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Please Note:
Because of the very active hurricane season 2005,
many festivals have been scaled back or cancelled.

It's especially important that you verify all festival information.

Once affected areas are tidied up and restored, your support
of local events and festivals will be a great way to help
the local economy and our national economy in general.

April 1, 2006
World Catfish Festival
various venue(s),
Belzoni, Mississippi
Catfish on Parade (large fiberglass version on display throughout the town), catfish fry, pageant, catfish eating contest, Colgate Country Show Down, arts and crafts, Rhino rock climbing wall, entertainment and more. The festival is in its 31st year.
Information: Call 800-408-4838

April 1-2, 2006
Big Hat Days
Old Town,
Clovis, California
Bring your big-brimmed hat to this sunny event, which is celebrating its 66th year. Check out the Clovis Strongman Challenge and enjoy musical entertainment, some 400 arts and crafts (and food) vendors and a home and garden show. They'll also be offering carnival rides, a beverage garden, merchant specials and other fun. Festival hours are 9am-6pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday.
Further Details: Call 559-299-7363

April 1-2, 2006
Maple Syrup Festival
Brady's Run Park on Rt. 51,
Beavers Falls, Pennsylvania
Civil War reenactments, pony rides, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast, entertainment and more. The hours run from 8:30am-4:30pm and there is no admission charge.
Learn More: Call 724-846-5600

April 1-30, 2006
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
various venues,
Mount Vernon, Washington
Craft activites for kids, garage sale at the fairgounds, home show, dense plantings of tulips and daffodils on display, wine tasting, basketball tournament, Anacortes Quilt Walk, salmon barbecue, downtown street fair, opera, dairy tours, music, sculpture exhibit, Art Wood Fest.
Further Information: Call 360-428-5959

April 5-8, 2006
Aliceville Dogwood Festival
Aliceville, Alabama
5K run/walk, arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainment, hot air balloon rides, activities for kids, Taste of Aliceville Luncheon, softball tournament and more.
Additional Details: Call 205-373-2820

April 6-8, 2006
Baxley Tree Fest
Across from courthouse,
Baxley, Georgia
Pageant, parade, cake baking contest, music and dance, "Treetography" contest, arts and crafts, food.
Get The Facts: Call 912-367-7731

April 6-8, 2006
Dogwood Days Festival
McCurtain County Fairgrounds,
Idabel, Oklahoma
Music, Sportsman's Expo, firefighter's challenge, lawn and garden show, 5K run, activities for kids, car and motorcycle show, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), boat and RV show, chainsaw carving demonstrations, airplane rides and more.
Find Out Details: Call 580-286-3305

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April 6-9, 2006
Community Center grounds,
Portland, Texas
Bingo on the Move, Dachshund Dash, sail fishing competition, arts and crafts, washer tournament, golf tournament, petting zoo, fireworks, carnival, 10K run and 2-mile walk, food vendors, horseshoe tournament, chili cooking contest, entertainment, parade. Those 48-inches tall and under are admitted free. It's the festival's 33rd year, and if you're in town earlier than the dates given here, do be aware that some events do take place before the official festival opening.
Learn More: Call 877-643-2475

April 7-9, 2006
Poteet Strawberry Festival
Festival Grounds on Hwy. 16,
Poteet, Texas
Staged and strolling entertainers, gunfighter show, Taste of Texas Food Show, strawberry eating contest, chuck wagon cooking competition, Great American Duck Race, rodeo events, carnival (begins on Thursday), festival foods, helicopter rides, arts and crafts, activities for kids, fresh strawberries for sale, strawberry shortcake, canine demonstrations. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this event in its 59th year.
Questions? Call 830-742-8144 (this is a correction)

April 7-9, 2006
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park,
Atlanta, Georgia
This the the 70th year for the festival. Enjoy an interactive drum circle, works from more than 200 artisans, Kids' Village, music, performance art by Brian Olsen, the Disc Dog Southern Nationals and festival treats such as pizza, BBQ, Greek specialties, burgers and more.
Further Info: Call 404-817-6642

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April 7-9, 2006
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
North 6th Street area,
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
This event celebrates 35 years with a parade, pageant, musical entertainment, the Strawberry Strut (1 mile & 10K), an egg toss, sack races, hollering contest, strawberry eating contest, carnival rides and treats from more than 50 food vendors. Dig into gumbo, funnel cakes and strawberry pastries.
Learn More: Call 985-542-7520 or 800-917-7045

April 7-9, 2006
Rose Festival
Tombstone, Arizona
Rose Festival Parade, fashion show, street dance the evening of April 7, breakfast, basket lunch auction and more. The festival celebrates a local rose tree that covers more than 8000 square feet.
Get Information: Call 888-457-3929

April 7-9, 2006
Texas Sandfest
On the beach near marker 9,
Port Aransas, Texas
Look for markers 9 & 10 at the beach to find this one. Enjoy sand sculpting lessons, activities for kids, photography, sand sculpture competitions for all age groups, arts and crafts and plenty of food.
Questions? Call 800-452-6278

April 7-9, 2006
World Grits Festival
Near Hwy. 15 & Hwy. 78,
St. George, South Carolina
Grits eating contest, corn shucking contest, arts and crafts, carnival, double Dutch rope jumping contest, corn toss contest, 5K run, and the rolling in the grits contest—contestants try to increase their weight as much as possible by falling into grits and hoping the grits stick. Enjoy this 21st year of the event.
Further Details: Call 843-563-7943

April 7-30, 2006
Dogwood Arts Festival
various venues,
Knoxville, Tennessee
Arts and crafts, animal adoption and rescue fair, blossom walking trails and gardens, parade, Cycling Classic, Puppy Parades, theatre, Biscuit Baking contest (you should probably think of puppy biscuits and not people biscuits), quilt and photography displays, plant sale, entertainment, food and more.
Information: Call 865-637-4561

April 8, 2006
Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Historic downtown,
Winnsboro, Louisiana
Classic cars, 3 stages of music (Thunder Creek is among those scheduled to perform at this writing). There will be almost 300 juried arts and crafts vendors, a food court, a motorcycle show, Corvette show, softball tournament and more. "The Moving Wall", a traveling replica of the Vietname War Memorial, will arrive in town just before the festival begins.
Additional Details: Call 318-435-7607

April 8, 2006
Onion Festival
Princeton High School,
Princeton, Texas
Pageant, onion cooking contest, arts and crafts, car show, BBQ dinner, entertainment, carnival, activity booths, food vendors, 5K run.
Get The Facts: Call 972-548-2048

April 8-9, 2006
Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Municipal Park,
Loxley, Alabama
Arts and crafts, food vendors, car show (Saturday only), pageant, music, games and rides.
Learn More: Call 251-550-2003

April 8-9, 2006
Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival
Lions Club Fairgrounds (455 School St.),
Moulton, Alabama
Chicken clucking contest, Faberge egg art, activities for kids, Egg Drop for future engineers, Southern Gospel Egg-Stravaganza (Sunday), battle of the bands, staged entertainment, arts and crafts, chicken wing eating contest, photo contest, boiled egg eating contest, chicken cooking contest, Karaoke for Big Chickens, Bantam roosters on display, Chicken Motorcyle Run, food vendors.
Details: Call 256-974-1658

April 8-9, 2006
Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove, California
The fun begins at 10am and includes a fashion show, games and contests, a parade down Pine Avenue, arts and crafts and a carnival. There will also be a California police motorcycle competition and you can enjoy 4 stages of entertainment. There is no admission charge to the festival. Enjoy this 49th year of fun.
More Information: Call 831-373-3304

April 8-9, 2006
Fisherman's Festival
Westside Park,
Bodega Bay, California
This event celebrates its 33rd year with a boat parade and blessing of the fleet, wine tasting, BBQ and other festival foods, arts and crafts, activities for kids, parade of pets, face painting, a golf tournament, bathtub races and entertainment. The event runs from 10am-5pm and there is an admission charge.
Further Details: Call 707-875-3286

April 14-16, 2006
Placer County Strawberry Festival
County Fairgrounds,
Roseville, California
Begin with that tasty strawberry pancake breakfast. You can get early tickets by calling Andy at 916-417-5058. Your ticket will pay for breakfast and your admission to the festival. (You must call by 2pm on April 14 to get the special rate). Other festival fun includes the Kids Fun Zone, a spaghetti feed, flats of strawberries for sale, strawberry shortcake and pie, festival foods, a strawberry recipe contest, talent show, car show and parade, arts and crafts, strawberry beer and 4 stages of entertainment.
Questions? Call 916-781-7066

April 15-16, 2006
Kerrville Easter Festival and Chili Classic
Flat Rock Lake Park,
Kerrville, Texas
Chili cooking contest, washer pitching tournament, activities for kids, 4x4 bed post derby, Easter egg hunt Armadillo Races, walkathon, 5K Easter Run.
Further Info: Call 830-792-3535

April 15-16, 2006
Magnolia Festival
Magnolia Park on Hwy. 96,
Kirbyville, Texas
Food, commercial vendors, silent auction, parade, carnival (opens on April 12), pet show, arts and crafts.
Learn More: Call 409-423-5827

April 21-23, 2006
French Quarter Festival
French Quarter,
New Orleans, Louisiana
Last year around half a million people attended this event. Then came the devasting hurricane season of 2005. But music is such a powerful force that no one was willing to let this festival die. Jackson Square becomes the site of the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch", as 15 stages of music come alive with everything from reggae to rock. Local merchants open their doors, and you can choose foods from area restaurants or visit one of the many booths set up throughout the area. Expect arts and crafts and plenty of activities for kids. This is the 23rd year for this event, and if you're curious about what New Orleans is up to now, this is a great place to start finding out.
Questions? Call 504-522-5730 or 800-673-5725

April 21-22, 2006
Historic Downtown,
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Alcom Jazzfest, arts and crafts on Saturday, food, kayak races, Riverfest Idol talent contest.
Further Information: Call 800-221-3536

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April 21-22, 2006
Totally Texas
500 W. 13th Street,
Deer Park, Texas
Arts and crafts, carnival, parade, petting zoo, hot dog eating contest, pageant, entertainment, dog show, pony rides, chili cooking contest, Newlywed Game, festival foods. There is no admission charge and no fee to park.
Additional Details: Call 281-478-2050 or 281-478-7201

April 21-23, 2006
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Downtown (Weber Point area),
Stockton, California
Enjoy the 21st year with the Great Spear-It Run (a 1-mile run on Sunday with serious competitors and costumed runners there to just have fun), harbor bay cruises, beer pavilion, Home & Garden Expo, celebrity chef demonstrations, arts and crafts, food and merchandise vendors, hole-in-one golf contest, wine, farmers' market, asparagus recipe contest, and more. Watch for "Rockin' Ray and the Amazing Skyy Dogs" to entertain you!
Further Information: Call 209-644-3740

April 21-22, 2006
East Texas Gusher Days
Gladewater, Texas
Just prior to the celebration there is a golf tournament. Then the festival offers a Brownie Bowl Lick-Off, heritage parade, chili cooking contest, arts and crafts, entertainment, a bass tournament at the lake, prayer breakfast and more. This event takes a look back at those days when Texas was having a wild time with the oil boom.
Find Out More: Call 903-845-5501

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April 21-23, 2006
Cotton Gin Festival
Museum at 307 N. Main,
Burton, Texas
Grand parade, bike parade for kids, antique machinery display, auctions, arts and crafts, folk life and craft demonstrations, entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides and games. The festival is in its 17th year.
Questions? Call 979-289-3378

April 21-23, 2006
Old Tyme Days Festival
Main Street area,
Dayton, Texas
Now in its 14th year, the festival offers a junior chili cooking contest, arts and crafts, BBQ cooking contest, petting zoo, "Nifty 50s Dance Contest", carnival, pageant, photo contest, Family Night (Friday), antique tractor show and more. Visitors are always invited to come in old-fashioned dress but it's not a requirement for joining in the fun.
Details: Call 936-402-3322 or 936-336-5736

April 21-23, 2006
Terrell Heritage Festival
Ben Gill Park,
Terrell, Texas
Carnival (beginning Wednesday night), Wild West Show, arts and crafts, BBQ cooking competition, classic car & truck show, motorcycle show, Eagle 5K Run, quilt show, poker run, music, festival foods. There is no admission charge but some events may carry a separate fee.
Further Information: Call 972-524-5703 or 1-877-TERRELL

April 22, 2006
Spinach Festival
Alma, Arkansas
Talent contest, food, activities for kids, Special Olympics 5K run, arts and crafts, entertainment and more. The festival is celebrating its 20th year in Alma, where Popeye brand spinach is processed by Allen Canning Company. You might get to see popular character Popeye at this event.
Further Information: Call 479-632-4127

April 22, 2006
National Grits Festival
Emmerson Park,
Warwick, Georgia
Quaker Grits Breakfast, Rolling in the Oats contest, grits eating contest, grits cooking contest, Grits Queens, classic cars, pony rides, antique tractor display, entertainment, parade, arts and crafts, corn shelling contest and more.
Questions? Call 229-881-6297

April 22, 2006
Sugar Festival
City Park area,
Clewiston, Florida
Sugar cane grinding, bass tournament, horseshoe tournament, rodeo events, food booths, arts and crafts, music. The festival is in its 20th year. Admission is free and the fun goes from 9am-7pm.
Get Details: Call 863-983-7979

April 22-23, 2006
Bloomin' Festival
St. Bernard Prep School,
Cullman, Alabama
Activities for kids, entertainment, arts and crafts, Southern food treats. The festival runs from 9am-5pm and does have an admission charge, but you can also get discounted rates for your visit Ave Maria Grotto.
Learn More: Call 800-722-0999

April 22-34, 2006
Cherry Blossom Festival
Barnes Park on McPherrin Ave.,
Monterey Park, California
Cultural displays, Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese music and dance, martial arts demos, activities for kids, crafts, games. There is no admission charge.
Find Out More: Call 625-307-2541

April 22-23, 2006
Mainsail Arts Festival
Straub Park/Vinoy Park,
St. Petersburg, Florida
In its 31st year the festival features some 200 artisans. Dozens of area schools also participate with student art that is sold to benefit local art education. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to browse, enjoy festival foods and listen to jazz, country rock and other music. Enjoy the fun from 9am-5pm.
Info: Call 727-892-5885 or 727-893-7734

April 22-23, 2006
Strawberry Festival
Starke, Florida
Car show, strawberries for sale by flats (and half-flats), games, car show, helicopter rides, exhibits, activities and rides for the kids, music, lots of strawberry treats.
Further Information: Call 904-964-5278

April 22-23, 2006
Big Shanty Festival
Main Street downtown,
Kennesaw, Georgia
Battle reenactments, Civil War Living History encampment, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, parade, games, activities for kids, pageant. There is no admission charge but some activities may have a fee. The festival is celebrating its 30th year.
Get Details: Call 770-423-1330

April 25-30, 2006
Festival of the Arts
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Celebrating its 40th year, the festival offers kinetic sculptures, street performers, arts and crafts booths, entertainment, face painting and other activities. When you get hungry you can enjoy sweet potato fries with cheese sauce, pot roast in bread bowls and tasty spring rolls. Apple turnovers and other desserts will also be available. There is no admission charge to the festival. You're asked to leave pets comfortably at home. (Service animals are always welcome at festivals.)
Additional Information: Call 405-270-4848

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April 26-29, 2006
Vinton Dogwood Festival
Vinton, Virginia
Carnival, arts and crafts, activities for kids, 5K race, music, parade, food vendors, auto show.
Learn More: Call 540-871-5142 or 540-983-0614

April 26-30, 2006
Trout Festival
various venues,
Kalkaska, Michigan
Disc golf tournament, grand parade, youth parade, entertainment, activities for kids, arts and crafts, drawings for prizes, senior breakfast (and other senior events), food pantry bingo, fish fry, fireworks, softball, carnival (begins April 27), Big Boys' Toys (at the fairgrounds), horseshoe tournament, classic cars, flea market, model plane air show, pizza eating contest. The festival is celebrating its 70th year of fun.
Questions? Call 231-258-9103

April 28-29, 2006
Dewberry Festival
Wilson-Ledbetter Park,
Cameron, Texas
Horseshoe tournament, entertainment, arts and crafts, BBQ cooking contest, carnival, dewberry cobbler/cake contest and auction, youth fishing tournament, karaoke.
Additional Details: Call 254-697-4979

April 28-29, 2006
International Ramp Festival
City Park,
Elkins, West Virginia
Ramps are a vegetable a bit like leeks and are members of the Allium family. With that in mind you can enjoy a traditional ramp dinner on Friday night (at the armory) and then stay an extra day for arts and crafts, a ramp cooking contest, activities for kids, games, tastes of ramp, food vendors and entertainment. There is no admission charge to the festival but the ramp dinner and some other activities may be subject to a fee.
Get Info: Call 304-636-2780

April 28-30, 2006
Riverfest Weekend
Columbus, Georgia
Pig Jig Barbecue competition plus sample plates and full menu items for sale to festival-goers, activities for kids, Folklife Village, arts and crafts, Pooch Promenade (Sunday at 3pm), festival merchandise, 5K and 1-mile Fun Run/Walk, battle of the bands and other music on several stages. No coolers, cans or glass bottles may be brought inside festival grounds. No pets are allowed (except service dogs) other than the costumed pooches during the Promenade. There is an admission charge for those age 5 and older. The festival is celebrating its 37th year.
Questions? Call 706-323-7979

April 28-30, 2006
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Maplewood School,
Vermontville, Michigan
Flea market, syrup-making demonstrations, pancakes and sausages, BBQ, roast beef dinner, arts and crafts, egg toss, kiddie tractor pull, parade, classic cars, woodworking demos, blacksmith demos, talent show.
More Information: Call 517-726-0394

April 28-30, 2006
Crab & Seafood Festival
County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 202,
Astoria, Oregon
Seafood, wine, music, crab dinner, arts and crafts, locally brewed beers, activities for kids. The event is in its 23rd year.
Questions? Call 503-325-6311 or 800-875-6807

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April 28-30, 2006
City Park area,
Muenster, Texas
Enjoy this 31st year of the event with lots of folk dancing, a beer garden, clowns and storytellers, and activities for kids. For those craving action there is a bicycle rally and the 5K/15K Fun Run. When you crave something to eat you can enjoy homemade breads, apple strudel and other treats. The festival also features a number of contests and games.
Further Details: Call 940-759-2227 or 800-942-8037

April 28-30, 2006
Vermont Maple Festival
Main Street area,
St. Albans, Vermont
Fiddler's Variety Show, pancake breakfast (at City Elementary School on Bellows Street) on Saturday and Sunday from 7am-noon, antiques, youth talent show, exhibits, Sap Run, carnival, parade on Sunday, activities for kids, maple products for sale, entertainment. The festival is celebrating its 40th year.
More Information: Call 831-373-3304

April 29, 2006
Kiesel Park,
Auburn, Alabama
Hula Hoop contest, "Silver Wings" aerial demonstrations, sports events, non-profit vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment, activities for kids, food vendors. There is no admission charge. The festival fun goes from 9am-5pm.
Questions? Call 334-501-2963

April 29, 2006
Wine & Saengerfest
Historic Downtown,
New Braunfels, Texas
Street dance, arts and crafts, Pet Parade, Wine Market, Grape Stomp, culinary demonstrations, food vendors, beverage booth, entertainment. The fun runs from 10am-11pm. There is no admission charge but tasting and other events may have a separate fee.
Further Details: Call 830-608-2100 ext. 252

April 29-30, 2006
Great Griffin Mayfling
City Park,
Griffin, Georgia
Activities for kids, arts and crafts, food, entertainment and more. The festival events are 9am-6pm on Saturday and noon-5pm on Sunday.
Questions? Call 770-228-8200

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April 29-30, 2006
Vidalia Onion Festival
various venues,
Vidalia, Georgia
Carnival, air show, entertainment, farm tours, Onion Scramble (golf), cooking demos, onion cooking contest, theatre, street dance, rodeo events, 1-mile Fun Run and walk, 5K and 10K Onion Run and Walk, vehicle show, arts and crafts, motorcycle rally, onion eating contest, children's parade. Some activities take place just prior to the official festival dates. Some events may be ticketed separately.
Learn More: Call 912-538-8687

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April 29-30, 2006
Jimmie Rodgers Festival
Singing Brakeman Park,
Meridian, Mississippi
Car show, flea market, activities for kids, entertainment, BBQ cooking competition, arts and crafts, food vendors
Additional Information: Call 601-482-0166 or 601-482-8001

April 29-May 6, 2006
Pine Tree Festival
Swainsboro, Georgia
In its 61st year the festival offers a pageant, arts and crafts, activities for kids, entertainment, a parade. In the past, there have been occasional tree sitters who perched in a local pine tree for a month before the festival opening.
Questions? Call 478-237-6426

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Brief, bare-boned last-minute festival listings:

Apr. 1 Billy the Kid Day, Downtown, Hico, Texas, 800-361-HICO
Apr. 1 Daffodil Days Festival, Senior Bldg. on Bagdad Ave., Round Rock, Texas, 512-244-2761
Apr. 1 Fiesta En La Calle, Coleto Creek Park, Yorktown, Texas, 361-564-2661
Apr. 1-2 Hawaiian Scottish Festival, Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Hawaii, 808-626-3559
Apr. 1-2 East Maui Taro Festival, Hana Ballpark, Hana, Hawaii, 808-264-1553
Apr. 1-2 Austin Fine Arts Festival, Republic Square, Austin, Texas, 512-458-6073
Apr. 5-9 North Carolina Azalea Festival, Wilmington, North Carolina, 910-794-4650
Apr. 6-15 Come See Me Festival, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 800-681-7635
Apr. 7-8 Dogwood Days, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, 870-670-5433
Apr. 7-9 Springfest (formerly Seafest), Space Coast Stadium, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 321-459-2200
Apr. 7-9 Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Dallas, Texas, 214-855-1881
Apr. 7-9 Founders Day Festival, Dripping Springs, Texas, 512-858-4725
Apr. 8 Lawn & Garden Show, 8am-2pm, 1603 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, Florida
Apr. 8 Pear Blossom Festival, Downtown, Medford, Oregon, 541-734-PEAR
Apr. 8-9 Chocolate Festival, Washington, Kentucky, 606-759-7423
Apr. 8-9 Spring Fest, Purdue University, West Layafette, Indiana, 765-494-5876
Apr. 8-16 Cimarron Territory Celebration, various venues, Beaver, Oklahoma, 580-625-4726
Apr. 14-15 National Mayhaw Festival, Spring Creek Recreation Park, Colquitt, Georgia, 229-758-2400
Apr. 16-22 James Garner Festival, Norman, Oklahoma, 405-329-0402
Apr. 18-22 89er Celebration, Downtown, Guthrie, Oklahoma, 405-282-2589
Apr. 20-22 Hillbilly Days Festival, Pikeville, Kentucky, 606-432-5504
Apr. 20-23 Gold Nugget Days, Paradise, California, 530-872-8722
Apr. 20-23 Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-336-2787
Apr. 21-22 Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival,
                   Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church, Birmingham, Kentucky, 205-253-5564 or 205-251-5057
Apr. 21-23 Next Generation Festival (jazz), Conference Center, Monterey, California, 831-373-3366
Apr. 21-23 RioFest, Fair Park, Harlingen, Texas, 800-746-3378
Apr. 21-23 & 28-30 Texas Crawfish Festival, Old Town Springs, Texas, 713-249-3998 or 800-653-8696
Apr. 22 Central Valley Pizza Festival, Downtown, Lemoore, California, 559-924-6401
Apr. 22 San Jacinto Day Festival, One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas, 281-479-2421
Apr. 22-23 Melbourne Art Festival, Downtown, Melbourne, Florida
Apr. 22-23 Wamego Tulip Festival, City Park, Wamego, Kansas, 785-456-7849
Apr. 22-23 Great American Pie Festival, Market Street, Celebration, Florida, 847-371-0170
Apr. 22-23 Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival, Downtown Square area, Manning, South Carolina, 803-432-4405
Apr. 23 SpringFest, Main & South Broadway, Nyack, New York, 845-353-2221
Apr. 28 Apple Blossom Festival, Presbyterian Manor grounds, Newton, Kansas, 316-283-5400
Apr. 28-29 Lilac Festival & Fine Arts Faire, Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, 309-467-6123
Apr. 28-30 Festival on the Rivers, Robert Fowler Memorial Park, Geneva, Alabama, 334-684-6725
Apr. 28-30 Panoply Arts Festival, Big Spring International Park, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-519-2787
Apr. 28-30 Leesburg Bikefest, Downtown, Leesburg, Florida, 352-365-0053
Apr. 28-30 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, On the beach, Pompano Beach, Florida, 954-941-2940
Apr. 28-30 Italian Festival, Independence, Louisiana, 800-542-7520
Apr. 28-30 Fisherman's Festival, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 207-633-2353 or 207-633-4825
Apr. 28-May 1 Homecoming, Downtown Square, Lexington, Texas, 979-773-4337
Apr. 29 Spring Fling, Dowling Memorial Park on County Rd. 222, Crane Hill, Alabama, 256-747-8635
Apr. 29 Art in the Park-Rose Festival, Paradise Park, Thomasville, Georgia, 229-227-3310
Apr. 29 Double Decker Arts Festival, 10am-10pm, Oxford, Mississippi, 800-758-9177
Apr. 29-30 Butter & Egg Days, Downtown, Petaluma, California, 707-763-0344
Apr. 29-30 Apopka Art & Foliage Festival, Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka, Florida, 407-889-3134
Apr. 29-30 Spring Jonquil Festival, Village Green, Smyrna, Georgia, 770-423-1330
Apr. 29-30 Red Poppy Festival, Downtown Square, Georgetown, Texas, 512-930-3545
Apr. 29-30 Navasota Heritage Days, Navasota, Texas, 936-825-6600

Other April 2006 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
Apr. 1 Cow Patty Bingo, Union Mine High School Football Field, El Dorado, California, 530-620-4055
Apr. 1 Fireman's Barbecue Cook-Off, Elgin Memorial Park, Elgin, Texas, 512-281-4025
Apr. 1-2 Spring Into Wings, Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 269-345-1125
Apr. 1-2 Home & Garden Show, County Expo Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 405-377-1275
Apr. 1-2 Arts in the Park, Highland Park, Meridian, Mississippi, 601-693-2787 or 601-485-1944
Apr. 1-2 Greater Pocono Home Show, 11am-4pm, Fernwood Hotel, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Apr. 6-7 The Big One Art & Craft Fair, State Fairgrounds, Minot, North Dakota, 701-838-9385 or 701-852-6964
Apr. 7-8 Southern Kentucky Book Fest, Salem Convention Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 270-745-5016
Apr. 7-8 Art Stroll, Downtown, Sisters, Oregon, 541-549-4979
Apr. 7-8 Pottery Show, Depot Museum, Mount Vernon, Texas, 903-537-4365
Apr. 7-9 Texas Motorcycle Roadriders Association State Rally, Glen Rose, Texas, 877-RIDE-TMRA
Apr. 8-9 Art on the Lake, 10am-5pm, Carlisle Park Middle School on Sunset Drive, Guntersville, Alabama, 256-582-4378
Apr. 8-9 Spring Craft Show, State Fairgrounds, Harrington, Delaware, 717-656-3208
Apr. 8-9 Texas Bluebonnet Festival, Downtown, Chappell Hill, Texas, 888-BRENHAM
Apr. 9 Old Santa Rosa Polenta Feast, Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Cambria, California, 805-927-5212
Apr. 9 Spring Breakout (motorcyles), Ice Time Arena, Newburgh, New York, 607-863-4295
Apr. 9 Spring Craft Show, Simek Recreation Center, Medford, Wisconsin, 715-748-6655
Apr. 12-16 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association: Jeffers CMSA National Championship,
                   Arena, Tunica, Mississippi, 480-683-0485
Apr. 13-16 Norwescon, Doubletree Seattle Airport, Settle, Washington, 206-270-7850
Apr. 14-16 Wildflower Show, Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, California, 831-648-5716
Apr. 14-23 International Auto Show, Javits Convention Center, New York, New York, 800-282-3336
Apr. 21-23 Home, Sport & Garden Show, County Fairgrounds, Ionia, Michigan, 616-527-3387
Apr. 21-23 Sugarloaf Art Fair, Expo Center, Novi, Michigan, 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900
Apr. 21-23 History Meets the Arts, various venues, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 717-334-6274
Apr. 21-23 Antique Alley & Yard Sale, 15-mile area, Cleburne, Texas, 817-641-0183
Apr. 21-23 Dallas Guitar Show/Great Southwest Guitar Show, Market Hall, Dallas, Texas, 972-240-2206 or email
Apr. 21-23 Hampton Spring Crafts, Convention Center, Hampton, Virginia, 757-417-1771
Apr. 22 Kingsburg Car Show, Kingsburg, California, 559-897-1111
Apr. 22 Thunder Over Louisville,
                   (air show & pyrotechnical displays—part of Kentucky Derby Festival), Louisville, Kentucky, 502-584-6383
Apr. 22-23 Wildflower Show, Mission College, Santa Clara, California, 650-691-9749
Apr. 27-29 Kerrville Senior Games, various venues, Kerrville, Texas, 830-896-4263
Apr. 27-30 April Action Car Show, Moab, Utah, 435-259-5858
Apr. 28-30 New Living Expo, Concourse Exhibition Center on 8th, San Francisco, California, 415-382-8300
Apr. 28-30 Connecticut Storytelling Festival, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, 860-439-2764
Apr. 28-30 Interstate Mullet Toss, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key, Florida, 850-492-6838
Apr. 28-30 Orvis Warehouse Sale, Market Hall, Dallas, Texas, 802-362-8546
Apr. 28-30 Dogwood Arts & Crafts Festival, Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, West Virginia, 304-696-5990
Apr. 28-May 1 Book Faire, Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, 707-545-0831
Apr. 29 Chili Cook-Off & Classic Car Show, Cambria, California, 805-927-3624
Apr. 29 Fountains Art Festival, 9am-4pm, downtown, Whitewater, Wisconsin, 262-473-5269
Apr. 29-30 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles, California, 213-237-7335 or 800 LATIMES
Apr. 29-30 Old Monterey Plein Air Art Festival, Old Monterey, Monterey, California, 831-655-8070
Apr. 29-May 7 Love Affair Fine Arts, Fulwood Park, Tifton, Georgia, 229-391-4820
Apr. 30 Big Sur International Marathon, Big Sur, California, 831-625-6226
Apr. 30 Taste of Marietta, 11am-7pm, Marietta Square, Marietta, Georgia, 770-429-1115

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Once upon a time there was a man with a gentle voice and quiet charm. He made several movies and worked in a TV show playing a character who rode a motorcycle from town to town, touching lives, and singing a little here and there. Then some of us didn't hear much of him for awhile.
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William Malmskog Ever since William Malmskog and I began a dialogue I've been impressed by his willingness to share openly the details of his life. Most of us hide a lot of our lives from others and present only the parts we can polish and make look acceptable. He isn't afraid to talk about how his difficulties, including physical challenges, have guided him to an increased sense of abilities and possibilities.

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It's not a cruise ship, but you'll travel the world every 3 years. This floating community will let children take field trips into new countries and let everyone shop in new ports. Check out the Freedom Ship.

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