Celebrate Fruitcake Toss Day with LTD

There are many bizarre and unique holidays out there many of us never heard of. Some of these holidays are only celebrated in the hometowns where they originated from. Fruitcake Toss Day is just one of the many fun days to celebrate.

Fruitcake Toss Day started in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 1995. This event includes multiple divisions so the tossing athletes are competing equally with each other. Divisions include catapult, slingshot, or a fruitcake shooter. Objects of the game are for either distance or accuracy. The winners of these prestigious games received a prize within their tossing division. Due to the popularity of what became the fruitcake festival, January third was deemed Fruitcake Toss Day.

The fruitcake is a gift few want to receive and if you do happen to get one, what do you do with it? It has been rumored that some folks like to eat these dense fruit filled cakes but many shy away and look for alternative options. Don’t let your fruitcake take up space in your trash, instead toss that cake as far as you can!

If you don’t have catapults or sling shots don’t let that stop you! You can create your own version of the fruitcake toss and have a blast doing it. So gather up your friends and your fruitcakes for the toss of the year.

Here are some tips on planning your own fruitcake toss:

Right on Target
If you want to create a competition based on accuracy create targets to knock down. Find unused boxed to set up and set them up at different angles and distances. Have athletes knock down as many targets as they can. If you live in an area with snow, just stack a few snowballs up. Get your fruitcake and aim to knock them all down!

Long Distance
For those athletes with a throwing arm, this is the way to go. Simply step up to the line and hurl your fruitcake as far as you can. This version will rely on distance to determine a winner. It ensures the correct distance is recorded and feet are behind the line, we suggest nominating a referee to measure and to keep all fruitcake throwing fair.

Team or Individual Players
Depending on the ratio of fruitcakes to people you may want to consider if it would be better to create teams or have individual players. Playing as a team can add fun to the game by creating team name and logos.

This year we created our own fruitcake toss for distance. Our referee kept us on our toes as we went for the gold! Travis was our big winner with a phenomenal fruitcake toss of 95 ft. Second place tossed their cake a whopping 85 ft and Third place was gaining with 80 ft.

Take a look at our Fruitcake Toss Day that we did to spark ideas.


Fruitcake Toss Day is just one holiday started by a town that was looking for a solution for those who receive fruitcakes. Do you know of another funky holiday? Let us know in the comments below.

3 Responses

  1. Ellen Earwood. says:

    Looks like lots of fun,especially in the snow. Too bad I didn’t receive a fruitcake this year, maybe next year.

  2. Ellen Earwood. says:

    P.S. Looked like a lot of fruit cakes out there (husband’s comment).

  3. brenda decker says:

    i have been baking fruitcake for 40 years and have mailed them all over the US. Mine seem to very popular with males. I do not think mine would be tossed out. One batch weighs at least 20 lbs and consists of dates, candied cherries and pineapple, walnuts and pecans. They freeze well.