Each year more than 3,000 people celebrate in this historic town where more than 20 cooks compete in one of Northern Nevada's most popular tasting contests. These cooks serve all day long, competing for fame and glory as one of the best Rocky Mountain Oyster cooks in the West.
Enjoy all the Irish festivities throughout town, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade down C Street at noon.
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Follow the rainbow and find your pot of gold! Other highlights include a Saloon Crawl with attendees getting into the spirit and dressed in their finest green garb.
While named oysters, the rocky mountain variety are bull or sheep testicles and are a far cry from the water versions. The cook's gourmet skills are tested in an effort to woo the judges and attendees.
"We encourage folks to come have a ball, get dressed up, enjoy the festivities and check out our local merchants, restaurants and saloons," Deny Dotson, tourism director for the Virginia City Tourism Commission, said. "The local shops all participate with their own fun specials and decor so it really is a town-wide celebration."
Cooks compete for Best Overall Taste, Best Presentation, Best Booth, Most Creative Dish and Best Team Name, as well as bragging rights as the best Rocky Mountain Oyster Cook in the West.
Tasting tickets start at $5 for three samples or 10 samples for $12. A costume contest and live Irish music enhances the celebratory atmosphere.