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An oxen decorated with a flowers waits for the beginning of the 5th ox-racing championships (5. Muensinger Ochsenrennen) on August 26, 2012 in Muensing, Germany. The competition, which only takes place once every four years, is a race of jockeys riding bareback on oxen across a field and is complemented with a morning procession and 'ox-ball' (featuring roasted ox) in a festivities tent after the races. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

Bavarian ox-racing championships

Participants take part in the 5th Bavarian ox-racing championship on August 26,

2012 in Muensing, Germany.