Last weekend’s Budweiser Made In America Philadelphia concert was home to a lot of music, tons of flags, gallons of beer, and way too many things that made you go, “WTF?!” The festival’s food vendors — a.k.a. the silent heroes who patiently provided hungry teenyboppers with the greatest of chicken fingers and hot dogs — were lucky enough to witness it all.
So we asked the Made In America food vendors: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen this weekend? Here are their quirky experiences.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
1. “A tiny cake flying 30 feet in the air”
2. “There was a guy who was running up and down this row of trees. He was on a mission to take down a branch from each tree.”
Ben and Jerry’s
3. Everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure ice cream held their own costume contest — cleverly named The Worst Abuse of the American Flag In Fashion — at the festival. The winner as of Sunday afternoon was The Leotard Lady, a festivalgoer who wore a “very high-cut one piece with slouchy socks and what looked like slip-on Keds.” We sadly weren’t able to find Ms. Queen Leotard herself, but the employees assured us that her outfit “just did not work.”
And in case you were wondering, this is the contest’s coveted prize:
(Hey, I would dress up in American flag swag for a Wawa hat. I would do just about anything for Wawa.)
4. “A kid climbed the street light at Chromeo yesterday.”
5. “I had a customer who wanted to give me a kiss, so at least people were friendly.”
6. “Philly Jesus is here.”
Meet Philly Jesus. He’s known for hanging out in Philly’s LOVE Park, where he’s happy to talk about his faith whenever someone approaches him for a photo opp. “Jesus is like my Michael Jordan and this is me wearing his jersey,” he told us. He said to call him PJ.
7. “There was a guy walking around without shoes.”
8. “We saw Jesus and a banana.”
You already met Jesus, now meet one of two bananas we spotted this weekend — Stephen from Dover, Delaware. “I wore this on Halloween,” he explained. “It was the cheapest costume at Walmart, $13.98.”
9. “People climbing on tees. That’s pretty crazy to me. I don’t know if that’s a health hazard.”
Chickie’s and Pete’s
10. “We just saw…something furry, like a monster.”
We assume they meant Eddie here, who scoured the Internet to find each individual part of his crazy outfit. “It shows my personality,” he said. He wore this costume on both days of the festival, btw. On Sunday it was over 90 degrees and thunderstorming — we tip our hats to Eddie for his dedication to furry fashion.
We also spotted a few extra things to add to the list.
11. These are “friendship jackets,” according to the dudes in this pic.
12. This guy wore a mustard costume, because why not.
13. If there’s a festival and no one wears a horse head to it, was it really even a festival at all?