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A look at three of America’s weirdest festivals

Some people will travel long distances for the strangest reasons. Whether it's a roadtrip to see the world's largest ball of twine in Kansas or try a cheesesteak in Philadelphia, some adventurous minds are always looking for a unique experience.

While the cheesesteak probably won't last more than 10 minutes and the ball of twine will do nothing at all, there are a bunch of bizarre festivals and events all over the country that are a bit more substantial.

Take for example the annual Great Mosquito Festival in Clute, Texas. A short drive from Houston, this strange event honors perhaps the most annoying insect of them all. Though most people would do everything they could to deter these pests from swarming around them, one of the festival's signature competitions is the mosquito calling competition. The Mosquito Festival has been held for the last 31 years, and draws roughly 13,000 guests.

Down the road in Austin, Texas, more than twice as many people have gathered for the last seven years to honor the world's largest urban bat colony. With more than two million Mexican Free Tail Bats living under the Congress Street Bridge in Austin, at least there's a reason for this celebration.

Less than an hour drive south of Raleigh, North Carolina, is the National Hollerin' Contest. There, they have contests for men, women and children and even have a conch shell blowing competition.

Anyone who is going to these events or any others in major cities all over the world should get a group of friends together and arrange for transportation for large groups provided by Hermes Worldwide.