A new show on the Travel Channel shows you just how interesting the things are that some people do to entertain themselves. "Edge of America" host Geoff Edgers travels around the country in search of bizarre and unexpected ways Americans amuse themselves.
In the first episode of the show, Geoff visits a Calf Testicle Festivals in Oklahoma. The annual "Calf Fry" held in the town of Stillwater is named after the time-honored tradition of eating the testicles of recently castrated calves. Before partaking in the bull testicle eating competition, Edgers travels to a nearby ranch and discovers first hand how these cowboy delicacies are acquired.
Geoff also visits Mangum where 30,000 people gather annually to celebrate rattlesnakes. A local rattlesnake expert teaches Edgers how to find and catch the celebrated reptile. After capturing a rattlesnake, Edgers eats its still-beating heart.
You'll also get to watch Edgers go back in time at a frontier shooting range just outside of Tulsa. there, he competes in an old-fashioned black-powder shoot out against a teenage girl, all while wearing 19th century garb.
In the second episode of the season opener, Edgers goes to Oregon to find out how people have fun in the west, and his first stop is the World Championship Pig-N-Ford Races. In these races, grown men race around a dirt track in 100-year-old Model Ts while holding onto live pigs, something that's been a pastime since 1925.
In Portland, at the BiKETOBEERFEST, Geoff enters the bicycle throwing competition, and meets underground tall-bike jousters. After climbing atop a nearly 6-foot-tall, custom-made Frankenbike, Edgers lowers his well-padded lance and races into battle.
Later, he learns that although environmental protection laws which were started in the 70's have cut the industry in half, Oregon still remains the #1 lumber-producing state in the nation. Therefore many of Oregon's most popular events use the forest as the backdrop for fun and competition. Chainsaw sculpting blends Oregon's logging history with its creativity, and Edgers tries his hand at carving a wooden masterpiece. He then races to the top of an 80-foot oak with the help of highly specialized climbing gear and the 1996 International Tree Climbing Champion
"Edge of America" premieres Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Travel Channel.
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