Each year, the historic mining town of Virginia City celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a ballsy festival. The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry brings thousands of daring oyster-eaters to sample tasty testes, partake in the Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl and the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The event is set for March 14 on C Street, the town’s main drag.

Tasting tickets start at $5 for three samples or 10 samples for $10. Advance tasting tickets are available online. A costume contest and live Irish music enhances the celebratory atmosphere.More than 20 cooks compete in the 24-year event and serve up fried, chopped, grilled, or sauteed cow testicles for a variety of flavorful combinations. Cooks compete for Best Overall Taste, Best Presentation, Best Booth, and Best Team Name, as well as bragging rights as the best Rocky Mountain Oyster Cook in the west.

The Ball Breaker Saloon Crawl takes place at Virginia City’s saloons offering samples and discounted beer and specialty drinks throughout the day. Purchase a cup for $10 at the event or in advance online.

The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry is brought to you in part by New West Distributing and Coors Light.

For more information on Virginia City or the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, visit visitvirginiacitynv.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission (VCTC) at 775-847-7500.