Throwing a party
At these wacky festivals, all kinds of things fly through the air with the greatest of ease.
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Frozen turkeys serve as bowling balls at Jack Frost Fest in Spooner.
When people in Wisconsin are happy, they throw things — and we’re not just talking confetti.
In Lake Mills, teams toss frozen bluegills back and forth during February's Knickerbocker Ice Festival.
During Bockfest at Capital Brewery in Middleton, the brewmaster lobs smoked chub (like carp, a rough fish) off the roof at the beer-guzzling crowd.
In Gilman, a forest village west of Medford, there's a frying pan toss during February's Sniegfest.
And just west of Racine, teams catapult pumpkins at Union Grove's Pumpkin Chuckin Fest in October.
Tossing towns in Iowa and Minnesota
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The Ham-Put is part of Winterfest in Amana, Iowa.
Weaklings can heave wienies at the University of Okoboji Winter Games in January, on the other side of Iowa.
Minnesota is too polite to do much flinging, but folks in International Falls do bowl turkeys during Ice Box Days in January.
If you’d rather push than pitch, there's a whole circuit of outhouse races in northern Michigan in February: in Sault Ste. Marie, Coopersville and Trenary. Prefer to pull? Compete in the Human Dogsled Races during Winter Festival in Houghton.
In Iowa's Madison County, the town of Macksburg hosts the National Skillet Throw Festival each June. Participants hurl 3-pound cast-iron skillets at dummies dressed in overalls. There's also a parade and children's pedal tractor pull.
But the champion in summer is the Iowa State Fair in August, which holds dozens of contests. The Des Moines fair holds a women's rubber chicken-throwing contest and a cow chip-throwing contest.
And, for good measure, it's got people pushing outhouses, too.
Last updated on May 11, 2019