Summertime fun is synonymous with hometown festivals, so to celebrate the season Motel 6 and the famous brand voice Tom Bodett are honoring America’s Top 6 Quirkiest Festivals of 2016 by paying homage to the local communities that make these extraordinary events possible. All the recognized festivals give locals and out-of-towners alike a chance to celebrate some of the most original and entertaining summer fairs across the United States, while encouraging communities to rally around their city’s unique attributes and quirky bits of history.
“The best part of working on this list with Motel 6 was rediscovering America’s ingenuity. There are so many exceptional events and communities across the U.S., and I am thrilled to help shine the light on them,” said Motel 6 brand ambassador and voice, Tom Bodett. “Motel 6’s list of America’s Top 6 Quirkiest Festivals is the perfect chance for travelers to make the most of the summer vacation season and experience these one-of-a-kind happenings. The average carnival pales in comparison. There really is no better way for an iconic, all-American brand to keep inspiring travelers to see our beautiful country than by showing off some of the most unique experiences in it. I hope we can motivate fans from across the country to celebrate summer with us!”
Motel 6 and Tom Bodett chose these wonderfully off-beat festivals based on uniqueness of theme and exemplary attendee experiences. In recognition of their achievement, each organization will receive an honorary plaque presented by Motel 6.
America’s Top 6 Quirkiest Festivals of 2016:
Avon Heritage Duck Tape® Festival in Avon, Ohio; June 17 – June 19
Embrace your ingenuity at the Duck Tape® World Headquarters for a free, three-day family-friendly festival featuring live entertainment, food, rides, crafts, a parade with giant floats made from duct tape and more! There’s even a fashion show on the main stage where participants can model their custom Duck Tape® outfits for all to see.
Roswell UFO Festival in Roswell, New Mexico; June 30 – July 3
Join UFO enthusiasts (and skeptics) for the City of Roswell’s celebration of the alleged flying-saucer crash landing in July 1947. The three-day festival takes place from Thursday, June 30 through Sunday July 3 and includes guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest for humans and pets, a parade and tons of family-friendly activities.
Running of the Bulls in New Orleans, Louisiana; July 8 – July 10
On the same weekend as the famous Running of the Bulls in Spain, the San Fermín in Nueva Orleans festival celebrates in the same way but with a twist – the “bulls” are roller derby athletes! Beginning on Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, this year’s 10th annual NOLA Bulls celebration will welcome over 20,000 visitors looking for a taste of Spain with proceeds benefitting various local charities.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California; July 29 – July 31
Summer’s ultimate food fair takes place from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 and features incredible, open-flame cooking competitions, live entertainment and plenty of delicious, garlic-laced foods including the town’s signature Gilroy garlic ice cream!
Great River Tug Fest between LeClaire, Iowa and Port Byron, Illinois; August 11 – August 13
This year’s 30th annual event takes place on the banks of the Mississippi River from Thursday, August 11 through Saturday, August 13 and features a tug-of-war competition between Illinois and Iowa that literally stops all boat traffic on the river. The epic rivalry is at the heart of the celebration on both sides of the river with festivities including parades, mini-tugs for kids, carnival rides, live entertainment and more.
Bat Fest in Austin, Texas; August 20
Nearly 2 million Mexican free-tailed bats live under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas where tourists and locals flock to view the bats’ nightly flights into the sky. On August 20, the town’s 12th annual event celebrates the bats’ flight at dusk with three live music stages featuring performances by Blue October, The American Authors, The Mowgli’s, and Coleman Hell, along with arts and crafts, food, drinks, bat-themed activities and a costume contest.
What the Summer Holds for You
Motel 6 is showing its support for “America’s Top 6 Quirkiest Festivals” by offering fans who are staying at the festivals designated Motel 6 locations (per list below) a 10% discount during their stay over the specific festival dates. Discount is valid only for new reservations. Existing reservations at the designated properties are not eligible for the discount. The 10% discount is available only during the dates listed below for each property. To find the Motel 6 locations and make a reservation, please visit www.motel6.com.
Afraid of missing out on the festival action? Fear not, because fans can celebrate “America’s Top 6 Quirkiest Festivals” with Motel 6 by following the “6 from 6” list on the brand’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. All summer long, Motel 6’s social media channels will provide followers with a glimpse of each of the featured festivals and the towns they are based in, inspiring travelers to add these extraordinary festivals to their summer bucket list! Fans are also encouraged to share their summer festival experience using the hashtag #ThrillsNotFrills.
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