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Posted: 3/14/2006 9:26:17 PM EST
'Testicle festival,' Leprechaun train this weekend
Virginia City offers food, fun

Sandi Hoover (SHOOVER@RGJ.COM)
March 14, 2006

It's not a festival for the faint of heart.

But organizers of the 15th annual Mountain Oyster Fry -- known among Virginia City locals as the "testicle festival" -- say Saturday will be filled with good food and fun.

"They're all officially known as 'gonadologists,'" Jett Aguilar, chairwoman of this year's cookoff said of the participants, "and they actually think that's just great."

The gonadologists will fire up their stoves at 10 a.m., judging starts at 11:45 a.m., tasting is at noon and results will be announced at 2 p.m., Aguilar said.

Each participant will prepare about 20 pounds of mountain oyster fry, flown in from New Zealand, she said.

"Fries can be coated in egg and bread crumbs, fritter or tempura batter, then they're browned in butter and spices and wine and simmered in highly seasoned sauces," Aguilar said.

Winning the cookoff

Awards will be presented for best overall taste, most creative use of flavors, best booth, best first-time cook and best presentation.

Jo-Ellen Fonzo and her team from the Mark Twain Casino plan to prepare a special Italian recipe.

"It's my mother's recipe that she used to make in New York. It's like baked ziti," she said. "We've done this for 10 years and we've never won, but this year, we're going to win."

Samples, at $2 each, will go on sale at noon, and other side dishes will be available in addition to drinks.

Visitors also will be treated to a gunfighter show at 2:30 p.m., presented by the Virginia City Guns and Gals.

Eleven entrants have registered so far, Aguilar said, but there still are two open slots. Competitors are from all over Northern Nevada this year.

"We always expect big crowds for this event," she said.

St. Patrick's Day parade

On Sunday, the annual St. Patrick's Day parade starts at noon with a lineup at 11:30 a.m. at the Fourth Ward School at the south end of town on C Street.

The Reno-based Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band will be grand marshals, in honor of their 12th place finish in the world competition in Scotland last year.

Prizes will be awarded for best float, best marching unit, best musical unit and best equestrian unit. Late entries are always welcome.

The weekend also will include the first-ever Leprechaun Train Rides on the V&T both days, weather permitting.

The ride will be hosted by a leprechaun, and there will be green treats and Irish music.

The train leaves the station both days at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 9:34:55 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 9:50:13 PM EST

I'm SO EXCITED !!! Love 'em dipped 'n fried.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 9:52:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By parshooter:

I'm SO EXCITED !!! Love 'em dipped 'n fried.


Link Posted: 3/14/2006 9:54:52 PM EST
As much as I am one for odd fare......I'll be passing on this one!
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 10:26:25 PM EST
Yet they find escargot so.... nasty.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 10:54:06 PM EST

Well I'm upper upper class high society
God's gift to ballroom notoriety
And I always fill my ballroom
The event is never small
The social pages say I've got
The biggest balls of all

I've got big balls
I've got big balls
They're such big balls
And they're dirty big balls
And he's got big balls
And she's got big balls
(But we've got the biggest balls of them all)

And my balls are always bouncing
My ballroom always full
And everybody cums and cums again
If your name is on the guest list
No one can take you higher
Everybody says I've got
Great balls of fire

I've got big balls
Oh I've got big balls
And they're such big balls
Dirty big balls
And he's got big balls
And she's got big balls
(But we've got the biggest balls of them all)

Some balls are held for charity
And some for fancy dress
But when they're held for pleasure
They're the balls that I like best
My balls are always bouncing
To the left and to the right
It's my belief that my big balls
Should be held every night

We've got big balls
We've got big balls
We've got big balls
Dirty big balls
He's got big balls
She's got big balls
(But we've got the biggest balls of them all)

(We've got big balls)
(We've got big balls)

And I'm just itching to tell you about them
Oh we had such wonderful fun
Seafood cocktail, crabs, crayfish
(But we've got the biggest balls of them all)

(Ball sucker)
(Ball sucker)
(Ball sucker)
(Ball sucker)...

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 11:22:06 PM EST

In solidarity with my fellow male mammals, I refuse to eat Mountain Oysters.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 11:28:39 PM EST
I'll be to involved in St. Patrick's Day in Butte
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 11:44:53 PM EST

Link Posted: 3/15/2006 12:50:15 AM EST
Just don't have the balls for it.....
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:49:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By KC-130 FLT ENG:
Just don't have the balls for it.....

Thats ok, they have plenty you can have!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:55:16 AM EST
Heck, the volunteer fire dept of my home town has been serving them each June for at least 30 years as a fund raiser.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:11:29 AM EST
Ah ya'll just aint got enough well Testicles to try em... You'll have a Ball, you'll go Nuts over em'
JUst don't ask where the gravy comes from!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:25:40 AM EST
You are what you eat.....

Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:27:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 4:28:04 AM EST by ThirtyCal_FAL]
Oh Nuts!

Looks like I'm gonna be busy and can't make it...
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:33:38 AM EST
No thanks. So do they eat the pecker too? That would explain much.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:57:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By KC-130 FLT ENG:
Just don't have the balls for it.....

Me either. However I have had Rocky Mountain Oysters and they're actually very good. Now before you all bring out the rotten vegetables to throw at me - I had them when I was 9 and had no idea what they were for several years.
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