At each of several one-day festivals held throughout the country, thousands of revelers unite in an epic clash of pulp, beer, and live music. Armed with a cache of 300,000 tomatoes, participants don protective bathing suits and goggles and hurl the fruit at one another during a two-hour battle. Throughout the afternoon, live music and costume contests offer an entertaining respite from the front lines, as bartenders dispense drafts of beer to attendees older than 21, refueling soldiers' morale before they resign to writing goodbye letters to their produce vendors back home. All tomatoes used during the event are past ripe and already fated for disposal, making the battle an efficient means of tossing them before their cursed transformation into singing Muppets.
53,275,923 people. That's how many passengers used Denver International Airport over the course of 12 months ending with January 2013, good enough for 13th place on the list of the busiest airports in the world. Given DIA's relatively removed location, lack of public transportation options, and all the legal red tape involved with growing wings, all those passengers mean one thing: cars.
USAirport Parking is up to the challenge of keeping those cars safe and their owners at ease. Located a 10-minute shuttle ride from the airport terminal, the lot can be hard to fathom by numbers alone: 60 acres of fenced-in pavement, 1,200 covered spaces, and a maximum capacity of 8,000 vehicles. For car owners, it's a simple process: simply park the vehicle in an empty space, and then catch the airport shuttle that runs every 7 to 10 minutes between 7 a.m. and midnight?and by request at any other time. An attentive and friendly staff keeps watch at all times. Where the power of human observation ends, a 24-hour camera system fills in to catch any foul play or UFO landings.
The most difficult thing about the supercar driving experiences at Oxotic might be the first thing drivers do: actually choosing a ride. he company keeps its fleet of uber rare $300,000 supercars. Once drivers make their selection, though, it's a straight shot to the open road. Each experience begins with a brief orientation, during which instructors explain how every doodad in the car works so drivers don't hit the wrong button and accidentally shoot silly string from the exhaust pipe. The driving experiences themselves range from five to 100 miles in length, and souvenirs?such as high-def video recordings of rides?keep adrenalin rushes going long after the pistons stop pumping.
It's a charity race with a back story like none other: bloodthirsty demons have been working in your community's offices, living in its homes, attending its schools. And now they're on the hunt and people are running for their lives. Citizens might be booking it across a field, seemingly far from the chaos, when shapes emerge on the horizon dressed head-to-toe in vampires' telltale black clothes. If you're a citizen, be prepared to run. If you're a vampire?lock in your target.
That's just part of what you might experience on the Vampire 5K, a twilight fun run where participants can register as "citizens" or "vampires" and take off from two separate starting lines. Both camps eventually converge in a chase that finds vamps trying to convert their mortal counterparts to the dark side. Citizens, dressed in white, sport two garlic flags; if the flags are taken before runners cross their finish line, they switch to a black tee and chase citizens. After the race, a moonlit party finds both camps sipping bloody marys during a dance party and award presentation. The race benefits the Mission to Hear Foundation, which provides hearing aids to underprivileged children, adults, and whatever they're calling the age group that comes in between these days.
Though Wheel Fun Rentals bicycle stables are scattered from sea to shining sea across the North American continent, the seeds of the enterprise were sown in Italy. On vacation in the late '80s, founder Brian McInerney discovered the four-wheeled Surrey cycle, a pedal-powered vehicle capable of carrying as many as six passengers. Before returning to the States, he made sure to pick up a full set of Surreys from the manufacturer, and a new chapter in his life began. Today, the business rents not only bikes and Surreys, but also multiple cycle-style mutants such as the three-wheeled Deuce Coupe and its cousin the Chopper. They even carry more advanced land vehicles such as electric cars and scooters. Kayaks, one-person pontoons, and stand-up paddle boards also unlock access to some of the country's wettest byways.
The destination becomes second-fiddle thanks to 303PartyBus. The action begins the second the driver starts the engine of this 44-passenger party on wheels. Long, curving leather booths hug the walls of the bus with room for passengers to kick back in style, but there's also plenty of room to dance, and party lighting to set the mood as well as a standup bar to fuel the festivities. 303PartyBus's driver is sequestered from the rest by a partition, so the passengers can party in private and the driver remains undistracted as he steers the vehicle toward the destination. And even though the destination might be an afterthought, there are plenty of options: Broncos games, tailgate parties, brewery tours, bachelorette parties, and concerts at Red Rocks or the Fillmore.