The Travel Channel has started a new series this week, on Tuesday, January 22nd, called The Edge of America. The show will be hosted by Geoff Edgers, who works for The Boston Globe as an entertainment journalist. Geoff will come from behind his desk to travel America in search of the most bizarre parties and festivals that people in different locales come together to observe. He doesn’t just attend these gatherings as an observer; he is also a participant in these strange happenings.
Geoff seeks out picturesque places where the citizens celebrate strange traditions that most of us have not heard about before. In the first show, he takes us to the Oklahoma Cattle Festival where he will taste the flavor of fried calf testicles, then on to Oregon where he participates in a tree-carving contest and also ends up eating a ton of sawdust in the process, and gulp down a rattlesnake heart – while it’s still beating.
Geoff isn’t your normal host. His personality is sometimes dry, and he gets himself into some situations that prove to be quite funny, and even sometimes a little scary, but he is a good sport about it all and is up to trying anything. He is a bit of a geek who is not always successful when he is a participant, but is always up for a challenge. He has a great time exploring little known Americana.
It is a lot of fun to see what fantastic things people in different parts of the country do for fun. Although some are bizarre, Geoff gets to know the locals and hears the stories of how these traditions started. After hearing from the residents, you get a feel of why this particular festivity is important to them. This show will be entertaining, and anyone who likes to learn more about the different cultures within our country will want to watch.