Famous, Unique, and Even Weird Traditions in Every State – 24/7 Wall St.

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Each American state has its own history – a history that has helped create and shape the culture of the state. Whether because of past events or influential people, each state also has traditions unique to that state.

Because they are so singular, these traditions can seem bizarre, even peculiar, to outsiders. Either way, states stick to these customs, even though they may seem strange, especially if there is a profit to be made from them.

24/7 Tempo decided to take a look at these unique traditions by tracking down the oddest in each state.

Traditions aren’t the only part of history that every state has and is proud of – here’s the best thing about each state.

Click here to see the weirdest tradition in each state

Some of the traditions on our list revolve around holidays such as New Year’s Eve and Independence Day. Many cities in these states have given their own spin to these traditional celebrations.

Not surprisingly, some of these quirky traditions involve food. West Virginia is holding a cooking contest for traffic victims. In Minnesota, people are having a meat raffle.

Some of these traditions include races in which fish, as opposed to horses or dogs, compete against each other. In Maryland, visitors can search for their favorite crustacean during the National Hard Crab Derby.

While some places may be hesitant to call a particular custom weird, many towns appreciate their quirky description. For example, the cities of Portland, Oregon; Asheville, North Carolina; and Austin, Texas used the Keep Their City Weird slogan on public buildings, signs and bumper stickers as a way to boost tourism – these are the weirdest roadside attractions in every state.

24/7 Tempo scoured media sources, state and city websites, and cultural resources to compile a list of famous and weird traditions in each state. We reviewed each tradition to assess its uniqueness to the state as well as the unusualness of the tradition or custom. Obviously, the specialness of a tradition is in the eye of the beholder. What is weird for one person may not be for another.

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