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Russian Golden Ring town opens Cucumber Festival

MOSCOW, July 19 (RIA Novosti) - The eighth international Cucumber Festival opened on Saturday in Suzdal, one of the historical 'Golden Ring' towns to the northeast of Moscow.

Guests at the festival will be offered a variety of cucumber dishes, and even cucumber jam. The event includes competitions for the best cucumber meal and the best cucumber-style costume.

A Scandinavian folk group from Finland will perform on behalf of a similar vegetable-themed event, the Kerava Garlic Festival traditionally held in August. The Finish town near Helsinki has been hosting garlic parties for 20 years.

Swedish and Danish visitors, as well as folk groups from throughout Russia are also taking part in the Suzdal festival.

The author of Suzdal's first chronicle described the town, founded 984 years ago, as the most favorable place for planting cucumbers, which were first brought to Russia from India in the 13th century.

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