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August Events
Festivals For August Travelers

August 1-2, 2003
Maxwell Street Days
Village Square Park,
Cambridge, Wisconsin.
Music, games, arts and crafts, plenty of food, merchant sales, and the event runs at the same time as the city-sponsored Garage Sale.
Hotline: Call 608-423-3780.

August 1-3, 2003
Twins Days
various venue(s),
Twinsburg, Ohio.
Talent show, golf tournament, games for kids, wiener roast, fireworks, food court and more. Twins--this is your special event of the year!
Additional Details: Call 330-425-3652.

August 1-3, 2003
Council Bluff Festival
various venues,
Council Bluff, Iowa.
Fiddle Contest, William Clark's Birthday Celebration (on Friday), Black Powder Shoot/Competition, entertainment, petting zoo, flower show, street dance, BBQ dinner, cowboy church worship service, antique cars, games for kids, Lewis and Clark Living History and displays, art show, pie and ice cream social and more.
Additional Details: Call 402-468-5740.

August 1-3, 2003
Antique Tractor Festival
Stoystown Lions Park on
Route 30, east of town,
Stoystown, Pennsylvania.
BBQ dinner, dead weight antique tractor pull, Chinese auction, tractor pull for garden class, tractors on display, breakfast, entertainment.
Additional Details: Call 814-893-0053 (after 6 pm).

August 1-3, 2003
Metris Uptown Art Fair
unknown venue(s),
Minneapolis, Minnesota.
More than 380 artists who show their work, while food vendors sell treats and music and other entertainment keeps you in a festival mood. The fair is in its 40th year.
Hotline: Call 612-823-4581.

August 2, 2003
Cherry Fest
Lakeside Park on Hwy 57,
Jacksonport, Wisconsin.
Wagon rides, historical displays, juried arts and crafts, music, food and beverages, and the fresh cherry bakery.
More Information: Call 920-823-2316.

August 2-3, 2003
Crested Butte Festival
of the Arts

Elk Avenue,
Crested Butte, Colorado.
This is the event's 31st year, and it includes 175 arts booths (by invitation), music and food, all set in this scenic former mining town.
More: Call 970-349-1184.

August 2-3, 2003
various venues,
Hardin, Missouri.
Flea market, parade, car show, tractor pull, 3-on-3 basketball, beer garden, BBQ dinner, games for kids, backseat driving contest, and more.
Information: (Contact phone unknown).

August 2-3, 2003
West Springfield Arts Festival
Town Common,
West Springfield, Massachusetts.
More than 200 juried artists show and sell their work, and there is entertainment and food to make your browsing even more fun.
More: Call 413-263-3284.

August 2-3, 2003
Fleet Waterfest
Erie Basin Marina,
Buffalo, New York.
Irish cloggers, Pepsi All-Star Marching Band, more music, massage and stress reduction technique demonstrations, arts and crafts for kids, face painting, Southtowns Walleye Fish Casting, environmental exhibits (including live owls), research vessel tours, celebrating of nautical activities, boat parade, and more. This is the festival's 8th season.
Details: Call 716-853-9207.

August 2-3, 2003
Monterey Bay
Strawberry Festival

Downtown Plaza,
Watsonville, California.
This one is a stone's throw from where I live, and is a celebration of the area's strawberry growing industry. There are arts and crafts, carnival games and rides, musical entertainment, a magic show, the AARP Magazine Road Show, a Gooey Contest (eating a strawberry pie with lots of whipped cream, using no hands), and plenty of traditional festival foods, plus many strawberry treats. You can also buy berries by the flat or the pint, so bring a cooler if you're traveling.
More: Call 831-728-6183.

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August 2-3, 2003
Cabrillo Music, Art, Food
& Wine Festival

in front of Civic Auditorium,
Santa Cruz, California.
The title seems to say it all with the basics.
Additional Details: Call 831-420-5250.

August 2-3, 2003
California Dry Bean Festival
10th & Central Streets,
Tracy, California.
Strong Man Contest, chili cooking contest, arts and crafts, more than 400 food and business vendors, area for kids, US Bank Bean Run (5K Run/Walk,10K run, and 1 mile walk). Some events may require a fee, but there is no admission charge to the festival. More than 80,000 people are expected to attend this event in its 17th year.
Further Information: Call 209-835-2131.

August 3, 2003
Raspberry Festival
Prairie High School Gym,
Cottonwood, Idaho.
Juried quilt show, classic car show, music, 10K Run Run, 5K Cake Walk, and treats such as raspberry shortcake, jams and raspberry mustards. The festival is in its 11th year.
Details: Call 208-962-7123.

August 6, 2003
Loon Day
Mercer, Wisconsin.
Art and craft fair with over 200 exhibitors, helicopter rides at the ball field, bake sale, loon calling contest, sidewalk sale, music and dancing, flea market, face painting, lots of food. (The Iron County Heritage Festival is also in progress during this festival, so you can take advantage of events such as a brat fry, pontoon tours, BBQ, and other events that same week).
Find Out More: Call 715-476-2389.

August 6-9, 2003
The Baltimore Festival
Johnson Park,
Baltimore, Ohio.
5K road race, parade, National Kiddie Tractor Pull competition, arts and crafts, pageant, rides, cruise-in with Corvettes of Lancaster, festival foods and more.
Details: Call 740-438-0837.

August 7-9, 2003
St. Joe Pickle Festival
South side of town,
St. Joseph, Indiana.
Pickle/pepper cooking contest, parades, pancake breakfast, music, pickle factory tours, Pickle Derby, climbing wall, petting zoo, teen dance. This is the festival's 7th year.
Further Details: Call 260-587-3300.

August 7-9, 2003
St. Joseph Community Festival
various venues,
St. Joseph, Illinois.
Pancake breakfast, fish fry, drawings for prizes, parade, mutt show, street dance, pageants, band performance, library book sale, talent show, fireworks.
More: Call 217-469-2724.

August 7-10, 2003
Scandinavian Festival
Festival Park,
Junction City, Oregon.
Folk dancing, crafts, costume show, storytelling, 10K Scandia Run on Sunday, recorder ensemble, Scandia Singers, craft demonstrations of lace and embroidery, community dance, food and beverages. Please don't bring Fido to the festival.
Details: Call 541-998-9372.

August 7-10, 2003
Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park,
Hope, Arkansas.
Arts and crafts, Watermelon Bike Show, bluegrass festival, Watermelon Olympics, softball tournament, antique car show, activities for kids, 5K run/walk, baseball card show, festival foods (including cold watermelon slices). This is the event's 27th year.
Hotline: Call 870-777-3640.

August 7-10, 2003
Steinbeck Festival
Oldtown (and other venues),
Salinas, California.
Museum displays, lectures, art and more highlight the work and life of author John Steinbeck, along with bus tours and walking tours of Oldtown Salinas and the surrounding area. Events include both free items and those requiring an admission fee. Enjoy the festival during this limited time, but keep in mind that The Steinbeck Center is open year round.
Tickets and Info: Call 831-775-4721.

August 7-10, 2003
Sweet Corn Festival
unknown venue(s),
West Point, Iowa.
BBQ, tractor pull, Pee Wee Drag Races, arts and crafts, free throw contest, parade, entertainment, 10K run and 5k run. The festival is now in its 51st year.
Additional Details: Call 319-837-6313 or 800-210-8687.

August 7-10, 2003
Kenosha Days of Discovery
Kenosha Harbor,
Kenosha, Wisconsin.
A maritime festival, with a parade of tall ships, BBQ, ship tours, sailing opportunities, events for kids, music, displays at Kenosha History Center, and more.
Information: Call 262-654-7307 or 800-654-7309.

August 7-10, 2003
Amish Acres Arts &
Crafts Festival

1600 West Market Street,
Nappanee, Indiana.
More than 375 artists and crafters demonstrate, show and sell their work. There are 3 stages of entertainment, festival foods such as apple pie and zucchini bread, theatre, paddle boats on the pond, and more.
Hotline: Call 574-773-4188 or 800-800-4942.

August 7-10, 2003
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
unknown venue(s),
Mendota, Illinois.
In its 56th year, the festival offers 200 craft and merchandise vendors, a pageant, beer garden music, flea market, carnival rides and games, and free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday. You can also buy bags of corn to take home.
Details: Call 815-539-6507.

August 7-10, 2003
Blueberry Festival
South Haven, Michigan.
In the event's 40th year you can enjoy pancake breakfasts, arts and crafts, industry displays, chicken dinners, pie eating contests, bubble gum blowing contests, a parade, a fish boil, entertainment, and more.
Details: Call 269-637-5252 or 800-764-2836.

August 8, 2003
Musky Jamboree
unknown venue(s),
Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.
Flea market, kids' casting contest, entertainment, A Taste of Musky, more than 170 arts and crafts booths, Musky Fun Run, antique car show, food vendors.
Find Out More: Call 715-385-2400 or 800-466-8759.

August 8-10, 2003
Irish Fair
Harriet Island, downtown,
St. Paul, Minnesota.
Enjoy Irish music and dance, and shop at the marketplace for Irish merchandise. There will be sports games, activities for kids, tug of war, a soda bread contest, photo contest, exhibitions, and lots of food and beverages.
Hotline: Call 952-IRISH11(7411).

August 8-10, 2003
Polska Keilbasa Days
unknown venue(s),
Ivanhoe, Minnesota.
Softball tournament, crafts, volleyball tournament, parade, entertainment, food.
More Information: Call 507-368-9577.

August 8-10, 2003
Arlington Garlic &
Music Festival

184th Street Northeast,
Arlington, Washington.
From what I understand, this festival grew out of a sort of planned community which was a wee bit like what we used to call a "commune". They have organic crops and room to spread out and celebrate with music, so the gathering has evolved over the last several years into a full-blown festival. There will be arts and crafts, foods, a beer and wine garden, and plenty of music and other entertainment. You can tour the village and garden meadow and find out more about organic garlic.
More: Call 360-435-8577.

August 8-10, 2003
Lucy's Birthday Celebration
Luci-Desi Museum,
Jamestown, New York.
Lucille Ball's hometown has a week-long celebration in honor of her birthday. You can enjoy music, book signings, look-alike events, birthday cake, and entertainment.
Details: Call 716-484-7070.

August 8-17, 2003
Bill Johnston's Pirate Days
Heart Island,
Alexandria Bay, New York.
Tall ship arrival, children's parade, magic show, treasure hunt, wandering entertainment, crafts, storytelling, skits, music and more.
Hotline: Call 315-482-9531 or 800-541-2110.

August 9, 2003
Stroll Through the Park
Arts & Crafts Fair

Albion Park,
Edgerton, Wisconsin.
Arts and crafts, antique buggy display, bake sale, food, access to Albion Historical Museum.
Hotline: Call 608-884-3581.

August 9-10, 2003
Gold Rush Days
Main Street area,
Buena Vista, Colorado.
Burro race, Side Kickers Show, barbershop quartet, rubber duck race, yodeling, gold panning, gunfighter show, games for kids, vendors, cowboy songs, storytelling, pancake breakfast, more than 120 booths, arts and crafts, food, melodrama and more.
Hotline: Call 719-395-6612.

August 9-10, 2003
Havre de Grace
Seafood Festival

Tydings Park,
Havre de Grace, Maryland.
Arts and crafts, entertainment, charity raffle, auction, food. This is the festival's 23rd year.
Further Details: Call 410-939-1525.

August 13, 2003
Paul Bunyan Fest
Eagle River, Wisconsin.
Roast cooking contest, arts and crafts, music and other entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 715-479-6400 or 800-359-6315.

August 13-16, 2003
Pemberville Free Fair
Memorial Park,
Pemberville, Ohio.
They'll be casting the Ohio Bicentennial Bell at this event. You can also enjoy a Kiddie Parade, displays, arts and crafts, produce for sale, pony and horse pulls, antique vehicle show, swine scramble, volleyball tournament, 5-mile run, tug of war, and more.
Details: Call 419-287-4836.

August 14-17, 2003
Sun Prairie Sweet
Corn Festival

Angell Park,
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Parade, carnival, vendors, entertainment, beer tent, activities for kids, petting zoo, and lots of sweet corn available.
Additional Information: Call 608-837-4547.

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August 15-16, 2003
Lake County Truck Fest
County Fairgrounds,
Lakeport, California.
Truck show, pancake breakfast, poker walk, drawings, stereo contest.
Additional Information: Call 707-263-5816.

August 15-17, 2003
Sutherlin Blackberry Festival
various venues,
Sutherlin, Oregon.
Show-N-Shine, BMX bike races, motorcycle show, mud races, crafts, car raffle drawing, music and dancing, mud volleyball, swap meet, diaper derby, quilt show,and more.
More: Call 541-459-1546 or 541-459-5399.

August 15-17, 2003
Toast of Breckenridge
unknown venue(s),
Breckenridge, Colorado.
Fly fishing, bocce tournament, golf, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, food and wine tastings, concerts. There is an admission charge.
Ticket Information: Call 800-525-2258.

August 15-17, 2003
Elephant Garlic Festival
(Follow Exit 57 signs off Hwy 26),
North Plains, Oregon.
These folks say, "Fun Stinks!" In its 6th year, the festival celebrates with garlic chips, garlic ice cream, a car show, arts and crafts, beer and wine garden, food and beverage vendors and plenty of music.
Further Information: Call 503-647-2207.

August 15-17, 2003
African World Festival
Philip Hart Plaza
Detroit, Michigan.
Educational programs and displays, interactive programs for kids, entertainment, vendors, food and more.
Ticket Information: Call 313-494-5860.

August 15-17, 2003
Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
Downtown Parks,
Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Arts and crafts, antique car show, beautiful baby contest, music, chidren's talent show, Civil War Muster, parade, and plenty of festival food. This is the event's 25th year.
Festival Hotline: Call 734-332-9139.

August 15-17, 2003
McCloud Heritage Days
unknown venue(s),
McCloud, California.
Antique and art fair, wood carvers and blacksmiths demonstrate their craft, horse-drawn carriages give rides through town, and there are reenactments and demonstrations of the town's logging history.
More: Call 503-964-3113 or 877-964-3113.

August 15-17, 2003
Machias Wild Blueberry Festival
various venues,
Machias, Maine.
Blueberry pie eating contest, library book sale, raffle of The Blueberry Quilt, postal cancellations, community band music, pancake breakfast, Blueberry Run, children's parade, fish fry, craft festival, food, music in the church, and more. New this year is a free shuttle from the School Complex parking to Town Center. This is the event's 30th year.
Further Information: Call 207-244-0175.

August 15-17, 2003
Trails West Arts Festival
Civic Center Park,
St. Joseph, Missouri.
Listen to music and browse art while you check out such treats as kettle korn, Strawberry Freezeers, buffalo nachos, and deep-fried peaches.
Learn More: Call 816-233-0231.

August 16-17, 2003
Seven Springs Wine &
Food Festival

777 Water Wheel Drive,
Champion, Pennsylvania.
Food, crafts, wine, entertainment and more.
Note: You'll be in an area rich with natural caves, so think about exploring Indian Caverns, Lincoln Caverns and others.
Additional Information: Call 800-452-2223.

August 16-17, 2003
Blackberry Festival
Blackberry Festival Grounds,
Covelo, California.
Music, arts and crafts, Sunday car show, games for kids, winetasting, and many blackberry treats.
More: Call 707-983-6144.

August 16-17, 2003
Oconomowoc Festival of
the Arts

Fowler Park,
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
125 artisans participate in this event next to the lake. There are 3 stages of entertainment, a kids tent, and plenty of food.
Additional Information: Call 262-567-1243.

August 16-17, 2003
Virginia Wine Festival
Great Meadow,
The Plains, Virginia.
Foods and wine tastings, face painting for kids, rides, a grape stomping contest, 2 stages of entertainment, arts and crafts, designated driver program, specialty shop items. This is the event's 228th year.
More: Call 800-520-9670.

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August 17-23, 2003
Union Fair & Maine
Wild Blueberry Festival

Fairgrounds on Common Road,
Union, Maine.
In addition to traditional community fair events, there will be a wild blueberry muffin baking contest, a senior's wild blueberry pie eating contest, wild blueberry industry gatherings and demonstrations, wild blueberry pancake breakfast (and eating contest), wild blueberry merchandise for sale, with free blueberry pie to all fair patrons on Friday.
Further Information: Call 207-785-3281.

August 21-24, 2003
Obetz Zucchinifest
Lancaster Park,
Obetz, Ohio.
Midway games, arts and crafts, fireworks on Saturday night, plus treats such as Zucchini Burgers, zucchini bread, and more.
Details: Call 614-497-2518.

August 22-24, 2003
Howell Jaycees Melon Festival
Howell, Michigan.
Bingo, carnival, food vendors, concerts, Melon Roll, Tot Trot, 1 mile run/walk, 5K and 10K run, used book sale at Carnegie Library, arts and crafts, classic car show, farmers market, K-9 Frisbee State Championship, Kids Zone, train rides, parade and more. This year's theme is "Hometown Pride" and it's the 44th year for the festival.
Learn More: Call 517-546-7477.

August 22-24, 2003
Weed's Wildflower Festival
various venues,
Weed, California.
Bingo, museum tours, food and craft booths, entertainment, street dance, art, go-cart rides, activities for kids.
More: Call 530-938-3229.

August 23-24, 2003
Harley Davidson
100th Anniversary

Niagara Square,
Buffalo, New York.
Between 8,000 and 10,000 motorcyles are expected to roll into town for this event, called "The Ride Home". The ticket packages for The Celebration are sold out, but there may still be single day admission tickets for some events. In addition to the festival events, there will be a huge parade of motorcycles through the streets of Milwaukee.
Learn More: Call 716-852-BFLO or 800-BUFFALO.

August 23-24, 2003
Greek Festival
11 Island Pond Road,
Manchester, New Hampshire.
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church invites you to join the fun with a DJ, live music, Greek products, raffles, a penny sale, church tours, activities for kids, and plenty of Greek pastries and other foods.
Further Information: Call 603-623-2045.

August 23-24, 2003
Coplay Community Days
Saylor Park,
Coplay, Pennsylvania.
Crafts, food, games, entertainment, information on area cement industry.
Find Out More: Call 610-435-1074.

August 23-24, 2003
Festival in the Pines
Carson Park,
Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
More than 250 arts and crafts booths, petting zoo, kid games, Pub Garden, music, comedy, and more.
Details: Call 888-611-7463.

August 23-24, 2003
Glen Ellyn Jaycees
Festival of the Arts

Lake Ellyn Park,
Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Juried arts, music and food, along with painting activities for children.
Additional Details: Call 630-858-5557.

August 23-24, 2003
Keystone State Garlic &
Herb Festival

Zanolini Nursery,
Drums, Pennsylvania.
Crafts, business vendors, music, pottery-making demonstrations, Chinese Auction, seminars on gardening design, hot pepper eating contest, garlic eating contest, chili cooking contest, and more.
Further Information: Call 570-788-3152.

August 23-24, 2003
Elmwood Avenue Festival
of the Arts

Elmwood Avenue,
Buffalo, New York.
Art, music, dance, and lots of food and wines from regional growers.
Further Information: Call 716-881-0707

August 23-24, 2003
Lewis and Clark Festival
various venues,
Yankton, South Dakota.
Historical presentations, buffalo meal, Great Plains Bison-tennial Dutch Oven Cook Off, vendors, canoe rides on the Missouri River, Yankton Sioux Dancers, Council re-enactments, and more.
Details: Call 402-667-7873.

August 23-24, 2003
Bodega Bay Seafood, Art
and Wine Festival

Chanselor Ranch,
Bodega Bay, California.
Catering companies serve foods, and there is wine and microbrew tasting. There are 3 stages of entertainment, plus a Kids' FunZone, horseback riding, pony riding, environmental displays and more.
Details: Call 707-824-8404.

August 16-17, 2003
Green Bay, Wisconsin.
200 artisans present their work, and there are 4 stages of entertainment nearby. There is edible art, a raffle, and an art area especially for kids
Additional Information: Call 920-435-2787.

August 23-24, 2003
Tiki Beach Festival
& Polynesian Festival

Belmont Shore Beach,
Long Beach, California.
Kite sufing exhibition, catamaran rides, classic car show, BBQ cooking contest, entertainment, and more.
Learn More: Call 562-434-1542.

August 27-30, 2003
Sweet Corn Festival
Lions Park,
Millersport, Ohio.
In its 57th year, the festival offers a parade, 4 stages of entertainment, games and contests, Hula Hoop contest, raffles, and foods (including hot buttered corn).
Details: Call 740-246-6217.

August 29-31, 2003
National Buffalo Wing Festival
Dunn Tire Park on Swan Street,
Buffalo, New York.
Best wing and sauce competitions, wing eating contests, crowning of Miss Buffalo Wing, 0.5K Chicken Wing Run on Friday (That's not a typo, folks). There is also a car and truck show, plus cooking demonstrations, music, activities for kids, and more. Some events may require a separate fee/registration.
Further Details: Call 716-565-4141, ext. 10.

August 29-September 1, 2003
Box Car Days
Tracy, Minnesota.
The town, which was an old railroad center, celebrates the 76th year of the festival with a pageant, parade, crafts, beer tent, carnival midway, fly-in breakfast on Labor Day, burger feed, truck and tractor pull, lots of food.
Hotline: Call 507-629-4021.

August 29-September 1, 2003
various venues,
Seattle, Washington.
For a really, really reasonable price you will have access to enjoy more than 2500 performers in at least 20 locations. Enjoy art, poetry, Room To Run Friday (great events for kids), the 1-Reel Film Fest, theatre performances, dance, painters, street performers, comedy and much more. If you avoid arts festivals because it's too expensive to take your family, this may be a great event for you.
Details: Call 206-281-7788.

August 30, 2003
Pocono Garlic Festival
Courthouse Square,
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Area restaurants feature chefs making garlic-filled dishes which can be purchased or taken home (this is one festival where you are encouraged to bring in a cooler!). The Garlic Eating Tuba Troubadours eat plenty of garlic, and then "express" their aromatic strains in downtown Stroudsburg. Local wineries offer tastes, and there is more music and entertainment. Try some garlic cobbler, chocolate-covered garlic pretzel nuggets, or the famous garlic funnel cakes. There will be a garlic eating contest, and the local ham operators will be broadcasting live throughout the event. (You can park and take a shuttle from Stroudsburg Borough Park.)
Further Details: Call 610-381-3303.

August 30, 2003
Festivale Italiano
Hwy 51 & Hwy 77,
Hurley, Wisconsin.
Games, arts and crafts, food, flea market, musical entertainment, and more.
Additional Information: Call 715-561-4334.

August 30-September 1, 2003
Milan Melon Festival
Town Square area,
Milan, Ohio.
Car display, pedal tractor pull, 10K run, arts and crafts, entertainment, and foods (including Muskmelon Ice Cream and Watermelon Sherbet). Details: Call 419-499-2766 or 419-668-5231.

August 30-September 1, 2003
Capitola Begonia Festival
various venues,
Capitola, California.
Beach volleyball tournament, twilight concert, sand sculpture contest, 51st nautical parade down Soquel Creek, horseshoe games in the sand, fishing derby, activities for kids, and more.
More: Call 831-476-3566.

August Somethings!
Brief, bare-boned last-minute festival listings:

August 1-3 Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Homewood Mountain Resort, Lake Tahoe, California, 209-296-1195
August 1-3 Belgian American Days, Ghent, Minnesota, 507-428-3505
August 2-3 Crested Butte Festival of the Arts, Crested Butte, Colorado, 970-349-1184
August 2-3 International Surf & Health Festival, South Bay Beaches Los Angeles Ct, California, 310-802-5400
August 2-3 Nehalem Art Festival, Nehalem, Oregon, 503-368-6247
August 8-10 North Ridgeville Corn Festival, Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio, 440-327-5144
August 8-10 Sun Valley Arts & Crafts Festival, Sun Valley Esplanade, Sun Valley, Idaho, 800-634-3347
August 9 High Desert Celtic Festival, Stevenson Horse Ranch, Bend, Oregon, 541-548-8405
August 9 Antique Show, downtown, Somerset, Pennsylvania, 814-445-6431
August 9-10 Main Avenue Arts Festival, Durango, Colorado, 970-259-2606
August 9-10 Art Festival, Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, Colorado, 719-689-3461
August 9-10 Colorado Scottish Festival, Highland Heritage Park, Denver, Colorado, 303-238-1027
August 9-10 International Food & Fun Fair, Peddler's Village, Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 215-794-4000
August 9-10 Big Bear City Renaissance Faire, Big Bear, California, 909-585-7824
August 14-16 Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival, Downtown, Bucyrun, Ohio, 419-562-BRAT
August 15-17 Northeast Silent Film Festival, Bucksport, Maine, 207-469-0924
August 15-17 (Old Spice) Festival in the Pit, Battle Mountain, Nevada, 775-635-8245
August 15-17 Greek Festival, St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, Reno, Nevada, 775-825-5365
August 15-17 Greek Festival, 97 Walcott Church, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 401-725-3127
August 16 MacArthur Park Wine Festival, Palo Alto, California, 650-688-0438
August 16 Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Amherst Museum, Amherst, New York, 716-689-1440
August 16-17 Rockaway Arts & Crafts Festival, Rockaway Beach, Oregon, 503-355-8108
August 17 Kiwanis Arts and Crafts Fair, New Holstein, Wisconsin, 920-898-5640
August 21-24 Ohio Tobacco Festival, Ripley, Ohio, 937-272-3651
August 22-23 Lewisburg Celtic Legends, Soldiers Park, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 570-524-2152
August 23 Shelburne Grange Fair, Fellowship Hall , Shelburne, Massachusetts, 413-625-6592
August 23-24 Jersey County Olden Days Festival, Jerseyville, Illinois, 618-498-5590
August 22-24 Buffalo Irish Festival, Festival Grounds at The Pier, Buffalo, New York, 716-332-6913
August 22-24 Greek Cultural Festival, 501 A Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 319-364-5460
August 22-24 Water Tower Festival, Clinton, Wisconsin, 608-676-5304
August 23-24 Multi-Ethnic Garlic Festival, Binghampton, New York, 607-723-9419
August 23-24 Cotati Accordion Festival, Cotati, California, 707-664-0444
August 23-24 Texas Bamboo Festival, Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, Texas, 512-929-9565
August 23-24 Pocono State Craft Festival, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania, 717-476-4460
August 23-24 The Solar and Good Living Festival, Hopland, California, 707-744-2107
August 23-24 TibetFest, Seattle Center House (Fisher Pavilion), Seattle, Washington, 206-684-7200
August 23-24 Evergreen Arts Festival, Evergreen, Colorado, 303-679-1609
August 23-24 Bayfest, North Beach, Maryland, 301-855-6681
August 26-September 1 Great Allentown Fair, fairgrounds, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 610-433-7541
August 29-31 Westfield Taste of the World, Town Green area, Westfield, Massachusetts, 413-564-6000
August 29-31 Wilhelm Tell Festival, Wilhelm Tell Fairgrounds, New Glarus, Wisconsin, 608-527-5642
August 30-31 All Crafts Fair, Johnston Park, South Haven, Michigan, 269-637-5171
August 30-31 Wheeler Salmon Festival, Wheeler, Oregon, 503-368-6163
August 30-31 Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, Broadway Avenue, Millbrae, California, 650-697-7324
August 30-September 1 Gathering at Great Divide, North Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado, 970-547-9326
August 30-September 1 Greek Festival, 900 Alameda, Belmont, California, 650-591-4447

Other August 2003 Events You Might Enjoy
August 8-9 International Rolle Bolle Tournament, Marshall, Minnesota, 507-562-4517
August 8-10 East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, West Springfield, Massachusetts, 413-737-2443
August 8-10 Minnesota Gladiola Society Show, Oak Park Mall, Austin, Minnesota, 507-437-7634
August 9 Great Petaluma Quilt Show, Downtown, Petaluma, California, 707-778-8015
August 9-10 Morning Glory Craft Fair, Marcus Center For Performing Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-272-4606
August 9-10 Art in the Park, Loveland, Colorado, 970-663-2407
August 14 Movie Music Magic, Marine Stadium, Long Beach, California, 562-570-3232
August 14-17 Illinois Doll Convention, Wyndham Hotel, Itasca, Illinois, 630-655-1022
August 16 Great Sand Sculpture Contest, Belmont Shore Beach, Long Beach, California, 562-434-1542
August 17 Concours d'Elegance, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, California, 831-659-0663
August 22-23 Celebrity Golf Shootout, Konocti Harber Resort & Spa, Kelseyville, California, 800-660-5253
August 23-24 Old Monterey Plein Air Painting & Fine Arts Promenade, Monterey, California, 831-655-8070
August 24 Frisco Founder's Day, Frisco, Colorado, 970-668-5276 or 800-424-1554
August 30 Sauk Prairie Cow Chop Throw, Sauk Prairir, Wisconsin, 608-643-4168 or 800-68-EAGLE

It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.
Please tell them you saw the listing in Deb's Monthly Review.

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Only a few years ago, if I had told you I was going to boot up, log on and blog, you would have thought I was using illicit drugs. Now, blogging is one of the fastest-growing ways to express yourself online.

A blog, or web log, is basically a diary or journal, with the added twist of pulling in online links to news stories, products, informational sites, and occasionally, other blogs. Writers of blogs may comment on current events, journal events of their daily life (both on, and away from, the computer), or may combine business life with personal pursuits. One of the most popular forms of blogging is that used by marketing people to get the word out about their company's products and services. I've seen poetry blogs, photo blogs, political blogs, and even group blogs (in which two or more people vent their opinions or share expertise on the same blog site).

You can read more about blogs here at Wikipedia.

My own modest blog creation is Write Lighting, created using the Blosxom software, which is Open Source and free of charge.

Here are a few more blogs:

Kevin's Blog
(technical, personal, etc.)

Big Fat Blog
(notes and links on body fat and social image)

Dark Horizons
(movie bits)

Fast Food Fever
(restaurant news, comments and product combinations)

The Diary of Samuel Pepys
(he would have been a natural at blogging!)

South Knox Bubba
(somewhat political, but much more)
(this one gives you links for photo blogs all over the world)

Happy blogging!



A Little Browsing...

The man in the banner below this text is not your average guy next door.
This man is Scott L. Schwartz.
If you ever get into trouble, you'll want him on your side.

This guy means business.
And his business is playing big and bad.
Big may come easy, because he's 6'10" and weighs about 300 pounds.
I'm not sure how he pulls off the bad part though, because he actually seems to be very...

Well, never mind. Just click on the banner and get ready for some action.

Scott played a camouflage wrestler in the highly successful film Spiderman,
which is now out on DVD.

Scott got to show us his big bad work in the CBS special
Return To The Bat Cave, which aired March 9.


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:

I'll Never Be Free
Basin Street Blues
Don't Go To Strangers
Easy Street

This CD was a long time
coming, but it was
worth waiting for.

Take a trip to
Listen Recordings
where you can order your copy.

Michael Parks - Coolin Soup' - Listen Recordings


Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

Joan Garnand
Creates from her home in Tennessee.
Her designs range from simply elegant to practical to whimsical. Joan also does hand-painted stationery, and she uses her (few) spare moments at festivals to paint faces.
Only a sample of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!


I thought I'd seen just about every 12-step program there was, but here's one for people who accumulate "stuff". It's Clutterers Anonymous.

There are so many martial arts styles that I get confused when someone tells me they practice Judo. I don't know the difference between that and Karate or Taekwondo. I did find a nice site that has links to sites featuring various Martial Arts Styles.


Looking for old friends, or want to research a small business? This is a nice list of Public Records. If you see a dollar sign beside the listing, you should expect a fee associated with your search.

November 4 is the launch date for NFL Network on cable TV.

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