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April Events
Festivals For April Travelers

April 1-4, 2004
Mule Day 2004
Maury County Park,
Columbia, Tennessee.
Mule driving show, liars' contest, entertainment, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast, checkers contest, mule pulling contest, square dance, flea market and knife and gun show, gospel singing and more.
Further Information: Call 931-381-9557.

April 1-30, 2004
Skagitt Valley Tulip Festival
various venues,
Mount Herman, Washington.
Anacortes Quilt Walk, quilt show, boat tours, nursery displays, country market, Tulip Parade, Lincoln Theatre 78th Anniversary celebration and much more.
More: Call 360-428-5959.

April 2-3, 2004
St. Johns River Catfish Festival
Eva Lyon Park,
Crescent City, Florida.
Arts and crafts, classic car show, 5-K run, King Catfish Parade, food, and more.
More Information: Call 386-649-8556.

April 2-4, 2004
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park,
Atlanta, Georgia.
More than 200 juried artists participate in this event, and the fun also includes a rock climbing wall, an area for children, the Disc Dog Southern Nationals Frisbee contest, and festival foods.
Learn Details: Call 404-329-0501.

April 2-4, 2004
Poteet Strawberry Festival
Festival Grounds on Hwy. 16,
Poteet, Texas.
Great American Duck Races, beauty pageant, fireworks, carnival, events for kids, entertainment, fresh strawberries for sale, chocolate dipped berries, shortcake. The official festival ambassador, Freckles, makes his appearance.
Additional Iformation: Call 830-742-8144.

April 2-4, 2004
Texas Sandfest
On the beach,
Port Aransas, Texas.
Sand sculpting lessons, sand sculpting competitions, birthday party for the event's 8th year, food vendors, arts and crafts, music, lectures.
More: Call 800-452-6278.

April 2-4, 2004
The Big Squeeze Juice Festival
Brevard Community College,
Palm Bay, Florida.
Carnival, Cooking demonstrations, agricultural displays, arts and crafts, antiques, hot air balloons, entertainment, fireworks, plant and garden show, farmers market, food, juice tastings, show and glow car show and more.
Learn Details: Call 321-951-9998.

April 3, 2004
National Grits Festival
unknown venue(s),
Warwick, Georgia.
Quaker Grits eating contest, Roll In The Quaker Instant Grits contest, pony rides, pageant, parade, gospel sing, vendors, arts and crafts, chili/rib cookoff and more.
More: Call 229-535-6670.

April 3, 2004
World Catfish Festival
various venues,
Belzoni, Mississippi.
In its 29th year, the festival features a play, arts and crafts, rock climbing wall, catfish eating contest, entertainment, catfish fry, Colgate Country Show Down, and Catfish on Parade (colorful fiberglass catfish displayed around town).
Further Information: Call 800-408-4838.

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April 3-4, 2004
Big Hat Days
Old Town,
Clovis, California.
It's Western Heritage Month, but the real reason for the big hat is to shield you from that warm California sun while you enjoy shopping, a carnival, approximately some 400 arts and crafts booths, a home and garden show, food, music and more. It's the 65th year for the festival.
Further Information: Call 559-299-7363.

April 3-4, 2004
Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove, California.
Carnival, parade, Victorian fashion show, games and contests, Rotary BBQ at Sally Griffin Center on Saturday evening, firefighters muster, arts and food vendors, California police motorcycle competition.
Learn More: Call 831-373-3304.

April 3-4, 2004
Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival
Westside Park,
Bodega Bay, California.
Face painting, sport competitions, bathtub races, raffle, entertainment, wine tasting, boat parade, blessing of fleet to open salmon fishing season, festival foods, arts and crafts.
Additional Details: Call 707-875-3286.

April 3-4, 2004
Maple Syrup Festival
Brady's Run Park,
Camden, Arkansas.
Civil War reenactments, pony rides, pancake breakfast, entertainment and more.
Find Out More: Call 724-774-7090.

April 3-4, 2004
Chocolate Festival
Old Main Street,
Lahaina, Hawaii.
Red Hat Trunk Show, horse-drawn carriage rides, petting zoo, street vendors, arts and crafts, antiques, hourly drawings for chocolate in shops, contests, fudge recipe contest, Cruise In, games for kids, plus festival food ranging from baked potatoes and hot dogs to the likes of fried candy bars. Then there is the chocolate, which includes goodies such as Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake, chocolate-dipped fruit, chocolate popcorn and even some sugar-free chocolate treats. This is the event's 17th year.
Details: Call 606-759-7305.

April 4-10, 2004
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
various venues,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Story Hour, taiko drumming performances, cherry tree planting ceremony, Asian art displays, Japanese garden tours, silent auction, gala, martial arts and sword demonstrations, tea ceremony, origami classes, Ikebana flower arrangement demonstrations.
Further Information: Call 215-790-3810.

April 15-18, 2004
Community Center grounds,
Portland, Texas.
Fireworks, carnival, music, Cow Patty Bingo, 10K run, 5K run and 2-mile walk, arts and crafts, games, skate park competition, petting zoo, 3-on-3 basketball, horseshoe tournament, chili cook-off, food vendors.
Learn Details: Call 361-643-2475.

April 15-18, 2004
Geauga County Maple Festival
various venues,
Chardon, Ohio.
In its 75th year, the festival features a Grand Parade, maple syrup auction, hot dog eating contest, bathtub races, craft show, lumberjack competition, games, rides, Husband/Wife Calling contest, Mom and Dad Calling contest, beard and mustache contest, music, pancake eating contest, photo contest display, arts and crafts.
Additional Information: Call 440-286-3007.

April 16-17, 2004
Totally Texas
13th Street,
Deer Park, Texas.
Petting zoo, parade, carnival, Kids Go Country Contest, pageant, classic car show, dog show, anvil throwing competition, skillet throwing competition, hot dog eating contest, music and food.
Find Out More: Call 281-478-2050.

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April 16-17, 2004
Magnolia Festival
Magnolia Park,
Kirbyville, Texas.
Commercial and food vendors, arts and crafts, carnival, parade, pet show, door prizes, silent auction, entertainment. (The carnival opens earlier that week, on Wednesday).
Learn Details: Call 409-423-5827.

April 16-17, 2004
Historic Downtown,
Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Arts and crafts, food, music and more.
More Information: Call 800-221-3536.

April 16-18, 2004
Terrell Heritage Jubilee
Ben Gill Park,
Terrell, Texas.
To celebrate the local livestock industry, this festival does a Western theme, with events such as the Wild West Show. You can also enjoy a BBQ competition, arts and crafts, a carnival, quilt show, museum tours, car show, tour of homes, poker run, music, motorcycle show and more
Additional Details: Call 972-524-5703 or 1-877-TERRELL.

April 16-18, 2004
French Quarter Festival
French Quarter,
New Orleans, Louisiana.
This festival celebrates the historic Vieux Carre of New Orleans, with historic tours, the Pirate's Alley Art Show, music workshops, parades, fireworks over the Mississippi River, a contest to guess the weight of a giant praline, plus plenty of jazz, and festival foods such as Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo, and Bread Pudding.
Find Out More: Call 504-522-5730 or 800-673-5725.

April 16-18, 2004
Bluebonnet Trails Festival
Ennis, Texas.
Arts and crafts, souvenirs, free maps for finding blossom viewing, food.
Learn Details: Call 972-878-4748.

April 16-18, 2004
History Meets The Arts
various venue(s),
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Some 70 artisans show up at this event to present their American West and wartime works. There is also aviation art, wildlife art and Harley-Davidson art. This year includes a display of part of The Greenwich Workshop Private Collection of items (with some being offered for sale). There are receptions with some of the artists who attend.
More Information: Call 717-334-6274.

April 17, 2004
Sugar Festival
City Park area,
Clewiston, Florida.
Sugar Country Dessert contest, new and antique farming equipment displays, car show, local and regional foods for sale, arts and crafts, quilt show, rides, rock climbing wall, entertainment, bass tournament, rodeo events.
Additional Details: Call 863-983-7979.

April 17-18, 2004
Bloomin' Festival
St. Bernard Prep School,
Cullman, Alabama.
In its 20th year, the festival features entertainment, activities for kids, Southern foods and more than 150 arts and crafts booths.
Further Information: Call 800-722-0999.

April 17-18, 2004
Big Shanty Festival
Kennesaw, Georgia.
Parade, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, Civil War Living History encampment, games, food vendors, entertainment, activities for kids.
Details: Call 770-425-3033.

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April 17-18, 2004
Stater Bros. Orange
Blossom Festival

Riverside, California.
Carnival, petting zoo, pony rides, citrus tasting and exhibits, recipe contests, parade, arts and crafts, and festival foods such as orange-flavored cotton candy, orange kettle korn, meats served with orange-flavored sauces, and Orange Blossom smoothies.
More: Call 909-715-3400.

April 17-18, 2004
Placer County Strawberry Festival
Placer County Fairgrounds,
Roseville, California.
5 stages of entertainment, Kids Fun Zone, cooking demonstrations, berries for sale, Strawberry pancake breakfast, beer garden, arts and crafts, Strawberry Krispy Kreme Dessert Eating Contest, Lord of the Strawberries Catapult Contest, Strawberry Vine Relay Race, Strawberry Apparel Contest, classic car show, commercial vendors.
Further Information: Call 916-781-7066.

April 17-18, 2004
Rose Festival
unknown venue(s),
Tombstone, Arizona.
This event includes a variety show, Rose Parade, basket lunch auction, and a cake walk.
Note: Tombstone is one of the most famous towns of the Old West, and has plenty of landmarks to visit when you attend the festival. One is the Bird Cage, which was a wild place in its day, and was full of gamblers and women who marketed certain personal favors from cages suspended from the ceiling.
Details: Call 888-457-3929.

April 17-18, 2004
Mainsail Arts Festival
North Straub Park,
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Music, food vendors, almost 250 artisans show and sell work, art fun for kids.
Further Information: Call 727-892-5885 or 727-893-7734.

April 17-18, 2004
Cherry Blossom Festival
Barnes Park,
Monterey Park, California.
Enjoy a Japanese tea ceremony, view traditional Japanese dance, listen to taiko drums, and see martial arts demonstrations. There will also be activities for children, a kimono fashion show, a display of Japanese flower arrangements, game booths and a food court.
Learn Details: Call 626-307-2541.

April 18, 2004
Rivers Of Chocolate Festival
The Mountain Winery,
Saratoga, California.
If you want to attend a smaller, charity, upscale kind of festival, this one is for you. In spite of being a premium, ticketed event, it usually sells out. There are tastings from local chefs, wine tastings, an auction, big band music, cooking demonstrations, artistic chocolate creations on display, and plenty of chocolate tastes. Each year they choose a different theme, and this year's theme is The Napa River. Proceeds benefit the Santa Clara County Social Advocates for Youth.
Tickets: Call 408-741-2822 or 408-253-3540.

April 20-25, 2004
Festival Of The Arts
Festival Plaza,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
4 stages of entertainment, children's activities, kinetic sculptures, street performers, artists show their work, and you can munch festival foods such as fried mozzerella, Creole Praline Bread Pudding, Tomato-Basil Soup, curly fries, pizza, and Mango Italian Ice.
Learn Details: Call 405-270-4848.

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April 21-24, 2004
Vinton Dogwood Festival
unknown venues,
Vinton, Virginia.
Carnival, motorcyle show, arts and crafts, activities for kids, Pop Star Contest, music.
Additional Details: Call 540-871-5142 or 540-983-0613.

April 21-26, 2004
Trout Festival
various venues,
Kalkaska, Michigan.
Car show, pancake breakfast, Swiss Steak dinner, fireworks, hockey tournament, motorcycle events, Taste of Trout, fishing contests, senior horseshoe tournament, spaghetti dinner, concerts, teen dance, senior bingo, youth parade, horse pull, pizza eating contest.
More: Call 231-258-9103.

April 22-24, 2004
John Chisum Roundup
Days Festival

Love Civic Center,
Paris, Texas.
Southwestern wearable art, chuck wagon cook-off, children's area, music, juried art show, Black Tie and Boots gala and more.
Further Details: Call 903-783-1373.

April 22-24, 2004
Dewberry Festival
Wilson-Ledbetter park,
Cameron, Texas.
Carnival, dewberry cobbler/cake contest, entertainment, kids fishing, BBQ cook-off, arts and crafts.
Information: Call 254-697-4979.

April 23-25, 2004
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Downtown Waterfront area,
Stockton, California.
Arts and crafts, classic car show, deep-fried asparagus eating contest (with a one-thousand-dollar prize), spear throwing competition, hole-in-one golf contest, Great Spear-It Run (1 mile and you may walk instead and you may wear costumes), music and other entertainment on three stages, wine and beer pavilion, more than 70 food sellers, merchandise vendors, celebrity chef demonstrations and more. Please do not bring alcohol, coolers, pocket knives or pets to the festival.
Learn More: Call 209-644-3740.

April 23-25, 30, & May 1-2, 2004
Texas Crawfish Festival
Preservation Park,
Old Town Spring, Texas.
3 stages of musical entertainment, children's area with animal rides, plus train rides, midway, clowns, face painting, commercial vendors, arts and crafts, plenty of festival foods.
Further Information: Call 713-863-9994 or 800-OLD-TOWN.

April 23-25, 2004
Vermont Maple Festival
unknown venue(s),
St. Albans, Vermont.
Pancake breakfast, talent show, antiques, parade, sugar house tours, arts and crafts, exhibits, carnival rides, events for children, food vendors, games.
Additional Details: Call 802-524-5800.

April 23-25, 2004
Crab & Seafood Festival
Clatsop County Fairgrounds,
Elberta, Alabama.
Seafood, wine, entertainment, activities for kids, a petting zoo, crab races, local beers, arts and crafts.
Information: Call 503-325-6311 or 800-875-6807.

April 24, 2004
East Texas Gusher Days
Gladewater, Texas.
In its 19th year, the festival celebrates the oil boom days with antiques, heritage parade, chili cook-off, arts and crafts, bass tournament on the lake, food.
Learn Details: Call 903-845-5501 or 800-627-0315.

April 24, 2004
International Ramp Festival
City Park,
Elkins, West Virginia.
Taste testing, entertainment, cooking contest, ramp food vendors, traditional ramp dinner.
Find Out More: Call 800-422-3304.

April 24-25, 2004
Cornbread Festival
Downtown area,
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee.
Jam band contest, 5K road race, carnival, arts and crafts, Cornbread Alley with many cornbread treats, exhibits, storytelling, World Championship Cornbread Cookoff. This is the festival's 8th year.
Additional Details: Call 423-837-0022.

April 24-25, 2004
Scandinavian Festival
Catholic Lutheran University,
60 West Owen Road,
Thousand Oaks, California.
Viking living history, log floaters performance, parade, Sami Village encampment, Tivoli Gardens, Scandinavian marketplace, arts and crafts, activities for children, and foods such as lefse, Swedish meatballs, abelskivers, pancakes, cabbage rolls and Danish pastries. There is a separate Smorgasboard meal for which you must reserve a seat in advance at 805-493-3203.
Information: Call 805-493-3151.

April 24-25, 2004
Spring Jonquil Festival
Village Green,
Smyrna, Georgia.
Food, events for kids, more than 150 artisans show and sell their wares.
More: Call 770-431-2842 or 770-423-1330.

April 24-25, 2004
Red Poppy Festival
Downtown Square,
Georgetown, Texas.
Car cruise, music, children's area, Corvette Show, arts and crafts, parade, face painting, plenty of festival foods.
To Learn Details: Call 800-436-8696.

April 24-25, 2004
Texas Hot and Spicy Festival
Stafford Centre,
Houston, Texas
Music, chef demonstrations, hot food products, kids area with rides and games, grilling tips, sweet potato pie contest, salsa contest, and festival treats such as funnel cakes, fried twinkies, pecan pie and spicy foods.
Additional Information: Call 281-416-0964.

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April 25, 2004
Avocado Festival
Fallbrook, California.
Professional and amateur competitions for best guacamole (and other dishes), antique air craft show, avocados for sale by the pound, avocado trees for sale, produce for sale, pageant, Avocado 500 (with vehicles made from avocados), the Avo Olympics (including avocado pit spitting and croquet played with avocados), food vendors and much more.
Information: Call 760-728-5845.

April 27-May 2, 2004
Shenendoah Apple Blossom Festival
various venues,
Winchester, Virginia.
Now in its 77th year, the festival will feature a circus, 10K run, pageant, celebrity guests and speakers, dances, parades, carnival, the Wachovia Pro-Am Golf Tournament, prayer brunch, teen dance, sports breakfast, arts and crafts and more.
Additional Details: Call 540-662-3863 or 800-230-2139.

April 27-May 9, 2004
Contraband Days
unknown venue(s),
Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Parade, family night, music, boat parade, pirate landing, women's golf tournment, children's events, 5-mile run, fireworks, beach volleyball tournament, arm wrestling competition, Cajun Days dance, saliboat regatta, Circus Thrill show, jugglers, clowns, climbing wall, mist tent, displays, comedy, petting zoo, souvenirs, carnival rides, and the Galley Alley food booths.
Further Information: Call 337-436-5508.

April 30-May 2, 2004
Freer Rattlesnake Roundup
Cactus Corral,
Freer, Texas.
Indoor concerts, parade, carnival, arts and crafts, snake shows, rattlesnake hunt and contest, festival foods.
Additional Details: Call 512-394-6891.

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April 2-4 Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Dallas, Texas, 214-855-1881
April 2-4 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, off 6th Street, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, 800-917-7045
April 3-4 Austin Fine Arts Festival, Republic Square, Austin, Texas, 512-458-6073
April 6-25 Dogwood Arts Festival, various venues, Knoxville, Tennessee, 865-637-4561
April 10-11 Strawberry Festival, Municipal Park, Loxley, Alabama, 251-964-5091
April 15-18 Fort Worth Arts Festival, Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-336-2787
April 16-18 RioFest, Fair Park, Harlingen, Texas, 800-RIOFEST
April 17-28 Spring Fest 2004, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 765-494-5876
April 17-18 Viking Fest, Convention Center, Waco, Texas, 800-321-9226
April 23-25 Panoply Arts Festival, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-519-2787
April 23-25 Germanfest, Muenster, Texas, 940-759-2227
April 23-25 Arbor Daze Festival, Euless, Texas, 817-685-1660
April 23-25 Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, Maplewood School, Vermontville, Michigan
April 24 Jim Reeves Jamboree, Carthage High School, Big Sandy, Texas, 903-693-6634
April 28-May 1 Homecoming Festival, Downtown, Dillsboro, Indiana, 812-432-5654
April 29-May 1 Monterey Wine Festival, Monterey, California, 831-656-WINE
April 30-May 2 Big Sur JazzFest, Big Sur, California, 831-667-1530
April 30-May 2 Cotton Gin Festival, Burton, Texas, 979-289-3378 or 888-273-6436
April 30-May 2 & May 7-9 Texas Crawfish Festival, Old Town Spring, Texas, 800-OLD-TOWN

Other April 2004 Events You Might Enjoy
April 1-3 The Big One Art & Craft Fair, State Fairgrounds, Minot, North Dakota, 701-838-9385
April 3 Spring Art & Craft Show, Civic Center, Helena, Montana, 406-449-4790
April 3-4 Spring Into Wings, Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 269-349-1185
April 3-4 Prairie Dog Chili Cook-Off/Pickled Quail Eating, Grand Prairie, Texas, 972-647-2331
April 9-10 Pottery Show, Old Depot Museum, Mount Vernon, Texas, 903-537-4760
April 16-17 Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky
April 12-18 Plein Art Painting & Art Promenade, Old Monterey, Monterey, California, 831-655-8070
April 16-18 Wildflower Show, Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, California, 831-648-5716
April 16-18 Antique Alley & Yard Sale, 15-mile area, Cleburne, Texas, 817-641-0183
April 17 Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-584-6383
April 17-18 Atlanta Area Computer Show, Cobb County Civic Center, Marietta, Georgia, 770-663-0943
April 24 Main Street Lawn, Garden & Patio show, Seymour, Indiana, 888-524-1914
April 24-25 Spring Arts & Crafts Fair, Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California, 831-622-0700
April 25 Taste of Marietta, Marietta Square (Glover Park), Marietta, Georgia, 770-429-1115
April 25 Big Sur International Marathon, Highway 1, Big Sur, California, 831-625-6226
April 29 The Symphony Goes Doo Wop, Rosebud Theatre, Arlington, Texas, 817-385-0484

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