, fashion, architecture, music and mixology that swept the nation. It was the era of the Tiki Bar. 

As part of the Tiki Revival movement now sweeping the United States, Tiki Kon started in 2003 with a home bar crawl between friends. It now entertains guests from the Pacific Northwest and across North America and has grown to become an exciting weekend gathering for fans of Tiki bars, vintage travel, fashion, live entertainment, classic cocktails and socializing. The event also features vending, symposiums, cocktail classes, fashion show, luau-style banquet and more. The finale is the Tiki Kon home bar tour—it’s the longest-running bar crawl of its kind!

Tiki Kon is operated by Sandy Bottom Productions LLC, Portland, Oregon, and produced by Greg Clapp and Justin DuPré since 2013. The event was previously produced by NW Tiki LLC.

To see more of Tiki Kon and get a feel for what we're all about, check out our Facebook photo albums or Instagram feed.

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4th of July Shenanigans
Jul
4
2:00 PM14:00

4th of July Shenanigans

https://www.roshambopodcast.com/episodes/july-4th-shenanigans


From Maine to Missouri people are getting into some serious shenanigans on July 4th. Happy birthday America - let's race lobsters, throw marshmallows and destroy some old electronics. Ya know, Independence Day stuff.

The Fourth of July is Independence Day in the good ole US of A. Typically that includes grilling out, parades and fireworks. But there are of course some odd celebrations, and that’s where we come in. We’re going to countdown our Top 4(ish) 4th of July celebrations!

1. Bar Harbor Lobster Races

https://www.visitbarharbor.com/july-4th

This is a lobster

The lobster racetrack!

Bob and Barbara’s Bar Harbor Barber Barter BBQ Bar and Lounge

https://www.facebook.com/Bob-and-Barbaras-Bar-Harbor-Barber-Barter-BBQ-Bar-and-Lounge-123820850962437/

2. Hailey, ID Road Apple Bingo

Hailey, ID has taken found a way to make the best of a crappy situation and has made it a part of their 4th of July celebration known as Hailey Days of the Old West.

Provider of Road Apples

The technology behind the road apple tracking

3. Orange Beach Marshmallow Wars

This now defunct California puff battle sounds like a hoot!



3.5 Willimantic,CT Boombox Parade

Instead of bands…boom boxes!
https://www.wili.com/parade/


4. National Tom Sawyer Days

Hannibal, MO is the home of Mark Twain and celebrates him every year over the 4th by putting on parades, car shows and competitions based on his books. There is frog jumping, fence painting and the quite interesting ‘Tom and Becky’ Contest.

https://www.visithannibal.com/events/64th-annual-tom-sawyer-days/


Tom and Becky

Fence white washing competition

5. the Rebild Society (in Denmark)

A Danish-American Friendship organization holds a 4th of July Festival in Denmark with Royalty and dignitaries from both countries

http://www.danishrebildsociety.com/


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June 29 Events
Jun
29
8:30 AM08:30

June 29 Events

SAN VINO WINE FIGHT
Haro, Spain

https://wine-fight.com/

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L'International des Feux Loto-Québec
Montreal, Quebec

L'International des Feux Loto-Québec is an international fireworks competition in which major companies, representing their respective country, provide the opportunity to see the latest techniques and innovations in the field of pyrotechnics.

http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/en/international-des-feux-loto-quebec-montreal/




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Game of Shrooms
Jun
15
9:30 PM21:30

Game of Shrooms

Artists Around the World Will Be Hiding Mushroom Art Around Their Cities in Attaboy’s ‘Game of Shrooms’

  • attaboy, the talented artist, author, co-founder of Hi-Fructose Magazine  has announced “Game of Shrooms” a wonderful project in which artists from around the globe will be creating and hiding original mushroom art around their respective cities for people to find. The search for said art will take place on June 15, 2019. Those interested can also follow the hashtags #shroomdrop and #gameofshrooms on Instagram for clues.

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