The Night of the Radishes in an annual event held each December, in the plaza of Oaxaca City, Mexico. It is an exhibition of exquisitely carved radishes, that are entered into a contest for cash prizes.
The carvings are everything from Nativity scenes to buildings, celebrities to saints, and animals to inanimate objects. Other organic materials may decorate the sculptures, but the radish is the main component.
Radishes are grown specifically for this event. They are left in the ground long after they are ready for harvest and heavily fertilized to ensure they grow large and into unusual shapes. These radishes are known to grow up to 10 pounds, and be up to 20 inches in length!
Radish Night photo by planeta | Flickr Commons