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    Introducing American Festivals Project

    Documenting Odd, Wonderful, and Otherwise Unknown Festivals

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Traveling in a truck powered by waste vegetable oil and sleeping in a 1964 truck camper, photographers Ross McDermott and Andrew Owen roamed the country to document America's "small, hidden, and bizarre festivals." Partially funded by a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant, the American Festivals Project brings us into the world of small-town fairs, hidden celebrations, and odd events—from the Woolly Worm Festival to the World Beard and Mustache Championships—and shines a light on a rich diversity of culture that has largely remained hidden.

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