A season of change, new beginnings, and pleasant weather, fall makes as good of a time as any for a celebration of local culture in the United States. From food and beer festivals to raucous celebrations of self-expression, unique events are to be found in many parts of the country in these months. Here are some of the most eccentric fall traditions held around the United States:
-Punkin Chunkin, Delaware. The veritable Pumpkin Olympics of the United States, Punkin Chunkin features a wide array of pumpkin-related competitions. Held in Bridgeville, Delaware each fall, the festival includes cooking contests, pumpkin-throwing competitions, and pumpkin-catapulting contests. A fun salute to fall’s signature squash vegetable, Pumpkin Chunkin is a one-of-a-kind event.
-Bridge Day Festival, West Virginia. More than just a celebration of a bridge, this annual October festival features daring feats from participants. Located at the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, this event is centered on BASE (building, antenna, span, earth) jumping. Jumpers congregate to leap from the bridge with rapid deployment parachutes to assist them.
-Paul Bunyan Days, California. This three-day festival, held in Fort Bragg, California, salutes the American tall tale hero Paul Bunyan and celebrates Fort Bragg’s own history. Featured events at the festival include a logging show competition with prize money, log rolling, axe throwing, chainsaw bucking, and hand chopping. (Not as violent as it sounds!) Far from just a series of competitions, Paul Bunyan Days includes a forest exposition, two distinct parades, tricycle races, and a horseshoe tournament as well.
-International Balloon Festival, New Mexico. Also known as the “Enchanted Sunrise,” this balloon festival sees hundreds of ballooners taking to the skies each October. Held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the International Balloon Festival is the world’s largest event of its kind. Visitors are welcome to walk along the field and see the hot air balloons before and after flight.
-Burning Man, Nevada. A festival of self-expression and individualism, Burning Man is hosted annually at Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Thousands of people converge there for a week each year to create a temporary community, Black Rock City. Focusing on art and a special annual theme, the festival rages on in the Nevada desert and draws some of the most eclectic and creative minds around.
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