VIRGINIA CITY — Virginia City, Nevada is hosting a ballsy festival to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The 25th annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry returns March 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the town’s center.
Rocky Mountain oysters are bull or sheep testicles.
“We encourage folks to come have a ball, get dressed up, enjoy the festivities and check out our local merchants, restaurants and saloons,” said Deny Dotson, tourism director for the Virginia City Tourism Commission. “The local shops all participate with their own fun specials and decor so it really is a town-wide celebration.”
More than 20 cooks compete in the event, serving up fried, chopped, grilled or sautéed steer testicles.
Cooks will compete for Best Overall Taste, Best Presentation, Best Booth, Most Creative Dish and Best Team Name, as well as bragging rights as the best Rocky Mountain Oyster Cook in the West, according to event organizers.
Tasting tickets start at $5 for three samples or 10 samples for $12.