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August 3, 2005
Loon Day
Mercer, Wisconsin
Sidewalk sales, helicopter rides, more than 250 arts and crafts booths, used book sale (at the Community Center), flea markets, Loon Calling Contest, dance, entertainment and food.
Get Further Information: Call 715-476-2389 or 877-551-2204.

August 3-7, 2005
Maine Lobster Festival
Harbor Park,
Rockland, Maine
Harbor cruises, entertainment, parade (this year volunteers are being honored for their contribution), maritime displays, and of special note is a visit from the USS Wasp LHD-1, an amphibious assault platform. Enjoy photography, a pageant, pancake breakfast, U.S. Coast Guard Station open house, the Maine Seafood Cooking Contest, arts and crafts and more. You can park free at Rockland District High School (on Broadway) and take a shuttle to the festival. Call for detailed directions. There is an admission charge to the festival for those age 6 and older.
Questions: Call 800-LOB-CLAW
or 207-596-0376

August 4-6, 2005
various venues,
Hardin, Missouri
Kiddie pedal tractor pull, back seat driving contest, beer garden, garden tractor pull, carnival, lip sync contest, car show, parade, BBQ, flea market, arts and crafts, 3-on-3 basketball, entertainment, food stand, drawings for prizes, fish fry.
Additional Details: Call 660-398-4833

August 4-6, 2005
Harvest Days
various venues,
Skowhegan, Maine
Lobster bake, golf tournament, arts and crafts, entertainment and more.
Questions: Call 207-474-3621
Note: If you stay in town a bit longer you can catch the State Fair, which is held August 11-20.

August 4-6, 2005
Raspberry Days
Various venues,
Garden City, Utah
Pageant, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast, 5K run, golf scramble, parade, fireworks, teen dance, food.
Further Details: Call 435-946-2714

August 4-7, 2005
North Carolina Watermelon Festival
unknown venue(s),
Fair Bluff, North Carolina
Bingo, entertainment, carnival, BBQ dinner, arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles, watermelon eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, free watermelon slices, and a tasty food fair with funnel cakes, lo mein noodles, strawberry daiquiris (non-alcoholic), sandwiches, apple sticks and more. There is also a fish dinner on Thursday evening.
Information: Call 262-398-5922

August 4-7, 2005
Steinbeck Festival
Oldtown area,
Salinas, California
This event celebrates its 25th year with films, walking tours, food, storytelling, readings of Steinbeck's work, music, wine, theatre, talks from Thomas Steinbeck and more. Some activities are ticketed separately and may have an admission charge.
Learn More: Call 831-775-4721

August 4-7, 2005
Jasper Strassenfest
unknown venue(s),
Jasper, Indiana
Pageant, youth golf tournament, Children's Box Parade, biergarten, carnival, German music and dance, karaoke contest, chicken dance contest, golf scramble, waterball for the kids (with assistance of local fire department), hot air balloon race, waterball contest for fire fighters, 5K run/walk, pet show,chili cooking contest and much more.
Further Details: Call 812-482-6866.

August 4-7, 2005
Riverside Park,
Watertown, Wisconsin
Rock climbing, entertainment, Taste of Watertown, classic cars, drawings for prizes, fireworks, 5K run/walk, raft race, arts and crafts, kids' casting contest, carnival rides and more.
Additional Information: Call 920-261-6320

August 4-7, 2005
Flambeau Rama
5th Street North,
Park Falls, Wisconsin
Car show, parade, sidewalk sales, merchant specials, carnival, arts and crafts, entertainment, food court.
More: Call 800-762-2709

August 4-7, 2005
Jack Pine Savage Days
various venues,
Spooner, Wisconsin
Activities for kids, food booths, entertainment, 5-mile run/2-mile walk, volleyball tournaments, 3-on-3 basketball, pancake breakfast (Sunday morning at the fire hall on Summit Street), lip sync contest, air band contest and more.
Questions: Call 715-635-2168 or 800-367-3306

August 4-7, 2005
Ribfest/Pig Gig
Veterans Park,
Bay City, Michigan
Lumberjack shows, petting zoo, BBQ, activities for kids, contests, entertainment, pig races and more.
Additional Details: Call 866-684-0452

August 4-7, 2005
Wood Turtle Days
Wilton Village Park/Community Center,
Wilton, Wisconsin
Water fights, entertainment, games for kids, fireworks, arts and crafts, food, parade, softball and volleyball tournaments.
Further Information: Call 608-435-6512

August 5-6, 2005
Watermelon Carnival
City Park,
Water Valley, Mississippi
Lawnmower races, classic cars, square dancing, arts and crafts, food, entertainment, 5K run/walk, plenty of watermelon. There is no admission charge.
Learn More: Call 662-473-1122 or 887-604-5462

August 5-6, 2005
Burger Fest/Balloon Rally
Main Street area,
Seymour, Wisconsin
Hot air balloons fly mornings and evenings, weather permitting. Enjoy classic cars, a motorcycle rally, arts and crafts, the Bun Run, entertainment, Hardees Hamburger Eating Contest, a parade, Big Wheel race, the ketchup slide competition and the serving of a very large hamburger. They'll also be unveiling a statue to honor Hamburger Charlie.
Additional Details: Call 920-833-6688

August 5-6, 2005
Wilton Blueberry Festival
Downtown area,
Wilton, Maine
Activities for kids, health information, sidewalk sale, bingo, arts and crafts, fireworks, antique tractor pull, boat tours, rummage sales, blueberry bazaar with baked goods, lunches, BBQ, entertainment, pie sale, parade, blueberry cook-off, chili tasting contest, 10K and 1 mile run, a special display of the Vietnam Moving Wall. The festival is celebrating its 23rd year.
Questions: Call 207-778-4726

August 5-7, 2005
Twin Days
Glenn Chamberlin Park,
Twinsburg, Ohio
Twins are the big focus at this event, but everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Many twins come with family members and friends, and sometimes twins come without their twin. There are games, wiener roasts, parade, breakfasts, entertainment and more. And there's the obligatory twins group photo taken on the last day of fun.
Further Details: Call 330-425-3652

August 5-7, 2005
Schulenburg Festival
Wolters Park,
Schulenburg, Texas
5K run/walk and 1.5 mile Run For Scouting, tricycle races, carnival, arts and crafts, cow chip toss, egg toss, 3-on-3 basketball, chili cook-off, softball tournaments for men and women, horseshoe pitching tournament, rodeo events, food booths, Go Texan BBQ Cook-off, volleyball tournament, biergarten, Jackpot Beans Contest, Highspeed Hayride, dance, cow patty bingo, turtle races, entertainment.
Get More Information: Call 888-515-1195

August 5-7, 2005
Belgian American Days
unknown venue(s),
Ghent, Minnesota
Parade, food, Rolle Bolle tournament, arts and crafts.
Further Details: Call 507-428-3505

August 5-7, 2005
Wild West Weekend
various venues,
Dexter, Maine
Kid parade, Wild West Costume Contest, street dance, tobacco spitting contest (must be 18 or over to participate), Hungry Cowpoke's Breakfast and Chicken Pie Supper, library book sale, Fireman's Auction, Duckie Race, beer garden, pig scramble, Shriner Parade, bingo, arts and crafts, Wild West Olympics (at Crosby Park), big yard sale, pie sale, entertainment, car show and more.
Learn More: Call 207-824-7351

August 5-7, 2005
Grizzly Fest
10042 S. River Road,
Portage, New York
Games and contests, entertainment, chicken BBQ, mountain men encampment, logging demonstrations, arts and crafts, antique tractor pulls.
Find Out Details: Call 585-476-2249

August 5-7, 2005
Lucy's Birthday Celebration
Lucy-Desi Museum,
Jamestown, New York
Take a tour of Lucille Ball's hometown with the man who worked as her chauffeur, enjoy a mystery lunch, find collectibles at the Lucy-Desi Memorabilia Collectors' Show, art, film, a candy wrapping contest and more.
Further Information: Call 716-484-7070

August 5-7, 2005
various venues,
Elbow Lake, Minnesota
Classic cars, parade, fireworks, street dances, corn feed, tractor display, games, air show, BBQ, Taste of Scandinavia, troll-related activities and more.
Get Details: Call 218-685-5380

August 6, 2005
Village Fair
Village Green,
Stonington, Connecticut
Games, rides for kids, book fair, food, entertainment and more.
Questions: Call 860-535-2476.

August 6, 2005
Forbestown Daze
Forbestown, California
Parade, arts and crafts, music, food, plus costumed characters present history in reenactments.
Learn More: Call 530-675-2577 or 530-675-0194.

August 6, 2005
Clark Potato Days
various venues,
Clark, South Dakota
Mashed potato wrestling, antique farming equipment on display, potato decorating contests, kids' tractor pull, kids' coloring contest, horseshoe tournament, potato dish cooking contest, potato sculptures, arts and crafts, Golf Cart Poker Run, parade, classic cars, softball tournament, festival merchandise.
Information: Call 605-532-3512.

August 6, 2005
Acorn Days
unknown venue(s),
Cedar, Minnesota
Tractor pull, parade, entertainment, food, carnival, classic cars, silent auction, horse & carriage rides, bingo, marshmallow longest drive contest, horseshoe tournament, arts and crafts and more.
Further Details: Call 763-753-1920

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August 6, 2005
Cookie Daze
Barlow Park,
Ripon, Wisconsin
Events are held rain or shine, and include the Cookie Blaster Rocket Shop & Launch Pad, horse drawn wagon rides, pageant, Kookie Cookie Bingo, fish pond, basketball free-throw contest, clown show, cookie hunts especially for small children's fun, cookie decorating, cookie baking and tasting. This festival is a great one to take the children to.
Additional Information: Call 920-748-6764

August 6, 2005
Cherry Fest
Lakeside Park on Hwy 57,
Jacksonport, Wisconsin
Baked goods featuring cherries, arts and crafts, historical displays, entertainment, food booths, carriage and wagon rides, penny hunt for kids.
Learn More: Call 920-823-2288

August 7, 2005
Raspberry Festival
St. Gertrude's Museum grounds,
Cottonwood, Idaho
Fun run, cake walk, quilt show, arts and crafts, raspberry products for sale, raspberry shortcake, activities for children, music, classic cars and more.
Questions: Call 208-962-7123.

August 10-13, 2005
Baltimore Festival
Johnson Park,
Baltimore, Ohio
Pageant, carnival games and rides, teen night, cruise in, parade, entertainment, fireworks, drawings for prizes, arts and crafts, 5K road race.
Further Details: Call 740-438-0837

August 10-14, 2005
Fun Fest
Main & Market area,
North Manchester, Indiana
Arts and crafts, entertainment, food, Cruise-In on Friday, parade, more. There is no admission charge.
More: Call 260-982-7644

August 11-13, 2005
St. Joe Pickle Festival
Johnson Park,
St. Joseph, Indiana
Pickle/Pepper Cook-off, teen dance, climbing wall, Pickle Derby, pancake breakfast, parade, entertainment, tours of Sechlers pickle factory, petting zoo, fish fry, chicken BBQ, bingo, horseshoe pitching contest, arts and crafts, food vendors, gospel music, pet parade, and let's not forget to mention the Pickle, Pepper, Poker, People Walk.
Questions: Call 260-337-5470.

August 11-13, 2005
Holy Rosary Church,
Ansonia, Connecticut
This festival celebrates Italian heritage with raffles, activities for kids, music, games and rides, a marketplace and plenty of Italian food.
Learn More: Call 203-735-1787.

August 11-14, 2005
Looney Days
Main Street area,
Vergas, Minnesota
Merchant specials, street dance, arts and crafts, games for kids, loon calling contest, karaoke (children and adults), turtle races, food, classic cars.
Further Details: Call 218-342-2401

August 11-14, 2005
Scandinavian Festival
Festival Grounds,
Junction City, Oregon
Scandinavian arts and crafts booths, Skandia Run, craft demonstrations, beer garden, meatball dinner, museum openings, music and dance, commercial booths, plus plenty of treats such as meat pies, lingonberry ice cream, salad on a stick, aebelskiver, lefse and rosettes.
Questions: Call 815-539-6507

August 11-14, 2005
Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park,
Hope, Arkansas
Entertainment, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, activities for kids, arm wrestling contest, antique engine show, motorcycle show, bass tournament, sports card show, melon auction, seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest, 5K run/walk and more.
Additional Information: Call 870-777-3640

August 11-14, 2005
National Blueberry Festival
South Haven, Michigan
Now in its 42nd year, the festival offers a 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, sand-sculpting, entertainment, pie eating contests, and plenty of treats such as blueberry popcorn and chocolate-covered berries.
Learn More: Call 269-637-5252 or 800-764-2836

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August 11-14, 2005
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
most events are downtown,
Mendota, Illinois
Carnival, teen battle of the bands, hospitality and cooling tents, wildlife demonstrations and information, pageant, blood drive, youth parade, flea market, arts and crafts, food booths, police canine demonstrations, tennis tournament, free sweet corn (2pm on Sunday), parade, classic cars, fresh Del Monte sweet corn for sale by the bag.
Additional Details: Call 815-539-6507.

August 11-14, 2005
Iowa Sweet Corn Festival
unknown venue(s),
West Point, Iowa
BBQ, fresh sweet corn, sweet corn eating contest, arts and crafts, entertainment and more.
Further Information: Call 319-837-6313.

August 11-14, 2005
Amish Acres Arts &
Crafts Festival

1600 W. Market Street,
Nappanee, Indiana
More than 375 artists show and sell their work, plus there will be entertainment on 3 stages, swan paddle boats, shows at the Round Barn Theatre, rides, festival foods, roving entertainment and more. There is an admission charge for those age 12 and over. Parking is free. Please do not bring pets to this event.
Learn More: Call 574-773-4168 or 800-800-4942

August 11-21, 2005
Carnation Festival
Various venues,
Alliance, Ohio
Entertainment, Carnation Photo Contest, parade, pageant, used book sale at the library, historic home tours, ice cream socials, sports events, senior bowling, fireworks, pet show, hot air balloons, golf scramble, flower show, BBQ, sale of carnations, arts and crafts.
Questions: Call 330-823-5150

August 12-13, 2005
Great Goshen Grill Out
Elkhart, Indiana
Grilling contest, pancake breakfast, entertainment, beer tent, concert on Saturday evening, activities for kids and more.
Additional Details: Call 574-296-5844

August 12-13, 2005
Pit Festival
unknown venue(s),
Battle Mountain, Nevada
The Washington Post onced called Battle Mountain "the armpit of America". Rather than take it badly, the town turned a razz into some snazz, with events such as a deodorant toss, armpit beauty competition, arts and crafts, sweat T-shirt contest, a tug-of-war, rock breaking and plenty of food. The unusual celebration is spurred on by the makers of Old Spice, Procter & Gamble.
Further Information: Call 270-782-0800 or 800-326-7465

August 12-14, 2005
Polska Kielbasa Festival
various venues,
Ivanhoe, Minnesota
3-on-3 basketball, softball tournaments, golf, flea market, arts and crafts, entertainment, karaoke, fireworks and plenty of ethnic foods.
Learn More: Call 507-694-1736

August 12-14, 2005
Minnesota Irish Festival
Harriet Island,
St. Paul, Minnesota
Entertainment with Irish music and dance, sheep herding demonstrations, storytelling, paddleboat rides, gaelic football, tug of war, Irish soda bread baking contest, photo contest, food.
Additional Details: Call 952-474-7411

August 12-14, 2005
Ole Hickory Days
various venues,
Colfax, Indiana
Entertainment, pageant, flea market, games, fish fry, arts and crafts, library book sale, tricycle races, bathtub races, Firefighter Olympics, parade, breakfast, chicken noodle dinner (at UM Church) and more.
Questions: Call 765-650-0321

August 12-14, 2005
Kentland Summer Festival
unknown venue(s),
Kentland, Indiana
Enjoy games and contests, rides, activities for kids, food and more.
Further Details: Call 219-474-6050

August 12-14, 2005
Kool-Aid Days
unknown venue(s),
Hastings, Nebraska
Entertainment, giant inflatables for the kids, rock climbing wall, festival-related merchandise, sidewalk sale, Kool-Aid Cruise of America, bicyle tour, 30th birthday celebration of the Kool-Aid Man, special events at Hastings Museum, exhibits, golf scramble, Kwickest Kool-Aid Drinking Contest, Krazy Kart races.
Learn More: Call 800-967-2189

August 12-14, 2005
Huckleberry Festival
Community Park,
Trout Creek, Montana
Entertainment, huckleberry pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, huckleberry dessert contest, family dance, huckleberries for sale.
Questions: Call 406-827-3301 or 406-827-4091

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August 12-21, 2005
Bill Johnston's Pirate Days
various venues,
Alexandria Bay, New York
Pirates storm the village from the St. Lawrence River and kick off the fun! Enjoy storytelling, a boat parade, arts and crafts, activities for kids, dance, much more.
Additional Information: Call 800-541-2110

August 13, 2005
Victorian Art Fair
Irons Park,
West Branch, Michigan
Old-fashioned entertainment, games for kids, food, arts and crafts, exhibitors and more.
Get Details: Call 989-345-3856

August 13-14, 2005
Gold Rush Days
Main Street area,
Buena Vista, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Championship Pack Burro Race, melodrama, gunfighter reenactments, storytelling, rubber duck race, music, gold panning, pancake breakfast, more than 120 arts and crafts booths, food.
Learn More: Call 719-395-6612

August 13-14, 2005
Gravenstein Apple Fair
Ragle Ranch Park,
Sebastopol, California
Apple pie eating contest, 2 stages of entertainment, apple pie baking contest, chef demonstrations, beer and wine tasting, farm exhibits, area for children, arts and crafts.
Details: Call 707-824-1765 or 800-207-9464

August 13-14, 2005
Havre de Grace Seafood Festival
Tydings Park,
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Entertainment, auction, raffle, arts and crafts, food.
Get Information: Call 410-939-1525

August 13-14, 2005
Covered Bridge Days
Brodhead, Wisconsin
Classic cars, 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, parade, entertainment, softball tournament, volleyball tournament, sidewalk sale, flea market, street dance, antique tractors, more.
Questions: Call 608-897-8411

August 13-14, 2005
Jour De Fete
Historic District,
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
More than 600 arts and crafts booths, music, exhibits and displays of a French Colonial nature. Admission is free.
Further Information: Call 573-883-3686 or 800-373-7007

August 13-19, 2005
Corn Festival
unknown venue(s),
Avon, New York
More than 150 arts and crafts booths, contests, festival foods (including lots of fresh corn), commercial vendors and entertainment. The event runs from 10am-6pm.
Additional Details: Call 585-226-8090

August 14, 2005
Musky Jamboree
unknown venue(s),
Boulder Junction, Wisconsin
Kids' casting contest, A Taste of Musky, flea market, entertainment, more than 170 arts and crafts booths, Musky Fun Run, classic cars, food.
Find Out More: Call 715-385-2400

August 17-20, 2005
Pemberville Free Fair
Memorial Park,
Pemberville, Ohio
Frog jumping contest, flower show, arts and crafts, Portage River Poker Run, quilt show, Swine Scramble, tug of war contest, vehicle show, youth talent contest, volleyball tournament and more.
Learn Details: Call 419-287-4836 or 419-287-3832

August 18-21, 2005
Beef & Dairy Days
Whitehall, Wisconsin
Quilt and needlework show, softball tournament, volleyball tournament, bike tour, parade, cattle show, carnival rides, arts and crafts (on Sunday), 5K run/walk, classic cars, bingo, garden tractor pull, food.
Additional Information: Call 715-538-4353

August 18-21, 2005
Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival
Angell Park,
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Carnival games and rides, parade on Thursday, beer tent, activities for kids, petting zoo, food booths, entertainment, uncooked corn for sale, cooked sweet corn and other festival foods, storytelling, rock climbing wall, arts and crafts.
More: Call 608-837-4547

August 18-21, 2005
Telluride Mushroom Festival
various venues,
Telluride, Colorado
Information on all sorts of mushrooms, cooking demonstrations, seminars, poetry and music, mushroom tasting, mushroom, parade, chefs' mushroom cook-off, workshops on growing mushrooms and more.
Get Details: Call 303-296-9359

August 18-21, 2005
Howell Melon Festival
Howell, Michigan
Used library book sale, Melon Run, bingo, entertainment, activities for kids, carnival, farmers market, arts and crafts, festival parade, commercial and community vendors, food, pancake breakfast, car show.
Learn More: Call 517-546-7477

August 19-20, 2005
National Lentil Festival
Pullman, Washington
Street dance, games, arts and crafts, entertainment, free lentil chili for everyone, Lentil 5K Fun Run, Tour de Lentil 100K, lentil pancake breakfast, lentil crafts, parades, lentil cooking contests, activities for kids, juggling school.
Additional Information: Call 800-365-6948

August 19-21, 2005
Festival of the Little Hills
St. Charles, Missouri
Festival foods, arts and crafts, entertainment, activities for kids, You can ride a shuttle from Duchesne High School, St. Charles West High School or Family Arena.
Get Details: Call 636-949-8686

August 19-21, 2005
Elwood Glass Festival
Callaway Park,
Elwood, Indiana
In its 33rd year the festival offers fun such as a flea market, vintage cars, tours of the glass factory, quilt show, carnival, parade, arts and crafts, entertainment and food. There is no admission charge.
Questions: Call 765-552-0180

August 19-21, 2005
McCloud Heritage Days
various venues,
McCloud, California
Antique logging demonstrations, arts and crafts, antiques, classic cars, antique tractors, entertainment, melodrama, food.
Learn More: Call 530-964-2591

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August 19-21, 2005
Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
unknown venue(s),
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Contests and raffles, arts and crafts, entertainment, historic tours, food, parade, activities for kids.
Additional Details: Call 734-483-6071

August 19-21, 2005
Obetz Zucchinifest
Downtown area,
Machias, Maine
Blueberry pancake breakfast, kids parade, fish fry, Blueberry Musical, Wild Blueberry Run (1 mile and 5 mile), Wild Blueberry Cooking Contest, dessert bar, music, postal cancellation, quilt raffle, Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, merchant specials. If you get there a day early you can go to the BBQ chicken dinner on Thursday evening.
Questions: Call 207-255-6655

August 20, 2005
300 South & 300 West,
Salt Lake City, Utah
Bocce ball, Italian cars on display, entertainment, arts and crafts, wine tasting, cheese tasting, vendors of Italian foods.
Further Details: Call 801-979-1997

August 20, 2005
Coffee Break Festival
Mandt Community Park,
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Stoughton claims to be the place where the coffee break began. Celebrate with a 5K and 1-mile run, activities for kids, arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, entertainment, food and plenty of free hot coffee. The event runs from 8am-3pm.
Additional Information: Call 888-873-7912

August 20-21, 2005
Round Valley Blackberry Festival
Blackberry Festival Grounds,
Covelo, California
Music, arts and crafts, activities for kids and plenty of blackberry treats, wine tasting, classic cars, 10K run.
Find Out More: Call 707-983-6144

August 20-21, 2005
Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts
Fowler Park,
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Silent auction, activities for kids, arts and crafts, entertainment on 3 stages, food vendors. The event is held rain or shine. Please leave pets at home.
Details: Call 262-567-1243

August 20-21, 2005
Greek Festival
111 Island Pond Road,
Manchester, New Hampshire
Church tours, entertainment, raffles, crafts, activities for kids, Greek foods.
Further Information: Call 603-623-2045

August 20-21, 2005
Virginia Wine Festival
Long Branch Farm,
Millwood, Virginia
Seminars, arts and crafts, activities for kids, wine tasting, merchant specials, entertainment. The designated driver program allows one person in your party to be provided with nonalcoholic beverages during the event. The festival is held rain or shine.
Questions: Call 800-520-9670

August 21, 2005
Art in the Park
Civic Park,
New Holstein, Wisconsin
Pancake breakfast, entertainment, used book sale at the library (across the street from the park), arts and crafts, corn roast, other foods.
Additional Information: Call 920-898-5640

August 21-27, 2005
Union Fair & Blueberry Festival
Fairgrounds on Common Road,
Union, Maine
In addition to the fun of a community fair, you can enjoy a wild blueberry pancake breafast, an all-you-can-eat pancake contest. And there are pie eating contests plus free tastes of blueberry pie. Other fair events include a demolition derby, harness racing, 4-H projects on display, horse pulling and oxen pulling competitions, a tractor pull, music, watermelon seed spitting contest, bubblegum blowing contest, back seat driving contest and more.
Learn More: Call 207-785-3281

August 25-27, 2005
Duncan Hines Festival
unknown venue(s),
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Recipe contest, music, food, duck race, activities for kids, arts and crafts, outdoor movie.
Further Details: Call 270-782-0800 or 800-326-7465

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August 25-28, 2005
Obetz Zucchinifest
Lancaster Park,
Obetz, Ohio
Entertainment, car cruise-in, pageant, arts and crafts and festival foods such as Zucchini Burgers.
Questions: Call 614-497-2518

August 26-27, 2005
Olive Festival
Various venues,
Corning, California
Parade, lawnmower races, water festival, Missing Olive contest, pageant, youth dance, arts and crafts, activities for kids, entertainment, cooking contest, talent show, pancake breakfast, bed races.
Further Information: Call 530-824-5550

August 26-27, 2005
Bodock Festival
Courthouse Square,
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Arts and crafts, golf tournament, Bodock Fence Post Throwing Contest, 5K run, petting zoo, games, food.
Details: Call 662-489-5042

August 26-28, 2005
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Edible arts, literary arts, more than 200 artisans showing and selling their work, strolling performers, art demonstrations, 4 stages of entertainment, food, area for kids.
Learn More: Call 920-435-2787

August 26-28, 2005
Prairie Festival
unknown venue(s),
Huxley, Iowa
Parade, tractor show, arts and crafts, pageant, 5K/10K run/walk, hillbilly auction, horseshoe pitching tournament.
Questions: Call 515-597-2561

August 26-28, 2005
Markle Wildcat Festival
Markle Park,
Markle, Indiana
Bingo, car show, garden tractor pull, Grouch Contest, demolition derby, vendors, historic encampment.
Further Details: Call 260-758-2855

August 27, 2005
Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry
& Huckleberry Festival
unknown venue(s),
Ellenville, New York
Area cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, games, blueberry pie baking contest, blueberry pie sale, blueberry pancake breakfast, entertainment. The rain date for events is August 28.
Questions: Call 845-647-4620

August 27-28, 2005
Elmwood Avenue Festival Of The Arts
Elmwood Avenue (at Auburn St.),
Buffalo, New York
Parade, wine tasting, dance, music, art, kids' parade, activities for kids, food.
Find Out More: Call 716-830-2484

August 27-28, 2005
Keystone State Hot & Stinky Garlic & Herb Festival
Zanolini Nursery,
Drums, Pennsylvania
Garlic eating contest, hot pepper eating contest, pottery making demonstrations, arts and crafts, music, chili cooking contest, festival foods. The festival runs from 11am-8pm on Saturday and from 11am-5pm on Sunday.
Additional Details: Call 570-788-3152

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August 27-28, 2005
Seven Springs Wine & Food Festival
777 Water Wheel Drive,
Champion, Pennsylvania
Grape stomp, wine tastings, fireworks, music, activities for kids, arts and crafts, food. This is the festival's 13th year.
Questions: Call 866-703-7625

August 27-28, 2005
Coplay Community Days
Saylor Park,
Coplay, Pennsylvania
5K race, entertainment, tours of area kilns, arts and crafts, food.
Find Out More: Call 610-262-6088

August 27-28, 2005
Festival in the Pines
Carson Park,
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Now in its 23rd year, the festival offers a petting zoo, more than 250 arts and crafts booths, entertainment, Pub Garden, games and rides for kids and entertainment. Enjoy festival foods such as sweet potato fries, fajitas, BBQ and cheesecake on a stick. There is an admission charge for those age 12 and older.
Additional Details: Call 888-611-7463

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Brief, bare-boned last-minute festival listings:

August 3-7 Marian Days, 1900 S. Grand Ave., Carthage, Missouri, 417-358-7787
August 4-7 Phelps Sauerkraut Festival, Phelps, New York, 315-548-8017
August 5-6 Great River Road Food Festival,
                               Main Street Marketplance, Natchez, Mississippi, 601-445-0338
August 5-6 Zoar Mosquito Festival, United Methodist Church, Zoar, Indiana, 812-536-2920
August 5-7 Riverfest, Vassar, Michigan, 989-823-2601
August 5-7 Nifty 50's Celebration, Ponca, Nebraska, 402-755-2224
August 5-7 Wilber Czech Festival, Wilber, Nebraska
August 6 Crossroads Festival, Lima, New York, 585-582-1481
August 6 Filipino Heritage Festival, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose, California
August 6 Brush Valley Days, Fireman's Field, Brush Valley, Pennsylvania, 724-479-0845
August 6-7 Waterfront Arts Festival, Waterfront Park, New London, Connecticut, 860-912-0422
August 6-7 West Springfield Art Festival, Junction of Routes 5 & 20, West Springfield, Massachusetts
August 6-7 Carmel Valley Fiesta, Carmel Valley, California, 831-659-4502
August 6-7 Maui Onion Festival, Whalers Village, Lahaina, Hawaii, 808-661-4567
August 6-7 Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival, 10am-6pm, Downtown Plaza, Watsonville, California, 831-768-3266
August 6-7 Peaches & Cream Festival, Apple Holler, Sturtevant, Wisconsin, 262-886-8500
August 6-7 Heritage Days, Park Circle, Angelica, New York, 585-466-3216
August 6-7 Festa Italiana, 3730 Auburn Bld., Sacramento, California, 916-690-5634
August 6-7 Cabrillo Music, Art & Wine Festival,
                               Church Street near Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, California, info@cabrillomusic.org
August 7 Possum Festival, Wausau, Florida, 850-638-4157
August 7 Taste of Dorset, Park Rapids, Minnesota, 218-732-0275
August 10-13 Schweizer Fest, Tell City, Indiana, 888-343-6262
August 10-13 Big Coal River Festival, Whitesville, West Virginia, 304-854-1224
August 12-13 Festival of Summer, downtown, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 262-723-5788
August 12-14 Milbank Train Festival, Milbank, South Dakota
August 12-14 Canada Days, Bethel, Maine, 207-824-2908 or 800-824-2910
August 12-14 Pure Water Days/Heritage Fun Fest, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 888-723-0024
August 13 Tomato Festival, downtown, Yuba City, California, 530-218-2320
August 13 Tomato Festival, Texas Street downtown, Fairfield, California, 707-422-0103
August 13-14 Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar,
                               2401 Riverside Ave., Sacramento, California, 916-446-0121
August 13-14 Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic, Connecticut, 860-572-9578
August 14 Scandinavian Saturday, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, 715-468-2904
August 14 Peach Festival, Attica, New York, 585-591-2161
August 17-20 Spudfest Drive-In Family Film & Music Festival,
                               various venues, Driggs, Idaho, 208-354-3221
August 19-20 Peach Festival, Palisade, Colorado, 970-464-7458
August 19-21 Diamond Days, Blairsville, Pennsylvania, 724-459-6252
August 19-21 Medaryville Community Potato Fest, Medaryville, Indiana, 219-843-3371
August 20 Newfane August Fest, Newfane, New York, 716-778-7674
August 20-21 Olde Farmers Fest, downtown, Rolling Prairie, Indiana, 219-324-6206
August 20-22 Lewis & Clark Heritage Days,
                               Heritage Park, Elk Point, South Dakota, 605-356-2164
August 25-28 Swiss Wine Festival,
                               Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, Vevay, Indiana, 800-435-5688
August 26-27 Crane Broiler Festival, Crane, Missouri, 417-723-5248
August 27 Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, downtown, Cary, North Carolina, 919-462-3864
August 27 AquaFest, Cedar Lake Park, Olathe, Kansas, 913-971-6263
August 27-28 Festival of the Arts, Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 630-790-9180

Other August 2005 Events You Might Enjoy
Items in this section may also be festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
August 2 Teddy Bear Picnic, 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 716-884-0095
August 4-7 World's Longest Outdoor Sale,
                               Along U.S. Highway 127, headquartered in Jamestown, Tennessee, 859-491-0458
August 4-7 Street Rod Nationals, Kentucky Fair & Expo Center, Louisville, Kentucky, 901-452-4030
August 5-7 Wizard World,
                               Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois, conventions@wizarduniverse.com
August 5-7 Fandemonium, Civic Center, Nampa, Idaho, borneo@fandemonium.org
August 6 Antiques Festival on the Green, Hubbard Green, Glastonbury, Connecticut, 860-633-6890
August 6 Midwest Scroll Saw Picnic, Middle School, Richland, Wisconsin, 608-647-2591
August 6 Pancake Breakfast,
                               First Presbyterian Church at 90 & 34B, King Ferry, New York, 315-364-7065
August 6-7 Gun & Knife Show, Kansas Coliseum, Wichita, Kansas
August 6-7 Trade Days, Hwy. 306, Coldwater, Mississippi
August 6-7 Great Hattiesburg Gun & Knife Show,
                               University Inn, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 601-583-7500
August 6-8 Metris Uptown Art Fair, Hennepin Ave. area, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 612-823-4581
August 10 Food Festival, Albany, New York, 518-473-0559
August 11-14 Cumberland Craft Show, Fairgrounds, Cumberland, Maine, 207-621-1945
August 12-14 Maine Antiques Festival, Fairgrounds, Union, Maine, 207-563-1013
August 12-14 On The Green 2 Arts & Crafts Festival,
                               10am-5pm, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, 603-528-4014
August 12-14 Conglomeration, Clarion Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, info@conglomeration.org
August 13 Stroll Through The Park, Albion Park, Edgerton, Wisconsin, 608-884-3581
August 13 Waldensian Festival, Main Street area, Valese, North Carolina, 828-879-2129
August 13 Somerset Antique Show, uptown, Somerset, Pennsylvania, 814-445-6431
August 13-14 Egyptfest/Antique Tractor Pull, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
August 13-14 Fine Arts Show, Playground Park, Green Lake, Wisconsin, 800-253-7354
August 13-14 Collectors Carnival, 4-H Fairgrounds, Evansville, Indiana, 812-471-9419
August 13-14 Art in the Park, Library Park, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 262-249-7988
August 13-14 Morning Glory Craft Fair, 929 N. Water, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-259-1440
August 13-14 Outdoor Art Festival, Historic downtown, Mystic, Connecticut, 860-572-9578
August 13-15 Plein Air Painting, High Country Lodge, Magdalena, New Mexico, 505-854-2953
August 14 Crafts in the Park, Village Park, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, 715-986-4680
August 15-20 Bay Area Tap Festival, various venues, San Francisco, California, 415-294-4941
August 18-21 Gen Con Indy, Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, 206-957-3976
August 19-20 Mums The Word, Courthouse Lawn, Bedford, Indiana, 812-275-8047
August 19-20 Ignite The Nites, downtown, Libby, Montana, 406-293-2633
August 19-21 Armadillocon, Doubletree Hotel North, Austin, Texas, 512-477-6259
August 20-21 Children First Festival, Ellicottville, New York, 716-699-5544
August 20-21 Santa Fe Indian Market, downtown, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 505-983-5220
August 20-21 Art Show, Tydings Park, Havre de Grace, Maryland, 410-939-9342
August 21 Tomato/To-Mah-To Heirloom Tomato Tasting Feast,
                               86 Nooks Hill Rd., Cromwell, Connecticut, 860-223-6200
August 21 Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach, California, 831-622-1700
August 26 Air Force Band of Liberty,
                               Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York, 716-357-6250
August 26-27 BBQ Fest, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 573-335-3312
August 26-28 Frog Follies, 4-H Fairgrounds, Evansville, Indiana, 812-428-3764
August 26-28 Indianapolis Air Show, Mt. Comfort Airport, Greenfield, Indiana, 317-335-7252
August 26-28 Bondville Fair, Route 30, Bondville, Vermont, 802-297-1882
August 26-September 1 Centre County Grange Fair,
                               Grange Park, Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, 814-364-1495
August 27-28 Island Park Show, Island Park, Fargo, North Dakota, 701-241-1350
August 27-29 Miami County Heritage Days, 4-H Fairgrounds at 1029 W. 200 N.,
                               Denver, Indiana, 765-985-3435

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This guy means business.
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Big may come easy, because he's 6'10" and weighs about 300 pounds.
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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:

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

This CD was a long time
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Take a trip to
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Michael Parks - Coolin Soup' - Listen Recordings


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Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

Joan Garnand
creates from her home in Tennessee.
Her design styles range from simple elegance to whimsical fun. Joan
does hand-painted stationery, uses
spare moments at festivals to paint
faces, and entertains children at private
parties. Only a small sample
of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!


A Little Browsing...

More and more chain stores are offering reloadable gift cards that can be used just like cash at their various locations, among them 7-Eleven and Starbucks. Now you can add Subway Subway to that list. The card is replacing the Sub Club program in at least half a dozen states, and the company may make the Subway Card available in more states soon, since it's ending it's Sub Club card program will be gone by the end of 2005.
Remember though--these cards are like cash. If you leave one lying around it can be picked up and used by anyone. Registering the card can help, if you notify the company in the event the card is lost or stolen. And be sure to check the fine print when you use these cards. Some companies add a service charge on inactive cards after a certain period of time.

If you'd like to get a gang together to do some traveling in the Northeast of the U.S., consider the Share Fares program being offered by Amtrack. Buy two tickets by September 30 (you can do the actual traveling until the end of the year) and the third through sixth passengers in your group will get their far for 90 percent off. Get the details on Amtrak's web site.

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Our states in the Southwest are in the throes of monsoon season, which typically lasts until mid-September. The good news is that the rain wakes the desert floor and produces great blooms later. If you not into trekking across the desert to find botanical wonders you might want to take advantage of places like the University of Arizona's Campus Arboretum. Their online guide to What's In Bloom will help you make the most of a visit to the American Southwest.

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