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Whiskey Dicks holding Testicle Festival on Saturday

Whisky Dicks is having a Testicle Festival. The event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 801 S. Seneca.
Whisky Dicks is having a Testicle Festival. The event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the bar, 801 S. Seneca. The Wichita Eagle

There’s no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to say it.

Whiskey Dicks is having a Testicle Festival.

It’s happening on Saturday night at the bar at 801 S. Seneca and it’s a fundraiser that’s offering all-you-can-eat Rocky Mountain oysters, also known as calf fries and bull fries, for $20 a head. Though it’s giggle-inducing to talk about dining on these particular pieces of bull anatomy, many people do, and they’re actually a somewhat common delicacy in Kansas.

Whiskey Dicks owner John Dwire said this is the second Testicle Festival he’s put on at the bar, and he hopes to make it an annual event. A Testicle Festival seemed like an obvious fit, he said.

“It works together,” he said. “It has a good feel. It just kind of rolls off the tongue.”

Rocky Mountain oysters are actually quite delicious, said Dwire, who said they have a similar flavor and texture to chicken fried steak. His customers love them, and most aren’t too squeamish about it.

“Men tend to like them more than women,” he said. “But once we get the ladies to try them, they enjoy them. If you don’t tell them what they’re eating, they enjoy them more. Later, they might get a little nervous.”

Money raised from food sales will benefit Christopher Egbert, a Whiskey Dicks regular who was injured in a motorcycle accident in February. In addition to the all-you-can-eat bull fries, the event also will include a performance by the group Linnaberry Wine, who will take the stage at 8 p.m. There will also be drink specials.

The evening starts at 7 p.m., and food will be served until midnight.

Dwire said he’s expecting a good crowd, especially judging from how many people have been slowing down to gawk at his Testicle Festival sign that’s posted on the exterior of the business. Some people have even pulled over to photograph it.

The sign promises that everyone who attends the Testicle Festival will have a ball.

“People are excited to see about it,” he said. “How many are actually going to eat them or how many just want to show up and see the people eating them is the question.”