Looking for something fun and unusual this St. Patrick's Day? Head up to Virginia City for the 26th annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry on Saturday, March 11.

For the past 25 years, attendees have come far and wide to sink their teeth into Virginia City’s world famous gonads.

The event brings in more than 3,000 hungry eaters and about 20 eager fry cooks. It also features a St. Patrick's Day parade, and those 21 and older can stick around for the Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl. Explore historic Virginia City, made famous for being the first to discover silver in the U.S.


1. It's bright to be early: The deep fryers are fired up and ready to serve by 10 a.m. With more than 20 cooks, this is an all-day eating extravaganza. This event is jam-packed with fun for the whole family, so it’s best to show up early and leave yourself enough time to experience everything.

2. Come hungry: The food is endless. Every cook gets at least 60 pounds of “fries” and most cooks will double or even triple their inventory. Rocky Mountain oysters can be grilled, fried or boiled, and the meat could be anywhere from traditional bull and sheep to large and juicy elephant testicles.

3. Wear green: This is a St. Patrick's Day event, so it’s customary to come wearing something green. A witty slogan like “Keep Calm and Get Lucky” or “Kiss me I'm Irish” is encouraged. And don't forget to gather up the family on C Street to watch the St. Patrick's Day parade.

4. Get your drink on! Make sure to buy a Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl cup. This acts as a fast pass to the front of drink lines. It also comes with one free beer at participating saloons. You’ll get to sample drinks unique to Virginia City. Nothing beats an evening of beer and balls!

5. Don't forget your sense of humor: There is nothing funny about a mouth full of bull testicles … unless you're a human with any sense of humor. Expect signs with catchy slogans like, “Come Have a Ball!”

Buy your tasting tickets and crawl cup here.

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