Ice guessing game: Nenana Ice Classic and more odd small-town rituals

There's many appealing aspects of a small-town, including a number of the annual events. If you think activities in big cities are appealing, don't forget about the small-town. It's there where you may find odd small-town rituals to pique your fancy. One such event is the Nenana Ice Classic held in Nenana, Alaska. It's Alaska's "biggest guessing game" reports the Associated Press. You bet a total of up to $2.50 a shot to guess when the ice will go out on the Tanana River. The more you play, the more you can win.

What are some other unique annual events in America's small-towns?

4th of July Midnight Parade

Gatlinburg, Tenn.

You've seen 4th of July parades, but you've seen them in daylight. Gatlinburg's annual parade starts at midnight, which puts the event securely in the odd small-town ritual category. According to Inside Gatlinburg, the 4th of July Midnight Parade is so popular it draws up to 100,000 people to the mountain resort, and it kicks off the holiday's events for the area.

Big Mountain Furniture Race

Whitefish, Mont.

What to do with the furniture you can't stand anymore? Although the Big Mountain Furniture Race is no more, it sure was a fun solution. All you had to do was attach some skis to your old couch or chair, head to the top of the ski slope and down you went. As shown at, there were even prizes, such as the Most Likely to be put back in the Living Room prize. Unfortunately, according to Big Mountain spokesperson Chance Cooke, as reported at Whitefish Pilot Online, the event was no longer family-friendly. "It had been an issue for a couple seasons," said Cooke. "It really wasn't a family event anymore."

Ocean City Quiet Festival

Ocean City, N.J.

With all the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, there's one odd small-town ritual that you may want to check out. As reported at Ocean City Patch, the annual Ocean City Quiet Festival has included such peaceful events as making paper airplanes, poetry readings, nature walks and even a mice, hamster and guinea pig challenge. After all, these little creatures sleep during the day, so they can't possible be too loud.