by Allen J. Sheinman | February 18, 2011

The list  

1. BlobFest. Fans of sci-fi and horror flock to this annual event, which shows and celebrates the cheesy 1958 movie classic, The Blob (1958), starring a young Steve McQueen (and with a theme song by young Burt Bacharach). For the 50th anniversary in 2008, there was a McQueen lookalike contest. Details for this year's gathering will be confirmed in the spring.

2. High Times Cannabis Cup. This year will mark the 24th for the annual toke-fest in the Netherlands (where else?) sponsored by the 37-year-old publication generally referred to as “the pot smoker's bible." Various varieties of weed from around the world (and beyond) are tasted and judged. Good idea for a co-location: a Mallomars convention.

3. Monkey Buffet Festival.
No, the critters are not on the menu -- they are presented with a menu of vegetables and fruits in a raucous banquet held as a sign of respect. Some 600 monkeys are expected to attend, in Lopburi, Thailand.

4. Boryeong Mud Festival.
When they say “Here's mud in your eye" in Boryeong, South Korea, they mean it. The mud here is considered soothingly medicinal for the epidermis, so every summer (since 1997), folks from all over the world gather to wallow in the stuff.

5. Moose Dropping Festival.
Every July, the proud people of Talkeetna, Alaska, offer a festival where art and jewelry made from moose dung are sold. To cap the festivities, participants go up in helium balloons and attempt to hit targets with the stuff (thus making a double entendre out of the word dropping) to win prizes.

Source: Meetings & Conventions

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