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April 1-2, 2005
St. Johns River Catfish Festival
Eva Lyon Park,
Crescent City, Florida.
Music, 5K Catfish Run, classic cars, arts and crafts, parade, strawberry shortcake, fish, swamp cabbage (hearts of palm) and more. This event is in its 27th year.
Learn More: Call 386-698-2464.

April 1-16, 2005
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
various venues,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Drumming and dance performances, sake tasting, cherry tree planting, martial arts demonstrations, origami, kite making demonstrations, tea ceremony, tours of a Japanese house and garden, Japanese story hour, kimono exhibit, sushi making demonstration, lectures, more.
Information: Call 215-790-3810.

April 1-30, 2005
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
various venues,
Columbia, Tennessee
Art, Woodfest, wine tasting, Anacortes Quilt Walk, basketball tournament, music, salmon BBQ, downtown street fair, dairy tours, special concentrations of tulip and daffodil plantings at the county fairgrounds and other venues, .
Details: Call 360-428-5959

April 2, 2005
World Catfish Festival
various venues,
Belzoni, Mississippi
Colgate Country Show Down, Catfish on Parade (fiberglass sculptures displayed throughout town), arts and crafts, Rhino rock climbing wall, entertainment, catfish eating contest, catfish fry. There is no admission charge but events such as the catfish fry have a separate fee. This is the festival's 30th anniversary.
Learn More: Call 800-408-4838.

April 2-4, 2005
Big Hat Days
Old Town,
Clovis, California
Wear a big sun-shielding hat to this event and enjoy a carnival, merchant specials, some 400 arts and crafts booths, home and garden show, entertainment and food.
Further Details: Call 559-299-7363.

April 2-3, 2005
Maple Syrup Festival
Brady's Run Park,
Camden, Arkansas.
Pony rides, Civil War reenactments, entertainment, a pancake breakfast and more. The event runs from 8:30am-4:30pm and is in its 28th year.
Get More Information: Call 724-774-7090.

April 8-10, 2005
Poteet Strawberry Festival
Festival Grounds on Hwy. 16,
Poteet, Texas.
Knights of the Guild demonstrations, 4-H Taste of Texas Food Show, Taste of Texas auction, Great American Duck Races, fireworks, carnival, activities for kids, staged and strolling entertainers, fresh strawberries for sale, plus strawberry shortcake and chocolate-dipped strawberries. You can also enjoy a petting zoo, helicopter rides and arts and crafts. It's the 58th year for this event.
Questions: Call 830-742-8144.

April 8-10, 2005
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park,
Atlanta, Georgia
Enjoy arts and crafts from more than 200 vendors, plus a rock climbing wall, activities for kids, the Disc Dog Southern National Frisbee contest, and plenty of festival foods. This is the festival's 69th year.
Further Details: Call 404-817-6642.

April 8-10, 2005
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
North 6th Street area,
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Parade, pageant, carnival rides, berry grower competition, entertainment, hollering contest, strawberry eating contest, Strawberry Strut (One mile and 10K), plus more than 50 food vendors with treats such as gumbo, funnel cakes and strawberry pastries.
Learn More: Call 800-917-7045.

April 8-10, 2005
French Quarter Festival
French Quarter,
New Orleans, Louisiana
Celebrate the Vieux Carre with historical tours, Pirate's Alley Art Show, 5K run/walk, fireworks over the Mississippi River, activities for kids, 15 stages of music, Gumbo Ya Ya's World's Largest Praline Contest. Local cuisine features red beans and rice, seafood, sandwiches, nachos, pizza and sweet treats such as White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding.
Questions: Call 504-522-5730 or 800-673-5725.

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April 8-24, 2005
Dogwood Arts Festival
various venues,
Knoxville, Tennessee.
Blossom walking trails and gardens, art, house and garden show, motorcycle poker run, Bark in the Park, fashion show, crafts, photography and quilt displays, regatta, food, plant sale, entertainment, sporting events and more. The event is in its 45th year.
Information: Call 865-637-4561.

April 9, 2005
Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Historic downtown,
Winnsboro, Louisiana
Zydeco and bluegrass (and other) music, classic cars, Corvette show, motorcyle, activities, more than 300 juried arts and crafts booths, food.
Further Details: Call 318-435-7607.

April 9, 2005
National Grits Festival
Emmerson Park,
Warwick, Georgia
In its 8th year the festival features the Quaker Grits Breakfast, chili cooking contest, corn shelling contest, entertainment, parade, gospel sing, arts and crafts, quilt raffle and more.
Learn More: Call 229-535-6670.

April 9-10, 2005
Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove, California.
Parade, Victorian fashion show, carnival, games and contests, California police motorcycle competition, street dance and more. It's the event's 46th year.
Additional Information: Call 831-373-3304.

April 9-10, 2005
Rose Festival
Tombstone, Arizona
Rose Parade, museum tours, breakfast, basket lunch auction, variety show. There is a street dance in the evening of April 8. The festival celebrates a rose tree that covers more than 8,000 square feet.
Details: Call 888-457-3929.

April 9-10, 2005
Kingsmen Park, 60 W. Owen Rd.,
Thousand Oaks, California.
Viking encampment, folk dancing, Tivoli Gardens, international fair, arts and crafts, activities for kids, Smorgasboard meal (must reserve seating in advance), many Scandinavian foods such as abelskivers, cabbage rolls and Danish pastries.
Get More Information: Call 805-493-3151.

April 14-17, 2005
Community Center Grounds,
Portland, Texas.
Horseshoe tournament, chili cooking contest, petting zoo, fireworks, carnival, Cow Patty Bingo, 10K run, 5K run and 2-mile walk, food vendors. There is an admission charge.
Further Details: Call 877-643-2475.

April 14-17, 2005
Big Squeeze Juice Festival
Brevard Community College,
Palm Bay, Florida.
Health fair, citrus juice tasting, farmers market, agricultural displays, entertainment, fireworks, carnival, arts and crafts, antiques, car and cycle show.
Learn More: Call 321-951-9998.

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April 15-16, 2005
Totally Texas
500 W. 13th Street,
Deer Park, Texas
Parade, petting zoo, Great Strides walk, carnival, hot dog eating contest, pageant, classic cars, Kids Go Country Contest, food. Be sure to view The World's Biggest Fur Ball.
Further Details: Call 281-478-2050.

April 15-16, 2005
Magnolia Festival
Magnolia Park,
Kirbyville, Texas.
Arts and crafts, carnival (opens on Thursday, April 14), pet show, silent auction, entertainment, commercial vendors, food vendors.
Additional Information: Call 409-423-5827.

April 15-16, 2005
Historic Downtown,
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Food, arts and crafts, music, kayak race.
Learn More: Call 800-221-3536.

April 15-16, 2005
Baxley Tree Fest
Across from courthouse,
Baxley, Georgia.
Music and dance, arts and crafts, carnival, lumberjack demonstrations, cake baking contest, pageant, parade, food. There is no admission charge.
Get Details: Call 912-367-7731.

April 15-17, 2005
Placer County Strawberry Festival
County Fairgrounds,
Roseville, California.
Eating Contest, classic cars, recipe contest, Strawberry Put-Put golf with frozen berries, festival merchandise, talent show, berries for sale, strawberry pancake breakfast, beer garden, arts and crafts, Lord of the Strawberries Catapult Contest. This is the fetival's 15th year.
Additional Information: Call 916-781-7066.

April 15-17, 2005
Terrell Heritage Jubilee
Ben Gill Park,
Terrell, Texas.
Wild West Show, BBQ competition, arts and crafts, car show, poker run, carnival, quilt show and more. There is no admission charge, but some events have a fee.
Additional Information: Call 972-524-5703 or 1-877-TERRELL.

April 15-17, 2005
Bluebonnet Trails Festival
Ennis, Texas.
Food, arts and crafts, souvenirs, free maps showing 40 miles of blossom trails, activities for kids.
More: Call 888-366-4748.

April 15-17, 2005
Texas Sandfest
On the beach,
Port Aransas, Texas.
The fun is near beach markers 9 and 10. Enjoy sand sculpting lessons, sand sculpture competitions for all age groups, arts and crafts and food vendors, theatre tent. The crowds have grown in recent years and the folks who put together the celebration assure us that there will be more portable "comfort stations" this year to accommodate the festival-goers.
Questions: Call 800-452-6278.

April 15-17, 2005
World Grits Festival
Near Hwy. 15 & Hwy. 78,
St. George, South Carolina.
Corn shucking contest, falling in the grits contest, softball tournament, entertainment, arts and crafts, pageant, and plenty of meals with grits. This is the celebration's 20th anniversary.
Further Information: Call 843-563-7943.

April 15-17, 2005
Ole Tyme Days Festival
Main Street area,
Dayton, Texas
Carnival, arts and crafts, car show, pageant, youth night, BBQ cooking contest, junior chili cooking contest, food. You are especially encouraged to come in historical costume, but do come one way or the other. You can park at Dayton High School or Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and take an hourly shuttle to and from the festival area. There is no admission charge.
Get The Details: Call 936-402-3322.

April 16, 2005
Sugar Festival
City Park area,
Clewiston, Florida.
Sugar Country Dessert Contest, rodeo events, arts and crafts, entertainment, sugar cane grinding, rock climbing wall, bass tournament, quilt display, horseshoe tournament, food. Admission to the festival is free.
Questions: Call 863-983-7979.

April 16-17, 2005
Fisherman's Festival
Westside Park,
Bodega Bay, California.
Boat parade and blessing of the fleet, bathtub races, entertainment, wine tasting, plenty of food, arts and crafts, activities for kids, raffle. There is an admission charge for those over age 12.
Find Out More: Call 707-875-3286

April 16-17, 2005
Bloomin' Festival
St. Bernard Prep School,
Cullman, Alabama.
Southern foods, entertainment, activities for kids, drawings for prizes, arts and crafts. The festival runs from 9am-5pm and does have an admission charge.
Further Details: Call 800-722-0999.

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April 16-17, 2005
Big Shanty Festival
Main Street downtown,
Kennesaw, Georgia
Civil War Living History encampment, games, activities for kids, entertainment, more than 250 arts and crafts booths, parade. There is no admission charge.
Learn More: Call 770-423-1330.

April 16-17, 2005
Mainsail Arts Festival
Straub Park/Vinoy Park area,
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Almost 250 artisans show and sell their work, plus there is art for kids, music and plenty of food. The event runs from 9am-5pm and there is no admission charge.
Information: Call 727-892-5885 or 727-893-7734.

April 16-17, 2005
Cherry Blossom Festival
Barnes Park,
Monterey Park, California.
Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese music and dance, martial arts demonstrations, activities for children, kimono fashion show, games, floral displays, food. This is the festival's 8th year and there is no admission charge.
Further Details: Call 626-307-2541.

April 17, 2005
Avocado Festival
Fallbrook, California.
Antique air show at Fallbrook Airport, avocados for sale by the pound, avocado trees for sale, professional and amateur cooking competitions for best quacamole and other dishes, avocado pit spitting competitions, croquet played with avocados, the Avocado 500 (with vehicles made from avocados), food vendors and more. The fun runs from 9am-5pm. Please do not bring pets to the event.
Additional Information: Call 760-728-5845.

April 19-24, 2005
Festival of the Arts
Festival Plaza,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Kinetic sculptures, street performers, more than 150 arts and crafts booths, activities for children, and festival treats such as Tomato-Basil Soup, Cedar Plank Salmon, Fried Peaches and Creole Praline Bread Pudding.
Learn More: Call 405-270-4848.

April 22-24, 2005
Riverfest Weekend
Salisbury Park,
Columbus, Georgia.
Pig Jig BBQ cooking contest, several stages of entertainment, activities for kids, Folklife Village, arts and crafts, festival foods, 5K run/1-mile run/walk, Pooch Promenade for costumed dogs (call for information, because pets are not generally allowed at the festival), plus extras such as the Kitchen Tour of Homes (held Thursday, April 21). Please do not bring coolers, cans or glass onto the grounds.
Get Details: Call 706-323-7979.

April 22-24, 2005
John Chisum Days
Love Civic Center,
Paris, Texas.
Trail ride, Black Tie & Boots movie showing, chuck wagon cooking contest, Southwestern wearable art, activities for children, juried art show, music. Some events may be ticketed separately.
Additional Information: Call 903-783-1373.

April 22-24, 2005
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Downtown waterfront area,
Stockton, California.
Spear-throwing competition, deep-fried asparagus eating contest, Great Spear-It Run (1 mile run on Sunday, with both serious runners and casual participants who come in costumes). There will also be a beer pavilion, Home & Garden Expo, celebrity chef demonstrations, hole-in-one golf contest, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, Asparagus Alley with treats such as deep-fried asparagus, 100 arts and crafts booths. There is an admission charge for those over age 10.
Further Details: Call 209-644-3740.

April 22-24, 2005
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Maplewood School,
Vermontville, Michigan
Now in its 65th year, this event features a carnival, petting zoo, pancake feed, syrup-making demonstrations, festival foods.
Additional Information: Call 517-726-0394.

April 22-24, 2005
Arbor Daze Festival
unknown venue(s),
Euless, Texas
Plant sale, arts and crafts, business exhibits and vendors, carnival, food, petting zoo, entertainment, activities for kids and more. This is an alcohol-free event.
Questions: Call 817-685-1660.

April 22-24, 2005
Vermont Maple Festival
Main Street area,
St. Albans, Vermont.
Fiddler's Variety Show, 8.5 Mile Sap Run, exhibits, carnival, parade (Sunday), antiques, youth talent show, events for children, food vendors, pony rides, entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 802-524-5800.

April 22-24, 2005
Crab & Seafood Festival
County Fairgrounds,
Astoria, Oregon.
Seafood, wine, activities for kids, petting zoo, crab races, locally brewed beers, arts and crafts.
More: Call 503-325-6311.

April 22-24, 2005
City Park area,
Muenster, Texas.
In its 30th year, the festival offers a 5K and 15K Fun Run, bicycle rally, sausage cooking competition, clown and storytellers, rock-climbing wall, arts and crafts, folk dancing and other entertainment, beer garden, apple strudel, homemade breads, contests and games.
Additional Information: Call 800-942-8037 or 940-759-2227.

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April 22-30, 2005
Vinton Dogwood Festival
unknown venue(s),
Vinton, Virginia.
This festival celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a street dance, carnival, motorcyle show, arts and crafts, activities for kids, 5K run, parade, music and plenty of food vendors.
Further Details: Call 540-871-5142 or 540-983-0613.

April 23, 2005
International Ramp Festival
City Park,
Elkins, West Virginia.
Tastes of ramp, entertainment, cooking contest, arts and crafts, food vendors, traditional ramp dinner. There is no admission charge.
Find Out More: Call 800-422-3304.

April 23, 2005
East Texas Gusher Days
Gladewater, Texas.
Now in its 20th year the festival features rodeo events, a Brownie Bowl Lick-Off, antiques, heritage parade, chili cooking contest, arts and crafts, bass tournament on the lake, food and more. The festival is a celebration of the old oil boom days in Texas.
Additional Information: Call 903-845-5501 or 800-627-0315.

April 23-24, 2005
Apopka Art & Foliage Festival
Kit Land Nelson Park,
Apopka, Florida.
More than 150 juried arts and crafts vendors, art area for kids, entertainment, nursery bus tours, plus area nurseries will sell herbs, orchids, trees and other plants. The event runs from 9am-5pm and is in its 44th year.
Questions: Call 407-889-3285 or 407-886-1441.

April 23-24, 2005
Bradford County Strawberry Festival
Starke, Florida.
Musical entertainment, street dance, games, exhibits, demonstrations, activities and rides for kids, classic cars, arts and crafts, plenty of strawberry treats.
Further Details: Call 904-964-5278 or 352-278-0143.

April 23-24, 2005
Main Street Festival
Historic Main Street,
Franklin, Tennessee.
Carnival, entertainment, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, activities for kids, street dance, two food courts with treats such as smoked turkey legs, corn on the cob and ice cream.
Questions: Call 615-591-8500 or 615-595-1239.

April 23-24, 2005
Butter & Eggs Days
Petaluma, California
Parade, antique street fair, local cheese tasting, Cutest Chick Contest for kids, French toast breakfast, more.
Learn More: Call 707-763-0344 or 877-273-8258.

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April 23-24, 2005
Spring Jonquil Festival
Village Green,
Smyrna, Georgia.
Entertainment, food, activities for children, more than 150 artisans. There is an admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 770-423-1330.

April 23-24, 2005
Red Poppy Festival
Downtown Square,
Georgetown, Texas.
Corvette show, car cruise, parade, more than 125 arts and crafts booths, Red Poppy Ride (bikes), 5K race, festival foods. This is the festival's 6th year.
Get Details: Call 800-436-8696.

April 23-24, 2005
Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee.
Cornbread Alley with many cornbread treats, ice cream eating contest, cornbread eating contest, buttermilk chuggin' contest, street dance, exhibits, carnival, jam band contest, 5K road race, World Championship Cornbread Cookoff. There is an admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 423-837-0022.

April 24, 2005
Festival de la Familia
Cal Expo,
Sacramento, California
In its 14th year the festival offers a health fair, sports information, a display of indigenous Mexican musical instruments, crafts for kids, carnival games, Folklorico Aztlan and other dance groups, Mariachi Femenil Las Aguilas and other musical entertainment, police and fire displays, financial service displays, art exhibits, crafts, and food vendors with specialties from places such as Nicaragua, Mexico, El Salvador and Puerto Rico.
Questions: Call 916-326-5521.

April 26-28, 2005
Contraband Days
Lake Shore Drive area,
Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Pirate landing family night, parade, boat parade, BBQ competition, concert band competition, tennis tournament, marine displays, motorcycle rally, sailboat regatta, carnival, arm wrestling competition, beach volleyball, classic cars, egg drop, food, entertainment.
Details: Call 337-436-5508.

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April 26-May 1, 2005
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
various venues,
Winchester, Virginia
Carnival, breakfast walk, arts and crafts in Jim Barnett Park on Saturday and Sunday, Wachovia Pro-Am Golf Tournament, concert band competition, luncheons, Firefighters' Parade, pageant, foot races, teen dance, other dances, parade, fireworks, more. This is the festival's 78th year. Expect to mingle with a crowd of 250,000.
Learn More: Call 540-662-3863.

April 27-May 1, 2005
Trout Festival
various venues,
Kalkaska, Michigan.
Horseshoe tournament, fishing contests, car show, parade, senior bingo, teen dance, flea market, arts and crafts, model plane air show, waffle breakfast, pancake breakfast, pizza eating contest.
Additional Information: Call 231-258-9103.

April 28-May 1, 2005
Foothills Country Festival
Tri-State Exhibition Center,
Cleveland, Tennessee
Pageant, pet show, lawn and tractor pull, police K9 demonstrations, horse show, floral displays, arts and crafts, food vendors. This is the event's 2nd year.
Learn More: Call 423-472-9510 or 423-476-9310.

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April 29, 2005
Dewberry Festival
Wilson-Ledbetter Park,
Cameron, Texas.
Dewberry cobbler/cake contest and auction, youth fishing, petting zoo, karaoke, horseshoe tournament, entertainment, carnival, BBQ cooking contest, food..
Additional Information: Call 254-697-4979.

April 29-May 1, 2005
Freer Rattlesnake Roundup
Cactus Corral,
Freer, Texas.
Parade, softball tournament, snake shows, rattlesnake hunt and contest, carnival, helicopter rides, entertainment, food. Please, no ice chests and no pets at this event.
Additional Information: Call 361-394-6891.

April 30, 2005
Kiesel Park,
Auburn, Alabama.
Mutt Strut, arts and crafts, entertainment, activities for kids, food vendors. There is no admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 334-501-2963.

April 30-May 1, 2005
Great Griffin Mayfling
City Park,
Griffin, Georgia
Iris City 5K & Fun Run, entertainment, arts and crafts, activities for kids, food.
Further Details: Call 770-228-8200.

April 30-May 1, 2005
Blooming Arts Festival
Historic downtown area,
Monroe, North Carolina
Quilt display, arts and crafts, art demonstrations, gardening exhibits, studen art, entertainment, festival foods. The festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. There is no admission charge.
Learn More: Call 704-283-2784.

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April 1-3 East Maui Taro Festival, Hana Ballpark, Hana, Maui, Hawaii, 808-248-8586
April 1-3 Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Dallas, Texas, 214-855-1881 ext. 1004
April 1-10 Come See Me Festival, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 800-681-7635
April 2 Fiesta En La Calle, Coleto Creek Park, Yorktown, Texas, 361-564-2661
April 2 Billy the Kid Day, Downtown, Hico, Texas, 800-361-HICO
April 2-3 Hawaiian Scottish Festival, Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Hawaii, 808-261-2653
April 2-3 Austin Fine Arts Festival, Republic Square, Austin, Texas, 512-458-6073
April 6-10 North Carolina Azalea Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina, 910-794-4650
April 7-10 Main Street Forth Worth Arts Festival, Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-336-2787
April 8-9 Spring Fling, Kiwanis Building, Andalusia, Alabama
April 8-10 Creole Festival, City Park, Jeanerette, Louisiana, 337-276-3615
April 8-10 Next Generation Festival (jazz), Conference Center, Monterey, California, 831-373-3366
April 9 Aliceville Dogwood Festival, Downtown, Aliceville, Alabama, 250-373-2820
April 9-10 Strawberry Festival, Municipal Park, Loxley, Alabama, 251-964-5091
April 12-17 Scottsville Culinary Festival, Scottsville, Arizona, 480-945-7193
April 13-17 San Jacinto Festival, Am. Legion Complex, West Columbia, Texas, 979-345-3921
April 14-16 Hillybilly Days Festival, Pikeville, Kentucky, 606-432-5063
April 15-16 Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival,
                               Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church, Birmingham, Alabama, 205-253-5564
April 15-17 Cotton Gin Festival, 307 N. Main, Burton, Texas, 979-289-3378
April 15-17 Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival,
                               Downtown Square area, Manning, South Carolina, 803-435-4405
April 15-17 Founders Day Festival, Dripping Springs, Texas, 512-858-4725
April 15-17 RioFest, Fair Park, Harlingen, Texas, 800-746-3378
April 16 Springfest, North Central Texas College, Bowie, Texas, 940-872-4002
April 16 Spinach Festival, Alma, Arkansas, 479-632-4127
April 16 Bluebonnet Festival, Tehuacana, Texas, 354-395-4228
April 16-17 Chocolate Festival, Maysville, Kentucky, 606-759-7423
April 16-17 Dogwood Days, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, 870-670-5433
April 16-17 Spring Fest, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 765-494-5876
April 16-17 Wamego Tulip Festival, City Park, Wamego, Kansas, 785-456-7849
April 17 SpringFest, Main & South Broadway, Nyack, New York, 845-353-2221
April 20-24 Viking Fest, Waco, Texas, 254-750-5810
April 21-24 Gold Nugget Days, Paradise, California, 530-872-8722
April 22-24 Panoply Arts Festival, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-519-2787
April 22-24 & April 29-May 1 Texas Crawfish Festival, Old Town Springs, Texas, 800-OLD-TOWN
April 22-24 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, on the beach, Pompano Beach, Florida, 954-570-7785
April 22-24 Italian Festival, Independence, Louisiana, 800-542-7520
April 22-24, 29-30 & May 1 Texas Crawfish & Music Festival,
                               Preservation Park, Old Town Spring, Texas, 713-863-9994 or 800-OLDTOWN
April 23 Rose Festival-Art in the Park, Paradise Park, Thomasville, Georgia, 229-227-3310
April 23 Rajuncajun Crawfish Festival, Isle of Pines South Beach Park, Orlando, Florida
April 23-24 Great American Pie Festival, Market Street area, Celebration, Florida, 847-371-0170
April 28-30 Monterey Wine Festival, Monterey, California, 831-656-WINE
April 28-May 1 Mayfest, Trinity Park, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-332-1055
April 28-May 1 Homecoming, Downtown Square, Lexington, Texas, 979-773-4337
April 29 Apple Blossom Festival, Presbyterian Manor Grounds, Newton, Kansas, 316-283-5400
April 29-30 Lilac Festival & Fine Arts Faire, Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, 309-467-6123
April 29-May 1 Fishermen's Festival, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 207-633-2353
April 29-May 1 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival,
                               Fernandina Beach, Florida, 866-426-3542/904-261-3248
April 29-May 1 Festival on the Rivers, Robert Fowler Memorial Park, Geneva, Alabama, 334-684-6725
April 29-May 8 Feather Fiesta Days, Bird & Myers Street area, Oroville, California, 530-534-7690
April 30 Double Decker Arts Festival, Oxford, Mississippi, 800-758-9177
April 30-May 1 Rhododendron Festival, Mentone, Alabama, 256-634-4041
April 30-May 1 Navasota Heritage Days, Navasota, Texas, 936-825-6600

Other April 2005 Events You Might Enjoy
April 1-2 Spring Wine Show, Lodi, California, 209-369-2771
April 1-2 The Big One Art & Craft Fair, State Fairgrounds, Minot, North Dakota, 701-838-9385
April 1-3 Antique Days, Country Corner on Hwy. 237, Warrentown, Texas, 512-260-2405
April 1-3 Arabian Horse Show, County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, 707-823-1751
April 1-3 Home, Condo & Garden Show, Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland, 410-524-7020
April 2 Fireman's Barbecue Cook-Off, Elgin Memorial Park, Elgin, Texas, 512-281-4025
April 2 Arts & Crafts Festival, Lanett, Alabama
April 2-3 Deland Outdoor Art Festival, Earl Brown Park, Deland, Florida, 386-734-3243
April 2-3 Spring Into Wings, Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 269-349-1185
April 2-3 Arts in the Park, Highland Park, Meridian, Mississippi, 601-693-2787 or 601-485-1944
April 8-9 Make Time Art Stroll, Downown, Sisters, Oregon, 541-549-4979
April 8-9 Pottery Show, Depot Museum, Mount Vernon, Texas, 903-537-4365
April 8-10 Texas Motorcycle Roadriders Association State Rally, Glen Rose, Texas, 254-897-3081
April 8-10 I-Con 24, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, 631-632-6045
April 9 Chili Cook-Off/Pickled Quail Egg Eating, Traders Village, Grand Prairie, Texas, 972-847-2331
April 9-10 Gun & Knife Show, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-859-4470
April 9-10 Spring Arts & Crafts Show, County Fairgrounds, Rochester, New York, 315-686-5789
April 10 Spring Breakout (motorcycle show), Ice Time Arena, Newburgh, New York, 607-863-4295
April 13-17 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association National Championship,
                               Tunica, Mississippi, 480-683-0485
April 15-16 Southern Kentucky Book Fest,
                               Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 270-745-5016
April 15-17 Spring Craft Market, Beach Pavilion Convention Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
April 15-17 Antique Alley & Yard Sale, 15-mile area, Cleburne, Texas, 817-641-0183
April 15-17 History Meets The Arts, various venues, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 717-334-6274
April 15-17 Sugarloaf Art Fair, Expo Center, Novi, Michigan, 800-210-9900
April 15-17 Wildflower Show, Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, California, 831-648-5716
April 16-17 Spring Craft Show, State Fairgrounds, Harrington, Delaware, 717-656-3208
April 16-17 Greater Southwest Guitar Show, Market Hall, Dallas, Texas, 972-563-5703
April 16-17 Orchid Festival, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, Michigan
April 16-18 Plein Air Painting,
                               Old Monterey, Monterey, California, 831-655-8070
April 17 Arts & Crafts Sale, Simek Rec Center on Broadway, Medford, Wisconsin, 715-748-6655
April 22-23 Handworks Spring Market,
                               Trade Mart at State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi, 601-948-6436
April 22-24 Dogwood Arts & Crafts Festival, Huntington, West Virginia, 304-696-5990
April 22-24 Interstate Mullet Toss, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key, Florida, 850-492-6838
April 22-24 Hampton Spring Crafts, Convention Center, Hampton, Virginia, 757-417-7771
April 22-24 Home, Sport & Garden Show, County Fairgrounds, Iona, Michigan
April 22-24 New Living Expo, San Francisco, California, 415-382-8300
April 23 Thunder Over Louisville,
                               (air show & massive pyrotechnical displays), Louisville, Kentucky, 502-584-6383
April 23 Chili Cook-Off & Classic Car Show, Cambria, California, 805-927-3624
April 23-24 Craft Fair USA, County Expo Center, Waukesha, Wisconsin, 414-321-2100
April 23-24 Art on the Lake, Carlisle Park Middle School on Sunset, Guntersville, Alabama
April 23-24 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books,
                               UCLA campus, Los Angeles, California, 213-237-7335 or 800-LATIMES
April 23-24 Spring Arts & Crafts Fair, Custom House Plaza, Monterey, California, 831-622-0700
April 23-24 Wildflower Show, Mission College, Santa Clara, California, 650-941-1068
April 23-25 Delmarva Miniature Horse Show, State Fairgrounds, Harrington, Delaware, 302-424-2387
April 24 Taste of Marietta, Marietta Square, Marietta, Georgia, 770-429-1115
April 24 Big Sur International Marathon, Big Sur, California, 831-625-6226
April 28 A Tasting A'Faire, County Fairgrounds, El Dorado, California, 530-621-5860
April 28-30 Monterey Wine Festival,
                               various venues, Monterey, California, 800-656-4282 or 831-656-WINE
April 28-May 1 April Action Car Show, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah, 435-259-5858
April 29-30 & May 1 Connecticut Storytelling Festival, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut
April 29-May 1 Love Affair Fine Arts, Fulwood Park, Tifton, Georgia, 229-391-4820
April 29-May 2 Costume-Con, Ogen, Utah, info@crossroadsutah.org
April 30 Barbecue Cook-Off, Rio Raft Company, Sattler, Texas, 830-964-2223

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