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After 35 Years, The World-Famous Testicle Festival Has Officially Been Canceled

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.

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.


‘Roadkill Law’ Makes Harvesting Roadkill for Dinner Legal in Montana


A law will go into effect this month that makes it legal to harvest roadkill in Montana. The state’s legislation stems from the waste of over 7,000 animals killed by vehicles last year. Before you get too grossed out, the law focuses more on larger game such as deer and moose. Because that makes it better.

The new law would give drivers 24 hours to harvest the meat of animals they accidentally kill with their vehicles. Citizens will be required to complete an application online with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency within 24 hours of the crash. Upon completion the driver will be able to print out a permit that gives them permission to claim the animal.

There are a few caveats to the law. The entire carcass must be taken, not just harvested on the side of the road for specific parts. The meat must also be eaten not used for bait. Opposers to the bill are concerned that this will encourage motorists to intentionally run down the animals in hopes of getting a free meal.

Another concern is whether or not it’s a health risk to consume roadkill.

Popularity is growing for the statute with many requesting an app to make it even more convenient for someone to harvest their accident in a more timely manner.

H/T HuffPo