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August 2, 2006
Loon Day
Mercer, Wisconsin
It's the 26th year for this event. Come and celebrate with more than 250 arts and crafts booths, face painting, a raffle, bake sale, varsity basketball tournament, helicopter rides, sidewalk sales, Loon Calling Contest, used book sale (at the Community Center), entertainment, food and a dance. The fun goes from 9am-4pm.
Learn More: Call 715-476-2389 or 877-551-2204

August 2-5, 2006
North Carolina Watermelon Festival
Various venues,
Fair Bluff, North Carolina
In its 21st year the festival offers free watermelon slices, bingo, a carnival, parade, antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, a watermelon eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, food fair, 5K run/walk and fireworks.
Get the Facts: Call 262-398-5922

August 2-6, 2006
Recreation Center,
Romeoville, Illinois
Karaoke, horseshoe pitching, arts and crafts, fireworks Friday night and Sunday night, 5K run/walk, music, community booths, tennis tournament, volleyball tournament, food vendors, softball, carnival, bingo, clowns, magic show. Free shuttle to and from from several locations.
Information: Call 815-886-6222

August 2-6, 2006
Maine Lobster Festival
Harbor Park,
Rockland, Maine
10K road race, storytelling, lobster boat demos, carnival, children's parade, grand parade, vendors, pageant, pancake breakfast, US Coast Guard Station open house, juried arts and crafts, food tent, tours of US Coast Guard vessels, crate race, strolling stiltwalkers, diaper derby and more. You can park free at Rockland District High School (on Broadway) and take a shuttle to the festival. There will be no admission charge on August 2, which is Home Town Day. This is the festival's 59th year.
Additional Details: Call 207-596-0376 or 800-LOB-CLAW

August 3-5, 2006
Harvest Days
various venues,
St. Louis, Missouri
Miniature golf tournament, entertainment, lobster bake, arts and crafts.
Questions? Call 207-474-3621

August 3-5, 2006
Bear Lake Raspberry Days
Various venues,
Garden City, Utah
Pancake breakfast (Sat. from 7-11am), rodeo at Laketown Arena, talent show, music, food, pageant, arts and crafts, 5K run, golf scramble, parade, fireworks. Please leave pets comfortably at home.
Additional Details: Call 435-946-2714 or 435-946-2901

August 3-6, 2006
Steinbeck Festival
Salinas, California
Enjoy this 26th year with films, walking tours, bus tours, readings of Steinbeck's work, talks from Thomas Steinbeck and others, display of letters and other memorabilia from Steinbeck's first wife. Keep in mind that the event is more cultural than carnival-like. Remember that some events may be ticketed separately, have an admission charge, and/or require reservations.
Information: Call 831-775-4721

August 3-6, 2006
Jasper Strassenfest
Various venues,
Jasper, Indiana
Youth golf tournament, German music, quilt raffle, bike ride (Sun.), pageant, Children's Box Parade (6:15pm on Thursday), games and rides, polka dance contest, food, parade, truck raffle, miniature golf, log sawing contest, German mass (Sun.), baby photo contest, sockhop, fireworks, hole-in-one contest, duck race, baseball throwing contest, golf scramble, waterball for the kids (with the assistance of local firefighters), waterball contest for firefighters, hot air balloons and more. Please do not bring pets to this event.
Information: Call 812-482-6866

August 3-6, 2006
Pig Gig
Veterans Memorial Park,
Bay City, Michigan
Rib-cooking competition, truck give-away, pie eating contest, Hula Hoop contest, Rock by the Dock (Sat.), Nerveless Nick's Circus Stunt Show, karaoke, refreshment tent, clowns, magic shows, pig calling contest, oinking contest, pig races, activities for kids and more.
Learn More: Call 866-684-0452

August 3-6, 2006
Phelps Sauerkraut Festival
Phelps, New York
The 40th year of this festival will feature carnival rides, a 20K road race, beer pavilion, fireworks, games, music, raffles, arts and crafts (at Firemen's Hall), magic shows and other entertainment, cabbage head decorating contest, parade at 2pm on Saturday, sauerkraut cake, chicken BBQ, hot dogs and sauerkraut.
Further Details: Call 315-548-8017

August 3-6, 2006
Flambeau Rama
5th Street North,
Park Falls, Wisconsin
Now in its 54th year, the festival features activities for kids, a softball tournament, food court, music, carnival, arts and crafts (Sat. & Sun. from 10am-4pm), car show and parade. (The Park Falls public library will hold a used book sale from 10am-6pm on Aug. 4.)
Find Out More: Call 715-762-2703

August 3-6, 2006
Jack Pine Savage Days
Spooner, Wisconsin
Food booths, activities for kids, 3-on-3 basketball, volleyball tournaments, pancake breakfast on Sunday morning at the fire hall, lip sync contest, horseshoe tournament, entertainment.
Questions? Call 715-635-2168 or 800-367-3306

August 3-6, 2006
Riverside Park,
Watertown, Wisconsin
Arts and crafts, entertainment, activities for kids, drawings for prizes, fireworks and more.
Additional Information: Call 920-261-6320

August 4-5, 2006
Duncan Hines Festival
Various venues,
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Silent auction, local entertainment, kids' art contest, street dance on Saturday night, art exhibit, activities for kids, recipe contest, duck race, food. This is the festival's 10th year.
Get Details: Call 270-782-0800 or 800-326-7465

August 4-5, 2006
Wilton Blueberry Festival
Downtown area,
Wilton, Maine
It's the 24th year for this event. Plans include a blueberry pancake breakfast, sidewalk sale, arts and crafts, boat tours. There will also be a doll carriage, bicycle and pet parade especially for children. BBQ and baked goods will be on hand, plus there will be musical entertainment and a firefighters' muster.
Learn More: Call 207-778-4726

August 4-5, 2006
various venues,
Hardin, Missouri
Car show, antique tractor pull, kiddie pedal tractor pull, parade (Sat. at 3pm), back seat driving contest, peanut roll, pageant, 3-on-3 basketball, beer garden, flea market and crafts, mud volleyball tournament, kids' scavenger hunt and more.
Further Details: Call 660-398-4833

August 4-5, 2006
Burger Fest/Balloon Rally
S. Main Street area,
Seymour, Wisconsin
Hot air balloon ascensions in the mornings (weather permitting) and balloon glows at evening time, parade, 5K Bun Run, Hamburger Press strength contest, pony rides for the kids, classic cars, hamburger eating contest, ketchup slide competition, plus the serving of a very large hamburger. The festival has a Western theme this year. Most events occur on Saturday, Aug. 5.
Additional Information: Call 920-833-6688

August 4-6, 2006
Wild West Weekend
Various venues,
Dexter, Maine
Hungry Cowpoke's Breakfast and a chicken pie supper, horse show, kid parade, Wild West costume contest, blood pressure checks, Fireman's Auction, Shriner Parade, bingo, arts and crafts, farmers market, drawings for prizes, Ducky Race, entertainment, car show, Wild West Olympics (at Crosby Park), library book sale, pig scramble, food vendors, merchant specials. And if you want to, you can ride your horse to town! It's the 4th year for this event.
Questions? Call 207-824-7351

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August 4-6, 2006
Various venues,
Elbow Lake, Minnesota
5K run/walk, European Kaffe Haus, rummage sales, festival merchandise, farmers market, classic cars, fish fry, pancake breakfast (Sat. from 7-10am at the Community Building), apple pie and pumpkin pie baking contests, tricycle races, arts and crafts, pony rides, tractor display, fireworks, street dances, used book sale, Taste of Scandinavia, troll-related activities and more.
Get The Facts: Call 218-685-5380

August 4-6, 2006
Belgian American Days
unknown venue(s),
Ghent, Minnesota
This festival has a definite small-town atmosphere and in that spirit they invite you to bring your own lawn chairs to watch the parade. Enjoy music, food, arts and crafts and a Rolle Bolle tournament.
Learn Details: Call 507-428-3505

August 4-6, 2006
Ponca Sesquicentennial
Various venues,
Ponca, Nebraska
Ponca usually has the Nifty 50s celebration this time of year, but they have something bigger to brag about this year. The town is turning 150 and will pull out all the stops on celebrating. Enjoy historical displays, an alumni banquet, golf tournament, a dance, cookout, car show, quilt show, activities for kids, frog jumping contests, fireworks, a teen dance, the Nifty 50s Street Dance (Saturday night), a kiddie tractor pull and some very showy Tractor Square Dancing.
Questions? Call 402-755-2224

August 4-6, 2006
Grizzly Fest
10042 S. River Road,
Portage, New York
Blue grass music, games and contests, chicken barbecue, mountain men encampment, logging demonstrations, arts and crafts, pony pulls, mini antique tractor pulls.
Learn More: Call 585-476-2249

August 4-6, 2006
Riverfront Levee,
Newport, Kentucky
This is actually considered a Cincinnati, Ohio event. I guess Goetta is so popular that both states want to claim it for their own! Goetta (say it like "get'-uh") is made from meat, oats and seasonings and is made into sausages. Some 80,000 people are expected to attend this festival and enjoy the Goetta Toss, Goetta Slide, activities for kids, festival merchandise, beer and other beverages, water misting stations for keeping cool, Goetta Ring Toss, a drawing for a year's supply of Goetta, great music and the official Goetta Cookbook. Among the festival treats available will be Goetta Pizza and Goetta Reubens. There is no admission charge.
Additional Facts: Call 859-291-1800

August 4-6, 2006
Filbert Festival
Willamalane Park & Island Park,
Springfield, Oregon
Northwest Harmonica Championships, Fun Junk Junction with crafts and projects for young people, floral arranging contest, beer pavilion, community booths, nursery plants on display and for sale, fireworks (Sat. at 9pm), musical entertainment on 2 stages, Nuttiest Cook-Off, Balloon Station, raffles, River Poker Run and more. Enjoy festival foods such as Indian fry bread, shaved ice, teriyaki chicken and deep-fried Twinkies. If you can't remember what a filbert is, you might know it better as a hazelnut.
Further Info: Call 541-746-6750

August 4-6, 2006
Schulenburg Festival
Wolters Park,
Schulenburg, Texas
Festival parade, 5K run/walk, golf tournament, tricycle races, petting zoo, carnival, arts and crafts, cow chip toss, egg toss, 3-on-3 basketball, chili cook-off, horseshoe pitching, men's and women's softball tournaments, rodeo events, kiddie parade, food booths, Go Texan BBQ Cook-off, volleyball tournament, biergarten, turtle races, a dance, antiques. Enjoy music from High Speed Hayride and others.
Information: Call 888-515-1195

August 4-6, 2006
Wood Turtle Days
Village Park,
Wilton, Wisconsin
Games for kids, fireworks, water fights, 5K run/walk, musical entertainment, softball tournament, food, parade, volleyball tournament, arts and crafts.
Details: Call 608-435-6512

August 5, 2006
Village Fair
Village Green,
Stonington, Connecticut
Face painting, demonstrations, games, rides for the kids, arts and crafts, book fair, music, food.
Find Out More: Call 8660-535-2476

August 5, 2006
Possum Festival
Wausau, Florida
Parade, corn pone baking contest, pancake breakfast at the Masonic Lodge from 6-9am, quilt auction, hog calling and rooster crowing contests for kids, a hog calling contest for the grown-ups, horseshoe pitching, rides for kids, Possum Trot 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk, arts and crafts, car show, music, food (They tell me there will be possum ice cream and possum stew. Are you ready for those?) A Possum King and Queen are chosen for their rather bad looks. The special possum auction is well-visited by politicians, who bid up the stakes for a live possum. The auction has become quite the thing to attend. I understand that even Governor Jeb Bush has been seen bidding at the event.
Get the Facts: Call 850-638-7888 or 850-638-4157

August 5, 2006
Clark Potato Days
Various Venues,
Clark, South Dakota
Medallion hunt, pancake breakfast, mashed potato wrestling, antique farming equipment on display, teen pool party, potato decorating contests, kids' tractor pull, kids' coin dig, Potato & Chip Dip Recipe Contest, 1-mile walk plus 5K run/walk and 10K run, kids' coloring contest, parade, classic cars, potato sculptures, festival merchandise, horseshoe pitching tournament, arts and crafts.
Learn Details: Call 605-532-3512

August 5, 2006
Cherry Fest
Lakeside Park on Hwy. 57,
Jacksonport, Wisconsin
Historical displays, baked goods featuring cherries, arts and crafts, music, food booths, penny hunt for kids, wagon rides and more. It's the 12th year for this event and the hours are from 9am-4pm.
Get Info: Call 920-823-2288

August 5, 2006
Cookie Daze
Barlow Park,
Ripon, Wisconsin
They put a lot of fun into the festival hours of 10am-2pm, with Kookie Cookie Bingo, Cookie Blaster Rocket Shop, kite making, Cookie Bake & Taste, food and beverage vendors, entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, a pageant, cookie hunts geared especially for small children, cookie decorating, the Cookie Drop (for various age groups) and an appearance by the very popular Cookie Monster. This is an especially good event for very young children, but all ages will enjoy the fun.
Questions? Call 920-748-6764

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August 5-6, 2006
Watermelon Carnival
City Park,
Water Valley, Mississippi
Now in its 35th year, the festival celebrates summer and watermelon with a growers' contest, arts and crafts, food (including plenty of fresh watermelon), entertainment, classic cars, square dancing, a fun run/walk and lawnmower races. I got mixed information on the timing for this year, so do call to confirm exact dates.
Further Info: Call 662-473-1122 or 662-473-4169

August 5-6, 2006
Twin Days
Glenn Chamberlain Park,
Twinsburg, Ohio
Royal Court Pageant, games, wiener roasts, breakfasts, entertainment, group photos, fireworks and more. This event focuses on twins and all that goes with it, including parenting, sibling issues and fun, loss of a twin in death and much more. Contests will run for the oldest, youngest and most alike twins.
Learn More: Call 330-425-3652

August 6, 2006
Raspberry Festival
St. Gertrude's Musuem grounds,
Cottonwood, Idaho
Cowboy breakfast, raffle, book sale, 10K run, cake walk, quilt show, arts and crafts, raspberry products for sale, tours of the monastery chapel, classic cars and motorcyles, raspberry shortcake, activities for children and more. There is no admission charge. The festival is celebrating its 14th year and the hours are from 10am-4pm.
Questions? Call 208-962-7123 or 208-962-2050

August 8-12, 2006
Tontitown Grape Festival
Tontitown, Arkansas
This is their 107th year. Enjoy a Grape Stomp, music, pageant, carnival, music, arts and crafts, used book sale, Run for the Grapes 5K Walk/run, Sunday mass. On Friday, from 4:30-8:30pm they serve Italian spaghetti dinners at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. One price gets you bottomless bowls of pasta plus fried chicken, rolls, salad, a beverage and lots of fresh grapes for dessert.
Details: Call 479-361-2612 or 479-361-2700

August 9-12, 2006
Baltimore Festival
Johnson Park,
Baltimore, Ohio
Battle of the bands, pageant, teen night, carnival games and rides, parade at 10am on Saturday, fireworks, cruise-in, kiddie tractor pull, drawings for prizes, arts and crafts, 5K road race.
Get Information: Call 740-438-0837

August 10-12, 2006
Holy Rosary Church,
Ansonia, Connecticut
It's the 39th year for this event. From 5-11pm activities include games and rides for kids, music, marketplace, Italian foods, raffles and more.
Learn More: Call 203-735-1787

August 10-12, 2006
St. Joe Pickle Festival
Johnson Park,
St. Joseph, Indiana
Pickle/Pepper Cook-off, teen dance, pageant, karaoke, fireworks, climbing wall, pancake breakfast, grand parade, entertainment, photography, petting zoo, horseshoe pitching contest, fish fry, chicken BBQ, arts and crafts, blue light parade, gospel music, pet parade and the Pickle, Pepper, Poker, People Walk. You can take tours of the Sechlers pickle factory, which is celebrating its 85th year in business. There is no admission charge to the festival.
Further Information: Call 260-337-5470

August 10-12, 2006
Fun Fest
Main & Market area,
North Manchester, Indiana
350 vehicles are expected to participate at the cruise-in on Friday, plus you can enjoy a parade, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, food and more. There is no admission charge.
Find Out More: Call 260-982-7644

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August 10-13, 2006
Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park,
Hope, Arkansas
In its 30th year the festival celebrates tasty watermelon with more than 200 arts and crafts booths, music, giant melons from the fields, archery, activities for kids, arm wrestling contest, melon toss, sports card show, melon auction, seed spitting contest, watermelon eating contest, 5K run/walk, and plenty of sliced fresh watermelon. Some 50,000 people are expected to attend.
Questions? Call 870-777-3640

August 10-13, 2006
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Most events downtown,
Mendota, Illinois
The festival celebrates its 59th year with virtual reality car races, a carnival, fresh corn for sale by bag (Fri-Sun), police safety demos, commercial vendors, corn cooking recipe contest, tennis tournament, beer garden, music and other entertainment, food booths, arts and crafts, flea market, youth parade, blood drive, grand parade, breakfast on Sunday, classic cars and also free sweet corn given out at 2pm on Sunday. Almost 60,000 people usually attend this popular event.
Additional Details: 815-539-6507

August 10-13, 2006
Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival
Amish Acres on US 6,
Nappanee, Indiana
Guided farm tours, entertainment on 3 stages, wagon rides, shows at the Round Barn Theatre, more than 380 artists showing and selling their work, roving entertainment. Available foods include sweet potato fries, bean soup, sweet corn and something tasty called Donkey Ears (which we will assume were never actually part of any real donkey). There is an admission charge for those age 12 and older. Parking is free. You're asked to leave Fido or any other pets safely at home.The festival is celebrating its 44th year.
Get The Facts: Call 574-773-4188 or 800-800-4942

August 10-13, 2006
West Point Sweet Corn Festival
West Point, Iowa
In its 54th year the festival offers activities such as a carnival, arts and crafts, water fights, BBQ, fresh sweet corn, corn eating competition, horseshoe pitching tournament, 5K & 10K runs, mini garden tractor pull and musical entertainment. A "Shuckfest" is held the Wednesday before the festival, so if you're a local or you're in town early, call to find out how to participate. I hear they thank you for your shucking time with very tasty food.
Learn More: Call 319-837-6313 or Email

August 10-13, 2006
National Blueberry Festival
South Haven, Michigan
Now in its 43rd year, the festival offers fun such as a blueberry pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, pies, musical entertainment and much more.
Further Information: Call 269-637-5252 or 800-764-2836

August 10-13, 2006
Looney Daze
Main Street area,
Vergas, Minnesota
Street dance, bingo, merchant specials, arts and crafts, hunt for The Emerald Egg, activities for kids, egg drop, drawings for prizes, parade, karaoke for different age levels, turtle races, horseshoe pitching, loon calling contest, flea market, 5K run/walk, classic cars, food booths. The festival is in its 41st year.
Learn More: Call 218-234-1175

August 10-13, 2006
Scandinavian Festival
Festival Grounds,
Junction City, Oregon
Russian Choir performance, storytelling, Scandinavian arts and crafts, Skandia Run, pancake breakfast, meatball dinner, music and dance and foods such as salmon, meat loaf, lefse, cream puffs and vandbakkelsers.
Get Details: Call 541-998-9372

August 10-13, 2006
Carnation Festival
Various venues,
Alliance, Ohio
Ribfest (Thursday), firefighter muster, music, Carnation Photo Contest, grand parade, pageant, used book sale at the library, a vintage baseball game, hot air balloons, golf scramble, historic home tours, ice cream socials, senior bowling, fireworks, pet show, flower show, arts and crafts, cruise-in, sales of carnations.
Questions? Call 330-823-5150

August 11-12, 2006
Great Goshen Grill Out
Elkhart, Indiana
Grilling contest, pancake breakfast, art exhibits, food vendors, beverages, activities for kids, music.
Details: Call 574-296-5844

August 11-12, 2006
Pit Festival
unknown venue(s),
Battle Mountain, Nevada
Someone from The Washington Post once called Battle Mountain "the armpit of America". Rather than take it badly, the town turned the razz into some snazz with their very own festival. This is their 5th year. Some events are held at Elquist Park and include a Sweat T-shirt Contest, a deodorant toss, armpit beauty competition, music and food. There were also possible plans for adding a pancake breakfast (at this writing).
More Information: Call 775-635-8245

August 11-13, 2006
Ole Hickory Days
Various venues,
Colfax, Indiana
Parade, fish fry, entertainment, flea market, games, arts and crafts, car show, tractor/truck pull, breakfast, chicken noodle dinner at UM Church on Sunday, more.
Get The Facts: Call 765-324-2961

August 11-13, 2006
Polska Kielbasa Festival
Various venues,
Ivanhoe, Minnesota
Softball tournaments, 3-on-3 basketball, flea market, entertainment, arts and crafts, karaoke, festival foods, ethnic foods. There will also be a quilt and toy collector tractor show at the library on the 12th.
Learn More: Call 507-694-1736

August 11-13, 2006
Minnesota Irish Festival
Harriet Island,
St. Paul, Minnesota
Irish music and dance (plus lessons), sheep herding demonstrations, Irish genealogical information, gaelic football, boxing exhibition, hurling lessons, lectures, activities for kids, storytelling, tug of war, food, 5K run and family 1K run.
Further Info: Call 952-474-7411

August 11-13, 2006
Huckleberry Festival
Community Park,
Trout Creek, Montana
It's the 27th year for this one. Plan to enjoy more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, a huckleberry pancake breakfast (7-11am Sat & Sun.), family dance contest, huckleberry dessert contest (with samples for sale as long as they last), parade, carnival, 5K run, horseshoe pitching contest, pageant, auction, fresh huckleberries for sale, plus festival foods, including more unusual ones like huckleberry pizza and huckleberry ice cream.
Additional Details: Call 406-827-3301

August 11-13, 2006
Kool-Aid Days
Hastings, Nebraska
Kool-Aid Kardboard Boat Races, carnival games, fireworks, food vendors, musical entertainment, giant inflatables for the kids, Kool-Aid Edible Art Contest, car show, World's Largest Kool-Aid Stand (buy a commemorative mug and get all you like of any of 14 flavors of Kool-Aid on Saturday from 10am-5pm). The fire department will have displays and there will be a special postal cancellation available. Enjoy special events at the Hastings Museum. Or get in on the Kwickest Kool-Aid Drinking Contest. Buy fresh produce at the farmers market or enjoy a free concert at Brickyard Park. It's the 9th year for this event.
More: Call 402-461-8405 or 800-967-2189

August 11-13, 2006
Musky Jamboree
unknown venue(s),
Boulder Junction, Wisconsin
Celebrate 50 years of the Musky Jamboree with a parade, street dance, activities for kids, fireworks (Fri. at 10pm), Musky Fun Run, car show, more than 170 arts and crafts booths, food, kids' casting contest, a flea market, entertainment.
Learn The Facts: Call 715-385-2400 or 800-466-8759

August 11-13, 2006
Covered Bridge Days
Brodhead, Wisconsin
Brodhead is also celebrating its Sesquicentennial, so there's a lot going on. Enjoy a softball tournament, quilt show, sand volleyball tournament, classic cars, 5K run/walk, parade, arts and crafts, historical cemetery walk, fireworks, beer garden, carnival, sidewalk sale, flea market, music, horse show, street dance, antique tractors on display and birthday cake in honor of Brodhead's 150 years.
Questions? Call 608-897-8411

August 11-20, 2006
Bill Johnston's Pirate Days
Various venues,
Alexandria Bay, New York
Pirates come from the St. Lawrence River to storm the village with a sword fighting show, muskets and cannon fire. There is also a boat parade, life-size chessboard, storytelling, arts and crafts and activities for kids. You are encouraged to dress up if you wish. Visitors will find many photo opportunities as wandering pirates mingle with the crowd and instigate a skirmish or two, all in good fun.
Further Info: Call 800-541-2110

August 12-13, 2006
Gravenstein Apple Fair
Ragle Ranch Park,
Sebastopol, California
Now celebrating its 33rd year, this festival brings farms exhibits, apple grower judging, apple pie baking contests, caramel apple eating contest, blacksmith demos, chef demos, singing cowboys, a hay maze, apple pie eating contest, arts and crafts, music, an area for children, a beer and wine tent. You can find festival foods such as Thai kabobs, apple fritters and fresh apple juice. There is an admission charge for those over age 5. Hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Please do not bring pets to the fair.
Additional Details: Call 707-824-1765 or 800-207-9464

August 12-13, 2006
Gold Rush Days
Main Street area,
Buena Vista, Colorado
Gunfighter reenactments, costume parade (dress up and join the fun), rubber duck race, festival merchandise, music, gold panning, pancake breakfast, storytelling, food, square dance lessons, more than 120 arts and crafts booths. You can also catch the third leg of the Rocky Mountain Championship Pack Burro Race Triple Crown.
Learn More: Call 719-395-6612

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August 12-13, 2006
Havre de Grace Seafood Festival
Tydings Park,
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Seafood and other festival treats, arts and crafts, a crab-calling contest, auction, entertainment. Hours are from 11am-7pm on Saturday and from 11am-6pm on Sunday. The festival is celebrating its 26th year.
Questions? Call 410-939-1525

August 12-13, 2006
Victorian Art Fair
Irons Park,
West Branch, Michigan
More than 275 arts and crafts booths, plus old-fashioned entertainment, games for kids, food and more.
Further Information: Call 989-345-3856

August 12-13, 2006
Jour de Fete
Historic District,
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
It's the event's 40th year. Come and enjoy music, exhibits and displays of a French Colonial nature, food and about 600 arts and crafts booths. The event is open from 10am-6pm on Saturday and from 10am-5pm on Sunday. There is no admission charge.
Details: Call 573-883-3686 or 800-373-7007

August 12-20, 2006
Corn Festival
Various venues,
Avon, New York
Agricultual and historical information, commercial vendors, music on 3 stages, contests, festival foods (including plenty of fresh sweet corn) and more than 150 artisans showing and selling their work. The event is from 10am-6pm and is celebrating its 20th year.
Questions? Call 585-226-8094 or 585-243-1547

August 16-19, 2006
Pemberville Free Fair
Memorial Park,
Pemberville, Ohio
Grand parade, Air National Guard band concert, frog jumping contest, arts and crafts, Portage River Poker Run, quilt show, bingo, kiddie parade, livestock events, pony pull, talent contest, pancake breakfast on Thursday. Enjoy festival foods: BBQ, ice cream, deep fried mushrooms, breakfast rolls, hot dogs, burgers and more.
Further Information: Call 419-287-4836 or 419-287-3832

August 17-20, 2006
Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival
Angell Park,
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Parade on Thursday at 6:30pm, bingo, helicopter rides, carnival games and rides, beer tent, entertainment, activities for kids, uncooked fresh corn for sale by the bag on Sat. and Sun., cooked sweet corn and other festival foods, rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, petting zoo. There is an admission charge for those age 7 and older.
Additional Details: Call 608-837-4547

August 17-20, 2006
Beef & Dairy Days
Whitehall, Wisconsin
Top of the World bike tour, quilt and needlework show, classic cars, carnival, arts and crafts, 5K run/walk, food, parades, music.
Questions? Call 715-538-4353 days or 715-538-4252 evenings

August 18-19, 2006
Festival of the Little Hills
Frontier Park area downtown,
St. Charles, Missouri
Arts and crafts, festival foods, activities for kids, entertainment.
Get Details: Call 636-940-0095 or 800-366-2427

August 18-19, 2006
National Lentil Festival
Pullman, Washington
In its 18th year the festival offers free lentil chili on Fri. evening, Lentil 5K Run/walk, Tour de Lentil 100k bike ride, Lentil Lane food court, Boards and Blades competition, lentil cooking contests, activities for kids, arts and crafts in Reaney Park, parades, rock climbing wall, farm exhibits, 3-on-3 basketball and more.
Learn More: Call 509-334-3565 or 800-365-6948

August 18-20, 2006
McCloud Heritage Days
various venues,
McCloud, California
Art show, antique logging demonstrations, quilt show, excursion train rides, classic cars, antique tractors, entertainment, melodrama, food. You can put a friend in "jail" to raise money for Court House restoration.
Further Information: Call 530-964-2 591

August 18-20, 2006
Elwood Glass Festival
Callaway Park,
Elwood, Indiana
The festival celebrates with arts and crafts, commercial booths, food, glass factory tours, a parade, classic cars, flea marketand more. The hours are 10am-9pm on Friday and Saturday and noon-6pm on Sunday. There is no admission charge.
Get the Facts: Call 765-552-0180

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August 18-20, 2006
Peach Festival
Fountain Park,
Wilbraham, Massachusetts
Pancake breakfast, classic cars, parade, food vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment, antique engines on display, fireworks, Li'l Peach Pit for kids, games for kids, business vendors and more. The festival is celebrating its 22nd year.
Learn More: Call 413-599-0010

August 18-20, 2006
Howell Melon Festival
Howell, Michigan
In its 47th year the festival offers activities for kids, entertainment, a farmers market, arts and crafts (Sat. and Sun.), a festival parade, Melon Run, used library book sale, an ice cream eating contest, pageant, marital arts demo, commercial and community vendors, food.
Questions? Call 517-546-7477

August 18-20, 2006
Ysilanti Heritage Festival
Various venues,
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Historic tours, parade, casino party (for those over age 21), activities for children, contests and raffles, arts and crafts, entertainment, and the Nightmare Cruise—a spoof of Detroit's Dream Cruise in which rattle traps make their way past a crowd of admiring(?) fans. Come and enjoy the fun in this 28th year.
Further Information: Call 734-483-6071

August 18-20, 2006
Cucumber Fest
Pafko Park,
Boyceville, Wisconsin
Opening parade with lots of horses Friday evening, grand parade on Sunday afternoon, softball tournament, carnival, music, arts and crafts, antique tractor display, fly-in pancake breakfast on Sunday.
Questions? Call 715-643-2351 or 888-523-3866

August 19, 2006
300 South & 400 West,
Salt Lake City, Utah
Vendors of Italian foods and beverages, arts and crafts, cheese tasting, wine tasting, bocce ball, spaghetti sauce cooking contest, festival merchandise, Italian car and scooter show, golf tournament. The event is from 10am-10pm.
Additional Details: Call 801-979-1997 or 888-800-1441

August 19, 2006
Coffee Break Festival
Mandt Community Park,
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Arts and crafts, car show, activities for kids, museum tours, baked goods, beer garden Jave Jog 5K/1mile race. Stoughton claims to be the home of the first coffee break tradition. Their festival had to be cancelled at the last minute last year because of a devastating tornado that hit the area. But the fun is back on for 2006. Come and enjoy free hot coffee as they celebrate their return.
Questions? Call 608-873-7912 or 888-873-7912

August 19-20, 2006
Round Valley Blackberry Festival
Blackberry Festival Grounds,
Covelo, California
Enjoy this 24th year with arts and crafts, musical entertainment, wine tasting, classic cars, activities for kids, a 10K run. Pick up some blackberry cobbler, blackberry bobbler, blackberry jam and blackberry pie. The fun runs from 10am-5pm and there is no admission charge.
More Information: Call 707-983-6144

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August 19-20, 2006
Fort Collins, Colorado
More than 300 arts, crafts and food booths are part of this 18th year. Kids' World, 7 impressive stages of entertainemnt, beer gardens, Bohemian Nights evening bands (at this writing Nickel Creek and The B-52's were scheduled to perform).
Get Details: Call 970-224-FEST

August 19-20, 2006
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church,
Manchester, New Hampshire
Have fun with a penny sale, Greek foods, raffles, crafts, church tours, activities for kids, music. The festival goes from 11am-9pm on Saturday and from 11am-8pm on Sunday.
Learn More: Call 603-623-2045

August 19-20, 2006
Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts
Fowler Park,
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
In a lovely setting near Fowler Lake you can enjoy entertainment on 3 stages, a silent auction, activities for kids, arts and crafts, food vendors. The festival goes from 10am-5pm, rain or shine. Please leave pets safely at home.
Additional Info: Call 262-567-1243

August 20, 2006
Art in the Park
Civic Park,
New Holstein, Wisconsin
Arts and crafts, pancake breakfast from 9am-12:30pm, used book sale at the library across the street from the park (9am-3pm), corn roast from noon-4pm, entertainment and more. There is no admission charge.
Questions? Call 920-898-5640 or 920-898-5766

August 20-26, 2006
Union Fair & Blueberry Festival
Fairgrounds on Common Rd.,
Union, Maine
You get all the fun of a country fair with livestock and 4-H events, plus a wild blueberry pancake breakfast, a pancake eating contest, harness racing, free tastes of blueberry pie at scheduled times, watermelon seed spitting contest, bubblegum blowing contest, horse pulling and oxen pulling competitions, tractor pull, a 2-person pie eating contest with one person blindfolded, fireworks. The kids have their own blueberry pie eating contest. There are also baking contests for Wild Maine Blueberry Gingerbread, Wild Maine Blueberry Brunch Cake and Wild Maine Blueberry Quick Bread.
Find Out More: Call 207-785-3281

August 24-27, 2006
Obetz Zucchinifest
Lancaster Park,
Obetz, Ohio
Pageant, grand parade, cruise-in, contests and games, rides, arts and crafts, entertainment, food (including Zucchini Burgers).
Information: Call 614-497-2518

August 25-27, 2006
Olive Festival
Various venues,
Corning, California
It's the 17th year for this one. Plan to enjoy a parade Friday evening, lawnmower races, a fun run/walk, youth dance, arts and crafts, activities for children, cooking contest, talent show, entertainment, pancake breakfast, bed races.
Additional Details: Call 530-824-5550

August 25-26, 2006
Bodock Festival
Courthouse Square,
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Bodock Fence Post Throwing Contest, men's and women's softball tournament, arts and crafts, golf tournament, 5K run, petting zoo, food.
Information: Call 662-489-5042

August 25-27, 2006
Watermelon Days
Fayette, Iowa
Community dinner, musical entertainment, pageant, ice cream, parade, horse and wagon rides, free watermelon at scheduled times, water fights, fire truck rides, watermelon games, tractor cruise, firemen's supper, watermelon games, 5K/10K run/walk, magic show, pie baking contest, silent auction, raffles, fireworks.
Questions? Call 563-425-4316

August 25-27, 2006
Prairie Festival
Huxley, Iowa
Horseshoe pitching tournament, mud volleyball, 5K run/walk and 10K run/walk, entertainment, arts and crafts and more.
Get Details: Call 515-597-2561 or 5115-597-2589

August 25-27, 2006
Markle Wildcat Festival
Markle Park,
Markle, Indiana
Now in its 30th year, the festival presents a theme of "Town Fair With Country Flair". Enjoy a demolition derby, 1890s encampment, arts and crafts, parade, frog jumping contest, vendors, car and truck show.
Learn More: Call 260-758-2855

August 25-27, 2006
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Literary arts, edible arts (festival foods and ethnic specialties), strolling performers, activities for kids, festival merchandise, more than 200 artisans showing and selling their work, 4 stages of entertainment. Come and enjoy this 25th year.
Information: Call 920-435-2787 or 920-435-5220

August 26, 2006
Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry
& Huckleberry Festival

Ellenville, New York
Blueberry pancake breakfast (7:30-11am at Norbury Hall), area cultural exhibits, blueberry pie baking contest, climbing wall, wildlife talks, art show, classic cars, entertainment, arts and crafts, festival foods. Most of the events are from 9am-5pm
Questions? Call 845-647-4620

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August 26-27, 2006
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts
Elmwood Avenue (at Auburn St.),
Buffalo, New York
Parade, wine tasting, information from local arts groups and other non-profit agencies, activities for kids, music, art, dance, festival foods such as sesame chicken, corn on the cob and BBQ favorites.
Get The Facts: Call 716-830-2484

August 26-27, 2006
Coplay Community Days
Saylor Park,
Coplay, Pennsylvania
5K race, tours of area kilns, arts and crafts, entertainment, food.
Details: Call 610-262-6088

August 26-27, 2006
Festival in the Pines
Carson Park,
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
The festival celebrates its 24th year with more than 260 arts and crafts booths, music and other entertainment, Pub Garden, games and rides for the kids, interactive exchange from the children's museum, festival foods. If you shop and have too much to carry the Girl Scouts will hold your items while you finish browsing. You can take a free shuttle from Chippewa Valley Technical College or Eau Claire City Courthouse parking lot to the festival area. Festival hours are 9am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Further Information: Call 888-611-7463

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August 31 to September 3, 2006
New York State Festival
of Balloons

Dansville Airport area,
Dansville, New York
The 25th Anniversary of this event starts with a balloon glow on Thursday evening. Enjoy classic cars, staged entertainment, arts and crafts, international food court, strolling entertainment, several balloon launches (weather permitting), activities for the kids. There is an admission charge for those age 12 and older. Please leave pets safely at home. (As usual, assistance animals are welcome.) No coolers, bicycles, roller blades or skate boards are allowed at the festival.
Questions? Call 800-538-7365 or Email

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

August 3-6 Ohio Chile Pepper Festival, Timble H.S. on Main St., Glouster, Ohio, 740-767-4407
August 3-11 Schweizer Fest, Tell City, Indiana, 888-343-6262
August 4-5 Zoar Mosquito Festival,
                   United Methodist Church picnic grounds, Zoar, Indiana, 812-536-2920 or 812-354-8155
August 4-5 Great River Road Food Festival,
                   Main Street Marketplace, Natchez, Mississippi, 601-445-4611
August 4-5 Festival of Summer, downtown, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 262-723-5788
August 4-5 Summer Sizzle, Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-273-1173
August 4-6 Carmel Valley Fiesta, Carmel Valley, California, 831-659-4502 or 831-644-6180
August 4-6 Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival, Ramsey Park, Watsonville, California, 831-566-1230
August 4-6 Riverfest, Vassar, Michigan, 989-823-2601
August 4-6 Wilbur Czech Festival, Wilber, Nebraska, 888-494-5237
August 4-6 Lucy's Birthday Celebration, Lucy-Desi Museum, Jamestown, New York, 877-LUCY-FAN
August 5-6 Festival of the Arts, Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, California, 510-795-2244
August 5-6 Festa Italiana, 3730 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, California, 916-690-5634
August 5-6 Cabrillo Music, Art & Wine Festival,
                   11am-8pm, Church Street near Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, California, info@cabrillomusic.org
August 5-6 Maui Onion Festival, Whalers Village, Lahaina, Hawaii, 808-661-4567
August 5-6 West Springfield Arts Festival, Town Common, West Springfield, Massachusetts, 413-263-3284
August 5-6 Heritage Days, Park Circle, Angelica, New York, 585-456-3216
August 6 Taste of Dorset, Park Rapids, Minnesota, 218-732-0275
August 6 Crossroads Festival, Lima, New York, 585-582-1481
August 9-12 Onion Days, Nobel Township Park, Wolf Lake, Indiana, 260-635-1199
August 9-12 Big Coal River Festival, Whitesville, West Virginia, 304-854-1224
August 10-13 Pure Water Days/Heritage Fun Fest, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 888-723-0024
August 11-13 Canada Days, Bethel, Maine, 207-824-2908 or 800-824-2910
August 11-13 Milbank Train Festival, Milbank, South Dakota
August 12 Tomato Festival, 10am-6pm, Texas Street downtown, Fairfield, California, 707-423-0103
August 12 Scandinavian Saturday, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, 715-468-2904
August 12-13 Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar, 24011 Riverside Ave., Sacramento, California, 916-446-01121
August 12-13 Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic, Connecticut, 860-572-9578
August 12-13 National Hamburger Festival, Lock 3 Park, Akron, Ohio, 716-565-4141
August 13 Tomato Festival, 4-10pm, downtown, Yuba City, California, 530-218-2320
August 13 Peach Festival, Attica, New York, 585-591-2161
August 14-20 Peaches & Cream Festival, Apple Holler, Sturtevant, Wisconsin, 262-886-8500
August 16-19 Parade of the Hills, Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio
August 18-19 Peach Festival, Palisade, Colorado, 970-464-7458
August 18-20 Great Falls Balloon Festival, Auburn, Maine, 800-639-6331
August 18-20 Medaryville Community Potato Fest, Medaryville, Indiana, 219-843-3371
August 18-20 Diamond Days, Blairsville, Pennsylvania, 724-459-6252
August 19 Cornfest, Drover Park, Huntington, Indiana, 260-356-9681
August 19 Newfane August Fest, 11am-5pm, Main Street, Newfane, New York, 716-778-7674
August 19-20 Olde Farmers Fest, downtown, Rolling Prairie, Indiana, 219-324-6206
August 19-20 Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival, Community Park, Fariborn, Ohio, 937-305-0800
August 20 Corn 'n Tater Festival, 11am-4pm, East Adams, Wisconsin, 608-339-9284
August 21-22 Lewis & Clark Heritage Days, Heritage Park, Elk Point, South Dakota, 605-356-2164
August 23-27 Telluride Mushroom Festival, various venues, Telluride, Colorado, 970-728-1412
August 24-27 Swiss Wine Festival, Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, Vevay, Indiana, 800-435-5688
August 25-26 Crane Broiler Festival, Crane, Missouri, 417-723-5248
August 25-27 Caladium Festival, Lake Placid, Florida, 863-465-4331
August 26 Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, 9am-5pm, downtown, Cary, North Carolina, 919-462-3864
August 26 AquaFest, Cedar Park Lake, Olathe, Kansas, 913-971-6263
August 26 Crepe Myrtle Festival, Downtown, Ardmore, Tennessee, 256-423-7588
August 26-27 Festival of the Arts, Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 630-790-9180
August 26-27 Keystone State Hot & Stinky Garlic & Herb Festival,
                   Zanolini Nursery (603 St. Johns Rd., Drums, Pennsylvania, 570-788-3152
August 26-27 Seven Springs Wine & Food Festival, 777 Water Wheel Dr., Champion, Pennsylvania, 866-703-7625
August 30-September 2 Sweet Corn Festival, Lions Park, Millersport, Ohio, 740-467-3639

Other August 2006 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
August 1-3 Farmfest, Gilfillan Estate, Redwood County, Minnesota, 800-827-8007
August 3 Teddy Bear Picnic,
                   11am-1:30pm, 6411 Delaware Ave.(rain venue is 16 Linwood Ave.), Buffalo, New York, Reservations: 716-884-0095
August 3-7 Wizard World, Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois, conventions@wizarduniverse.com
August 3-7 Street Rod Nationals, Kentucky Fair & Expo Center, Louisville, Kentucky, 901-452-4030
August 3-7 World's Longest Outdoor Sale,
                   Along US Hwy. 127, (headquarted in) Jamestown, Tennessee, 859-491-0458 or 800-327-3945
August 4-5 Wheat Harvest Dinner & parade, First Presbyterian Church at 90 & 34B, King Ferry, New York, 315-730-6134
August 4-5 Midwest Scroll Saw Show, Richland Center, Richland, Wisconsin, 888-322-2432
August 4-6 Fandemonium, Civic Center, Nampa, Idaho, 208-468-5500 or email
August 4-6 Metris Uptown Art Fair, Hennepin Ave. area, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 612-823-4581
August 5 Antiques Festival on the Green, Hubbard Green, Glastonbury, Connecticut, 860-633-6890
August 9 I Love NY Food Festival, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, 518-473-0559
August 9-10 Mount Morris Italian Festival, Main Street, Morris, New York, 585-658-9830
August 9-13 2006 State H.O.G. Rally, Johnson City, Tennessee, 615-255-3442
August 10-13 Gen Con Indy, Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, 206-957-3976
August 10-13 Cumberland Craft Show, Fairgrounds on Blanchard Rd., Cumberland, Maine, 207-621-1945 or 207-621-2818
August 10-13 King Midget Jamboree, Athens, Ohio, 740-594-3175
August 11-13 Escalante Days, Dolores, Colorado, 719-882-4018
August 11-13 Conglomeration, Clarion Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, email
August 11-13 Horrorfind Weekend, Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, Maryland, 444-465-0645
August 11-13 On the Green Arts & Crafts Festival,
                   10am-5pm, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, 603-528-4014
August 11-13 German Fest, Gates Memorial Park, Rochester, New York, 585-426-7835
August 11-13 Armadillocon, Doubletree Hotel North, Austin, Texas, 512-477-6259
August 11-12 Waldensian Festival, Main Street Area, Valdese, North Carolina, 828-879-2126
August 12 Somerset Antique Show, 8am-4pm, downtown, Somerset, Pennsylvania, 814-445-6431
August 12 Stroll Through the Park, 9am-3pm, Albion Park, Edgerton, Wisconsin, 608-884-3581
August 12-13 Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival, SkyPark, Scotts Valley, California, 831-438-1010
August 12-13 Outdoor Art Festival, Historic downtown, Mystic, Connecticut, 860-572-9578
August 12-13 Collectors Carnival Antique & Flea Market,
                   4-H Center, Evansville, Indiana, 812-471-9419
August 12-13 Maine Antiques Festival Fairgrounds off Route 17, Union, Maine, 207-563-1013
August 12-13 Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain, North Carolina, 828-669-2300
August 12-13 Fine Arts Show, Playground Park, Green Lake, Wisconsin, 800-253-7354
August 12-13 Art in the Park, 10am-5pm, Library Park, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 262-249-7988
August 12-13 Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair, 929 N. Water, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-259-1440
August 13 Cars & Crafts in the Park, 10am-3pm, Village Park, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, 715-986-4680
August 13-20 Bay Area Tap Festival, various venues, San Francisco, California, 415-294-4941
August 17-20 Star Trek Convention, Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, Tickets: 818-409-0960 ext. 225
August 18-19 Ignite the Nites, downtown, Libby, Montana, 406-293-2633
August 19-20 Art Show, Tydings Park, Havre de Grace, Maryland, 410-939-9342
August 19-20 Santa Fe Indian Market, downtown, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 505-983-5220
August 19-20 Children First Festival, Ellicottville, New York, 716-699-5544
August 20 Concours d'Elegance, Pebble Beach, California, 831-622-1700
August 20 Poags Hole Professional Motorcyle Hillclimb, off Rte. 36, Dansville, New York, 585-335-9260
August 25-26 Cape BBQ Fest, 10am-3pm, Arena Park, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 573-335-3312
August 25-27 Miami County Heritage Days, 4-H Fairgrounds at 1029 w. 200 N., Denver, Indiana, 765-985-3435
August 25-27 Frog Follies, 4-H Fairgrounds, Evansville, Indiana, 812-428-3764
August 25-27 Bondville Fair, Route 30, Bondville, Vermont, 802-297-1882
August 26-27 Indianapolis Air Show, Mt. Comfort Airport, Greenfield, Indiana, 317-335-7252
August 26-27 Island Park Show, Island Park, Fargo, North Dakota, 701-241-1350

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A sample of her work is illustrated online.
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William Malmskog Ever since William Malmskog and I began a dialogue I've been impressed by his willingness to share openly the details of his life. Most of us hide a lot of our lives from others and present only the parts we can polish and make look acceptable. He isn't afraid to talk about how his difficulties, including physical challenges, have guided him to an increased sense of abilities and possibilities.

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

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Do you avoid chain restaurants when you travel, because of nutritional considerations? You might want to visit some of them again and see what's been happening. Quite a few restaurants have added menu items that are lower in fat, lower in calories, lower in carbohydrates or are sugar-free. Denny's has more fresh fruit and vegetable choices now, plus some fat-free dressings and lower-carb meals. And Dairy Queen has been experimenting with no-fat, no-sugar ice cream treats and has been letting customers substitute a salad for a side of fries.

August 1 is National Night Out.

Trek through South Carolina, but only after checking out the SC State Trails Program.


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