When autumn rolls around, some of us respond with a piping hot pumpkin spice latte, some cider donuts and a sweater. Others prefer to kick off the season by letting sheep run through their main streets. Here's just a sampler of the unusual sights you can see around the country this fall.
When: October 29, 2016
The quaint town of Manitou Springs had a bit of an incident back in 1929, when the coffin of Emma Crawford washed down a very steep mountain after years of stormy weather. Her remains were properly buried after the fact, but the unusual event inspired this yearly event decades later. Over 70 teams participate in the coffin race, with each team having their own "Emma."
Find out more at Historic Manitou Springs »
When: September 2 and 3, 2016
This quirky festival pays tribute to the humble cow chip, which is essentially a dried round of cow droppings that early settlers used to utilize as fuel. The most anticipated part of this event is the toss, which is exactly what it sounds like. (Picture frisbee-throwing.) Perhaps you'll get around to this idea by the time next year's festival rolls around.
Find out more at Wisconsin Cow Chip Throw & Festival »
When: October 5-9, 2016
While the festival itself isn't so weird (it's an event that celebrates sheep ranching), the sight of 1,500 sheep parading down Main Street ranks as one of the most unusual sights you can see. The weekend also includes culinary, wool, and cultural festivals. Definitely mark your calendars for next year.
Find out more at The Trailing of the Sheep Festival »