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IL Testicle Festival

By: Kristen Aguirre
By: Kristen Aguirre

A Mount Sterling tradition was brought back to life after being on hiatus for the past four years.

The Sports Man's Club bar held its renowned Testicle Festival today.

KHQA's Kristen Aguirre visited the event this afternoon to see what goes into preparing the unique treat.

"They taste just like a pork tenderloin," said Robert Sampson a first time fried testicle taster. "It doesn't taste really any different than some other piece of the pork that you eat, it doesn't really taste that much different."

The name may make you hesitant to try it but some people don't mind testicles, as long as they're cooked right.

"We have to process the hog testicles which involves cutting them up and skinning them and then we bring them here and they're all flowered and fried," said Nicole Wachter, The Sports Man's Club manager and Testicle Festival organizer.

There was 170 pounds of pork testicles and 60 pounds of turkey testicles waiting to go through that process to be served at the Testicle Festival. But at The Sports Man's Club, frying up testicles is nothing new.

"It use to be a very small event just hosted inside the bar," said Tim Wachter, The Sports Man's Club co manager and Testicle Festival organizer. "The local farmers would get together after they harvested testicles and they would come up here and fry them up as sort of a thank you to all the patrons at the bar."

In 2003 that small gathering was taken to the streets as a festival. It became so popular the bar decided to take a break from hosting in 2008. Now the fried treats are making a return.

"We're extremely excited we hope to have a bunch of people to show up we're expecting anywhere from 500 but we're hoping to have 1,000 people," said Nicole.

And if you're still skeptical try not to focus on the name the taste is more familiar than you think.

"Some people compare them to chicken livers, some people compare them to chicken and the turkey I hear are the best," said Tim.


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