Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Moose Dropping Festival

Can you imagine dumping moose crap out of a crane or a hot air balloon, then making a contest out of it? This summer in Talkeetna, Alaska the 32nd Annual Moose Dropping Festival took place.

While the origins of the festival are shrouded in mystery -- some say it was a joke, but nobody's taking credit for it -- it traditionally takes place the second weekend in July.

The craftspeople of the small town sell moose excrement jewelry and display artworks, but the main event is the "Moose Dropping Drop" where a crane drops numbered moose dung onto a large "X" target. Whoever holds the number of the dropping that hits the target wins $1000.