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The Annual Running of the Bull in Delaware, July 12, 2014

Update: Sunday July 13, 2014 Bull Wins Fight at Dewey’s Annual Running of the Bull
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/07/12/bull-everyone-else-runs-wild-dewey/12580949/

Image Courtesy of The Starboard

Image Courtesy of The Starboard

In a state known for its silly events, (the Punkin Chunkin’; the Buffalo Stampede) the Annual Running of the Bull at Dewey Beach, Delaware has to be one of the quirkiest. What started out 18 years ago as a word-of-mouth party for friends has turned into experience big enough to be included on E! Online’s “Ultimate Summer Bucket List” of 17 summer events. Surprisingly, the Annual Running of the Bulls ranked in between heavy-hitters like Comic-Con and Lollapalooza.

“Delaware doesn’t usually come to mind when trying to think of an amazing place to party this summer, but most people have never been to Dewey Beach,” the website for the E! Entertainment cable channel reported. (Maybe E! hasn’t heard of Firefly, but whatever…)

“Of course the bull is fake, and we can only assume that copious amounts of alcohol are involved, but this event brings out thousands of people every year who flock to see what this party town has to offer.”

Washington, D.C.’s Michael McDonnell and a few of his beach house friends launched the first bull run in 1997. Since then, it has grown into a fan-favorite bash that draws up to 2,000 party-goers from across the country to watch two men in a bull costume chase fun-seekers down Dewey Beach.

The event mimics the Festival of San Fermin held in Pamplona, Spain and is held between July 7th and 13th to coincide with Spain’s famous running of the bulls. Some participants dress in the traditional Pamplona white clothing and red bandanas, while other favor less traditional bikini tops, kilts, clown wigs, and whatever they feel like. Unlike the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, there have been no deaths or gorings in Dewey Beach. Local police escort runners across Delaware Route 1, which helps lower the danger level.

Participation in the event is free.

For more information:
http://thestarboard.com/running-of-the-bull/
The 18th annual Running of the Bull
Saturday, 2 p.m.
The Starboard
2009 Del. 1
Dewey Beach, DE

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Mid-Atlantic Mothman Alert! Sightings in Point Pleasant, WV

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Okay, it’s a TV series and not an actual sighting, but when a cocooned skeleton is found in a tree, Bones’ bugman Hodgins (played by T.J.Thyne) had high hopes that they’d found a Mothman.

While “The Archeologist in the Cocoon,” the eleventh episode of the eighth season of Bones, featured a run-of-the-mill murder, there have been real Mothman sightings in and around Point Pleasant, WV. Even the Animal Planet has featured the creature.

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/lost-tapes/videos/mothman.htm

Mothman legends have been around for close to 50 years. Original reports date from November 12, 1966 to December 15, 1967. Eye witnesses say the bird-like creature stands about 6 feet, 10 inches tall, has glowing red eyes and a 15-foot wingspan.

  Images taken by Kristin Cozart of Ashley Watts Photography (AWP)


Images taken by Kristin Cozart of Ashley Watts Photography (AWP)

Five men preparing a grave in the local cemetery made the first reported sighting on November 12, 1966. They described a “brown human being” rising out of nearby trees and flying over their heads. In typical fashion, the newly designated monster wasted no time and began stalking lovers parked on sequestered dark roads. On November 15, 1966, two young couples from Point Pleasant told police they saw a large white creature whose eyes “glowed red” in the car headlights. The “large flying man with ten-foot wings” followed their car as they tried to escape through “the TNT area,” the site of a former World War II munitions plant.

TNT area during WWII. Image Courtesy of Mothman Festival

TNT area during WWII. Image Courtesy of Mothman Festival

  Images taken by Kristin Cozart of Ashley Watts Photography (AWP)


Images taken by Kristin Cozart of Ashley Watts Photography (AWP)

If you want to add the Mothman to your life-list, check out the Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, WV, home of the largest collection of props from the 2002 movie “The Mothman Prophecies,” artifacts, and Mothman memorabilia. Mothman bus tours will take you through the area where sighting have been reported.

The Annual Mothman Festival is one of the biggest and strangest events in the region. Each September, visitors travel to see the famous “Mothman Statue”, Mothman Museum; meet original eyewitnesses, authors and Mothman experts. I’m curious about the “Mothman Ball, but no details are available at this time. If it’s costume, but sure to take a close look at your dance partner. 😉

During the Mothman Festival, bus tour tickets sell out early. Plan well in advance.

2014 MOTHMAN BUS TOUR SCHEDULE:
July 12th & 26th
August 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th
September 6th & 27th
September 20th (The Mothman Festival)
September 21st (The Mothman Festival)
October 11th & 25th
November 8th & 23rd
December 6th & 13th

For more information:

The Mothman Museum
411 Main St
Point Pleasant,
http://www.mothmanmuseum.com/index.html

The Annual Mothman Festival
http://mothmanfestival.com/

Mothman Lives!
http://www.mothmanlives.com/