I'm all about a weird, whacky West Virginia festival -- like the Roadkill Cook-Off. I had put the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Festival on my calendar some time back to make sure I could check it out at some point.
It's the world's largest water tasting competition, and judges taste municipal, bottle, sparkling and purified water in February for the past 25 years. Berkeley Springs touts their natural springs, which have national received attention from visitors - including George Washington in his day. So, it makes sense to have a water tasting festival in a place known to have some of the best water.
While the judges are the ones with the biggest tasks, there is a bit of fun for those in the audience. You get to judge some waters, as well as the design of bottles. But the most fun part? After the awards have been announced, the audience is invited up to the main stage to snag one of the display bottles of water. This "water rush" gets a little crazy, as people run up to take all these bottles of water. I was lucky enough to swoop in and snag a cool glass bottle of Justa.
It was a nice little event and something unique for our state. Anyone else snag a cool bottle?