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Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival set for March 16 in Virginia City

By Chris Moran

Cooks can sign up to compete in the “full-on Irish testical festival”; vendors also can sign up to participate.

Virginia City presents a full-on Irish testicle festivalthe 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster FestivalMarch 16 along C St., the historic town’s main drive. The event, which usually draws more than 3,000 people, includes a culinary festival in which Rocky Mountain oysters – bull calf testicles – are the main dish. A beer garden, live Irish music, individual and team “ball-eating” contests and a leprechaun bar crawl round out the event offerings.

Each year, more than 20 cooks compete in the event. Applications and official rules are available online at http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/events/major-special-events.html.

Not a cook? Vendors  also can sign up to have a booth at the event at http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/events/major-special-events.html.

Additional information about the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival, including a schedule, early bird tasting packages and the “temporary testicle health permit,” is available at www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission, 775-847-7500.

A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Virginia City is one of the  largest historic districts in the United States. Come experience this mining boomtown as it was in the 1800s. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is at 86 S. C St., Virginia City.

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