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Outhouse Races, Iowa State Fair

This wildly popular contest takes potty humor to a new level. Teams of four build outhouses and get decked out in their finest goggles and boots. They race 200 feet down a straightaway to a toilet where the “driver” cleans a chocolate smear sans hands (i.e., with his rear). After that, he digs through a cattle trough to find a corncob, changes a roll of toilet paper, jumps back into the outhouse, and is pushed back to the finish line. And the reward? The Golden Throne, a toilet seat inscribed, “We’re #1 in the #2 Business.” Second- and third-place teams win silver and bronze plungers.

Where: Des Moines, IA

When: mid-August


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