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Virginia City goes nuts at 22nd Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival


Virginia City, Nev. is getting ready to go nuts.


VIRGINIA CITY — It’s a new year, a revamped event and Virginia City, Nev. presents a full-on Irish testicle festival at the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival, taking place along  C St., the historic town’s main drive, March 16, 2013.

The truth is Virginia City goes nuts each St. Patrick’s Day. More than 3,000 people head to one of the greatest historical towns in the nation for a taste of this “delicacy,” a rocky mountain oyster also known as “fries.” A beer garden, authentic live Irish music, individual and team “ball-eating” contests,  St. Patty’s Day costume contest and a new Leprechaun Bar Crawl presented by Coors Light round out the new event offerings.

Overall Event Schedule

Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Leprechaun Bar Crawl – 10:00am to Bars Close

10 a.m.: Festivities Begin

11:30 a.m.: Oyster Eating Contest – 1st Heat

12 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Parade on C St.

1p.m.: Oyster Eating Contest – 2nd Heat

1:30 p.m.: Dishes are Judged

2 p.m.: Costume Contest Awarded

2:30 p.m.: Oyster Eating Contest – 3rd Heat

3 p.m.: Awards Ceremony

4 p.m.: Oyster Fry Close

Ongoing fun and family-friendly activities throughout the day include the infamous annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, live music, street magicians and balloon animals.

For more information on Virginia City, Nev. and the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival, visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission (VCTC) at 775-847-7500.

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