“Running of the Balls” Tradition Stubbornly Endures

Christmas decorations are generally loud, tacky, and useless; in other words, they’re things we begrudgingly put up with for the kids. Believe it or not, though, they’ll manage to become just a little bit more annoying to residents of Greensboro, NC during their annual “Running of the Balls” festival, which if you ask us, sounds like one of those things that got its name well before anything else about it was decided. (And it’s a popular name, too!) But now they have decided what the Running of the Balls will┬ábe, and as it turns out, it will be an enormous nuisance. According to the Greensboro News & Record, nearly a dozen stretches of road will be closed so that people may gawk at lit chicken wire dangling from roadside trees. Charming!

Motorists can expect additional intermittent closures along the route from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Motorists are reminded that pedestrians have the right of way, and are asked to use caution where participants are present.

What a nightmare! It’s practically enough to make you yearn for bloodthirsty bovine. Alas!