This year was the ninth in a row that DC area folks, at the urging of the Montana State Society, ate balls.
Sliced, fried bull testicles accompanied by Kraft lubrication (ketchup, ranch and barbecue sauce) were slung on ordinary paper plates- an underwhelming image of the overwhelming Rocky Mountain Oyster.
People showed up in droves despite the (eventually realized) threat of rain under grey skies, decked out in their favorite cowboy boots, ten gallon hats and with memories of Montana in mind.
Held at the Arlington American Legion Post 139, the ball was themed around the purple-bagged Crown Royal, drink of choice (aside from colas and light beer). There was even a crown and robe on hand for those who wanted to don royal digs at the ball.
The Wil Gravat band played well-tuned country favorites from Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks. Throngs swooned on Crown and testes, wrangling their partners into dips and spins.
For some, this was their first Montana State Society event. For others, it was not first rodeo – eating balls.