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Quirky Summer Seaside Contests

From pig racing to stilt volleyball, the weirdest competitions to hit the shore.

Since the early 20th-century, seaside resorts around the world have been concocting one crazy seaside competition after another in a bid to woo visitors and draw crowds. Here, a look back at some favorites, from the amusing to the bizarre.

Mermaids-a-Go-Go Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Mermaids-a-Go-Go Contestants in Long Beach, California's "Neptune's Extravaganza" lounge on the shore, 1933. High Times Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images High Times A group of women perched on stilts compete in a game of high stakes volleyball in California, 1934. Best Dressed Fred Morley/Getty Images Best Dressed Behold the winner of a seaside fancy dress competition as she shows off her seaweed ensemble at Beeston Regis in Norfolk, England, 1935. Ready! Set! Eat Sand!! Hulton Deutsch/Corbis via Getty Images Ready! Set! Eat Sand!! Wheelbarrow racing on Coney Beach in Porthcawl, Wales, 1938. Porky by the Sea George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images Porky by the Sea A pig racing contest on Hermosa Beach in California, date unknown. Longest Kiss Wins FPG/Getty Images Longest Kiss Wins An official checks his watch as finalists compete in a kissing marathon competition at Coney Island in New York, 1950. The winning couple, Betty Burns and Michael Calibrass (couple number 3, at far left), held a kiss for three hours and two minutes. Ahoy, Ladies Visual Studies Workshop/Getty Images Ahoy, Ladies The "Queen of Queens" contest in Long Beach, California, 1930. Exmouth. General scene of crowd watching competition. Competitors sitting on stage back waiting for their turn to be jud Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images Exmouth. General scene of crowd watching competition. Competitors sitting on stage back waiting for their turn to be jud Will the Marilyn of Exmouth Please Stand Up? Competitors await judging at the Sunday Pictorial Beach Beauty Contest in Great Yarmouth, 1955. Flex Time Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images Flex Time Beefcakes competition in Blackpool, England, 1958. Tug O' War, Sailor? Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images Tug O' War, Sailor? Beauty contestants play tug of war with a group of sailors in Southsea, England, 1959. Measuring Up Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images Measuring Up A beauty contestant pictured with a younger rival, 1959. Ruffle Time Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Ruffle Time Three-year-old Annette Wright poses for cameras during the Junior Swim for Health Contest in Miama; date unknown. Knocked or Knobbly? Barry Lewis/In Pictures via Getty Images Knocked or Knobbly? A Knobbly Knees competition at Butlins Holiday Camp in Lincolnshire, England, 1982. Barely There EVAN HURD PHOTOGRAPHY/Sygma via Getty Images Barely There Bikini contest in Daytona Beach, Florida; date unknown. Shined Up and Ready David McNew/Getty Images Shined Up and Ready Contestants line up for the annual Venice Classic Bodybuilding Competition in California, 2003. 49 Dogs David Paul Morris/Getty Images 49 Dogs Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi poses with a plate of Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs after winning the annual Coney Island hot dog contest for the fifth year in a row, 2005. Note: Kobayashi won by inhaling 49 dogs in 12 minutes. Mermaid Parade D Dipasupil/Getty Images Mermaid Parade The Queen of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade waves to the crowd, 2013. March On With The Mermaid ParadeGlitter, tails, and facepaint all over — but the seashells are optional.