'Testicle festival,' Leprechaun train this weekend

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    Virginia City offers food, fun
    Posted: 3/14/2006

    [​IMG]'Testicle festival,' Leprechaun train this weekend

    What: Mountain Oyster Fry.
    When: Noon, Saturday.
    Where: Bucket of Blood Saloon parking lot, C and Union streets, Virginia City.
    Cost: $2 per sample.
    Details: 847-9016.

    What: St. Patrick's Day Parade.
    When: Noon, Sunday.
    Where: Lineup starts at the Fourth Ward School and proceeds along C Street, Virginia City.
    Details: 847-9016.

    Fast Facts
    Mountain Oysters are lamb testicles.
    Rocky Mountain Oysters are the testicles of beef and pigs, also known as Prairie Oysters.
    Source: Jett Aguilar, chairwoman, 2006 Mountain Oyster Fry.

    It's not a festival for the faint of heart.
    But organizers of the 15th annual Mountain Oyster Fry -- known among Virginia City locals as the "testicle festival" -- say Saturday will be filled with good food and fun.
    "They're all officially known as 'gonadologists,'" Jett Aguilar, chairwoman of this year's cookoff said of the participants, "and they actually think that's just great."
    The gonadologists will fire up their stoves at 10 a.m., judging starts at 11:45 a.m., tasting is at noon and results will be announced at 2 p.m., Aguilar said.
    Each participant will prepare about 20 pounds of mountain oyster fry, flown in from New Zealand, she said.
    "Fries can be coated in egg and bread crumbs, fritter or tempura batter, then they're browned in butter and spices and wine and simmered in highly seasoned sauces," Aguilar said.
    Winning the cookoff
    Awards will be presented for best overall taste, most creative use of flavors, best booth, best first-time cook and best presentation.
    Jo-Ellen Fonzo and her team from the Mark Twain Casino plan to prepare a special Italian recipe.
    "It's my mother's recipe that she used to make in New York. It's like baked ziti," she said. "We've done this for 10 years and we've never won, but this year, we're going to win."
    Samples, at $2 each, will go on sale at noon, and other side dishes will be available in addition to drinks.
    Visitors also will be treated to a gunfighter show at 2:30 p.m., presented by the Virginia City Guns and Gals.
    Eleven entrants have registered so far, Aguilar said, but there still are two open slots. Competitors are from all over Northern Nevada this year.
    "We always expect big crowds for this event," she said.
    St. Patrick's Day parade
    On Sunday, the annual St. Patrick's Day parade starts at noon with a lineup at 11:30 a.m. at the Fourth Ward School at the south end of town on C Street.
    The Reno-based Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band will be grand marshals, in honor of their 12th place finish in the world competition in Scotland last year.
    Prizes will be awarded for best float, best marching unit, best musical unit and best equestrian unit. Late entries are always welcome.
    The weekend also will include the first-ever Leprechaun Train Rides on the V&T both days, weather permitting.
    The ride will be hosted by a leprechaun, and there will be green treats and Irish music.
    The train leaves the station both days at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12

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