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12 Bizarre Fall Festivals You Can Only Find in America

Fodor's Logo By Jordan Smedberg of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 12: Each fall, as the final traces of the summer suntans fade and even the most diehard of water skiers put their boats in storage, the tourist town of Minocqua, Wisconsin gets together to throw one last barbecue. Held the last weekend in September, Beef-a-Rama attracts up to 17,000 people to the quaint downtown of this Midwestern island city to grill, roast, and celebrate all things beef. Lifting the open container policy for a single day, the town hosts a beef-eating contest, a cow pie plop, a craft fair, a petting zoo and a jam-packed lineup of live music. The festivities culminate in the Parade of Roasts down Main Street (a figurative title, as the health department took issue with bandying beef about before public consumption a few years ago) and the sacred judging of the roast.

Beef-a-Rama

Each fall, as the final traces of the summer suntans fade and even the most diehard of water skiers put their boats in storage, the tourist town of Minocqua, Wisconsin gets together to throw one last barbecue. Held the last weekend in September, Beef-a-Rama attracts up to 17,000 people to the quaint downtown of this Midwestern island city to grill, roast, and celebrate all things beef. Lifting the open container policy for a single day, the town hosts a beef-eating contest, a cow pie plop, a craft fair, a petting zoo and a jam-packed lineup of live music. The festivities culminate in the Parade of Roasts down Main Street (a figurative title, as the health department took issue with bandying beef about before public consumption a few years ago) and the sacred judging of the roast.
© Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

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