For 35 years, the Rock Creek Lodge in Clinton, Montana has been home to a famous Testicle Festival where attendees dine on Rocky Mountain oysters while drinking and having a good time. However, the event has been officially canceled this year, meaning that the festival has served its last ever testicle.
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According to The Missoulian, Rock Creek Lodge owner Matt Powers has pulled the plug on the annual event for multiple reasons. The biggest ones that he mentioned included a drop in attendance over the years as well as a string of negative publicity over the years. This transpired from crowds that wreaked havoc while drunk and rowdy, leading to several stabbings, arrests, and even deaths.
The most recent of these occurred at last year’s festival, when a patron kicked out of “Testy Fest” grabbed the wheel of the shuttle he was on, causing it to roll. Two were killed and seven injured as a result, and the man responsible is currently on trial.
For Powers, that may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. “At the end of the day I have to be able to hold my head up and be proud of how I make my living,” he told the Mizzoulian, something that can clearly no longer happen at the Testicle Festival.
Still, he appreciates the memories, fun times, and Rocky Mountain Oysters he experienced while the festival was running.