Most of the small western towns we’ve passed have some sort of festival to bring in a little tourism and develop some community camaraderie. Guffey, Colorado tops my oddity chart with its “Chicken Fly” festival. Each July Fourth, participants rent chickens which are placed in a mailbox on an elevated platform and coaxed out “gently” with a toilet plunger. The chicken that flies the farthest is the trophy winner. That’s just fowl.
Or so we thought...until spending an hour with Bill today. He showed us around his barn filled with all sorts of oddities including his favorite - a dried out iguana hanging above his head. In the yard and the nearby town museum are skeletons aplenty, distinctive musical instruments like fart harps (toilet seats with wire strings fashioned like a banjo that creates a distinct sound) and all sorts of old vehicles. Turns out the Chicken Fly festival helped raise funds to re-start the school and to build a firehouse. The record is 138 feet. It was discontinued two years ago as the fox were getting too many of the chickens during the "off-season".
To see a crude video of the contest:
For more on Bill and Guffey and the Turkey Testicle Festival: