Fruitcake Tossing

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What do you do with that nasty fruitcake Grandma Glenda with the Elvis sideburns sends you every Christmas? You can take it to the Great Fruitcake Toss. Held every first week in January since 1995, all come not to pay homage to the fruitcake, but to hurl, dissect and destroy the damn things, not to mention make fun of the people gave them to you.

You can compete in any number of events. There's tossing (by hand), launching (by catapult), and hurling (by any other method); a Fruitcake Derby (fruitcakes with wheels); a Fruitcake Art Show (recent entries have been a stoplight and a Chia Pet); the Farthest Traveled Fruitcake (fruitcakes have recently arrived from Hong Kong and New Zealand); and the obligatory Fruitcake Relay. A mere $5 will grant you entry into all events you wish to compete in. But remember, this is a BYOF party.

For the last nine years about 500 people have shown up in Manitou Springs, Colorado each January for the Great Fruitcake Toss. "We encourage the use of recycled fruitcakes", says Leslie Lewis of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce. The all-time Great Fruitcake Toss record is 420 feet.

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