GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Abby Lampe from North Carolina celebrates her win with the cheese in the woman's race on June 05, 2022 in Gloucester, England. The Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake annual event returns this year after a break during the Covid pandemic. It is held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper's Hill, near Gloucester and this year it happens to coincide with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Participants race down the 200-yard-long hill after a 3.6kg round of Double Gloucester cheese. (Photo by Cameron Smith/Getty Images)

It seems we report on this event EVERY year.  Why?  Because EVERY year despite tons of injuries, these crazy Brits continue to chase cheese down a hill and get all sorts of injured in the process.  However, this year English nuts were joined by one from The Tar Heel State.  First, for those new to this bizarreness, the annual cheese rolling contest was held Sunday in Brockworth, England-as it has since the mid-20th Century.  There, organizers roll Double Gloucester cheese down the frighteningly steep, Cooper’s Hill.  A mad dash for the cheese ensues.

As per the norm, there were several injuries yesterday, including a reported broken leg.  The event is actually thought to be some 600 years old and how about the girl from our team?  Shout out to North Carolina’s own Abby Lampe- who apparently caught the cheese-winning the women’s division.  That sounds dirtier than it really is, right? <g>

The Craziest Festivals You Can Attend In North Carolina and Elsewhere

  • Frozen Dead Guy Days (March)

    Come to Nederland, Colorado, for this event featuring coffin races, costumed polar plunges, icy turkey bowling, and even a frozen T-shirt contest!  Sounds like fun, but also sounds REAL cold (not my jam).  Still too cold in March in Colorado for me.

  • Hillbilly Days (April)

    Grab up all your kin folk and head to Pikeville, Kentucky for this celebration of Appalachian culture.  Featured events include:  a cornhole tournament, quilt show, hillbilly music, food and local crafts.

  • Duct Tape Festival (June)

    Ever wonder who makes-and where-Duct Tape?  The answer is Shurtape Technologies in Avon, Ohio (suburb of Cleveland).   Each June the locals pay homage to their hometown product that none of us can live without.

  • Humungus Fungus Fest (August)

    EASILY, my favorite name for a festival, this takes place in Crystal Falls, Michigan.  People come from all over the world to pay homage to the world’s largest, oldest living organism, a 200,000-pound shoestring mushroom occupying 38 acres of land and dating back anywhere from 1,500 to 10,000 years.  Food, fun, and falderal abounds.

  • Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw And Festival (September)

    What better way to honor the bovine that drive the Wisconsin dairy industry than with a party set around cow chips.  There’s a cow chip parade and or course the spectacle of watching competitors vie for the state’s cow chip toss record-live from Prairie du Sac.

  • Cream Cheese Festival (September)

    Lest you think cow chips are the only things that can be flung at a festival.  Welcome to Lowville, New York and September’s Cream Cheese Festival.  In addition to the “Flinging Cream Cheese Toss,” you can paint murals with the spread, participate in an all-you-can-eat contest and even take a bite from the world’s largest cheesecake.

  • Tarantula Awareness Festival (October)

    Coarsegold, California is where you’ll find this celebration of arachnid-inspired poems, music, crafts, and events.  Some of which include a hairy legs contest, a tarantula hat dance, and a tarantula derby.  And since Halloween is right around the corner on the calendar, the festival also features trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating

  • Woolly Worm Festival (October)

    And since we opened this by mentioning the Tar Heel State’s contribution to this list, if you’ve never seen a woolly worm race, here ya go.  And make plans to head up to Banner Elk in the fall.  You won’t regret it for a second!