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Russian mosquito festival seeks 'most delicious girl'

By Ben Hooper
Russian mosquito festival seeks 'most delicious girl'
A reveler at the 2014 Mosquito Festival in Berezniki dressed in costume as a tribute to the insects. CityBerezniki/YouTube video screenshot

BEREZNIKI, Russia, July 15 (UPI) -- Organizers of a Russian town's annual mosquito festival said this year's event will include a "most delicious girl" contest for women who don't mind bug bites.

Natalya Paramonova, an organizer of the three-day event starting July 17 in Berezniki, said the festival will feature a "most delicious girl" contest, with women in shorts and vests stand still for 20 minutes to allow the bloodsucking insects to feast.

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"An expert panel of judges, including a doctor, will examine their bodies and the winner will be the one with the most bites," Paramonova told Interfax.

Organizers said the winner of 2013's "most delicious girl" contest received more than 100 bites during the 20-minute competition.

The celebration, which Paramonova described as a "joke festival" when it began two years ago, will also feature other "absurd events" including a mosquito parade and a competition to see who can catch the most live mosquitoes.

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