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America's Wackiest State Fair Contests

Forget song and dance. America’s most entertaining talents are on display at these crazy state fair contests.

RottenSneaker Contest, Utah State Fair

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For the past decade, kids ages 8 to 13 have saved their stinkiest shoes for this annual event, sponsored by Odor Eaters. A panel of judges gives sneakers the ultimate sniff test and rates each part of the shoe, from tongue to toe, on a scale of 5 (“Bad”) to 1 (“Really Horrendous”); lowest score wins. The victor then travels to Montpelier, VT, home of the annual National Rotten Sneaker contest, where his stinker goes sole-to-sole against winners from other regional competitions. In the past 10 years, roughly five Utah winners have been crowned grand champions.

Where: Salt Lake City, UT

When: mid-September

America's Wackiest State Fair Contests

RottenSneaker Contest, Utah State Fair

For the past decade, kids ages 8 to 13 have saved their stinkiest shoes for this annual event, sponsored by Odor Eaters. A panel of judges gives sneakers the ultimate sniff test and rates each part of the shoe, from tongue to toe, on a scale of 5 (“Bad”) to 1 (“Really Horrendous”); lowest score wins. The victor then travels to Montpelier, VT, home of the annual National Rotten Sneaker contest, where his stinker goes sole-to-sole against winners from other regional competitions. In the past 10 years, roughly five Utah winners have been crowned grand champions.

Where: Salt Lake City, UT

When: mid-September

Courtesy of Odor Eaters
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