The next three months are filled with holiday photo opportunities, but if you’re looking for something outside of the typical jack-o-lantern, turkey, present opening shots, has compiled a list of more off-beat events that are sure to make for interesting shots this holiday season.


October 20-21: Wooly Worm Festival (Banner Elk, NC)
It’s racing in North Carolina, but it’s not NASCAR. October in Banner Elk, North Carolina means Woolly Worm Racing. Cars won’t be driving fast and turning left; instead, woolly worms will be crawling up a string for a $1000 Grand Prize and the right to forecast the weather for the winter 2007-2008.

October 25-27: 25th Annual Arkansas Bean Fest and Championship Outhouse Races (Mountain View, AK) A hint of autumn in the air means outhouse racers are being constructed and bean and cornbread recipes perfected for the Arkansas Bean Fest and Great Arkansas Championship Outhouse Race. Throughout the year, the festival has proved itself one of the most exciting and outrageous around, drawing thousands to the small Ozarks town for music, free pinto beans and cornbread, and the spectacle created by the outhouse racing teams.


November 2-4: World Championship Punkin Chunkin (Millsboro, DE)
Halloween is over and your pumpkin is slowly starting to decay. You could throw it in the trash, but what fun would that be? A better way to get rid of it is to join the festivities at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin, where contraptions of all shapes and sizes get ready, aim and fire at breaking world records in the field of pumpkin launching. Aside from the displays of engineering might, there are plenty of cooking festivities, with contests including best presentation and “most use of pumpkin.”

November 19: 30-Something Occasional Doo Dah Parade (Parade, CA)
Imagine a parade with absolutely no cohesive theme or purpose. That parade is the “occasional” (as opposed to annual) Doo Dah Parade held in Pasadena, CA. Over 45,000 people come to attend this somewhat bizarre pre-Thanksgiving festival, which was voted Best Parade in 2004 by Reader’s Digest. The parade spoofs the pageantry of the annual Rose Parade, held each New Year’s Day in the same town of Pasadena.


December 8: Wassail Celebration (Woodstock, VT)
Wassail is Woodstock’s way of ushering in the Christmas period. It is a mid-December weekend of events from children’s plays to bell ringing. The culmination is a performance of the Messiah. But, the event that really draws the crowds is the annual parade of horses and riders. Riders dress in colorful period costumes evoking the look of a small Vermont town at the turn of the century. An estimated 5,000 visitors come for the event each year.

December 15: Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
For the first time ever, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade in Fort Lauderdale will be taking on a new route through the heart of downtown. Approximately one million spectators are expected to gather along the parade’s 12-mile route this year in order to see the wonderfully illuminated seafaring vessels as they snake down the new river.