Small Town Festivals to Avoid (Or Seek Out)

by Erich Martin

Jan 4, 2019

Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed © Misty Faucheux | Flickr

Trends / Unique Itineraries & Tours

A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I happened to think about an old television show. WKRP in Cincinnati aired during the late 1970s and early 80s, and the show sticks out in my mind due to one of its Thanksgiving specials, where the radio station holds a turkey drop, dropping live turkeys from a helicopter. This led to a quick Google search and, lo and behold, there is a real festival in America where something like this happens.

 

Yellville, Arkansas, is a small town just south of the Missouri border, and every year, live turkeys are thrown out of small planes about 500 feet in the air. The actual drop is not purported to be part of the festival, but it still appears to be the main attraction. The 72-year tradition has come under fire in recent years. The Yellville Chamber of Commerce recently pulled out of sponsoring the event. The festival takes place in October each year.

 

In Colorado, festival participants gather in celebration of a cryogenically frozen dead guy. Every March, travelers come from around the world in order to pay homage and visit Grandpa Bredo, who sits in suspended animation in a Tuff Shed, waiting for his big thaw. The festival features a number of attractions, like a music festival, coffin racing, polar plunging and much, much more. Frozen Dead Guy Days is celebrated every March in Nederland, Colorado.

 

The Talkeetna Moose Dropping Festival is over, but, for more than 35 years, hundreds of attendees gathered to celebrate moose droppings falling from aircraft.

 

The festival featured good food and drinks in addition to betting on which piece of numbered dung would land on a target. It was largely all in good fun until debauchery took over. With 5,000 in attendance in the festival’s final year, 2009, there were a number of incidents resulting in a man’s death, among other problems. The festival’s final year was 2009.

#trazeetravel

Insta Feed
Products / Clothing
Jun 24, 2019

Hari Mari Beachside Flip Flops

No matter how well you care for your flip flops, every summer it seems like the pair from last year disappeared into the ether, leaving you flummoxed and searching for a new pair as you depart for the beach.

Work and Play in Italy

ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.

Under $100 / North America
Jun 23, 2019

Under 100: Portland, Oregon

Good eats, good times and plenty of fun await in Portland, even on a budget.

Take Me to Tahiti

Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.

Tips / Travel
Jun 23, 2019

How To Enjoy Solo Travel as an Introvert

As solo travel becomes more and more popular, introverts may wonder if the seemingly courageous act is one they would enjoy. The truth is introverts aren’t necessarily shy or anti-social, but they gain energy from their alone time and often need quiet in order to recharge. So long as there are opportunities for such solo moments, a solo trip can be an introvert’s dream vacation. Here are a few ways to make the most of a solo trip as an introvert.