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April 1-3, 2011
Strawberry Festival
Festival Grounds on Highway 16 at Amphion Road,
Poteet, Texas
Celebrate the festival's 64th year with rodeo events, commercial exhibits, activities for kids, strawberry grower judging and auction, Taste of Texas Food Show (Sunday), carnival, music and other entertainment. Please let pets relax at home while you enjoy the festival. (Service animals are welcomed, of course.)
Learn More: Call 830-742-8144

April 1-30, 2011
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Various venues,
Mount Vernon, Washington
Let's first mention the Chili, Chowdah and Chocolate Cookoff, which is a benefit for Skagit High School students. You can also get in on a huge garage sale (April 9-10), tours of historic homes, Tulip Pedal (60, 40, 20-mile routes), scrapbooking swap meet, gala dinner, Art in a Pickle Barn, Garden Art Fair, choir and bell concert, street fair downtown, merchant open houses, dense plantings of tulips and other flowers, sculpture tour with maps, US Bank Parade April 9 at 2pm, nursery trees and roses for sale, alpaca farm open house, Tulip Run with 2-mile and 5-mile courses on April 9, tulip bike tours, Lacrosse Jamboree, Prodigious Potato Silent Auction, PACCAR Open House, boat tours, art and other activities for kids, wine festival, Anacortes Quilt Walk, woodworking show. Bring a chair to the parade if you like. More events are planned throughout the month with many being free to attend.
Details: Call 360-428-5959

April 2, 2011
World Catfish Festival
Belzoni, Mississippi
For a 36th year you can enjoy carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, festival foods, a 5K run/walk plus a 1-mile fun run for kids, catfish eating contest, entertainment (including a Jack in the Beanstalk play presented at both 11am and 1pm.
Questions? Call 800-408-4838

April 2-3, 2011
Big Hat Days
Old Town,
Clovis, California
Carnival, merchant specials, more than 400 arts and crafts booths, commercial vendors, beer garden, food vendors, pony rides for the kids, not-for-profit booths. You're encouraged to put on your biggest-brimmed hat for some fun under the intense sunlight of the Central Valley. Hours for this 71st year are 9am-6pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday. Please leave pets at home while you enjoy the activities.
Get The Facts: Call 559-299-7363

April 6-10, 2011
North Carolina Azalea Festival
Across from Courthouse,
Wilmington, North Carolina
It's the festival's 64th season. Enjoy a tennis tournament, tours of historic homes, coin show, juried art show and sale, visitng ships, parade on Saturday morning, pageant, garden tours, 5K/10K run/walk (the weekend before the main festival), fireworks, circus acts, Azalea Cake Challenge, concerts, food vendors.
Get the Facts: Call 910-794-4650

April 7-10, 2011
French Quarter Festival
French Quarter neighborhood,
New Orleans, Louisiana
For a 28th year a huge Jazz Brunch brings people in to enjoy food and great music. Acts scheduled for 2011 at this writing include Lynn Drury Band, Brother Tyrone, Panorama Jazz Band, Zazou City, Jonno and Bayou Deville, Flow Tribe, Revealers, Storyville Stompers. Fill up on Cajun specialties, strawberry crepes, strawberry shortcake, smoked turkey legs, ice cream, pralines, mustard greens and rice (vegetarian), macaroni and cheese, Nutella crepes, doughnuts, egg rolls, fish tacos, Po Boy sandwiches, vegetarian beans and rice, BBQ specialties, and sweet potato pie. Plans also include a juried art show, dance lessons, tours of historic homes, face painting and other activities for kids plus the St. Louis Cathedral Spring Concert with choir and orchestra.
Questions? Call 504-522-6730 or 800-673-5725

April 8-9, 2011
Baxley Tree Fest
Across from Courthouse,
Baxley, Georgia
Pageant, entertainment, children's games and rides, car show, Cake Bake, street dance Friday night, Pet Parade, arts and crafts, antique tractors on display, Tree-tography Contest. It's the festival's 21st season.
Further Information: Call 912-367-7731

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April 8-9, 2011
Totally Texas Music Festival
Jimmy Burke Activity Center at 500 West 13th Street,
Deer Park, Texas
A walk to beneift cystic fibrosis, festival foods, parade on Saturday at 10am, music, face painting, commercial vendors and (new this year) a baking contest.
Learn More: Call 281-478-2050

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April 8-10, 2011
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
North 6th Street area,
Ponchatoula, Louisiana
Celebrate 40 seasons with a strawberry eating contest, strawberry grower judging and auction, parade on Saturday at 9:30am, Strawberry Idol competition, strawberry baking contest, food booths, activities for kids, carnival, Strawberry Strut (1-mile and 10K).
Get the Facts: Call 985-370-1889 or 800-917-7045

April 8-10, 2011
World Grits Festival
Near Hwy. 115 and Hwy. 78,
St. George, South Carolina
5K run and kid's fun run, Rolling in the Grits Contest (various age divisions), parade at 11am on Saturday, grits eating contest, wheelbarrow races, arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, corn toss, basketball contest, business and civic booths, music, clothesline art, festival foods, Hula Hoop Contest, grits grinding demonstration, grits breakfast. 2011 marks the festival's 28th anniversary.
Find Out More: Call 843-563-7943

April 9, 2011
National Grits Festival
Warwick, Georgia
Plans for this 14th year include a Roll in the Quaker Instant Grits Contest, festival parade at noon, arts and crafts, antique tractor and car show, corn shelling contest, Grits Breakfast 7:30-9:30am, Quaker Grits Eating Contest, festival merchandise, entertainment. There is no admission charge.
Details: Call 229-947-0023

April 9, 2011
Franklin Parish Catfish Festival
Historic Downtown,
Winnsboro, Louisiana
Plans for this 25th season include a cooking contest, flower show, antique car show, festival foods (including catfish and tradtional funnel cakes), festival merchandise, commercial vendors, video games, activities for kids, educational booths, musical entertainment.
Learn More: Call 318-435-7607

April 9-10, 2011
Bloomin' Festival
St. Bernard Prep School,
Culman, Alabama
Southern specialty foods, drawings for prizes, more than 140 arts and crafts booths, 5K cross-country race Saturday at 8am. Musical entertainment is scheduled to come from Jessi Wood, Tim Fernandez, Jerrica Ford, Saints Intermediate Band and others. Please, no pets.
Additional Information: Call 256-739-6682 or 800-723-0999

April 9-10, 2011
Baldwin County Strawberry Festival
Municipal Park,
Loxley, Alabama
For a 24th year festival-goers can celebrate with arts and crafts, an antique tractor show, strawberry shortcake, fresh strawberries, classic cars, music from Alabama Blues Brothers and more.
Get the Facts: Call 251-550-2003

April 9-10, 2011
Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival
Lions Club Fairgrounds at 455 School Street,
Moulton, Alabama
Celebrate 7 years with arts and crafts, commercial vendors, wing eating contests, geocache opportunities, antique tractors on display, rooster art, an egg toss contest, Egg Drop for future engineers, activities for kids, Egg Roulette (in which contestants get 6 eggs, 5 of which are hard-cooked and one raw. The eggs are smashed on the forehead until the raw egg comes along. We should mention that the contestants are politicians and the proceeds go to charity.) There will also be a Chicken Motorcyle Run, NASCAR exhibit, festival foods, a chicken clucking contest, Music from Shake Down Kings, Confederate Railroad, DB Rielly and others will have you keeping time.
Get the Facts: Call 256-905-0700 or 800-974-1658

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April 9-10, 2011
Good Old Days Celebration
Pacific Grove, California
Basketball tournament, walking tours, food vendors, games and contests, parade down Pine Avenue on Saturday at 10am, arts and crafts, Kiwanis pancake breakfast at Jewell Park on Saturday from 7:30-11am, California Police Motorcycle Competition, classic cars on Saturday, carnival rides, pony rides for the kids, firefighters muster, Puppy Love Dog Show, vintage fashion, 5 stages of entertainment. General hours are 9am-5pm and there is no admission charge. It's the 54th year for this event.
Questions? Call 831-373-3304

April 9-10, 2011
Great American Pie Festival
Lakeside Park,
Celebration, Florida
Try out the Never-Ending Pie Buffet (Ten dollars for adults, five dollars for seniors). Then you'll have fuel for enjoying musical entertainment, pie baking contests, cooking demos, craft and other vendors, plus art activities and games for the children. If you're not too full after the buffet you might enter the pie eating contest.
Additional Info: Call 847-371-0170

April 15-16, 2011
Magnolia Festival
Civic Center,
Gardendale, Alabama
For a 10th year people gather in Gardendale to enjoy classic cars, a bicycle stunt show, arts and crafts, Pooch Parade, fireworks (Friday night), art activities for kids, food, a cookie eating contest, 3 stages of entertainment. General hours are 5-9pm on Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturday.
Get the Facts: Call 205-631-8789

April 15-16, 2011
StarDaze Festival
Star City, Alabama
It's the event's 8th anniversary. Plans include festival foods, entertainment, carnival rides and games, motorcycle point run, car show, arts and crafts.
Learn More: Call 870-626-6400 or 870-370-1903

April 15-16, 2011
Historic Downtown,
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Street performers, classic cars, festival merchandise, games, arts and crafts, festival foods, activities for kids, music from the likes of Anthony Walls, Dr. Dee, Asphalt Cowboy, The Chill, William Michael Morgan. (Always check with the locals before traveling in hopes of seeing particular musicians.)
Questions? Call 808-221-3536

April 15-17, 2011
Stockton Asparagus Festival
Downtown (Weber Point area),
Stockton, California
The event marks its 26th anniversary this year. Enjoy Tyson the skateboarding bulldog, Skyydogs, festival cookbooks for sale, Spear-It Run on April 16 (1-mile, 5K, 5-mile) with both serious competitors and costumed-for-fun folks who show up, Sea Lion Encounter, asparagus recipe contest, deep-fried asparagus and other festival foods in Asparagus Alley, entertainment for kids, Canned Creation, food and merchandise vendors, deep-fried asparagus eating competition, hole-in-one golf contest, arts and crafts, plus music from Caravanserai, Pride and Joy, Smash Mouth, Department of Rock and others. General festival hours are 10am-7pm.
Get The Facts: Call 209-644-3740

April 15-17, 2011
Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Piedmont Park,
Atlanta, Georgia
Celebrate 75 years with Disk Dog Exhibitions, festival foods, International Village and Stage, High School art exhibit, activities for kids, festival merchandise, not-for-profit displays. Those scheduled to perform on stage at this writing include Emily Lynch, Stokewood, School of Rock, Future Shock, Musical Madness, Arena Sound, Turkish Dance Troupe, local choirs and orchestras, Frets on Fire. General hours for the festival are noon-9pm on Friday, 10am-9pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Further Information: Call 404-817-6642

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Bloomin' Temple Festival
Temple, Texas
Arts and crafts, Bloomin' Temple Tour (bicycle), activities for kids, carnival games and rides, commercial vendors, car show, 5K fun run, festival foods, music from Charlie Daniels Band and others.
Get Details: Call 254-773-2105

April 15-17, 2011
Vermont Maple Festival
Main Street area Downtown,
St. Albans, Vermont
The festival celebrates 45 years of fun. Plans include a Fiddlers Variety Show, maple cooking demonstrations and cooking contests, Maple Buffet Dinner, pancake breakfast at City Elementary School (on Bellows St.) Saturday and Sunday from 7am-noon with samples of Cabot cheese and also ice cream (with admission being eight dollars for adults), face painting, pony rides and other activities for the kids, staged entertainment, sugarhouse tours, youth talent show, museum displays, arts and crafts booths, carnival, antiques, Sap Run (8.5 miles).
Information: Call 802-524-5800

April 16, 2011
Spinach Festival
Alma, Arkansas
It's the festival's 25th anniversary. Get ready for arts and crafts, entertainment, spinach grower competitions, spinach eating contests, quilts on display, festival foods, activities for kids, golf tournament, Spinach Drop. There are often Friday evening events, so think about arriving a day or two early. Check out the town water tower. It's painted to look like a spinach can. Alma is home to Allen Canning Company, producer of Popeye brand spinach.
Get The Facts: Call 479-632-4127

April 16, 2011
Cotton Gin Festival
Museum at 307 North Main Street,
Burton, Texas
Tours of the Wehring Shoe Shop, pie eating contest, grand parade at 11am, historic baling of cotton, tractor pull, bubble gum blowing contest, folk life demonstrations, antique machinery on display, crafts, prizes, petting zoo, silent auction, festival foods (including root beer floats, baked potatoes, fried fish, funnel cakes). 2011 marks the 22nd season of the festival.
More: Call 979-289-3378

April 16-17, 2011
Cherry Blossom Festival
Barnes Park at 350 South McPherrin Avenue,
Monterey Park, California
Asian food festival, Japanese music and dance, commercial vendors, taiko drums, civic and business vendors, Japanese tea ceremony, activities for children, staged entertainment from Chikara Daiko, MKHS Aztec Singers, Grateful Crane, Kuntau Martial Arts, Local Mojo and others. 2011 marks the 14th year for this event.
Questions? Call 478-751-7429

April 16-17, 2011
Butter & Egg Days
Historic Downtown,
Petaluma, California
It's the festival's 30th year and most of the activities are between the hours of 10am and 5pm. Enjoy the Cutest Little Chick Contest (costume contest for small children with preregistration required by April 13), non-profit booths, inflatables and other activities for kids, cow chip toss, entertainment, food court, Kid's Parade on Saturday at 11:30am with the Festival Parade following at noon, antique faire on Sunday.
Further Details: Call 405-270-4848

April 16-17, 2011
Mainsail Arts Festival
Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive and 7th Avenue NE,
St. Petersburg, Florida
More than 200 artisans showing and selling their work, festival foods ranging from seafood to collard greens to spinach pie to sweet potato fries. Enjoy calyoso, reggae and other music genres. General hours are 9am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Mainsail Arts celebrates 36 seasons in 2011.
Get the Facts: Call 727-892-5885 or 727-893-7734

April 16-17, 2011
Bradford County Strawberry Festival
Starke, Florida
Arts and crafts, festival foods, activities for children, berry products and berry treats, classic cars, entertainment. Help celebrate this 13th year of fun.
Learn More: Call 904-964-5278

April 16-17, 2011
Big Shanty Festival
Main Street Downtown,
Kennesaw, Georgia
2 stages of musical entertainment, parade on Saturday at 9:30am, festival foods, commercial vendors, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, activities for kids. This event is now in its 35th year.
Find Out Details: Call 770-423-1330

April 16-17, 2011
Red Poppy Festival
Downtown Square,
Georgetown, Texas
It's the event's 12th celebration. Plans include a parade on Saturday at 10am, Red Poppy Tour, Red Poppy Art, shuttle services, Saturday night concert and street dance, Red Poppy Bike Ride (14, 30, 62 or 100 miles) Saturday, Safe Place Kids village, arts and crafts, car show. You can enjoy music from Cowboy Nemo Band, Mark Chesnutt, Shelley King and others. When you get hungry you might choose from treats such as Frito pie, fried pickles, grilled chicken, baked potatoes, burgers, hot dogs, nachos and cotton candy.
Questions? Call 512-930-3545

April 16-17, 2011
Heritage Jubilee
Ben Gill Park,
Terrell, Texas
Celebrate the festival's 30th anniversary with a BBQ cook-off, arts and crafts, library book sale, motorcycle and car show, quilt show, activities for kids, carnival, all-breed dog show, cowboy poetry, business expo, entertainment, rodeo events, Fountain 5K Run. Hours are 8am-8pm both days.
Learn More: Call 972-542-5703

April 17, 2011
Springfest Street Fair
Main & South Broadway area,
Nyack, New York
Music and other entertainment in Veteran's Memorial Park, festival foods, commercial vendors, merchant specials, arts and crafts. The fun goes from 10am-5pm.
Information: Call 845-253-2221

April 18-19, 2011
Magnolia Festival
Magnolia Park on Hwy. 96 at Hebo Street,
Kirbyville, Texas
Parade Saturday at 10am, carnival (opens Wednesday evening), entertainment, festival foods, commercial vendors, activities for children, door prizes, art contest, pet show and more.
Further Details: Call 409-423-5827 or 409-423-6500

April 26-May 1, 2011
Festival of the Arts
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Artist Market, 200 entertainment acts on 4 stages, Young at Art Mart (with kids-only shopping), art showcase, more than 140 arts and crafts booths, Festival Idol competition, face painting, Creation Station (where you can create your own art), Children's Art Field, Pottery Place, festival foods. Please, no pets.
Learn More: Call 405-270-4848

April 27-May 1, 2011
Vinton Dogwood Festival
Vinton, Virginia
Plans for this 56th year include a carnival, auto show, activities for kids, parade Saturday at 2:30pm, food vendors, arts and crafts plus music from Steve Holy, Steve Wicks and others.
Get The Facts: Call 540-983-0613 or 540-983-0614

April 27-May 14, 2011
National Trout Festival
Various locations,
Kalkaska, Michigan
King and queen coronation, senior fundraiser breakfast, motorcycle show and swap meet, animal display, fly tying and fly casting demos, gospel sing-along, golf outing, queen's luncheon, grocery cart races, Chamber of Commerce open house, Celtic music, gospel music, flea market, children's trout fishing contest, fireworks, kids' karaoke contest, Ugly Truck Contest, classic car show, euchre tournament, Wii Bowling Tournament, horseshoe tournament, carnival. There's plenty of fun planned for this 75th year.
Questions? Call 231-258-9103 or 800-4-TROUT-O

April 28-30, 2011
Sugar Festival
City Park area,
Clewiston, Florida
It's the festival's 25th anniversary. Plans inclue arts and crafts, Seminole Star Search, rod run, dance on Bond Street, rodeo events and a dance, activities for kids, Taste of Sugar recipe contest and sampling, Seminole Heritage Day at Clewiston Museum, tennis tournament, alligator wrestling, cornhole tournament, music, horseshoe tournament.
Further Information: Call 863-983-7979

April 28-May 1, 2011
Gold Nugget Days
Various venues,
Paradise, California
Gold panning, Gold Nugget Review, children's costume contest, Donkey Derby, merchant's decorating contest, pageant, parade at noon on April 30, museum events, Miners' Tent City. Back in 1858 a 54-pound gold nugget was discovered in the area and the Paradise boom began.
Additional Details: Call 530-872-8722

April 28-May 1, 2011
Vidalia Onion Festival
Various locations,
Vidalia, Georgia
Cooking demos, recipe contest, car show, local grower onion sales, sidewalk sales and merchant specials, art show, motorcycle rally, festival rodeo, arts and crafts, fireworks, movie at the high school football stadium (bring chairs), music, street dance, onion rings and other festival foods. A pre-festival pageant and a carnival are also part of the festivities. This is the event's 34th year.
Get The Facts: Call 912-636-8687

April 29-30-3, 2011
Dewberry Festival
Wilson Ledbetter Park,
Cameron, Texas
Help celebrate 15 years with classic cars, dewberry cobbler and ice cream, youth fishing tournament, entertainment, cake contest and auction, chili, arts and crafts, cobbler baking contest, festival foods.
Learn More: Call 254-697-4979

April 29-May 1, 2011
Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Throughout the island,
Nantucket, Massachusetts
It's the festival's 37th anniversary. Plans include a Daffy Hat Pageant, art walking tours, Daffy Dog Parade, flower show at Bartlett's Oceanview Farm on Saturday and Sunday, Daffodil Tailgate Party (no alcohol), antique car parade on Saturday, merchant window decorating contest, Daffodil Children's Parade, raffle, millions of flowers to view and enjoy.
Further Information: Call 508-228-1700

April 29-May 1, 2011
Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival
Various locations,
Vermontville, Michigan
It's the festival's 71st anniversary. Plans include museum displays, pedal tractor pull, arts and crafts, fireworks Friday night, BBQ chicken fundraiser, petting zoo, food vendors, arm wrestling, children's parade April 30 at 11am, pancake breakfast with maple syrup, grand parade April 30 at 2pm, roast beef dinner, princess pageant, woodworking demos, entertainment.
Questions? Call 517-725-0394 or 517-726-0670

April 29-May 1, 2011
Astoria-Warrentown Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival
County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 202,
Astoria, Oregon
Arts and crafts, beer garden, seafood dinners, wine competition, music from LuLu Lafever, Los Gallos Rumba, RaiChiChi and others. 2011 marks the 29th season for the event.
Get the Facts: Call 503-325-6311 or 800-875-6807

April 29-May 1, 2011
City Park area,
Muenster, Texas
Plans for this 36th year include 5K and 10K runs at noon on Sunday, folk dancing, a wrestling tournament, rock climbing wall, rib cooking competition, arts and crafts, activities for kids (including sand art and face painting), sausage cooking competition, Nagelshlag (nail pounding contest), Kinder Theater, homemade breads and strudel, cakes and pies, storytelling mimes, music from Hard Nights Day (Beatles Tribute), Willy Kickit, Brave Combo and others. General hours are 4pm-midnight Friday, 10am-midnight Saturday and 10am-8pm on Sunday.
Further Information: Call 940-759-2227 or 800-943-8037

April 30, 2011
Auburn CityFest
Kiesel Park,
Auburn, Alabama
It's the festival's 11th season. Enjoy children's art and art activities for the children, non-profit booths, arts and crafts (9am-4pm), festival foods, juried art show, entertainment and more. The fun goes on rain or shine. Well-behaved pets on leashes are permitted to join the party.
Details: Call 334-501-2963 or 334-501-2930

April 30, 2011
Derrick Days
Corsicana, Texas
Pancake breakfast at Monica's Cafe on Beaton, tours, wing eating contest, arts and crafts, washer pitching tournament, musical entertainment, carnival at Bank of America parking lot, Shakers & Scrapers Car Show, chili-cooking competition, food court at Collin & Beaton, BBQ competition, 3-on-3 basketball, bounce houses, Gospel Stage, parade at 9am, vendors, horseshoe tournament, dog agility demo.
Further Information: Call 903-654-4851

April 30, 2011
Onion Festival
Princeton High School,
Princeton, Texas
It's the festival's 7th anniversary. Get ready for the onion cooking contest, auction and raffle, 5K run, pageant, arts and crafts, tennis round-robin tournament, festival merchandise for sale, Onion Bowl football, food vendors, classic cars.
Questions? Call 972-548-2048 or 972-523-6665

April 30, 2011
Ramps and Rails
Railroad Avenue,
Elkins, West Virginiabr>
Celebrate 21 years with festival foods, activities for kids, arts and crafts, taste testing, ramp cooking contest, train ride (separate fee), music. Most events take place between the hours of 10am and 5pm.
Additional Deatils: Call 304-636-5358 or 304-635-7803

April 30-May 1, 2011
Fishman's Festival
Westside Park on Westshore Road,
Bodega Bay, California
Wooden Boat Challenge, pet (and llama) parade at 3pm on Saturday, wine tasting., raffle, activities for kids, boat parade and blessing of the fleet on Sunday at 11:30am, arts and crafts, BBQ and other festival foods, golf tournament.
Get the Facts: Call 707-875-3866

April 30-May 1, 2011
Great Griffin Mayfling
City Park,
Griffin, Georgia
There will be local entertainment, juried arts and crafts, community and non-profit booths, activities for kids, car show, festival foods. There is no admission charge.
Further Information: Call 770-228-8200

April 30-May 1, 2011
Main Street Festival
Historic Main,
Franklin, Tennessee
Fuel your day (from 2 food courts) with smoked turkey legs, stuffed baked potatoes, corn on the cob, Mexican dishes, BBQ, burger, Asian favorites, hot dogs, ice cream and sweet funnel cakes. Then enjoy 4 stages of music and other entertainment, juried arts and crafts, an area for kids on Third Street, 2 carnivals. It's the 28th year for this one.
More: Call 615-591-8500

April 30-May 1, 2011
National Cornbread Festival
South Pittsburgh, Tennessee
Celebrate the festival's 15th anniversary with classic cars, tours of historical sites, pancakes on Sunday from 7:30-10am at the Cook-Off Tent, carnival (opening a few days earlier), ecumenical church service Sunday, quilt exhibit, 5K road race, arts and crafts, music, cornbread baking competition, jam tent for musicians.
Questions? Call 423-837-0022

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Apr 1-3 Next Generation Jazz Festival, Conference Center, Monterey, California, 831-373-3366
Apr 1-3 Cypress Sawmill Festival (21st), Kemper Williams Park Campground, Patterson, Louisiana, 985-395-4905 or 800-256-2931
Apr 1-3 Deep Ellum Arts Festival (17th), Entertainment District on Main, Dallas, Texas, 214-855-1881
Apr 1-30 Bluebonnet Trails Festival (60th), Ennis, Texas, 972-878-4748
Apr 2 Orange Cove Blossom Festival, 10-5, Eaton Park, Orange Cove, California, 550-626-5179
Apr 2 Threefoot Festival , 9-5, Downtown, Meridian, Mississippi, 601-485-1944 or 601-693-2787
Apr 2 Thunder Road Festival, Downtown, Rockwood, Tennessee, 865-250-6717
Apr 2 Billy the Kid Day (23rd), Downtown on Pecan Street, Hico, Texas, 800-361-4426
Apr 2-3 Hawaiian Scottish Festival, Kapiolani Park, Waikiki, Hawaii, 808-625-3559
Apr 3 Festival de la Familia (20th), 10-6, Cal Expo, Sacramento, California, 916-422-2700
Apr 7-10 Leesburg Bikefest (15th), Downtown, Leesburg, Florida, 352-365-0053
Apr 7-16 Come See Me Festival, Rock Hill, South Carolina, 803-329-7625 or 800-681-7635
Apr 8-9 Crawfish Festival (20th), Faunsdale, Alabama, 334-628-3240
Apr 9 Pear Blossom Festival (58th), Downtown, Medford, Oregon, 541-734-PEAR
Apr 9 Lewisburg Chocolate Festival (5th), Historic Downtown, Lewisburg, West Virginia, 800-833-2068
Apr 9-10 Spring Fest, 10-4, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 765-456-7649
Apr 9-10 Texas Bluebonnet Festival, 10-6/Noon-5, Downtown, Chappel Hill, Texas, 979-836-6033
Apr 9-17 Cimarron Territory Celebration, Various venues, Beaver, Oklahoma, 580-625-4725
Apr 14-16 Hillbilly Days Festival, Pikeville, Kentucky, 605-432-5504
Apr 14-17 Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival (36th), Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 817-336-2767
Apr 14-17 Windfest, Community Center, Portland, Texas, 361-643-2475 or 877-643-6475
Apr 15-16 Green Frog Festival, Downtown, Wilburton, Oklahoma, 918-465-2254
Apr 15-17 Vintage Days (37th), California State University of Fresno, Fresno, California, 559-278-2741
Apr 15-17 Central Valley Pizza Festival (11th), Downtown, Lemoore, California, 559-924-3421
Apr 15-17 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival (27th), On the beach, Pompano Beach, Florida, 954-941-2940
Apr 15-17 National Mayhaw Festival, Spring Creek Recreational Park, Colquitt, Georgia, 229-758-2400
Apr 15-17 Teche Bear Festival (8th), Historic Downtown, Franklin, Louisiana, 800-256-2931
Apr 15-17 Texas Sandfest (15th), Beach Markers 9 & 10, Port Aransas, Texas, 800-452-6278
Apr 16 Strawberry Festival (25th), 9-5, Downtown, Castleberry, Alabama, 251-989-2422
Apr 16 Picnic Day (97th), UC Davis Campus, Davis, California, 530-752-6320
Apr 16 San Jacinto Day Festival, 10-6, One Monument Circle, La Porte, Texas, 281-479-2421
Apr 16 Bluebird Festival (18th), Willis Point, Texas, 903-873-3111 or 903-560-0156
Apr 16-17 California Poppy Festival (20th), 10-6, Hubbard Park, Lancaster, California, 661-723-6173
Apr 16-17 Wamego Tulip Festival (24th), 9-6/10-4, City Park, Wamego, Kansas, 785-456-7649
Apr 16-17 Chocolate Festival (24th), Old Town, Washington, Kentucky, 606-759-0505
Apr 17 Spring Bada-Bing, 11-5, Plant Zero on E. 4th St., Richmond, Tennessee, 804-304-4312
Apr 17 St. Michael Spring Festival, Veterans Hall at 503 Park Drive, Weimar, Texas, 979-263-5251
Apr 21-23 Rose Show & Festival (90th), Downtown & Paradise Park, Thomasville, Georgia, 229-227-3310 or 229-227-7020
Apr 23 Norman 89er Day, Norman, Oklahoma, 405, 366-8095 or 405-217-9611
Apr 23-24 Wildflower Show, 10-4, Mission College, Santa Clara, California, 650-691-9749 or 650-941-1066
Apr 23-24 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival (21st),
                   10-6/10-4, Marine Street along Riverwalk, Carrabelle, Florida, 850-697-2565
Apr 23-24 Melbourne Art Festival, Downtown, Melbourne, Florida, 321-722-1964
Apr 23-May 7 (main days May 5-7) Pine Tree Festival (66th), Rec Complex Downtown, Swainsboro, Georgia, 478-237-6426
Apr 24 Apple Blossom Festival 5-8pm, Presbyterian Manor Grounds, Newton, Kansas, 216-263-5400
Apr 26-May 1 World's Biggest Fish Fry, Henry County Fairgrounds, Paris, Tennessee, 731-642-3431
Apr 28-May 1 Clarendon Country Striped Bass Festival (32nd), Downtown Square, Manning, South Carolina, 803-432-4405
Apr 29-30 Double Decker Arts Festival, Oxford Square, Oxford, Mississippi, 662-232-2367 or 800-765-9177
Apr 29-30 Red Fern Festival, Norris Park Downtown, Tahlequa, Oklahoma, 918-456-3742
Apr 29-30 Riverfest, Municipal Park, Freeport, Texas, 979-233-3305 or 979-233-5051
Apr 29-May 1 Festival of the Rivers (36th),
                   Robert Fowler Memorial Park & Von Braun Center, Geneva Alabama, 334-684-6582 or 334-684-2485
Apr 30 Ducky Derby & Carnival (21st), 10:30am-3:30pm, Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz, California, 831-479-4070
Apr 30-May 1 Armadillo Festival (40th), Main Street's Downtown Square, Hamburg, Arkansas, 870-853-8345
Apr 29-May 1 Panoply Arts Festival (30th), Big Spring International Park, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-519-2767
Apr 29-May 1 Santa Maria Strawberry Festival (24th), Fairpark, Santa Maria, California, 805-925-8824
Apr 29-May 1 Fisherman's Festival, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 207-633-2325 or 207-633-4825
Apr 30 Eeyore's Birthday Party (48th), 11am-dusk, Pease Park, Austin, Texas, 512-446-5160
Apr 30-May 1 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC University Park Campus, Los Angeles, California, 213-237-7335 or 800-LATIMES
Apr 30-May 1 Daffodil Festival (33rd), Hubbard Park, Meriden, Connecticut, 203-630-4259
Apr 30-May 1 Apopka Art & Foliage Festival (50thth),
                   9-5, Kit Land Nelson Park, Apopka, Florida, 407-884-6488
Apr 30-May 1 Spring Jonquil Festival, 10-5/Noon-5, Village Green, Smyrna, Georgia, 770-423-6600
Apr 30-May 1 East Maui Taro Festival (19th), Hana, Hawaii, 808-264-1553
Apr 30-May 1 Dirty Dan Seafood Festival (9th), Village Green (and other venues),
                   Fairhaven, Washington, 360-733-2682

Other April 2011 Events You Might Enjoy
Apr 1 St. Stupid's Day Parade (33rd),
                   Noon, Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco, California, 510-841-1898
Apr 7-9 Book Bazaar, Nelson Memorial Bldg. & Mini Farm Bldg., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 225-578-5925
Apr 7-10 Texas International Boat Show (5th), Marina, Corpus Christi, Texas, 581-842-8808
Apr 8-9 Big One Spring Art & Craft Fair (20th), State Fair Center, Minot, North Dakota, 701-836-9385
Apr 8-10 Best of the Valley Quilt Show (16th), Modermont Field House on Sweet Brier, Lindsay, California, 550-562-3326
Apr 8-10 Bloom 'n' Garden Expo (7th), County Expo Center on Long Lane, Franklin, Tennessee, 615-790-5721
Apr 8-11 Book Fair Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, 707-545-0831 ext. 541
Apr 9 Prairie Dog Chili Cook-Off (36th), 10-5, Traders Village, Grand Prairie, Texas, 972-647-2331
Apr 9-10 Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair (16th), 10-5,
                   10-6/11-5, Country Fair Bldg in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Apr 10 Spring Breakout Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet, 10:30-5, Ice Time Arena, Newburgh, New York, 807-863-4295
Apr 10 New York Autograph Show, 9-5, Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, New York, New York, 888-338-4338
Apr 13-16 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association National Championships (8th), Paul Battle Arena, Tunica, Mississippi, 480-683-0485
Apr 15 Art Parade, Stroll & Chili Feed, Downtown, Sisters, Oregon, 541-549-4979
Apr 15-17 Wildflower Show (50th), 10-5, Museum of Natural History, Pacific Grove, California, 831-548-5716
Apr 15-17 Pittsburgh ComiCon, Convention Center, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 814-467-4116
Apr 15-17 Antique Alley, 25-mile area,
                   Cleburne (and Grandview and Maypearl), Texas, 817-645-2455
Apr 15-17 Dallas Guitar Show (24th), Market Hall on Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas, 972-260-4201 or 972-240-2206
Apr 15-17 Dogwood Arts & Crafts Festival, Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, West Virginia, 304-696-5990
Apr 16 Kingsburg Car Show, Kingsburg, California, 559-897-1111
Apr 16 Southern Kentucky Book Fest (13th), 9-4, Carroll Knicely Conference Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 270-745-6016
Apr 16 Thunder Over Louisiana, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-564-6383
Apr 16 Spring Fair to Remember (12th), Fair Pavilion at 3000 Hwy. PV, West Bend, Wisconsin, 262-692-9488
Apr 16-17 Art on the Lake (50th), 10-5, Rec Center at 1503 Sunset Drive, Guntersville, Alabama, 256-582-4378
Apr 21-24 Clovis Rodeo (97th), Rodeo Grounds, Clovis, California, 559-299-8838
Apr 22-May 1 International Auto Show, Javits Convention Center, New York, New York, 800-282-3338
Apr 23 Crescent City Classic (33rd), New Orleans, Louisiana, 504-861-8686
Apr 29-May 1 Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con, Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Apr 29-May 1 New Living Expo, Concourse Exhibition Center at 8th & Brannon, San Francisco, California, 415-382-8300
Apr 29-May 1 Connecticut Storytelling Festival (30th), Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, 860-439-2764
Apr 29-May 1 Interstate Mullet Toss, Flora-Bama Lounge, Perdido Keys, Florida, 850-492-6838
Apr 29-May 1 April Action Car Show, City Park, Moab, Utah, 435-259-5858

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Michael Parks' CD is no longer available.
I admire his music and film work tremendously
and it's been great fun to say that in a very public way.

A Little Browsing...
Urban fun:
Asian Garden Mall in Orange County, California
Tribune Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Soundwalk in Denver, Colorado
Pirate and Treasure Museum in St. Augustine, Florida
Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia

Looking for something unique to do this spring/summer?
How about a trip to the Kansas Underground Salt Museum?

National Geographic Geoguide: Wolves

Beginning April 4, 2011, youth ages 10-14 have a chance to participate free in a mystery called Vanished. The quest takes place online and involves Smithsonian scientists. The quest goes on for 8 weeks. The link here will take you to a registration page where you can also find a link to an About Page.


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