5 Off-Kilter Conventions

Every once in a while, The List likes to go off the beaten track to find events that appeal to a very specialized constituency, and these five certainly fit the bill. Attend one or all, one thing we guarantee: You'll wind up with some pretty far-out souvenir T-shirts.

Association of Lincoln Presenters Convention, April 20-23, Clarion Hotel, Lexington, Ky. This is like a trade show for Elvis impersonators, only the subjects of veneration (and necromancy) here are our 16th president and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Here you can watch reenactments of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, even Lincoln's assassination, as well as buy that stovepipe hat you've always promised yourself.

Wayne Chicken Show, July 7-9, Bressler Park and Wayne Municipal Airport, Wayne, Neb. The literature promises "an 'egg'-normous parade, hilarious chicken-related contests, games, dancing and entertainment," along with "free chicken stories and crafts," the ever-popular Cluck Cluck Golf Scramble and, because why not, a wine tasting.

Vent Haven Convention, July 12-15, Cincinnati Marriott Airport Hotel in (where else?) Hebron, Ky. This is an annual gathering for ventriloquists and their fans. Sessions will explore issues such as "Successfully Using Audience Volunteers" and "Secrets of Puppet Care & Repair," and there will be dealer rooms, live shows, open mics and more. Come watch presenters speak through their dummies while choking on a glass of water.

Potato Expo, Jan. 10-12, 2018, Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando. This show offers educational programming covering the top issues facing the potato industry, while showing off the latest products and services for potato production and distribution. Breakout sessions include, and we quote, "research and issues facing the fresh, chip, process and seed sectors."

Barbershop Quartet Convention, Jan. 16-21, 2018, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Messa, Calif. You'll be seeing quadruplicate when you hobnob amongst the singing, handlebar-mustachioed quartets at this show, a dream come true for those who can't get enough of "Down by the Old Mill Stream" and "Bicycle Built for Two."

Sources: Travelversed; Business Insider; Meetings & Conventions