At Testicle Fest, Visitors Go Nuts

Utah event showcases beer-battered Rocky Mountain Oysters
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2008 12:09 PM CDT
To some, bull testicles are a delicacy known as Rocky Mountain Oysters.   (
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(Newser) – Attendees were urged to “have a ball” this weekend at the annual Testicle Festival in southwestern Wyoming, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The two-day event raises $30,000 for charity as it salutes cowboy traditions, offering guests the chance to munch on “Rocky Mountain Oysters”—known in veterinary circles as bull testicles. “Just think of it as veal,” urged a festival volunteer.

Organizers ordered 250 pounds of the, er, oysters for this year’s gathering. They’re prepared by official “nut specialists” who dip them in beer batter, then cook them in hot lard until they’re golden-brown. Young bulls are neutered at branding time, and in the past, that meant an annual testicle feast. “It was considered a treat,” said the volunteer. "Of course, you probably wouldn't want to eat it more than that."