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April 1-30, 2008
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
various venues,
Mount Vernon, Washington
Arts and crafts, store open houses, Apple Blossom and Barrel Tasting events, art and craft activities for kids, pottery, basketball tournament, photography, Cow Town farm & petting zoo, salmon barbecue, basket making, naturalist tours, biking tulip tours, antiques, entertainment, choral concert, Meals on Wheels Tour de Fleur, gas engine & tractor show, woodworking demonstrations, chance to visit an alpaca ranch, viewings of dense plantings of tulips and daffodils, Anacortes Quilt Walk. It's the festival's 25th year.
Further Information: Call 360-428-5959

April 4-23, 2008
Dogwood Arts Festival
various venues,
Knoxville, Tennessee
House & garden show, large-scale sculptures on display, walking trails and gardens (and bus tours to see blossoms), arts and crafts vendors, cookbooks and other festival merchandise, parade and band competition April 11 at 7pm, photography displays, Jazz tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Diva Luncheon, Carboard Boat Regatta on April 20.
Get Details: Call 559-875-4575

April 4-6, 2008
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Lenox Square,
Atlanta, Georgia
Celebrate this 72nd year with youth art, giant inflatables and other fun at the Kid's Village, more than 200 artisans showing and selling their work, nonprofit displays, music, a rock climbing wall, face painting, Finlandia Art Bus (grown-ups only on this ride). When hunger looms enjoy gyros, onion rings, pizza, funnel cakes and more. Please leave pets safely at home.
Find Out More: Call 404-817-6642

April 5, 2008
World Catfish Festival
Belzoni, Mississippi
Colgate County Showdown, arts and crafts from 9am-5pm, rock climbing wall, Catfish on Parade (large fiberglass sculptures on display throughout town), Catfish fry (10am-5pm between the courthouse and the Methodist Church), catfish eating contest, pageant, festival foods. In 2008 the festival celebrates its 33rd year of fun.
Get The Facts: Call 800-408-4838

April 5-6, 2008
Big Hat Days
Old Town,
Clovis, California
Dig out your big-brimmed hats and enjoy the sun in Clovis with about a quarter of a million other festival-goers. There will be more than 400 arts and crafts vendors, business vendors, music, a carnival, beverage garden, merchant specials, food vendors, home and garden show. Hours are 9am-6pm. It's the event's 68th year of big-hat fun.
Questions? Call 559-299-7363

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April 9-13, 2008
North Carolina Azalea Festival
Area across from courthouse,
Wilmington, North Carolina
Plans for this 61st year include circus acts, a shag dancing contest, boxing, arts and crafts, music, home tours, art show, coin show, garden tours, activities for kids, food booths, horse show and a parade.
Further Information: Call 910-794-4650

April 10-13, 2008
French Quarter Festival
French Quarter,
New Orleans, Louisiana
First, the food. Stoke up your taste buds with mustard greens and rice, po-boy sandwiches, quesadillas, egg rolls, sweet potato pie, king cake, bread pudding with praline sauce, ice cream, tropical beverages and a zillion other goodies. Then you can wander to enjoy juried arts and crafts, courtyard garden tours, activities and entertainment for kids, New Orleans Jazz, a 5K race, Opera at Dusk and (for the grownups) information on the old red light district that is part of the French Quarter's history. It's the festival's 25th anniversary.
Additional Details: Call 504-522-6730 or 800-673-5725

April 10-13, 2008
Bloomin' Temple Festival
Temple, Texas
5K run/1-mile fun run, Bloomin' Temple Tour (bicycle), food and beverage vendors, activities for kids, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, musical entertainment on stage.
Learn More: Call 254-773-2105

April 11-12, 2008
Baxley Tree Fest
Across from Courthouse,
Baxley, Georgia
Games and rides for kids, music, food, arts and crafts, Baxley Idol Contest, street dance and more. It's the festival's 18th year.
Information: Call 912-367-7731

April 11-12, 2008
Totally Texas
Jimmy Burke Activity Center, 500 West 13th Street,
Deer Park, Texas
Petting zoo, Texas Army reenactments, carnival, door prizes, parade, Newlywed Game, music, doughnut eating contest, family bingo, trout tournament, pageant, A New Dawn Dog Show, anvil throw, skillet throw, car show, Bar-B-Q Cookoff, festival foods, Kids Go Country.
Further Details: Call 281-478-2050 or 281-476-7210

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April 11-13, 2008
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
North 6th Street area,
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Food from more than 50 vendors, parade Saturday at 9:30am, Strawberry Strut (1 mile & 10K Sunday at 8am, music, egg toss, strawberry eating contest, sack races, carnival, farmers' strawberry judging and auction, pageant. Come and have fun during this 37th year.
Learn More: Call 985-542-7520 or 800-917-7045

April 11-13, 2008
World Grits Festival
Near Hwy. 15 and Hwy 78,
St. George, South Carolina
For a 23rd year you can enjoy a corn shelling contest, Hula Hoop Contest, wheelbarrow races, Grits Dinner, business and civic booths, arts and crafts, Rolling in the Grits Contest (ages 15 & older), parade, kids' basketball toss, 5K run plus Kids Fun Run, Grits Eating Contest, corn toss contest, commercial booths, food booths.
Details: Call 843-563-7943

April 11-13, 2008
Poteet Strawberry Festival
Festival Grounds on Hwy. 16,
Poteet, Texas
Parade, bear show and exhibit, Elvis Extravaganza, raptor info/education, evening dances, petting zoo, musical entertainment, BBQ Cook Off, arts and crafts, Pirate Dress-Up Show, Freckles (festival mascot) mingling with the crowd, magic and hypnotist entertainment, rodeo events, gunfighter show, carnival. It's the festival's 61st year.
Get The Facts: Call 830-742-8144 or 800-742-8144

April 12, 2008
National Grits Festival
Emmerson Park area Downtown,
Warwick, Georgia
Now in its 11th year, the festival offers fun such as the Rolling in the Quaker Instant Grits Contest, a grits cooking contest, activities for the kids, Quaker Grits Breakfast (beginning at 7:30am), corn shelling contest, grits eating contest, festival merchandise, entertainment.
Questions? Call 229-947-0023

April 12, 2008
Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Historic Downtown,
Winnsboro, Louisiana
Celebrate 22 years of festival fun with Doug Kershaw and other musical entertainers on 3 stages. Catch the fly-in for remote control planes, enjoy a Corvette show and motorcyle show, classic cars, softball tournament, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of festival foods.
Learn More: Call 318-435-7607

April 12-13, 2008
Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Municipal Park,
Loxley, Alabama
Music, pony rides, car show, games and rides, arts and crafts. Hours are 9am-5pm for this 21st year.
Further Details: Call 251-550-2003

April 12-13, 2008
Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival
Lions Club Fairgrounds at 455 School Street,
Moulton, Alabama
For a 4th year folks in Moulton invite you to celebrate with a Chicken Poker Run, Bantam roosters on display, chicken bowling, pageant, music, arts and crafts, KFC Colonel Sanders Look-a-like contest, Egg Drop for future engineers, chicken BBQ cooking contest, educational exhibits, Chicken Clucking Contest, Karaoke for Big Chickens, wing eating contest, photo contest, boiled egg eating contest and more.
Additional Facts: Call 256-974-1658 or 800-974-1658

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April 12-13, 2008
Fisherman's Festival
Westside Park,
Bodega Bay, California
Enjoy this 35th year with a boat parade and blessing of the fleet on Sunday, the wooden boat race, music and other entertainment, parade of pets, arts and crafts, activities for children, BBQ and other foods. The fun goes from 10am-5pm.
Info: Call 707-875-3286 or 707-875-3866

April 12-13, 2008
Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove, California
In its 51st year the festival will feature more than 225 arts and crafts vendors, festival foods, 4 stages of entertainment, a parade down Pine Avenue at 10am on Saturday, Calfornia police motorcycle competition, carnival, miniature golf, walking tours, firefighters' competitions. There is no admission charge and the festival goes on rain or shine!
Learn More: Call 831-373-3304

April 19-20, 2008
Star Daze Festival
Star City, Arkansas
Arts and crafts, local entertainment on stage, carnival, food vendors, bike ride, pageant, talent show. It's the festival's 5th year.
Get The Facts: Call 870-628-6400 or 870-628-9943

April 18-19, 2008
Historic Downtown,
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Acitivies for kids, musical and other entertainment, festival merchandise, festival foods, arts & crafts, games.
Questions? Call 800-221-3536

April 18-19, 2008
Magnolia Festival
Magnolia Park on Hwy. 96,
Kirbyville, Texas
Pet show, arts and crafts, classic cars, art and photo exhibits, entertainment, parade Sat. morning, carnival April 16-19, talent show, door prizes, commercial vendors, festival foods. It's the festival's 23rd year.
Details: Call 409-423-5827

April 18-20, 2008
Cotton Gin Festival
Museum at 307 N. Main,
Burton, Texas
If you've never seen a cotton gin up-close, why not do that very thing at this festival's 19th celebration? There will also be activities for kids, antique machinery on display, auctions, bike parade for kids, grand parade at 11am on Sat., arts and crafts, music, folk life and crafts demonstrations, carnival rides and games and food concessions.
Get The Facts: Call 979-289-3378

April 18-20, 2008
Ole Tyme Days Festival
Main Street area,
Dayton, Texas
It's the festival's 16th anniversary. Plan to help celebrate with concerts and dance, tractor show, junior chili competition, pageant, arts and crafts, car show, baking contest, carnival, BBQ cooking competition and more. Admission to the festival is free.
Learn More: Call 936-402-3322 or 936-336-5736

April 19, 2008
Spinach Festival
Alma, Arkansas
This 22nd year the festival celebrates the green, leafy vegetable with a talent contest, spinach cooking contest, spinach eating contest, arts and crafts, food booths, activities for children and more. The town of Alma is home to spinach processor Allen Canning Company, which produces Popeye brand spinach.
Info: Call 479-632-4127

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April 19, 2008
Sugar Festival
City Park area,
Clewiston, Florida
Music, arts and crafts, hospital bed racing, Sweet Taste of Sugar Country Dessert Contest, bass tournament, cane grinding demonstrations, horseshoe tournament, antique farm implement display, rodeo events, rock climbing wall. There is no admission charge to the festival. Hours are 9am-7pm.
Get Details: Call 863-983-7979

April 19, 2008
Terrell Heritage Festival
Ben Gill Park,
Terrell, Texas
There is no admission charge to this event. Activities include music and other entertainment, motorcyle show and games, museum tours, carnival, classic cars and trucks, arts and crafts, food vendors, quilt show, BBQ cooking contest, livestock and cowboy events and the Heritage Trail Tour of Homes.
Find Out More: Call 972-542-5703 or 1-877-TERRELL

April 19-20, 2008
Bloomin' Festival
St. Bernard Prep School,
Culman, Alabama
the festival celebrates its 24th fundraising year with more than 140 arts and crafts booths, Southern foods, a drawing for a 2008 Ford truck (and other prizes), music and more.
Further Facts: Call 256-739-6682 or 800-722-0999

April 19-20, 2008
Cherry Blossom Festival
Barnes Park at 350 South McPherrin Avenue,
Monterey Park, California
Activities for kids, crafts, Japanese tea ceremony, games, Asian food festival, taiko drums, martial arts demos, cultural displays, Japanese music and dance, civic and business vendors, art. Hours for this 11th year are 11am-6:30pm Sat. and 11am-6pm Sun. There is no admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 625-307-2541

April 19-20, 2008
Big Shanty Festival
Main Street downtown,
Kennesaw, Georgia
In its 32nd year this festival celebrates with more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, 2 stages of entertainment, Civil War Living History, a parade on Sat. at 9:30am, festival foods for sale, activities for kids, commercial vendors and games. General festval hours are 10am-6pm on Sat. and noon-5pm on Sun. Admission to the festival is free.
Questions? Call 770-423-1330

April 19-20, 2008
Mainsail Arts Festival
Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive & 7th Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, Florida
More than 100,000 are expected to enjoy this 33rd year with jazz, country, rock and other music. More than 200 artisans show and sell their work, with some artists demonstrating their techniques. There are art activities for kids, school art on display and festival foods such as barbecued chicken, cinnamon roasted nuts, sweet potato fries, corn dogs, greens with cornbread, ice cream and baklava. Hours are 9am-6pm on Sat. and 10am-5pm on Sun.
Further Details: Call 727-892-5885 or 727-893-7734

April 19-20, 2008
Bradford County Strawberry Festival
Starke, Florida
Fresh strawberries for sale, arts and crafts, activities for kids, lots of strawberry treats, music. Hours are 9am-5pm on Sat. and noon-5pm on Sun.
Info: Call 904-964-5278

April 22-27, 2008
Festival of the Arts
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Hours are 11am-9pm Tue. through Sat. and 11am-6pm on Sun. Most events are at Festival Plaza, Stage Center or Myriad Botanical Gardens. Browse more than 140 arts and crafts booths, get your face painted, enjoy art activities for kids, 4 stages of entertainment, furniture showcase, kinetic sculptures, Pottery Place, International Food Row. There is no admission charge to the festival. You're requested to leave pets comfortably at home while you attend. As always, working assistance animals are welcomed.
More: Call 405-270-4848

Apri 23-26, 2008
Vinton Dogwood Festival
Vinton, Virginia
Musical entertainment, parade, carnival, art activities for kids (area expanded this year), 5K Dogwood Run on Sat. at 8:30am, auto show, pageant, farmer's market, food vendors, Guitar Hero Competition. It's the festival's 53rd year of fun.
Get Details: Call 540-983-0613 or 540-983-0614

April 23-27, 2008
Trout Festival
Various venues,
Kalkaska, Michigan
Senior horseshoe tournament, fish fry, carnival, trout fishing contest, classic cars, fireworks, battle of the bands, spaghetti dinner, Kalkaska Idol, activities for children, arts and crafts, parades, entertainment.
Further Information: Call 727-842-7651 or 877-4CHASCO

April 24-27, 2008
Vidalia Onion Festival
Various venues,
Vidalia, Georgia
Celebrate this 31st year with an air show, cooking demos, street dance, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk plus 5K & 10K Onion Run (all on Sat., Apr. 26), arts and crafts, carnival at Kiwanis Fairgrounds on Airport Rd., car show, Virtual Army Experience, antiques, motorcycle rally, Onion Eating Contest, merchant specials, farm tours, train rides, outdoor movies and more.
Learn More: Call 912-536-8687

April 25-27, 2008
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Downtown (Weber Point area),
Stockton, California
Staged and strolling entertainment, hole-in-one golf contest, arts and crafts, Delta River Cruise (separate fee), deep-fried asparagus eating competition, pole vaulting, Spear-It of the Valley (wine and microbrews), food and merchandise vendors, Rockin' Ray and the Amazing Skyy Dogs, festival merchandise, asparagus recipe contest, home and garden expo, farmer's market, Great Spear-It Run (1-mile, 5K, 5-mile) with both serious and costumed competitiors. You can park at San Joaquin Delta College and catch the Asparabus to the fun at this 23rd celebration. There is an admission charge for those over age 10.
Get The Facts: Call 209-644-3740

April 25-27, 2008
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Various venues,
Vermontville, Michigan
Pancake and sausage dinners, egg toss and other games, arm wrestling competition, pancake breakfasts (with maple syrup), flea market, roast beef dinners, chicken BBQ, pageant, children's parade, musuem displays, classic cars, talent show, arts and crafts, petting zoo, entertainment, pedal tractor pull.
Find Out Details: Call 517-725-0394 or 517-726-0670

April 25-27, 2008
Crab & Seafood Festival
County Fairgrounds on Highway 202,
Astoria, Oregon
Arts and crafts, seafood dinners, activities for kids, music and more. Festival hours are 4-9pm on Fri., 10am-8pm on Sat. and 11am-4pm on Sun. There is an admission charge for those age 12 and older.
Further Information: Call 503-325-6311 or 800-875-6807

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April 25-27, 2008
City Park area,
Muenster, Texas
Now in its 33rd year, the festival offers fun such as 2 stages of musical entertainment, folk dancing, sausage and rib cooking competitions (plus brisket cooking competitions), Nagelshlagen (nail driving) contest, arts and crafts, Metric Century Bicycle Rally Sat. (11am), activities for kids, clowns and storytellers, carnival rides, rock climbing wall, mimes and magicians. Homemade breads, apple strudel, sausages, cheese and pies will lure you to taste. Please, no pets at the festival. There is an admission charge for those age 9 and older. If you come in full, traditional German costume I'm told that you get in free.
Get The Facts: Call 940-759-2227 or 800-942-8037

April 25-27, 2008
Vermont Maple Festival
Main Street area Downtown,
St. Albans, Vermont
Pancake breakfast at City Elementary School on Bellows St. Sat. & Sun. 7am-noon (with free Cabot cheese samples), carnival games and rides, Maple Dinner/Dance, maple cookbooks, maple cooking demonstrations and cooking contests, Fiddler's Variety Show, activities for kids, Sap Run (8.5 miles), youth talent show, antiques, exhibits, sugarhouse tours, staged entertainment, more than 50 arts and crafts booths, parade on Sat. at 1pm. Try a maple-cream frosted doughnut after some savory festival foods. It's the event's 32nd anniversary.
Questions? Call 802-524-5800

April 25-27, 2008
International Ramp Festival
City Park,
Elkins, West Virginia
Rotary chicken barbecue, traditional ramp dinner on Friday night at the Armory, arts and crafts, ramp cooking competition, activities for kids. It's the festival's 18th year.
Learn Details: Call 304-636-2780

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April 26, 2008
City Fest
Kiesel Park,
Auburn, Alabama
Non-profit booths, arts and crafts, Lee County Human Society Mutt Strut 5K (canines welcome), fine art show, Bama Air Dogs, lumberjack show, Auburn University Raptor Center demos, entertainment, children's art exhibit, Children's Imagination Station, SCA medieval demonstrations, Operation Boot Camp workouts, chance to try trout fishing, food vendors. Hours are 9am-5pm and there is no admission charge. Leashed dogs may be brought into the festival area.
Further Information: Call 334-501-2963 or 334-501-2930

April 26, 2008
Butter & Egg Days
Historic Downtown,
Petaluma, Clifornia
Block-long food court, arts and crafts on B Street, parade at noon, inflatables and other activities for children, non-profit booths. Hours of fun are 10am-5pm.
Find Out Details: Call 707-763-0344 or 707-762-9348

April 26, 2008
Dewberry Festial
Wilson Ledbetter Park,
Cameron, Texas
Now celebrating a 12th year, the festival brings activities such as a BBQ cooking contest, chili cooking contest, youth fishing tournament, arts and crafts, carnival, entertainment, dewberry cobbler and ice cream, a cake contest, food vendors and more. (The BBQ and chili cookers begin their work Friday, April 25.)
Get The Facts: Call 254-697-4979

April 26, 2008
Derrick Days
Corsicana, Texas
Chili cooking contest, raffle, door prizes, pancake breakfast 7-9am, parade at 9am, arts and crafts, 3-on-3 basketball, pet adoptions, Shakers & Scrapers Car Show, activities for kids, carnival, music, film on oil history, horseshoe tournament, washer pitching tournament.
Further Information: Call 903-654-4851

April 26, 2008
Onion Festival
Princeton High School,
Princeton, Texas
Pageant, onion cooking contest, arts and crafts, tennis round-robin tournament, entertainment, activity booths, food vendors, 5K run, classic cars, festival merchandise.
Questions? Call 972-548-2048

April 26-27, 2008
Great Griffin Mayfling
City Park,
Griffin, Georgia
Activities for kids, Fire House, juried arts and crafts, community and non-profit booths, local entertainment, food. There is a small admission fee and hours are 10am-6pm Sat., 11am-5pm Sun.
Learn More: Call 770-228-8200

April 26-27, 2008
Main Street Festival
Historic Main Street,
Fraklin, Tennessee
More than 200 juried arts and crafts vendors, 2 areas of food vendors, Kids Street, 4 stages of music and other entertainment, carnival games and rides.
Find Out Details: Call 615-591-8500

April 26-27, 2008
National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee
Most of the festival events are in the Cedar Avenue area Downtown. Enjoy a 5K road race and 1-mile fun run, bluegrass music, activities for kids, juried arts and crafts, National Cornbread Cook-Off, Jam Tent for musicians, festival merchandise, festival foods for sale and more. Hours are 9am-6pm on Sat. and 9am-5pm on Sun. There is an admission fee. Come and enjoy this 12th year of fun, but do leave pets safely at home.
Further Information: Call 423-837-0022

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Apr. 3-6 Next Generation Festival (jazz), Conference Center, Monterey, California, 831-373-3366
Apr. 4-5 Dogwood Days, McCurtain County Fairgrounds, Idabel, Oklahoma, 580-286-3305
Apr. 4-6 Hawaiian Scottish Festival, Waikiki, Hawaii, 808-626-3559
Apr. 4-6 Cypress Sawmill Festival, Kemper Williams Park/Campground, Patterson, Louisiana, 985-395-4905 or 800-256-2931
Apr. 4-6 Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Entertainment District on Main, Dallas, Texas, 214-855-1881
Apr. 5 Orange Harvest Festival (6th), 9am-4pm, Eaton Park, Orange Cove, California, 559-626-5179
Apr. 5 Billy the Kid Day (20th), Downtown on Pecan Street, Hico, Texas, 800-361-4426
Apr. 5 Texas Rio Grande Onion Fest, City Park on N. Airport Dr., Weslaco, Texas, 956-968-2102
Apr. 5 Fiesta En La Calle, Yorktown, Texas, 361-564-2661
Apr. 11-12 Dogwood Days (32nd), Diamond B Mall parking lot area, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, 870-670-5433 or 870-373-3303
Apr. 11-12 Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival,
                   10am-9pm, Saint Elias Maronite Catholic Church, Birmingham, Kentucky, 205-253-5564 or 205-251-5057
Apr. 12 Pear Blossom Festival, Downtown, Medford, Oregon, 541-734-PEAR
Apr. 12-13 Rose Festival, Downtown, Tombstone, Arizona, 520-457-3648 or 888-457-3929
Apr. 12-13 Spring Fest, 10-4, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 765-494-5876
Apr. 12-13 Austin Fine Arts Festival, Republic Square Park, Austin, Texas, 512-458-6073
Apr. 12-20 Cimarron Territory Celebratio, Various venues, Beaver, Oklahoma, 580-625-4726
Apr. 17-19 Hillbilly Days Festival, Pikeville, Kentucky, 606-432-5504
Apr. 17-20 Vintage Days (34th), Treasure Island, California State University of Fresno, Fresno, California, 559-278-2741
Apr. 17-20 Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival (23rd), Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-336-2787
Apr. 17-20 Windfest 2008 (35th), Community Center, Portland, Texas, 361-643-2475 or 877-643-6475
Apr. 17-26 Come See Me Festival, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 800-681-7635
Apr. 18-19 Crawfish Festival, Faunsdale, Alabama, 334-628-3240
Apr. 18-19 Teche Bear Festival (5th), Historic Downtown, Franklin, Louisiana, 800-256-2931
Apr. 18-19 Green Frog Festival, Downtown, Wilburton, Oklahoma, 918-465-2254
Apr. 18-20 Central Valley Pizza Festival, Lemoore, California, 559-924-2421
Apr. 18-20 Founders Day Festival (21st), Mercer Street area, Dripping Springs, Texas, 512-858-4725
Apr. 18-20 Bluebonnet Trails Festival, Ennis, Texas, 972-878-4748
Apr. 18-20 RioFest, Fair Park, Harlingen, Texas, 800-746-3378
Apr. 18-20 & 25-27 Texas Crawfish Festival (22nd),
                   Old Town Springs, Texas, 713-249-3998 or 800-853-8696
Apr. 18-20 Texas Sandfest (12th), Beach Markers 9 & 10, Port Aransas, Texas, 800-452-6278
Apr. 19 Strawberry Festival 9-5, Downtown, Castleberry, Alabama, 251-966-2422
Apr. 19 Magnolia Festival (7th), 10-5, Gardendale, Alabama, 205-631-9195
Apr. 19 Picnic Day, UC Davis campus, Davis, California, 530-752-6320
Apr. 19 Norman 89er Day, Norman, Oklahoma, 405-366-8095 or 405-217-9611
Apr. 19, 26-27 & May 2-3 Chisholm Trail Stampede, Heritage Center, Duncan, Oklahoma, 800-782-7167
Apr. 19-20 Great American Pie Festival, 11-7 & noon-5, Lakeside Park, Celebration, Florida, 847-371-0170
Apr. 19-20 National Mayhaw Festival, Spring Creek Recreational Park, Colquitt, Georgia, 229-758-2400
Apr. 19-20 Wamego Tulip Festival (21st), City Park, Wamego, Kansas, 785-456-7649
Apr. 19-20 Chocolate Festival (21st), Old Town, Washington, (Maysville), Kentucky, 606-759-7423 or 606-759-7411
Apr. 20 Spring Bada-Bing, 11-4, Plant Zero on E. 4th St., Richmond, Tennessee, 804-304-4312
Apr. 21 Thunder Road Festival, Rockwood, Tennessee, 865-250-6717
Apr. 21-27 World's Biggest Fish Fry, Henry County Fairgrounds, Paris, Tennessee, 731-644-1143 or 731-642-3431
Apr. 24-26 Rose Show & Festival (87th), Downtown & Paradise Park, Thomasville, Georgia, 229-227-3310 or 229-227-7020
Apr. 24-27 Gold Nugget Days, Paradise, California, 530-872-8722
Apr. 25 Apple Blossom Festival, Presbyterian Manor grounds, Newton, Kansas, 316-283-5400
Apr. 25-26 Red Fern Festival, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, 918-456-3742
Apr. 25-26 Riverfest, Municipal Park, Freeport, Texas, 979-233-3306 or 979-233-5051
Apr. 25-27 Festival on the Rivers, Robert Fowler Memorial Park, Geneva, Alabama, 334-684-6582
Apr. 25-27 Panoply Arts Festival (27th), Big Spring International Park, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-519-2767
Apr. 25-27 Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival, Fairpark, Santa Maria, California, 805-925-8824
Apr. 25-27 Leesburg Bikefest, Downtown, Leesburg, Florida, 352-365-0053
Apr. 25-27 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, On the beach, Pompano Beach, Florida, 954-941-2940
Apr. 25-27 Italian Festival (24th), Atlantic Blvd., Independence, Lousiana, 800-542-7520
Apr. 25-27 Fisherman's Festival, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 207-633-2353 or 207-633-4825
Apr. 25-27 Nantucket Daffodil Festival, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 508-228-1700
Apr. 26 Iron Horse Festival, Railroad Blvd., McComb, Mississippi, 601-249-2927 or 601-248-9664
Apr. 26 Double Decker Arts Festival, Oxford, Mississippi, 662-232-2367 or 800-756-9177
Apr. 26 Spring Fling, Wynnewood, Oklahoma, 405-665-4466
Apr. 26 Eeyore's Birthday Party (45th), 11am-dusk, Pease Park, Austin, Texas, 512-448-5160
Apr. 26 San Jacinto Day Festival, 10-6, One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas, 281-479-2421
Apr. 26 Bluebird Festival (15th), Wills Point, Texas, 903-873-3111 or 903-560-0158
Apr. 26-27 Daffodil Festival (30th), Meriden, Connecticut, 203-630-4259
Apr. 26-27 Apopka Art & Foliage Festival (47th),
                   9am-5pm, Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka, Florida, 407-884-6488
Apr. 26-27 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival (18th),
                   10-6 & 10-4, Marine Street along Riverwalk, Carrabelle, Florida, 850-697-2585
Apr. 26-27 Melbourne Art Festival, Downtown, Melbourne, Florida, info@melbournearts.org
Apr. 26-27 Spring Jonquil Festival, 10-6 & noon-5, Village Green, Smyrna, Georgia, 770-423-6600
Apr. 26-27 East Maui Taro Festival (16th), Hana Ballpark, Hana, Hawaii, 808-264-1553
Apr. 26-27 Red Poppy Festival, Downtown Square, Georgetown, Texas, 512-930-3545
Apr. 26-27 Dirty Dan Days, Village Green & other venues, Fairhaven, Washington
Apr. 27 Festival de la Familia (17th), 10-6, Sacramento, California, 916-422-2700
Apr. 27 Springfest, 10-5, Main & South Broadway, Nyack, New York, 845-353-2221
Apr. 27 St. Michael Spring Festival, Veterans Hall at 502 Park Dr., Weimar, Texas, 979-263-5251
Apr. 27-29 Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival (29th), Downtown Square, Manning, South Carolina, 803-432-4405

Other April 2008 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 St. Stupid's Day Parade, noon, Clay/Montgomery down Columbus, San Francisco, California
Apr. 4-5 The Big One Art & Craft Sale (17th), State Fair Center, Minot, North Dakota, 701-836-9385 or 701-857-7620
Apr. 4-6 Orvis Warehouse Sale, Dulles Expo & Conference Center, Chantilly, Virginia, 800-635-7635
Apr. 5 Arts in the Park (37th), 9-5, Highland Park, Meridian, Mississippi, 601-693-2787 601-485-1944
Apr. 5-6 Spring Craft Show, State Fairgrounds on US Rt. 13, Harrington, Delaware, 717-656-3208
Apr. 5-6 Home & Garden Show, County Expo Center, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 405-372-2540
Apr. 6 The Comic Book Show 10-4, Holiday Inn on Northeast Blvd., Nashua, New Hampshire, info@thecomicstore.com
Apr. 6 New York Autograph Show, 9-5, Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, New York, New York, 888-338-4338
Apr. 6 Spring Craft Show, 9-3:30, Simek Recreation Center, Medford, Wisconsin, 715-748-6655
Apr. 11 Art Stroll, Downtown, Sisters, Oregon, 541-549-4979
Apr. 11-12 San Joaquin County Home & Garden Show, County Fairgrounds, Stockton, California, 209-941-1880
Apr. 12 Thunder Over Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-584-6383
Apr. 12 Prairie Dog Chili Cook-Off (33rd), Traders Village, Grand Prairie, Texas, 972-647-2331
Apr. 12-13 Texas Bluebonnet Festival, Downtown, Chappel Hill, Texas, 979-836-6033 or 888-273-5426
Apr. 13 Majesticon (comics), 10-3, Ramada Plaza Convention Center on 120th Ave., Northglenn, Colorado, danacain@att.net
Apr. 13 Pancake Breakfast, 7-11:30am, Fire Headquarters on Saybook Rd., Essex, Connecticut
Apr. 13 Spring Breakout (motorcycles)(5th), Ice Time Arena, Newburgh, New York, 607-863-4295
Apr. 13-15 Bloom 'n' Garden Expo (4th), County Agricultural Expo Park, Franklin, Tennessee, 615-790-5721
Apr. 16-20 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Jeffers CMSA National Championship,
                   Arena, Tunica, Mississippi, 480-683-0485
Apr. 17-19 Texas Uke Fest (7th), San Antonio, Texas, 210-826-9041
Apr. 17-21 Pittsburgh International Auto Show, Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 866-575-3040
Apr. 18-20 Wildflower Show Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, California, 831-648-5716
Apr. 18-20 Best of the Valley Quilt Show,
                   Heritage Complex at International Agricultural Center, Tulare, California, 559-686-9152
Apr. 18-20 Sugarloaf Art Fair, 10-6 & 10-5, Rock Financial Showplace, Novi, Michigan, 301-990-1400 or 800-210-9900
Apr. 18-20 History Meets the Arts, Various venues, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 717-337-3491 or 800-237-5015
Apr. 18-20 Antique Alley & Yard Sale (17th),
                   15-mile area, Cleburne (and Grandview and Maypearl), Texas, 817-641-0183
Apr. 18-20 Dallas Guitar Show (31st), Market Hall on Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas, 972-260-4201 or 972-240-2206
Apr. 18-21 Book Faire, County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, 707-545-0831
Apr. 19 Kingsburg Car Show, Kingsburg, California, 559-897-1111
Apr. 19 Southern Kentucky Book Fest (10th), Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 270-745-5016
Apr. 19 Weiner Dog Races, Sulphur, Oklahoma, 580-622-4217
Apr. 19-20 Art on the Lake (47th),
                   10-5, Rec Center at 1503 Sunset Drive, Guntersville, Alabama, 256-582-4378 or Email peloise@aol.com
Apr. 24-27 Clovis Rodeo (94th), Rodeo Grounds, Clovis, California, 559-299-8838
Apr. 24-27 Texas International Boat Show, Downtown Marina, Corpus Christi, Texas, 561-842-8808
Apr. 25-27 New Living Expo (7th), Concourse Exhibition Center on 8th, San Francisco, California, 415-382-8300
Apr. 25-27 Connecticut Storytelling Festival (27th), Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, 860-439-2764
Apr. 25-27 Interstate Mullet Toss, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Key, Florida, 850-492-6838
Apr. 25-27 Devil's Triamgle Bike Rally, 5935 New River Hwy., Briceville, Tennessee, 423-324-9653
Apr. 25-27 April Action Car Show, Moab, Utah, 435-259-5858
Apr. 25-27 Dogwood Arts & Crafts Festival (35th), Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, West Virginia, 304-696-5990
Apr. 26 Ducky Derby & Carnival (18th), Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz, California, 831-479-4070
Apr. 26 Ride with Fire (4th),
                   80-mile motorcycle ride with police/fire escort, meets at BCVFD Station No. 50, Glen St. Mary, Florida, 904-259-0231
Apr. 26-27 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, UCLA Main Campus, Los Angeles, California, 213-237-7335 or 800-LATIMES
Apr. 26-27 Wildflower Show, 10-4, Mission College, Santa Clara, California, 650-691-9749 or 650-941-1068
Apr. 26-27 Arbor Daze, 9am-8pm & 2-6pm, City Hall Campus on Ector Drive, Euless, Texas, 817-685-1660
Apr. 27 Big Sur International Marathon, 6:45am, Big Sur, California, 831-625-6226
Apr. 27 Taste of Marietta, 11-7, Marietta Square, Marietta, Georgia, 770-429-1115
Apr. 27 Ride for the Big House, Hammonton, New Jersey, 609-886-1422

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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.
We wondered if he would ever come to sing for us again.

Michael Parks is singing, and he recorded 17 songs for us to enjoy, including:

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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.


A Little Browsing...
If you travel through Houston and you think the best place to get fries is a fast-food joint, think again and give Belgian fries a chance at Cafe Montrose, 1609 Westheimer. To be sure they're open, call 713-523-1201.
Want something besides that egg-on-a-muffin kind of breakfast? Take time to stop in at Lucky's Cafe, 777 Starkweather Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Munch on a sweet-corn waffle or homemade granola. Phone 216-622-7773 to be sure they're serving.
Metloaf lovers making your way through Massachusetts, stop by the All Star Sandwich Bar, 1245 Cambridge Street in Cambridge. (In the evening you can also get pasta and burgers.) Their phone number is 617-868-3065.
If you're in the vicinity of Gardena, California I'm told you owe it to yourself to stop in at the Japanese bakery called MammMoth, 620 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. There seems to be something there called Honey Toast that has people talking. They have both sweet and savory items. Their phone number is 310-538-5594. (They don't currently take credit cards, so bring cash or use the nearby ATM.)

An article from Video University will help you make your home videos look more like film.

Seen any really interesting mosaics lately?
Strange things can be seen when you apply a mirror to some of the works of Leonardo da Vinci.


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