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April 1-30, 2007
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Various venues,
Mount Vernon, Washington
Kite flying demonstration, photography, arts and crafts, wine tasting, Cow Town farm & petting zoo, craft activities for kids, garage sale at the fairgrounds, salmon barbecue, naturalist tours, biking tulip tours, sculpture on display, dense plantings of tulips and daffodils on display, Anacortes Quilt Walk, basketball tournament, bird mart, garden art fair, bulb planting classes, antiques, entertainment and more. It's the 24th year for this one.
Get the Facts: Call 360-428-5959

April 7-8, 2007
Big Hat Days
Old Town,
Clovis, California
Clovis celebrates its sunny nature by inviting everyone to wear a wide-brimmed hat to this 67th festival. More than 125,000 visitors are expected—that's a lot of hats! Enjoy some 400 arts and crafts vendors, business vendors, the Clovis Strongman Competition, musical entertainment, home and garden show, carnival, beverage garden, food vendors, merchant specials. Hours are 9am-6pm on Sat. & 9am-5pm on Sun.
Details: Call 559-299-7363

April 7-8, 2007
Easter Festival & Chili Classic
Flat Rock Lake Park,
Kerrville, Texas
Chili cooking contest, activities for kids, 4x4 bed post derby, Easter egg hunt, armadillo races, walkathon, 5K Easter Run, washer pitching tournament, BBQ. The Easter Hill Country Bike Tour is held that same weekend.
Find Out More: Call 830-792-3535

April 9-25, 2007
Dogwood Arts Festival
Various venues,
Knoxville, Tennessee
Walking trails and gardens (and bus tours to see all the blossoms), antiques, arts and crafts, parade and band competition, photography displays, entertainment, tribute to Louis Armstrong, gallery walk, library-sponsored film festival at E. Tennessee History Center (April 13 at 7pm).
Additional Information: Call 559-875-4575

April 11-15, 2007
North Carolina Azalea Festival
Various venues,
Wilmington, North Carolina
Garden tours by bus, activities for kids, food vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment, home tours, horse show, art show, coin show, Port City Gospel Explosion, concerts, parade and more.
Questions? Call 910-794-4650

April 13-14, 2007
Baxley Tree Fest
Across from courtouse,
Baxley, Georgia
Enjoy this 17th year with games and rides, the Baxley Idol Contest, petting zoo, arts and crafts, food, a mulch dig, Annual Tree Cruzin Classics Car Show (Sunday only), antique tractors on display, street dance Friday evening.
Details: Call 912-367-7731

April 13-14, 2007
Totally Texas
500 W. 13th Street,
Deer Park, Texas
Pageant, car show, Bar-B-Q Cookoff, petting zoo, arts and crafts, carnival, door prizes, pig races, armadillo races, festival foods, Kids Go Country.
Further Information: Call 281-478-2050 or 281-476-7201

April 13-15, 2007
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park,
Atlanta, Georgiaa
The festival celebrates 71 years with works from more than 200 artisans, festival merchandise, the Disc Dog Southern Nationals, Publix Kid's Village, nonprofit displays, a Drum Circle, dogwood saplings for sale, musical entertainment, Rhythm & Blooms party (fundraiser). When your stomach clamors for food you can dig into pizza, gyros, burgers, funnel cakes and more. No pets, coolers or glass containers are permitted into the festival. (The Disc Dog dogs must be pre-registered). Service animals are welcome at festivals, of course.
More: Call 404-817-6642

April 13-15, 2006
French Quarter Festival
French Quarter,
New Orleans, Louisiana
Pile of Pecans in a Jar Contest, try to guess the weight of The World's Largest Praline Contest, plenty of New Orleans Jazz, lectures on jazz, activities and entertainment for kids, juried arts and crafts, courtyard garden tours, and much more. Festival foods in the planning include Po-Boy sandwiches, beef tamales, seafood, grilled chicken, cheese quesadillas, bruschetta, ice cream, pizza, bread pudding, tropical beverages, sausages and Italian meatballs.
Get The Facts: Call 504-522-5730 or 800-673-5725

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April 13-15, 2007
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
North 6th Street area,
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Strawberry Strut (1 mile & 10K) on Sun. at 8am, parade Sat. at 9:30am, musical entertainment, egg toss, sack races, strawberry eating contest, carnival rides, farmers' strawberry judging and auction, booths, plus food from more than 50 vendors. Enjoy onion mums, funnel cakes and strawberry pastries. It's the 36th year for this one.
Questions? Call 985-542-7520 or 800-917-7045

April 13-15, 2007
World Grits Festival
Near Hwy. 15 & Hwy. 78,
St. George, South Carolina
The festival celebrates its 22nd year with business and civic booths, arts and crafts, musical entertainment and the Rolling Grits contest. For this event, contestants often wear hats, pockets and baggy clothes and then fall down into a kiddie pool full of cooked grits in the hopes that they will have the most grits clinging to them at the end of the competition. They get 10 seconds to gather all the wet grits they can hang on their clothes and person. If that one's too messy an event for you, there's also a corn shelling contest, kids' basketball toss, and a double Dutch rope jumping contest. Things wouldn't be complete without a Grits Eating Contest, of course, and you can work off the calories with the 5K run or the Kids Fun Run. Enjoy clothesline art, food booths and a carnival. Please leave Fido safely at home and the festival organizers remind everyone that bicycles, skateboards and skates will not be permitted on festival grounds.
Info: Call 843-563-7943

April 13-15, 2007
Poteet Strawberry Festival
Festival grounds on Hwy. 16,
Poteet, Texas
Now in its 60th year, the festival offers fun such as a BBQ Cook Off, musical entertainment, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, animal displays and information, the Elvis Extravaganza, magic and hypnotist entertainment, Laser Ops paintball, Poteet Pride Night for anyone who has ever called Poteet home, rodeo events, Taste of Texas Food Show competition, strawberry eating contest, Wild West Dress-Up Show and more. Watch for Freckles, the festival mascot, who will be mingling with the crowd from time to time.
Get The Facts: Call 830-742-8144 or 800-742-8144

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April 13-15, 2007
Bloomin' Temple Festival
Temple, Texas
Car show, arts and crafts, barbecue cook-off, games, 3 stages of musical entertainment, food and beverage vendors, activities for kids, street dance, commercial vendors. There is no admission charge.
Details: Call 254-773-2105

April 14, 2007
National Grits Festival
Emmerson Park area downtown,
Warwick, Georgia
Quaker Grits Breakfast (beginning at 7:30am), grits eating contest, festival merchandise, pony rides for the kids, classic cars, antique tractor display, arts and crafts, corn shelling contest, Grits Queen, Rolling in the Quaker Instant Grits Contest, grits cooking contest, food vendors, entertainment, arts and crafts. It's the festival's 10th year of fun.
Find Out More: Call 229-947-0023

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April 14, 2007
Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Historic Downtown,
Winnsboro, Louisiana
More than 300 arts and crafts vendors, classic cars, softball tournament, fly-in for remote control planes, Corvette show, motorcyle show, food, 3 stages of music (T.G. Sheppard is among those scheduled to perform at this writing). Come and have a great time at this 21st year.
Questions? Call 318-435-7607

April 14, 2007
World Catfish Festival
Belzoni, Mississippi
Catfish fry (10am-5pm between the courthhouse and the Methodist Church), talent showcase, arts and crafts, Catfish on Parade (large fiberglass sculptures on display throughout town), catfish eating contest, pageant, Colgate Country Showdown. Admission is charged for those age 12 and older.
Get Details: Call 800-408-4838

April 14, 2007
Onion Festival
Princeton High School,
Princeton, Texas
Onion cooking contest, auction, raffle, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, entertainment, BBQ lunch, activity booths, food vendors, 5K run, pageant, antique car show, flag football.
Further Information: Call 972-548-2048

April 14-15, 2007
Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Municipal Park,
Loxley, Alabama
Pageant, music, games and rides, food vendors, car show, arts and crafts. Hours are 9am-7:30pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday.
Find Out More: Call 251-550-2003

April 14-15, 2007
Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival
Lions Club Fairgrounds at 455 School St.
Moulton, Alabama
Celebrating its 3rd year, this festival features a Chicken Clucking Contest, egg toss, educational exhibits, the WTAK/John Carpenter Ford Chicken Poker Run, Karaoke for Big Chickens, a wing eating contest, photo contest, boiled egg eating contest, chicken BBQ cooking contest, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, Egg Drop for future engineers, Bantam roosters on display and more. (The Gospel Egg-stravaganza will be held on Sunday evening.) Entertainment at this writing includes Alabama Blues Brothers and Chris Smith. Keep up your strength with smoothies in a coconut, Cajun chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, fried egglant, fried pickles and other treats. Parking for the festival is free, but a donation will be accepted. Festival admission is two dollars for those over age 5. Hours are 10am-10pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm Sunday.
Additional Details: Call 256-974-1658 or 800-974-1658

April 20-21, 2007
Star Daze Festival
Star City, Arkansas
Local entertainment on stage, arts and crafts, carnival, food vendors, motorcyle run, beauty pageant, talent show.
Info: Call 870-628-9943 or 870-628-5272

April 20-21, 2007
Historic Downtown,
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Activities for kids, 3 stages of entertainment, street performers, festival merchandise, kayak races, festival foods, arts and crafts on Saturday, Alcom State Jazz Fest, games, pancake breakfast at YMCA 5:30-9am on Friday and 7:30-10am on Saturday.
Find Out More: Call 800-221-3536

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April 20-22, 2007
Magnolia Festival
Magnolia Park on Hwy. 96,
Kirbyville, Texas
The carnival opens on Wednesday. This 22nd year of the festival brings with it arts and crafts, a pet show, art and photo exhibits, entertainment, door prizes, a parade, commercial vendors, silent auction, festival foods.
Details: Call 409-423-5827

April 20-22, 2007
Placer County Strawberry Festival
County Fairgrounds
Roseville, California
If you call by 2pm on April 20 you can get early tickets for both the festival admission and the pancake breakfast, which will be Sat. and Sun from 8-11am. Talk to Andy at 916-417-5058. At the festival, enjoy the Kids Fun Zone, strawberry shortcake and pie, flats of berries for sale, arts and crafts, 4 stages of entertainment, festival foods, strawberry putt-putt golf (with frozen berries), festival merchandise, parade of vehicles, strawberry catapulting, car show, pageant, strawberry recipe books, spaghetti feed on Friday and Saturday from 2-7pm. There is an admission charge to this festival. Please leave coolers and outside food and beverages outside the festival area.
Additional Information: Call 916-781-7066

April 20-22, 2007
Cotton Gin Festival
Museum at 307 N. Main,
Burton, Texas
Bike parade for kids and grand parade on Saturday afternoon, arts and crafts, folk life and crafts demonstrations, antique machinery display, auctions, carnival rides and games, food concessions. It's the festival's 18th year.
Learn More: Call 979-289-3378

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Ole Tyme Days Festival
Main Street area,
Dayton, Texas
Baking contest, car show, junior chili cooking contest, arts and crafts, BBQ cooking contest, petting zoo, carnival, pageant, photo contest, Family Night on Friday, antique tractor display, 4x4 Show and Shine. There are tasting tickets for the cooking contests. Come in old-fashioned costume or not, but do come and enjoy this 15th year.
Additional Information: Call 936-402-3322 or 936-336-5736

April 20-22, 2007
East Texas Gusher Days
Gladewater, Texas
Golf tournament (April 20), car show, street dance, prayer breakfast, heritage parade, arts and crafts and more.
Details: Call 903-845-5501

April 20-22, 2007
Terrell Heritage Festival
Ben Gill Park,
Terrell, Texas
Motorcycle show and games, carnival (begins Wednesday evening), all-breed dog show, health fair and business expo, cobbler contest, arts and crafts, classic car and truck show, melodrama, fine art display, petting zoo, helicopter rides, quilt show, BBQ cooking competition, festival foods, silent auction, library book sale, food, entertainment, Eagle 5K Run. There is no admission charge.
Get The Facts: Call 972-542-5703 or 1-877-TERRELL

April 21, 2007
Spinach Festival
Alma, Arkansas
Spinach cooking contest, spinach eating contest, library book sale, arts and crafts, carnival, activities for kids and more. Alma is the home of Popeye brand spinach processor Allen Canning Company. This is the 21st year for the festival.
Info: Call 479-632-4127

April 21-22, 2007
Bloomin' Festival
St. Bernard Prep School,
Cullman, Alabama
Activities for kids, more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, Southern foods and more. Hours are 9am-5pm both days and there is an admission charge for those 6 and older. The admission allows you discount rates for a visit to nearby Ave Maria Grotto. This is Bloomin' Festival's 23rd year.
Questions? Call 800-722-0999

April 21-22, 2007
Fisherman's Festival
Westside Park,
Bodega Bay, California
Boat parade and blessing of the fleet on Sunday to open the salmon season, parade of pets, kite flying lessons, bathtub races, golf tournament, BBQ and other festival foods, arts and crafts, face painting, activities for kids, raffle, music and other entertainment. The fun goes from 10am-5pm. There is no admission charge. It's the festival's 34th year.
Additional Details: Call 707-875-3286

April 21-22, 2007
Cherry Blossom Festival
Barnes Park at 350 S. McPherrin Ave.,
Monterey Park, California
Asian food festival, taiko drums, martial arts demonstration, activities for kids, crafts, games, Japanese tea ceremony, cultural displays, Japanese music and dance, civic and business vendors. Hours are 11am-7:30pm Sat. and 11am-6pm Sun. There is no admission charge. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the festival.
Further Information: Call 625-307-2541

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April 21-22, 2007
Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove, California
230 arts and crafts booths, carnival, miniature golf, walking tours, 4 stages of entertainment, California police motorcycle competition, firefighters' competitions, food vendors, parade down Pine Avenue at 10am on Saturday. The festival celebrates 50 years in 2007. There is no admission charge.
Find Out More: Call 831-373-3304

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April 21-22, 2007
Big Shanty Festival
Main Street downtown,
Kennesaw, Georgia
In its 31st year the festival celebrates with more than 200 arts and crafts booths, Civil War Living History, a parade on Sat. at 9:30am, activities for kids, commercial vendors, food booths, games, 2 stages of entertainment. Hours are 10am-6pm on Sat. and noon-5pm on Sun. There's no admission charge.
Questions? Call 770-423-1330

April 21-22, 2007
Mainsail Arts Festival
Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive,
and 7th Avenue NE,
St. Petersburg, Florida
Celebrate 32 years of fun with the sounds of jazz, country rock and other music. You'll also find festival merchandise, a Kids Create Tent, student art from area schools, some 200 artisans showing and selling their wares. Some artists will be doing demos of their work. Hungry? No problem. Feast on the likes of blackened salmon, seafood baskets, Cuban sandwiches, grilled Portabello mushroom sandwiches, sweet potato pie, shortcake, butterfly fries, burgers, specialty coffee beverages and a lot more. You can take a free shuttle between the Pier and the Baywalk Parking Garage from 8:30am-5:30pm.
Further Details: Call 727-892-5885 or 727-893-7734

April 21-22, 2007
Bradford County Strawberry Festival
Starke, Florida
Arts and crafts, lots of strawberry treats, activities for kids, fresh strawberries for sale, music and more. Hours are 9am-5pm on Sat. and noon-5pm on Sun.
Info: Call 904-964-5278

April 24-29, 2007
Festival of the Arts
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Most events will be held at one of 3 venues: Festival Plaza, Stage Center and Myriad Botanical Gardens. Enjoy more than 140 arts and crafts booths (on Hudson Ave.), 4 stages of entertainment, face painting, kinetic sculptures, street performers, art activities for kids, furniture showcase, Pottery Place and the International Food Row with spring rolls, pastries and other treats.
Get The Facts: Call 405-270-4848

April 25-28, 2007
Vinton Dogwood Festival
Vinton, Virginia
Parade, arts and crafts, activities for kids, food vendors, music and more.
Questions? Call 540-871-5142 or 540-983-0614

April 25-29, 2007
Vidalia Onion Festival
Various venues,
Vidalia, Georgia
Vidalia onion cooking contest, Blue Angels perform at the air show, arts and crafts (Sat. & Sun.), 1-mile Fun Run and walk, 5K & 10K Onion Run and Walk, onion eating contest, genealogical info & assistance, festival merchandise, vintage clothing and art displays, cooking demos, street dance, rodeo, fireworks and more. The carnival opens that Wednesday at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds. Come and celebrate this 30th year of festival fun.
Find Out More: Call 912-538-8687

April 25-29, 2007
Trout Festival
Various venues,
Kalkaska, Michigan
Arts and crafts, parades, entertainment, activities for kids, senior games, fish fry, carnival and more.
Details: Call 231-258-9103

April 27-28, 2007
Dewberry Festival
Wilson Ledbetter Park,
Cameron, Texas
BBQ cooking contest, dewberry cobbler and ice cream, arts and crafts, youth fishing tournament, carnival, entertainment.
Questions? Call 254-697-4979

April 27-29, 2007
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Downtown (Weber Point area),
Stockton, California
The festival celebrates its 22nd year with arts and crafts, a hole-in-one golf contest, harbor bay cruises, asparagus recipe contest, food and merchandise vendors, entertainment. Join the Great Spear-It Run on Sunday for a 1-mile run, a 5K run or a 5-mile run. Participants range from serious competitors to those who want to wear campy costumes and run for fun. There will also be a Home and Garden Expo, farmers market, festival merchandise, Mayor's Celebrity Spear-Throwing Contest and Celebrity Chefs. Be sure to catch Rockin' Ray and the Amazing Skyy Dogs! You can park at San Joaquin Delta College and take the AsparaBus to all the fun. Admission is charged for those over age 10.
Info: Call 209-644-3740

April 27-29, 2007
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Various venues,
Vermontville, Michigan
Pancake breakfasts with plenty of maple syrup, flea market, chicken BBQ, syrup-making demonstrations, blacksmith demos, arts and crafts (Sat. 10am-7pm and Sun. 10am-4pm), roast beef dinner, entertainment, pageant, museum displays, parade, classic cars, talent show, petting zoo.
More: Call 517-726-0394 or 517-726-0670

April 27-29, 2007
Crab & Seafood Festival
County Fairgrounds on Highway 202,
Astoria, Oregon
Activities for kids, seafood dinners, locally brewed beers, musical entertainment, arts and crafts. Take advantage of a park-and-ride shuttle at the Port of Astoria and at Astoria High School. There is an admission charge.
Details: Call 503-325-6311 or 800-875-6807

April 27-29, 2007
City Park area,
Muenster, Texas
Sausage and rib cooking competitions, 5K/15K Fun Run Sunday at noon, folk dancing, beer garden, Volksmarch, activities for kids, clowns and storytellers, rock climbing wall, Nagelshlagen (nail driving) contest, bicycle rally Sat. at 11am, games. When the munchies hit there will be plenty of hearty homemade breads, apple strudel, sausages and other treats nearby. This is the event's 32nd year.
Get the Facts: Call 940-759-2227 or 800-942-8037

April 27-29, 2007
Vermont Maple Festival
Main Street area Downtown,
St. Albans, Vermont
Fiddler's Variety Show, pancake breakfast (at City Elementary School on Bellows St.) Sat. & Sun. 7am-noon, specialty food show & sale, Sap Run, parade on Sunday, activities for kids, maple products for sale, youth talent show, antiques, exhibits, sugarhouse tours, maple cookbooks, maple cooking demonstrations and cooking contests, staged entertainment, face painting, more than 50 arts and crafts booths, festival foods. Try the maple cotton candy if you want something sweet after your burger or other savory treat. It's the festival's 41st year.
Further Info: Call 802-524-5800

April 28, 2007
Kiesel Park,
Auburn, Alabama
One unusual event is the Lee County Human Society Mutt Strut (5K, canines welcome!) You can also enjoy a carnival, aerial demonstrations, hot air balloons, large inflatables and other fun for the kids, arts and crafts, entertainment, Auburn University Raptor Center demos, Auburn University sports personalities on hand, children's art exhibit, food vendors. Hours are 9am-5pm and there is no admission charge.
Questions? Call 334-501-2963 or 334-501-2930

April 28, 2007
Butter & Egg Days
Historic Downtown,
Petaluma, California
Arts and crafts on B Street, cow chip toss, parade at noon, activities for kids, Cutest Chick Contest, Petaluma Fire Department open house celebrating 150 years of service, Lions Club French toast breakfast 8-11am (on Western St.), Good Egg Awards.
Find Out More: Call 707-763-0344 or 707-762-9348

April 28, 2007
Sugar Festival
City Park area,
Clewiston, Florida
In its 21st year the festival brings musical entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, car show, cane grinding demonstrations, bass tournament, quilt exhibit, horseshoe tournament, art show, antique farm implements display, Fun Park for kids, Sweet Taste of Sugar Country Dessert Contest. Festival hours are 9am-7pm and there is no admission charge.
Further Information: Call 863-983-7979

April 28, 2007
Wein & Saengerfest
Historic Downtown,
New Braunfels, Texas
Grape Bake, street dance Sat. evening, art show and market, Grape Stomp, cheese-making seminars, wine tasting, food-and-wine pairing seminars, activities for kids, beverage booth, entertainment, culinary demonstrations. The fun runs from 10am-10pm. There is no admission charge, but tasting and other activities may have a fee.
Get the Facts: Call 830-221-4090

April 28-29, 2007
Great Griffin Mayfling
City Park,
Griffin, Georgia
Community and nonprofit booths, activities for kids, juried arts and crafts, food, local entertainment. Hours are 10am-6pm on Sat. and 11am-5pm on Sun. There is a small admission fee.
Details: Call 770-228-8200

April 28-29, 2007
Main Street Festival
Historic Main Street,
Franklin, Tennessee
Carnival rides and games, rock climbing wall, juried arts and crafts, 4 stages of entertainment, two areas of food vendors, Kids Street, Dancin' in the Street on Sat. night.
Info: Call 615-591-8500

April 28-29, 2007
National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee
Carnival games and rides (beginning evenings April 24), quilt exhibit, bluegrass music, celebrity cook-off, lodge foundry plant tours, 4-H cornbread cook-off, trolly tours of historic areas of town, class cars, festival foods for sale, Cornbread Eatin' Contest, Buttermilk Chuggin' Contest, Ice Cream Eatin' Contest, juried arts and crafts, activities for kids, festival merchandise, Cornbread Alley. Hours are 9am-6pm on Sat. and 9am-5pm on Sun. There is an admission fee. This is the event's 11th year of fun.
Questions? Call 423-837-0022

April 28-29, 2007
International Ramp Festival
City Park,
Elkins, West Virginia
Ramps are a lot like leeks, so think of tasty veggie dishes to get into the mood for this event. There will be a traditional ramp dinner on Friday night at the armory. The next day is full of arts and crafts, a ramp cooking contest, games and activities for kids, food vendors and entertainment. There is no admission charge, although the ramp dinner and other activities may have a separate fee. It's the festival's 17th year.
Learn More: Call 304-636-2780

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Apr. 6-8 Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Entertainment district on Main, Dallas, Texas, 214-855-1881
Apr. 7 Cambodian Parade & Celebration, MacArthur Park, Long Beach, California, 562-607-9261
Apr. 7 Billy the Kid Day (20th), Downtown, Hico, Texas, 800-361-HICO
Apr. 7 Fiesta En La Calle, Coleto Creek Park, Yorktown, Texas, 361-564-2661
Apr. 12-21 Come See Me Festival, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 800-681-7635
Apr. 12-21 Hillbilly Days Festival, Pikeville, Kentucky, 606-432-5504
Apr. 13-14 Founders Day, Abilene, Texas, 325-676-3775
Apr. 13-15 Rose Festival, Downtown, Tombstone, Arizona, 520-457-3648 or 888-457-3929
Apr. 13-15 Bluebonnet Trails Festival, Ennis, Texas, 972-878-4748
Apr. 14 Fowler Springfest, Panzak Park, Fowler, California, 559-8334-5486
Apr. 14 Orange Harvest Festival, Eaton Park, Orange Cove, California, 559-626-5179
Apr. 14 Pear Blossom Run/Festival, Downtown, Medford, Oregon, 541-734-PEAR
Apr. 14 Bluebird Festival (14th), Wills Point, Texas, 903-873-3111 or 903-560-0158
Apr. 14-15 Greek Festival (11th), St. George Greek Orthodox Church on Larrea, Palm Desert, California, 760-568-9901
Apr. 14-15 Spring Fest, 10am-5pm, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 765-494-5876
Apr. 14-15 Chocolate Festival (20th), Old Town, Washington (Maysville), Kentucky, 606-759-7423
Apr. 14-15 Austin Fine Arts Festival, Republic Square, Austin, Texas, 512-458-6073
Apr. 14-21 Cimarron Territory Celebration, various venues, Beaver, Oklahoma, 580-625-4726
Apr. 13-14 Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival, 10am-9pm,
                   Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church, Birmingham, Kentucky, 205-253-5564 or 205-251-5057
Apr. 13-15 Delray Affair, Atlantic Avenue area, Delray Beach, Florida, 561-278-0424
Apr. 19-22 Vintage Days: Treasure Island, California State University at Fresno, Fresno, California, 559-278-2741
Apr. 19-22 Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-336-2787
Apr. 20-21 Crawfish Festival, Faunsdale, Alabama, 334-628-3240
Apr. 20-21 Lilac Festival & Fine Arts Faire (5th), Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, 309-467-6123
Apr. 20-21 Teche Bear Festival, Historic Downtown, Franklin, Louisiana, 800-256-2931
Apr. 20-22 Central Valley Pizza Festival, Lemoore, California, 559-924-2421
Apr. 20-22 Founders Day Festival (20th), Mercer St. area, Dripping Springs, Texas, 512-858-4725
Apr. 20-22 RioFest, Fair Park, Harlingen, Texas, 800-746-3378
Apr. 20-22 & 27-30 Texas Crawfish Festival, Old Town Springs, Texas, 713-249-3998 or 800-653-8696
Apr. 21 Dogwood Days (31st),
                   Diamond B Mall parking lot area, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, 870-670-5433
Apr. 21 San Jacinto Day Festival 10am-6pm, One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas, 281-479-2421
Apr. 21 Norman 89er Day, Norman, Oklahoma, 405-366-8095 or 405-217-9611
Apr. 21-22 Great American Pie Festival, Lakeside Park, Celebration, Florida, 847-371-0170
Apr. 21-22 National Mayhaw Festival, Spring Creek Recreation Park, Colquitt, Georgia, 229-758-2400
Apr. 21-22 Wamego Tulip Festival (20th), City Park, Wamego, Kansas, 785-456-7849
Apr. 26-28 Rose Show & Festival (86th), Downtown & Paradise Park, Thomasville, Georgia, 229-227-3310 or 229-227-7020
Apr. 26-29 Gold Nugget Days, Paradise, California, 530-872-8722
Apr. 27 Apple Blossom Festival, Presbyterian Manor grounds, Newton, Kansas, 316-283-5400
Apr. 27-28 Riverfest, Municipal Park, Freeport, Texas, 979-233-3306 or 979-233-5051
Apr. 27-29 Festival on the Rivers, Robert Fowler Memorial Park, Geneva, Alabama, 334-684-6582
Apr. 27-29 Panoply Arts Festival (26th), Big Spring International Park, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-519-2787
apr. 27-29 Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival, Fairpark, Santa Maria, California, 805-925-8824
Apr. 27-29 Leesburg Bikefest, Downtown, Leesburg, Florida, 352-365-0053
Apr. 27-29 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, On the beach, Pompano Beach, Florida, 954-941-2940
Apr. 27-29 Italian Festival, Independence, Louisiana, 800-542-7520
Apr. 27-29 Fisherman's Festival, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 207-633-2353 or 207-633-4825
Apr. 27-29 Nantucket Daffodil Festival, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 508-228-1700
Apr. 28 Magnolia Festival, 10am-5pm, Gardendale, Alabama, 205-631-9195
Apr. 28 Creek Bank Festival, Leeds Memorial Park, Leeds, Alabama, 205-699-5001
Apr. 28 Double Decker Arts Festival (11th), 10am-10pm, Oxford, Mississippi, 800-758-9177
Apr. 28 Clarendon County Spriped Bass Festival (28th), Downown Square, Manning, South Carolina, 803-432-4405
Apr. 28-29 Daffodil Festival, Meriden, Connecticut, 203-630-4259
Apr. 28-29 Apopka Art & Foliage Festival (46th),
                   9am-5pm, Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka, Florida, 407-884-6488
Apr. 28-29 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival (17th), Marine St. along Riverwalk, Carrabelle, Florida, 850-697-2585
Apr. 28-29 Melbourne Art Festival, Downtown, Melbourne, Florida
Apr. 28-29 Spring Jonquil Festival, Village Green, Smyrna, Georgia, 770-423-6600
Apr. 28-29 East Maui Taro Festival (15th), Hana Ballpark, Hana, Hawaii, 808-264-1553
Apr. 28-29 Red Poppy Festival, Downtown Square, Georgetown, Texas, 512-930-3545
Apr. 29 Festival de la Familia (16th), Sacramento, California, 916-422-2700
Apr. 29 Springfest, 10am-5pm, Main & South Broadway, Nyack, New York, 845-353-2221
Apr. 29 St. Michael Spring Festival, Veterans Hall at 502 Park Dr., Weimar, Texas, 979-263-5251

Other April 2007 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may also be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
Apr. 1 Old Santa Rosa Polenta Feast, 11am-5pm, Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Cambria, California, 805-927-5212
Apr. 1 Majesticon, Ramada Plaza on 120 Ave., Northglenn, Colorado
Apr. 1 The Comic Book Show, 10am-4pm, Holiday Inn on Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, New Hampshire
Apr. 5-8 Norwescon, Doubletree Seattle Airport, Seattle, Washington, 206-270-7850
Apr. 6-15 International Auto Show, Javits Convention Center, New York, New York, 800-282-3336
Apr. 7 Arts in the Park, 9am-5pm, Highland Park, Meridian, Mississippi, 601-693-2787 or 601-485-1944
Apr. 13 Art Stroll, Downtown, Sisters, Oregon, 541-549-4979
Apr. 13-14 The Big One Art & Craft Fair (16th), State Fairgrounds, Minot, North Dakota, 701-838-9385 or 701-852-6964
Apr. 13-14 Pottery Show, Depot Museum, Mount Vernon, Texas, 903-537-4365
Apr. 13-15 Wildflower Show, Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, California, 831-648-5716
Apr. 13-15 San Joaquin County Home & Garden Show, Fairgrounds, Stockton, California, 209-941-1880
Apr. 13-15 History Meets the Arts, various venues, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 717-334-6274 or 800-337-5015
Apr. 13-15 Texas Motorcycle Riders Association State Rally,
                   Kendall Couty Fairgrounds, Boerne, Texas, 830-510-6252
Apr. 14 Prairie Dog Chili Cook-Off, Traders Village, Grand Prairie, Texas, 972-647-2331
Apr. 14-15 Art on the Lake, 10am-5pm, Carlisle Park Middle School on Sunset Dr., Guntersville, Alabama, 256-582-4378
Apr. 14-15 Wildflower Show, 10am-4pm, Mission College, Santa Clara, California, 650-691-9749 or 650-941-1068
Apr. 14-15 Texas Bluebonnet Festival, Downtown, Chappell Hill, Texas, 888-273-6426 or 979-836-6033
Apr. 15 Springbreakout (motorcycles), Ice Time Arena, Newburgh, New York, 607-863-4295
Apr. 15 Spring Craft Show, Simek Recreation Center, Medford, Wisconsin, 715-748-6655
Apr. 18-22 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association: Jeffers CMSA National Championship,
                   Arena, Tunica, Mississippi, 480-683-0485
Apr. 19-21 Texas Uke Fest, San Antonio, Texas, 210-826-9041
Apr. 20-21 Southern Kentucky Book Fest (9th), Salem Convention Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 270-745-5016
Apr. 20-22 Sugarloaf Art Fair, Rock Financial Showplace, Novi, Michigan, 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900
Apr. 20-22 Show Me Con & Anime St. Louis, Marriott West on Maryville Centre Dr., St. Louis, Missouri
Apr. 20-22 Antique Alley & Yard Sale (16th), 15-mile area, Cleburne, Texas, 817-641-0183
Apr. 20-22 Dallas Guitar Show (30th), Market Hall on Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas, 972-260-4201 or 972-240-2206
Apr. 20-23 Book Faire, Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, 707-545-0831
Apr. 21 Chili Cook-Off/Classic Car Show, Cambria, California, 805-927-3624
Apr. 21 Kingsburg Car Show (13th), Kingsburg, California, 559-897-1111
Apr. 21 Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-584-6383
Apr. 22 New York Autograph Show, Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, New York, New York, 888-338-4338
Apr. 26-28 Kerrville Senior Games, various venues, Kerrville, Texas, 830-896-4263
Apr. 26-29 Texas International Boat Show, Downtown Marina, Corpus Christi, Texas
Apr. 26-29 April Action Car Show, Moab, Utah, 435-259-5858
Apr. 27-29 Home & Garden Show, Convention Center, Long Beach, California
Apr. 27-29 New Living Expo (6th), Concourse Exhibition Center on 8th, San Francisco, California, 415-382-8300
Apr. 27-29 Connecticut Storytelling Festival, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, 860-439-2764
Apr. 27-29 Interstate Mullet Toss, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key, Florida, 850-492-6838
Apr. 27-29 Orvis Warehouse Sale, Merchandise Mart on Independence Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina, 800-635-7635
Apr. 27-29 Dogwood Arts & Crafts Festival (37th), Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, West Virginia, 304-696-5990
Apr. 28 Ride with Fire (4th),
                   80-mile motorcycle ride with police/fire escort begins at Celebration Park, Glen St. Mary, Florida, 904-259-8024
, Apr. 28 Texas Tales Festival, Heritage Village at City Park, Dallas, Texas, 214-421-5141
Apr. 28-29 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, UCLA Main Campus, Los Angeles, California, 213-237-7335 or 800-LATIMES
Apr. 28-29 Spring Craft Show, State Fairgrounds on US Rt. 13, Harrington, Delaware, 717-656-3208
Apr. 28-29 Arbor Daze, 9am-8pm & 2-6pm, City Hall campus, Euless, Texas, 817-685-1660
Apr. 29 Big Sur International Marathon, 6:45am, Big Sur, California, 831-625-6226
Apr. 29 Clovis Rodeo, Rodeo Grounds, Clovis, California, 559-299-8838
Apr. 29 Taste of Marietta, 111am-7pm, Marietta Square, Marietta, Georgia, 770-429-1115

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Her design styles range from simple elegance to whimsical fun. Joan does hand-painted stationery, uses spare moments at festivals to paint faces, and entertains children at private parties.
A sample of her work is illustrated online.
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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.

I have a special place in my heart for people who allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to show us their pain. But this isn't about being a victim. It's about using adversity as a stepping stone to new challenges and then helping the rest of us do the same. When he sends me welcome updates of what he's been doing I know he's going to bring me something I can bite into and use in my own daily challenges. Please take time to visit his web site and explore the man who calls himself the Crazy Viking.

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With all the talk lately about subprime home loans a lot of people are leery of getting mixed up in the wrong deal. One good starting place for some basic information about alternate housing is HUD. And don't be afraid to ask tough questions of potential lenders. Expect an answer and don't be put off by a run-around or increased pressure to sign paperwork in a hurry.

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Many of us have childhood memories of a gooey grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup. If you still love tomato soup, but you want something a little more updated, and you're on the road, here are some options. A lot of restaurants are adding tiny versions of the grilled cheese sandwich to a bowl of their tomato soup. One is Hattie's American Bistro, 418 Bishop Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Phone ahead to make sure they have some, at 214-942-7400.

Fire, 7 Elm (at State), New Haven, Connecticut, adds roasted garlic and onions to their Roasted Tomato Soup. To check for availability, call 203-787-9000.

Sketch, in Denver, Colorado, tosses linguica and seafood to their version. They're at 250 Steel St. and their phone number is 303-333-1763.

One more source I keep hearing about is 4b's Restaurant, 1105 N. 1 in Hamilton, Montana. Kids and grown-ups both seem to love the soup there. Call 406-363-4620 to be sure they'll have some for you when you get there.

More good places to get tomato soup:

Sweetpeas (804-342-7327) in Richmond, Virginia

Grub (323-461-FOOD) in Hollywood, California

Camille's Sidewalk Cafe (951-736-6816) in Corona, California

Ristorante Toscano (617-723-4090) in Boston, Massachusetts

Garden Gate Cafe (270-753-0594) in Murray, Kentucky

Zula (713-227-7052 in Houston, Texas

Marjorie (206-441-9842) in Seattle, Washington

These will probably set you back a bit more than the soup in the can would, but when you're on the road it's fun to splurge, especially when it comes to comfort food!


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