Monday, December 29, 2014

The Wackiest State Fair Competitions Around America

Yes, that’s a llama, and yes, it’s wearing a hat, collared shirt, and bow tie. It’s actually dressed as Hansel, and his handler is Rachel Meany, dressed as Gretel—the pair of them competed in 2011′s llama costume contest at the Minnesota State Fair.

It’s just one of dozens of crazy competitions being held at state fairs across the country this month—like the outhouse races (yes, you read that right) at the Iowa State Fair, a dog dive-off at the Wisconsin State Fair, and an out-of-this-world beard competition at the Ohio State Fair (as well as Ohio’s tractor pull—for kids!).

In honor of America’s state fairs, we’ve rounded up more hilarious llama costumes and photos from many more of the wackiest competitions from harvest exhibitions across the country in our gallery.

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Rachel Meany plays Gretel to her llama's (name: Space Challenger) Hansel at the Minnsota State Fair's llama costume contest.

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Another ferocious llama costume challenger.

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Another llama costume challenger.

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Another llama costume challenger.

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Another llama costume challenger.

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Another llama costume challenger.

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

Another llama costume challenger.

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

At this fair's outhouse race, teams build a specialized bathroom on wheels and try to outpace the other mobile outhouses.

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

This state fair is also home to a ladies' rubber chicken throwing contest, as well as a ladies' husband calling contest.

Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair

A local barbership, the Old Familiar Barbershop, hosts an epic (just look at those curls!) competition for facial hair.

Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair also hosts a kiddie tractor pull, a mini version of this popular feat of strength for adults. In the contest, kids pedal a small tractor, pulling a sled behind them. Extra weights are even added along the way!

Wisconsin State Fair

Wisconsin State Fair

Pups vie for the top title in a dog diving contest at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

A butter sculptor, Sarah Pratt, works on carving of Kevin Costner for this year's Iowa State Fair. How's the likeness?

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

These cuties are twins who competed in a lookalike contest ... for twins.

Iowa State Fair

Iowa State Fair

Another pair of competitors in the twins look-alike contest.

North Dakota State Fair

North Dakota State Fair

Things look like they got heated at last year's arm wrestling contest at the North Dakota State Fair.

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Vi-An Nguyen
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