The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival – set for July 29 and 30 at Sloans Lake – has been nominated as one of Motel 6’s “Top 6 Quirkiest Summer Festivals,” a distinction shared with the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw & Festival (Prairie Du Sac, Wisc.) and the Watermelon Thump (Luling, Texas).
How did the nation’s largest dragon boat festival end up sharing the honor with events featuring feces-flinging and watermelon-spitting?
According the hotel chain’s press release, Motel 6 and its spokes-voice Tom Bodett “considered a long list of one-of-a-kind American summer festivals and selected six finalists based on individuality of theme and exemplary attendee offerings.”
It’s the second summer the hotel chain has curated and issued the list, which this year also includes Mule Days (Bishop, Calif.), WestFest (Chicago) and Twin Days (Twinsburg, Ohio).
Perhaps not surprisingly, the press release also directed travelers to the hotel chain’s properties nearest each festival.
In recognition of their achievement, each festival committee will receive an honorary plaque, according to the hotel chain.