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July 30-August 1, 2009
Bear Lake Raspberry Days
Various venues,
Garden City, Utah
Arts and crafts, music and other entertainment, fireworks on Saturday at 10pm, pancake breakfast Saturday at the LDS Church from 8-11am, family street dance, 5K run on August 1, parade Thursday at 6pm, festival foods. Please leave pets comfortably at home while you come to enjoy the fun. It's the festival's 26th anniversary.
Get details: Call 435-946-2901

July 30-August 16, 2009
Carnation Festival
Silver Park and other venues,
Alliance, Ohio
Tours of Glamorgan Castle, firefighter muster, auto show, library used book sale, photo contests, vintage baseball games, flower show, cruise-in, kick-off parade, music, arts and crafts, junior sporting events, Ribfest, gospel songfest, grand parade, ice cream social, golf scramble, historic home tours, food, fireworks.
Learn More: Call 330-823-6260 or 330-337-6363

July 31-August 1, 2009
Pine Tree Festival
City Park,
Dierks, Arkansas
Pie baking contest, Dusk 'til Dawn Volleyball Tournament, ride and other activities for the kids, IBCA BBQ cooking competition, arts and crafts, classic cars, food, talent show, softball tournament. It's the 37th year for this event.
Details: Call 870-286-3163

July 31-August 1, 2009
Watermelon Carnival
City Park,
Water Valley, Mississippi
The festival celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2009. Enjoy local class reunions, 3K fun run/walk, festival foods (including plenty of chilled watermelon), classic cars, grower contests, activities for kids, parade, street dance, musical entertainment, pageant, arts and crafts, watermelon eating contests.
Further Information: Call 662-473-1122 or 662-473-4169

July 31-August 2, 2009
Wild West Weekend
Various venues,
Dexter, Maine
Hot dog eating contest, church pie supper, duck races, Dexter Shoe Toss, arts and crafts, horse-centric events, music, food vendors, yard sale and silent auction, scavenger hunt, skillet toss, Wild West Olympics, stick pony rodeo, wheelbarrow race, costume contest, Wild West Kiddie Parade, Jail and Bail on Main Street, watermelon seed spitting contest, hay toss competition, bingo at the Legion Hall on Grove Street, pig scramble.
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July 31-August 2, 2009
Belgian American Days
Ghent, Minnesota
Rolle Bolle tournament, car show, arts and crafts, music, festival foods. Bring a chair to watch the parade.
More: Call 507-428-3505

July 31-August 2, 2009
Schulenburg Festival
Wolters Park,
Schulenburg, Texas
Tricycle races, horseshoe pitching, washer pitching, antiques, 3-on-3 basketball, 5K run/walk, chili cook-off, kiddie parade, golf tournament, cow patty bingo, Go Team BBQ Cook-Off, food booths, collectibles for sale, carnival, arts and crafts, egg toss, men's and women's softball tournament, food booths, volleyball tournament, Jackpot Beans Contest.
Questions? Call 888-515-1195

July 31-August 2, 2009
Wood Turtle Days
Village Park,
Wilton, Wisconsin
Volleyball tournament, games for kids, musical entertainment, softball tournament, 5K run/walk, fireworks, parade, arts and crafts, festival foods.
Details: Call 608-435-6512

August 1, 2009
Village Fair
Village Green,
Stonington, Connecticut
Face painting, games, arts and crafts, book fair, festival foods and beverages, demonstrations. General hours are 10am-4pm, rain or shine.
Learn More: Call 860-505-2476

August 1, 2009
Funday & Possum Festival
Wausau, Florida
Possum Trot 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run/walk, arts and crafts, festival foods, pageant (just before the main festival), hog calling contest, rooster crowing contest, horseshoe pitching, cornpone baking contest, dixieland and other music, antique cars, quilt auction. Sometimes politicians come and get in on the popular Possum Auction with photo ops. There will also be an evening dance and of course, lots of tasty food. Imagine this: They tell me there will be Possum Ice Cream. 2009 marks the festival's 40th year.
Questions? Call 850-638-7888 or 850-638-1781

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August 1, 2009
Clark Potato Days
Dickinson Park and other venues,
Clark, South Dakota
For an 18th year the town celebrates spuds with a potato sculpture contest, kid's bike rodeo, blind-folded driver golf cart maze, horseshoe pitching, golf, bowling, potato sack races, fly in at the airport, pancake breakfast 7-10am at the fire hall, food and drink vendors, kids' coloring contest, arts and crafts, pingpong ball toss off the back of the Dacotah Bank building, city-wide sidewalk sale, quilt show, medallion hunt, potato chip and dip recipe contest, potato decorating contests, festival merchandise, parade at 5pm (route begins at St. Michael's Catholic Church), bean bag tournament, mashed potato wrestling, tractor parade, kids' mashed potato eating contest. It's the 18th year for this one.
Further Details: Call 605-532-3512

August 1, 2009
Mossyrock Blueberry Festival
State & Williams Street area downtown,
Mossyrock, Washington
Begin this 3rd year of the festival with a blueberry pancake breakfast from 7-11am, sponsored by the Mossyrock Assembly of God Church. Then fill the day with a blueberry pie eating contest, quilt show, wiener dog races (at 2pm), vintage cookie jar display, piano smashing, music, face painting, parade at noon, car show, farm display, vendors, non-profit displays, slow drags, arts and crafts, blueberry dinner 11am-3pm, sponsored by the Mossyrock Grange.
Additional Facts: Call 360-983-3734

August 1, 2009
Cherry Fest
Lakeside Park on Hwy. 57,
Jacksonport, Wisconsin
Wagon rides, artisans showing and selling their work, historical displays, pioneer living history, food booths, demonstrations, penny hunt for the kids, music (bring a chair or a blanket if you like). You can also get all sorts of baked goods plus cherry kolaches, cherry pie, cherry chip cookies and cherry jam. There is plenty of fun planned for this 15th year.
Learn More: Call 920-623-2288 or 920-823-2316

August 1-2, 2009
Watsonville Strawberry Festival at Monterey Bay
Watsonville, California
Music from The No Respect Band, Almost Chaos, Banda Pirata and others. There will also be a strawberry pie eating contest, strawberry packing competition on Sunday, activities for kids and plenty of treats such as corn dogs, chicken kabobs, garlic fries, corn on the cob. And you can check out the strawberry tamales, strawberry shortcake, strawberry parfaits, fruit smoothies and many other items. If that isn't enough, go back for firsts or seconds of fried artichoke hearts, bloomin' onions, fried apple pies, fried Twinkies and ice cream. It's the 15 year for the festival. They'll have some (hopefully) friendly rivalry this year. There's another berry event at the local fairgrounds. Maybe you can make it to both if you start fasting right now.
Learn More: Call 831-768-3240

August 1-2, 2009
Monterey Bay Berry Festival
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds,
Watsonville, California
This is an inaugural event, which came about after some issues with the other festival in town for the weekend. Things got a bit political, but the good news is that you could wind up the winner by catching the best of both festivals. You can enjoy a car show, horse show, berry pie contests, arts and crafts, a carnival, festival foods. And there will be plenty of treats featuring blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. At this writing it looks as though there will also be carnival rides and games, plus music from Malo, La Ventana, Backyard Blues Band, Pete Escovedo Orchestra and others. General hours are 10am-9pm both days, with the carnival closing at 11pm on Saturday and at 10pm on Sunday.
Learn More: Call 831-724-3900

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Gold Rush Days
Main Street area and McPhelmy Park,
Buena Vista, Colorado
Gunfighter shows, Western dancers, rubber duck race down Cottonwood Creek, beer garden, festival merchandise, storytelling, entertainment, activities for kids, gold panning, pancake breakfast, log rolling, the third leg of the Rocky Mountain Championship Pack Burro Race, which is technically coming before the second leg in Leadville this year. Costumes are welcome at the festival.
Info: Call 719-395-6612

August 2, 2009
Raspberry Festival
St. Gertrude's Museum grounds,
Cottonwood, Idaho
The festival celebrates 17 years in 2009. Enjoy craft demos, cultural demos, quilt show, tours of the monastery chapel, arts and crafts for sale, 10K run on a scenic route (with a 5K marker for those wishing to do the "shortcake run"), classic cars and motorcycles, entertainment, raspberry products for sale, raspberry treats such as raspberry shortcake and other festival foods, plus a kids carnival. General hours are 9am-4pm.
Learn More: Call 208-962-2050

August 4-8, 2009
Tontitown Grape Festival
Tontitown, Arkansas
Grape stomping Tuesday from 7-11pm, Italian spaghetti dinners, entertainment, Run for the Grapes 5K walk/run and kids fun run, arts and crafts, carnival rides, prizes, used book sale. The festival celebrates an impressive 111 seasons in 2009.
Get The Facts: Call 479-361-2612 or 479-361-2700

August 5, 2009
Loon Day
Mercer, Wisconsin
Bake sale, face painting, helicopter rides, flea markets, basketball tournament, festival foods, Loon Calling Contest, more than 250 arts and crafts booths, used book sale at the Community Center, music and dance, raffles, live radio and TV coverage, sidewalk sales and merchant specials. 2009 marks the 29th year of fun.
Questions? Call 715-476-2389

August 5-9, 2009
Baltimore Festival
Johnson Park,
Baltimore, Ohio
This is the event's 21st season. Enjoy a business expo, 5K run 8:30am on Saturday, carnival rides, fireworks Friday at 10pm, pie baking contest, parade 10:30am on Saturday, baby pageant, drawings for prizes, food vendors, kiddie tractor pull, Teen Night on Thursday, cruise-in on Friday, staged music entertainment.
Details: Call 740-438-7881

August 6-8, 2009
Hope Watermelon Festival
Fair Park,
Hope, Arkansas
Plans for this 33rd year include a bike show, classic cars, nearly 300 artisans from 6 different states, music, melon toss, giant melons from the fields and melon grower judging, games for kids, antique engine show, food booths, 5K run/walk, softball tournament, dog show, sports car show, watermelon eating contest. About 50,000 are expected to attend.
Further Information: Call 870-777-3640

August 6-8, 2009
Fun Fest
Main & Market area,
Manchester, Indiana
This year's theme is "Under the Big Top". Celebrate with 3-on-3 basketball, a parade, tennis tournament, 5K/1-mile fun run at Warvel Park, diaper derby arts and crafts, food and more.
Learn More: Call 260-982-7544 or 260-982-2184

August 6-9, 2009
Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
Most events downtown,
Mendota, Illinois
It's the 26th year for this celebration. Plans include arts and crafts, strolling magician, balloon artist, corn food contest, tennis tournament, beer garden, fresh corn for sale by the bag Friday and Saturday, carnival, youth parade, pageant, bike ride, the Seat Belt Convincer that simulates a roll over and is used by state police to convince everyone to buckle up, grand parade at 1pm on Sunday, Red Cross blood drive, flea market, food booths, fly-in/drive-in breakfast at Grandpa's Farm Airport on Rt. 251 (south of town) on Sunday, hot fresh corn giveaway (about 2pm on Sunday) at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Jefferson Street, sweet corn eating contest for ages 12 and younger on Sunday at 4:30pm.
Get the Facts: Call 815-539-6507

August 6-9, 2009
Village Park Rec Center (on Romeo Road),
Romeoville, Illinois
Staged musical entertainment, arts and crafts, beverage garden, softball tournament, activities for children, carnival rides and games, fireworks Friday and Sunday at 9:15pm, commercial vendors, not-for-profit booths.
Questions? Call 815-886-6222

August 6-9, 2009
National Blueberry Festival
South Haven, Michigan
2009 marks the festival's 46th season. Plans for fun include the Steelheaders Fish Boil, parade Saturday at 1:30pm, health fair, pageant, food vendors, pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday 8am-noon, library stories, arts and crafts, fresh blueberries for sale, blueberry pies, festival merchandise, 5K run/walk, sand sculpture contest, blueberry plants for sale, kids blueberry pie eating contest, activities for kids, fly-in at the airport, musical entertainment.
Additional Details: Call 269-637-1572 or 800-754-2836

August 6-9, 2009
Jack Pine Savage Days
Spooner, Wisconsin
Carnival, arts and crafts on Walnut Street, sidewalk sale, musical entertainment, festival merchandise, Jack Pine Safe Night for teens at the middle school, car show, horseshoe pitching tournament, volleyball tournament, 5-mile and 2-mile walk/run on Saturday at 8:30am, mechanical bull riding, farmers market.
More: Call 715-635-2168 or 800-367-3306

August 6-9, 2009
Riverside Park,
Watertown, Wisconsin
This is the event's 23rd anniversary. Enjoy arts and crafts, carnival rides, raffle, classic cars, Taste of Watertown, fireworks, 5K run, kids casting contest, raft race, Carp Classic, entertainment.
Details: Call 920-261-6320

August 7-8, 2009
Wilton Blueberry Festival
Main Street area downtown,
Wilton, Maine
The festival celebrates 22 years with a boat parade, blueberry baked goods for sale, baby and toddler derby race, blueberry pancake breakfast on Saturday (next to Key Bank) from 6-10am, van with health checks and screenings, sidewalk sales, Historical Society tours, library book sale, historical infantry drill, fireworks, church lunches and dinners, wine tasting, firetruck rides for kids ages 10 and younger (parent must be present), bingo, pie sale, 10K and 1-mile runs, quilt and rug show, rock climbing wall, dunk tank, raffles .
More: Call 207-778-4726

August 7-9, 2009
Ole Hickory Days
Various venues,
Colfax, Indiana
Pancake breakfast at the fire hall on Saturday from 6-9am, 5K run/walk on Saturday, parade 10am on Saturday, used library book sale, museum exhibits, food vendors, bake sale, fish fry, music, tractor and truck pull, arts and crafts, BBQ chicken dinner, Mud Sling in the Park.
Further Information: Call 765-324-2961 or 765-650-0231

August 7-9, 2009
Riverfront Levee,
Newport, Kentucky
Goetta is a food product made from meat, oats and seasonings, usually made into sausages and eaten at breakfast. Enjoy music, festival merchandise, cloggers as entertainment, big shade tent, activities for kids. Try Goetta wraps, Goetta cheese puffs, Goetta calzones, chicken pad Thai, Goetta Reubens, Goetta Fudge Brownies. Beer and soft drinks will be available. You can get in on the Goetta Toss, Goetta Slide or the Goetta Ring Toss. There may be cream puffs, but it's doubtful that those contain Goetta! There is no admission charge to the festival and hours are 5-11pm on Friday, noon-11pm on Saturday and noon-9pm on Sunday.
Get The Facts: Call 859-291-1800 ext. 225

August 7-9, 2009
Various venues,
Elbow Lake, Minnesota
Softball tournament, classic cars, corn maze, bingo, festival merchandise, parade down Main Street at 4pm on Saturday, fish fry on Sunday, library used book sale, corn and BBQ feed, pancake breakfast on Saturday 7-10am, kids pedal pull, 5k run walk, dunk tank, arts and crafts, games for kids. It's the 32nd year for this one.
Info: Call 218-685-5380 or 218-747-2108

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August 7-9, 2009
Polska Kielbasa Festival
Various venues,
Ivanhoe, Minnesota
Parade 12:30pm on Sunday, firefighter water fight, festival and ethnic foods, sidewalk chalk art, Kids Games Day, kiddie tractor pull, vehicle show, pageant, square dancing, 5K/1-mile race, pancake breakfast Santurday 8-10:30am at Gilson Field, softball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball, golf tournament, volleyball tournament, arts and crafts, karaoke, chili cooking contest, bean bag tournament. (The event is also called Polska Kielbasa Days.)
Get Details: Call 507-694-1736 or 507-694-1529

August 7-9, 2009
Minnesota Irish Fair
Harriet Island,
St. Paul, Minnesota
Irish Fair Idol sheep herding demonstrations, photo contest, soda bread baking contest, scone contest, Best Legs in a Kilt Contest, matchmaking, raffles, Run With Celts 5K run, Irish music and dance (with some lessons thrown in), food, activities for kids, tug-of-war exhibition, festival foods, craft demonstrations and displays. There is no admission charge.
Further Facts: Call 952-474-7411

August 7-9, 2008
Elephant Garlic Festival
Jessie Mays Community Center,
North Plains, Oregon
10K and 2-mile walk/run Sat. at 8am, parade Saturday at 10am, arts and crafts, car show, music, battle of the bands and plenty of elephant garlic treats. Try Philly steak sandwiches, criss-cross fries with elephant garlic aioli, garlic kettle corn, garlic ice cream, garlic green beans, garlic buttered popcorn, egg rolls, Hawaiian noodles. Follow up the savory with blackberry pie, mango lemonade, elephant ears, fruit salad, donuts or a root beer float.
Further Information: Call 503-647-2519

August 7-9, 2009
Musky Jamboree
Main Street (and other venues),
Boulder Junction, Wisconsin
Bake sale, theatre, arts and crafts booths, kids' casting contest, flea market, entertainment, food booths, activities for kids, fireworks on Friday at 10pm, 5K and 10K Musky Fun Run on Sunday, car show. The festival celebrates its 53rd year in 2009.
Find Out More: Call 715-385-2400 or 800-466-8759

August 7-9, 2009
Covered Bridge Days
Brodhead, Wisconsin
Classic car and motorcycle show, arts and crafts, flea market, sidewalk sales, toy tractor pull, garden tractor pull, church service in Veterans Park, festival foods, sand volleyball tournament, 5K run/walk at 8am on Saturday, music, model train display, softball tournament, Jazz Fest, beer garden.
Additional Information: Call 608-897-8411

August 7-9, 2009
Utica Festival
Community Association Park at County Roads B & W,
Cambridge, Wisconsin
It's the 38th year for this one. Enjoy raffles, karaoke, slow pitch softball tournament, tractor pull, music, baseball (Utica vs. Stoughton), festival foods, beer tent.
Questions? Call 608-764-8480

August 7-16, 2009
Bill Johnston's Pirate Days
Various venues,
Alexandria Bay, New York
Pirates come by way of the St. Lawrence River to storm the village and take over, bringing plenty of rousing fun. Canons will fire, swashbuckler will wield swords in mock combat and lively skirmishes will no doubt break out amongst the crowds, so be on the lookout for lots of fun. There are activities for the kids, photo opportunities with the pirates, festival foods and more. The festival organizers would love it if you came dressed as a pirate or other appropriate theme-related entity.
Details: Call 800-541-2110

August 8, 2009
Corn Festival
Various venues,
Avon, New York
Celebrate 23 years with music on 3 stages, commercial vendors, community vendors, corn eating contests, arts and crafts, rock climbing wall, games for children, festival merchandise, non-profit booths. When you get hungry you can dive into burger or hot dogs, steamed corn, BBQ, curly fries, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, deep-fried candy bars and plenty of beverages. Service animals are welcome, but please do not bring pets.
Questions? Call 585-243-1547 or 585-226-8094

August 18, 2009
Burger Fiesta/Balloon Rally
South Main Street area,
Seymour, Wisconsin
Buy an entrance button at one of several locations in town or just buy one at the gate. Enjoy a charity motorcycle ride, magic show, hot air balloon ascensions in the morning (and glows at night), museum displays with hamburger memorabilia, Big Wheel races, the ketchup slide, games and activities for the kids (including pony rides), 5K Bun Run, model railroad display, classic cars, weight lifting competition, music and the serving of a very large hamburger to the crowd at 2:30pm. (Balloon activities are subject to weather conditions.)
Further Information: Call 920-833-6688

August 8-9, 2009
Havre de Grace Seafood Festival
Tydings Park,
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Arts and crafts, commercial vendors, charity auction, musical entertainment. Foods planned include cheeseburgers, blackened tuna, hush puppies, gumbo, sausages, sweet potato fries, grilled seafood, seafood baskets, chicken tenders, Po' boys, grilled cheese, soft pretzels, Oreo Puffs, cheesecake, funnel cakes.
Find Out Details: Call 410-939-1525 or 410-939-2100

August 8-9, 2009
Victorian Art Fair
Irons Park,
West Branch, Michigan
More than 275 arts and crafts booths, ice cream licking contest for kids, watermelon seed spitting contest for kids, duck races, frog jumping (bring your own frog), staged old-fashioned entertainment, festival foods, panning for gold, festival foods, sailboat race for kids.
Learn More: Call 989-345-3856

August 8-9, 2009
Jour de Fete
Historic District,
St. Genevieve, Missouri
Celebrate 43 years with open galleries, wine, music and dance, arts and crafts booths, historical home tours, displays of a French Colonial nature, antique window dislays in area stores, classic cars, festival foods. There is no admission charge. General hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Get The Festival Facts: Call 573-883-3686 or 800-373-7007

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August 12-15, 2009
Pemberville Free Fair
Memorial Park,
Pemberville, Ohio
Plans for this year include a Kiddie Parade on the 12th at 6:30pm, pony pull, baked goods contest and sale on the 12th at 6pm, horse pull, collectibles, frog jumping contest, arts and crafts, quilt show, Swine Scramble, volleyball tournament, cornhole tournament, pancake breakfast Thursday from 7-10am, tug of war, flower show, Fiver Miler, senior bingo, sidewalk chalk art contest, carnival rides, drawings for prizes, produce contest and display, Marching Band Extravaganza, grand parade on Saturday at 1pm.
Info: Call 419-287-4836 or 419-287-7465

August 13-15, 2009
St. Joe Pickle Festival
Riverdale Elementary School (and other venues),
St. Joseph, Indiana
Celebrate 13 years with a photo show, parade Saturday at 1pm, volksmarch, rock climbing wall, kids' coloring contest, fireworks on Saturday at 10pm, tractor pulls, Blue Light Parade, the pickle/pepper cook-off, horseshoe pitching contest, art displays, arts and crafts, tours of the Sechlers pickle factory, entertainment, children's parade Thursday at 5pm, festival foods (including fried pickles and pickle ice cream).
Questions? Call 260-337-5470

August 13-16, 2009
West Point Sweet Corn Festival
West Point, Iowa
Carnival, water fights, arts and crafts, pageant, parade, BBQ and other festival foods, mini garden tractor pull, corn eating competition, horseshoe pitching tournament, 5K and 10K run, Pee Wee Drag Races, Colgate Country Showdown. 2009 marks the festival's 57th year of fun.
More: Call 319-837-6313

August 13-16, 2009
Looney Daze
Main Street area,
Vergas, Minnesota
Fire and Rescue open house, kids' tractor pull, Vergas Kids Got Talent, drawings for prizes, salsa dance class, turtle races, gun raffle, collectibles, pageant with scholarship program, outdoor church service (bring lawn chairs), bingo, beer gardens, street dance (18 and older), parade on Sunday at 2pm, activities for kids, merchant specials, road rally, arts and crafts, food vendors, fire and rescue water fights, sidewalk sales.
Learn Details: Call 218-234-1175

August 13-16, 2009
Scandinavian Festival
Festival grounds,
Junction City, Oregon
10K Scandia Run (plus a 4.4-mile walk), Scandinavian arts and crafts and craft demonstrations, museum displays, Danish art and books for sale, Scandinavian folk music and dance, wine and microbrew tasting, music, chance to learn more of the Danish language, storytelling. Food is abundant and includes something called Loven Oven, which is a sour cream pastry filled with ground beef and shredded red potatoes plus Tillamook Cheddar cheese. You can also munch on pasha (Finnish cheese cakes), sweet and sour cabbage, Plattor (Swedish pancakes with lingonberry butter), chicken patties, vegetarian hot dogs and sausages, lefse, ice cream, Fri-Jo (yeast-raised deep-fried pastry rolled in cinnamon-sugar, chocolate cream puffs, aebelskivers. Before you get to the sweets you must try the Rarakor (lacy fried potatoes). There is no excuse to go hungry at this event.
Further Information: Call 541-998-9372

August 14, 2009
Duncan Hines Festival
Various venues,
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Shine Up and Show Off, evening street dance at Fountain Square Park, silent auction, entertainment, kid's art contest (and other activities for the little ones), duck derby, children's pageants, recipe contest, art exhibit and competition. This is the 13th year for the festival.
Find Out More: Call 270-782-0800 or 800-326-7465

August 14-16, 2009
McCloud Heritage Days
Various venues,
McCloud, California
Antiques, melodrama at the Heritage Museum, Sunset dinner train rides, antique logging demonstrations, wood carving, music and dance, displays and exhibits featuring the area's logging mill history, home and business tours, food, entertainment.
Further Information: Call 530-964-2105 or 530-964-3113

August 14-16, 2009
NewWest Fest
Fort Collins, Colorado
Bohemian nights music, 300 arts and crafts booths, a whopping 7 stages of entertainment, carnival, activities for kids, food, beer gardens. It's the event's 21st anniversary. Bring a shade-producing hat for best comfort and please leave pets at home where they're more comfortable.
Further Facts: Call 970-224-FEST

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August 14-16, 2009
Elwood Glass Festival
Calloway Park,
Elwood, Indiana
Get in on the fun with contests, a carnival, classic cars, arts and crafts, pageant, art glass factory tours, collectibles, parade, flea market. Hours are 10am-10pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10am-4pm on Sunday.
Additional Details: Call 765-552-0180

August 14-16, 2009
Howell Melon Festival
Historic downtown,
Howell, Michigan
Celebrate 50 years with a Big Vehicle Display, used library book sale, melon wine tasting, Melon Run, farmer's market, wine and beer, melon recipe contest, watermelon skiing (in scooped out watermelons for messy fun), melon toss by trebuchet and catapult, live painted mannequin show, outdoor movie, volleyball tournament, picnic on the courthouse lawn, melon seed spitting contest, entertainment, festival foods, fresh melons for sale, BBQ, activities for kids, sidewalk sales, Trash and Treasure Sale, watermelon eating contest, commercial and community booths, Mad Science booth. Be sure to try the melon ice cream.
Info: Call 517-548-7477

August 14-16, 2009
Huckleberry Festival
Community Park area,
Trout Creek, Montana
Dog agility demo, jam and jelly making contests, huckleberry pancake breakfast at the Fire Hall Saturday and Sunday from 7-11am, musical entertainment, bounce houses and other activities for kids, pageant, fresh berries for sale, karaoke, parade Saturday at 11am, huckleberry dessert contest, 5K race, auction .
Find Out Details: Call 406-827-3301

August 14-16, 2009
Kool-Aid Days
Backyard Park and downtown,
Hastings, Nebraska
Farmers market, flying disc golf tournament, parade on Saturday at 9am, postal cancellations, Kool-Aid Kollectibles, rocketry demo at Lake Hastings, Kool_Aid Kardboard Boat Races, carnival games, food vendors, non-profit displays, bike tour, Kwickest Kool-Aid Drinking Contest, Kool-Aid Days Trolley, festival merchandise, musical tribute to the Beatles, 5K run/walk Sunday at 11am. Then there's the World's Largest Kool-Aid Stand, where you can buy a commemorative mug and then drink all you like of 14 flavors.
Questions? Call 402--461-8405 or 800-987-2189

August 15, 2009
Rio Grande Depot,
Salt Lake City, Utah
Plans for the 2009 event include a bocce ball tournament, sausage eating contest, car and motor scooter show, Italian wine and brews, Italian movie showings, arts and crafts, genealogical assistance and information, historical photos and art on display, entertainment.
Find Out Details: Call 801-979-1997 or 888-800-1441

August 15, 2009
Coffee Break Festival
Mandt Community Park,
Stoughton, Wisconsin
For a 12th year you can enjoy a car show, swap meet, Coffee Brew Off, museum tours, Java Jog 5K/1-mile race, face painting and other activities for kids, arts and crafts, festival foods, plenty of free hot coffee. Many years ago a group of housewives helped a local tobacco farmer harvest his tobacco leaves during the day, but they insisted on having a break to go home and take care of chores and have their cup of coffee. To this day, when folks take a break from the job, even to do some other work, we tend to refer to that time as a coffee break. The women of Stoughton were leading the way.
Questions? Call 608-873-7912 or 888-873-7912br>

August 15-16, 2009
Gravenstein Apple Fair
Ragle Ranch Park,
Sebastopol, California
Music, cooking demos, apple grower judging, farm animals, apple pie baking contest, farm exhibits, apple juggling contests, educational and community booths, gas engine display, special area for children, arts and crafts, caramel apple eating contest, hay maze, applesauce eating contest, beer and wine tent, fresh apple juice. No need to go hungry with sausages, tamales, teriyaki chicken, pizza, corn dogs, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple pastries, apple pie whole or by the slice, apple turnovers, lemonade, beer and wine garden. Please, no pets. Admission is charged for those age 6 and older. Hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Further Information: Call 707-824-1765 or 800-207-9464

August 15-16, 2009
Potato Fest
Medaryville, Indiana
Games for the kids, arts and crafts, fish fry, music, parade, tractor pull.
Get The Facts: Call 218-843-5263

August 15-16, 2009
Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts
Fowler Park,
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
More than 130 artisans showing and selling their work, clowns and activities for the kids, entertainment on 3 stages. Grab some pizza or salad and have a slice of pie a la mode. There is no admission charge and the fun goes on rain or shine. Hours are 10am-5pm. Please leave pets safely at home while you enjoy the festival.
Find Out Details: Call 262-567-1243

August 16, 2009
Arts and Crafts Fair
Civic Park,
New Holstein, Wisconsin
Pancake breakfast 9am-12:30pm, library used book sale (across the street from the park), entertainment, corn roast in the afternoon, food vendors. General festival hours are 10am-4pm and there is no admission charge..
More: Call 920-898-5640

August 20-23, 2009
Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival
Angell Park,
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Parade Thursday at 6:30pm on Main Street, arts and crafts, fresh corn from a contraption that turns out 200-300 ears at once, midget auto racing Sunday at 7pm, music and other entertainment, carnival, petting zoo, large inflatables and other activities for kids, helicopters, festival merchandise, beer tent. Steamed corn is available noon-7pm Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission charge for those age 6 and younger.
Find Out Details: Call 608-837-4547

August 20-23, 2009
Beef and Dairy Days
Whitehall, Wisconsin
Arts and crafts, street dance, cattle show, Top of the World Bike Tour, parade Sunday at 1pm, quilt and needlework show, mud bog, pageant, classic cars, carnival, food and beverages, musical entertainment.
Learn Information: Call 715-538-4353 or 715-538-4252

August 21-22, 2009
Olive Festival
Woodson City Park,
Corning, California
Parade Friday at 6pm, talent show, raffle, arts and crafts, olive cooking contest, bed races (right after the parade), food booths, games and activities for the kids, music, Missing Olive Contest (pre-festival), Dutch oven cooking contest. The festival celebrates 20 seasons in 2009.
Questions? Call 530-824-5550

August 21-22, 2009
Bodock Festival
Courthouse Square,
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Parade, bodock fence post throwing contest, Twilight 5K run (may be post festival weekend), festival foods, games and rides for the kids, arts and crafts, petting zoo, exhibits.
Get Details: Call 662-489-5042 or 562-488-0388

August 21-23, 2009
Markle Wildcat Festival
Markle Park,
Markle, Indiana
Celebrate 33 years with a pie baking contest, flower and vegetable show, parade, 3-on-3 basketball, car and truck show, Lifeguard Challenge, food vendors, arts and crafts and more. This year's theme is "Music Thru the Decades."
Learn More: Call 260-758-2855

August 21-23, 2009
Peach Festival
Fountain Park,
Wilbraham, Massachusetts
Karaoke, arts and crafts, antique engine and tractor show, fireworks Saturday night, business vendors, entertainment, food and beverage vendors, martial arts demos, children's entertainment, pancake breakfast at 7:30am on Sunday, peach dessert contest, film fest, road race. Feast on peach bread, burgers, corn dogs, kabobs, spinach pie, baked potatoes, pierogi, kraut and dogs, pizza, curly fries, chili, peach pie, fried dough, peach shortcake, peach sundaes, lemonade, cappucino. It's the festival's 25th anniversary.
Find Out The Facts: Call 800-407-3488

August 21-23, 2009
Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
Various venues,
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Now celebrating its 31st season, the festival offers fun such as a beautiful baby contest, arts and crafts, activities for children, Great Train Race, parade on Saturday at 10am, Civil War encampment, food and drink vendors, museum displays, musical entertainment, soccer tournament. General hours are noon-9pm on Friday, 10am-9pm on Saturday and 11am-7pm on Sunday. Please, no dogs, skates, blades, bikes (there is valet bike parking) or glass containers. The venues include Riverside Park, Depot Park and Frog Island Depot.
Details: Call 734-483-6071

August 21-23, 2009
Festival of the Little Hills
Frontier Park area downtown,
St. Charles, Missouri
BBQ, musical (and other) entertainment, games and stories for the kids, clowns, magic tricks, arts and crafts, face painting, plenty of festival foods. Try corn on the cob, baked potatoes, tacos, burgers, frozen custard, snow cones, cheesecake. Among those scheduled to perform at the festival: St. Charles Municipal Band and Watch Judas. Hours are 4-10pm on Friday, 9:30am-10pm on Saturday and 9:30am-5pm on Sunday.
Learn More: Call 635-940-0095 or 800-366-2427

August 21-23, 2009
National Lentil Festival
Reaney Park and downtown,
Pullman, Washington
The festival celebrates 21 years of fun with Tase T. Lentil 5K run/walk on Saturday at 8am, arts and crafts, golf tournament, street fair Friday evening with an area just for kids, kid's area stage, food court, microbrews, music, Tour de Lentil 100K Bike Ride Saturday at 9am, wine tasting, Board and Blades competition, pancake breakfast in Cougar Plaza on Saturday at 8am, grand parade on Saturday at 11am. (The kid's area will include bubble pools, crafts and face painting.)
Questions? Call 509-334-3565 or 888-365-6948

August 21-23, 2009
Cucumber Fest
Pafko Park and Main Street,
Boyceville, Wisconsin
Parade, arts and crafts, petting zoo, music, dance, quilt show..
Questions? Call 715-643-2351 or 888-623-3866

August 22, 2009
Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry & Huckleberry Festival
Ellenville, New York
Blueberry bake sale, blueberry pie making contest, cultural exhibits, street fair, area for kids, arts show, bluberry pancake breakfast on Center Street at 7:30am, BBQ, pie sale, music, festival foods. It's the 10th year for this one.
Learn More: Call 845-647-4620

August 22-23, 2009
Round Valley Blackberry Festival
Festival grounds,
Covelo, California
Celebrate the festival's 27th year with classic cars, arts and crafts, music, 10K fun run and plenty of treats such as blackberry jam, blackberry pie and blackberry cobbler, plus savory festival foods. General hours are noon-7pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Find Out The Facts: Call 707-963-6144 or 707-963-6736

August 22-23, 2009
Greek Fest
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church on Island Pond Road,
Manchester, New Hampshire
Greek food, Greek pastries and sweets, arts and crafts, raffles, penny sale, activities for kids, church tours, music. Hours are 11am-9pm on Saturday and 11am-8pm on Sunday.
Details: Call 603-623-2045

August 22-23, 2009
Corn City Festival
Deshler Park,
Deshler, Ohio
Parade on Saturday at 5pm, volleyball tournament, Corn City Idol, beer relay, pedal tractor pull, arts and crafts, 5K fun and 1K fun run, cheerleading competition, tug of war, firemen's breakfast, bingo, ice cream social, cornhole tournament, car show, bingo.
Questions? Call 419-278-0000

August 23-29, 2009
Union Fair & Blueberry Festival
Fairgrounds on Common Road,
Union, Maine
Antiques appraisal, shoe box float contest, carnival midway, drawings for prizes, fireworks Wednesday at 9pm, police K-9 demos, Kid's Kooking Kontest, bubblegum blowing contest, harness racing, wild blueberry pancake breakfast, blueberry muffin contest, demolition derby, pig scramble, blueberry pie eating contest, blueberry dessert contest, festival merchandise, livestock events, 4-H events, wild blueberry spitting contest, music, free mini wild blueberry pies (check with the locals for the giveaway schedule).
Learn Information: Call 207-785-3281

August 27-30, 2009
Obetz Zucchinifest
Lancaster Park,
Obetz, Ohio
Help celebrate 24 years with a pageant, arts and crafts, grand parade on Saturday, rides, games, newspaper toss and other contests, cruise-in and car show on Friday, fresh zucchini for sale, food vendors selling treats such as Zucchini burgers and zucchini fudge. Entertainment scheduled at this writing includes music by Snap Back, Rider Band and John Anderson.
Find Out More: Call 614-497-2518 or 614-492-8364

August 28-30, 2009
Prairie Festival
Huxley, Iowa
Mud volleyball, softball tournament, theatre, sand volleyball, antique tractor show, tractor pull, pancake breakfast Saturday 7-9:30am, fireworks Friday night, activities for kids, food vendors, horseshoe pitching tournament, kiddie tractor pull, arts and crafts, ice cream social, water ski show Friday, scavenger hunt, bake sale, texting competition, teen dance, bingo, dog show, parade on Saturday at 10am, Not So Newlywed Game, entertainment.
Further Details: Call 515-231-3665 or 515-597-3174

August 28-30, 2009
Jefferson and Walnut area downtown,
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Have fun this year with art demonstrations, festival merchandise, Sanimax Recycle Street, art raffle, 2 stages of entertainment, edible arts, more than 200 artisans showing and selling their wares, community booths, street perfomers. Food available may include gyros, hot dogs, brats, grilled chicken sandwiches, Mexican specialties, pita sandwiches, spanakopita and jerk chicken.
Questions? Call 920-435-2787 or 920-435-5220

August 29-30, 2009
Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts
Elmwood Avenue (at Auburn Street),
Buffalo, New York
170 artists and craftspeople, community vendors, art activities for kids, entertainment for kids, music on 3 stages (2 of which will be solar-powered), festival beer tent, family friendly dance tent, Kidsfest Parade, information from local arts groups and not-for-profit agencies, commercial vendors. When the munchies hit you can find fish sandwiches, sausages, vegetable curries, BBQ, hot dogs, salmon, veggie burgers, pizza, pita sandiches, pastries, fruit beverages, roasted nuts. Among those scheduled to share their music at this writing: Delaney and Rob, Outafar Jug Band, Outer Circle Orchestra, Stone Country Band. The festival celebrates 10 seasons in 2009.
Information: Call 716-830-2484

August 29-30, 2009
Coplay Community Days
Saylor Park on North Second Street,
Coplay, Pennsylvania
The kilns in the park made cement until 1904 and are now a museum and an odd sight, sticking out of the ground like a Stonehenge. This locale is the setting for arts and crafts, festival foods, a 5K race, tours of the kilms and entertainment. There is no admission charge to the event.
More: Call 610-262-6086 or 610-262-7322

August 29-30, 2009
Festival in the Pines
Carson Park,
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Music and other entertainment on 2 stages, fishing tank, games for kids, 250 vendors, petting zoo, beer garden, karate demos. If you shop and you don't want to carry all your items, the Girl Scouts will have a service for holding purchases while you continue to wander and enjoy the festival. Take the free shuttle to and from the event. There's a shuttle at Chippewa Valley Technical College and one at Eau Claire County Courthouse parking lot. Munchies available at the festival include pizza. General hours will be 9am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. It's the festival's 27th year of fun.
Have Questions? Call 715-552-5504 or 888-611-7463

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

August 1 Crossroads Festival, Lima, New York, 585-582-1481
August 1 Ohio Chile Pepper Festival, Trimble High School at 1 Tomcat Drive (off SR 13), Glouster, Ohio, 740-757-4946
August 1 Cookie Daze (14th), Barlow Park, Ripon, Wisconsin, 920-748-6764
August 1 Cherry Fest (15th), Lakeside Park on Hwy. 57, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, 920-823-2288
August 1-2 Carmel Valley Fiesta, Community Park, Carmel Valley, California, 831-659-4502 or 831-644-6180
August 1-2 Fremont Festival of the Arts (26th), Paseo Parkway between Mowry & Walnut, Fremont, California, 510-795-2344
August 1-2 Festa Italian (24th), 3730 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento, California, 915-690-5634
August 1-2 Covered Wagon Days, Del Norte, Colorado, 719-616-4638 or 719-657-2845
August 1-2 SoNo Arts Celebration (33rd), S. Main & Washington area, South Norwalk, Connecticut, 203-866-7915
August 1-2 Heritage Days (40th), Whaler's Village, Angelica, New York, 585-456-3216
August 2 Taste of Dorset, 11:30-3, Park Rapids, Minnesota, 216-732-0275
August 5-8 Schweizer Fest (50th), Tell City, Indiana, 888-343-6262
August 6-9 Steinbeck Festival (29th), Oldtown, Salinas, California, 831-775-4721
August 6-9 Pig Gig, Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City, Michigan, 866-684-0450
August 6-9 Pure Water Days & Heritage Fun Fest (33rd), various venues, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 888-723-0024
August 7-8 Coal Festival (30th), City Park on Main Street, Marissa, Illinois, 618-295-2562
August 7-8 Zoar Mosquito Festival, United Methodist Church picnic grounds, Zoar, Indiana, 812-536-2920
August 7-9 Escalante Days, Dolores, Colorado, 719-882-4018
August 7-9 Sudbury Canada Days, Bethel, Maine, 207-824-2908 or 800-824-2910
August 7-9 Street Car Days, downtown, Red Cloud, Nebraska, 402-746-2211
August 7-9 Old Lincoln Days, Lincoln, New Mexico, 505-653-4025
August 7-9 Lucy's Birthday Celebration, Lucy-Desi Museum, Jamestown, New York, 877-LUCY-FAN
August 7-9 German Fest, Firemen's Field, Rochester, New York, 585-426-7835
August 7-9 Twin Days, Glenn Chamberlain Park, Twinsburg, Ohio, 330-425-3652
August 7-9 Gateway Balloon Festival, Will Rogers Downs on S. 4200 Rd., Claremont, Oklahoma, 918-259-3900
August 8 Twine Ball Celebration (18th), Darwin, Minnesota
August 8 Black-eyed Pea Festival, Main & Broadway, Hollis, Oklahoma, 580-688-9545
August 8 Watermelon Festival, 9-9, Jeff Davis Park, Rush Springs, Oklahoma, 580-476-9348
August 8 Tomato Art Fest (6th), Five Points area, E. Nashville, Tennessee, 615-226-2070
August 8 Cornucopia Day, 8-5, Marina, Cornucopia, Wisconsin, 715-743-3364
August 8-9 Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar (63rd), 2401 Riverside Ave., Sacramento, California, 916-445-0121
August 8-9 Cabrillo Music, Art & Wine Festival (18th),
                   11-8, Church Street near Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, California, 831-420-5260
August 8-9 Scotts Valley Art & Wine Festival (10th), 10-6, Skypark, Scotts Valley, California, 831-438-1010
August 8-9 Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Historic downtown, Mystic, Connecticut, 860-572-5098
August 8-9, 15-16 Big Bear Renaissance Faire (8th), Fawnskin (Big Bear Lake's North Shore), Big Bear, California, 909-585-7825
August 12 SeaScare & Porchlight Parade (8th), Brier, Washington, 425-778-5440 or 425-672-3252
August 13-15 Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival (40th), Anderson Park at 44th & Field, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, 303-985-4555
August 13-15 Great River Tug Fest (23rd), Port Byron, Illinois & LeClaire, Iowa, 800-747-7800
August 13-16 Peach Festival (41st), Riverbend Park & downtown, Palsade, Colorado, 970-464-7458
August 14-15 Milford Oyster Festival (35th), 5-9/10-6, downtown & along harbor, Milford, Connecticut, 203-878-5363
August 14-15 Columbia Daze, Columbia, Illinois, 618-281-5393
August 14-16 Spassfest (42nd), Germantown, Illinois, 618-523-4202
August 14-16 Wild Blueberry Festival (34th), Congregational Church at 7 Centre Street, Machias, Maine, 207-255-6665
August 14-16 Pepper Festival, Pepperfest Park, North Hudson, Wisconsin, 800-657-6775
August 15 Multi-Cultural Festival, Owensboro, Kentucky, 800-489-1131
August 15 Newfane August Fest, 11-6, Main Street, Newfane, New York, 716-778-7674
August 15-16 Tomato Festival (18th), 10-5/11-4, Texas Street downtown, Fairfield, California, 707-423-0103
August 15-16 Olde Farmers Fest, downtown, Rolling Prairie, Indiana, 219-324-6202 or 219-778-2471
August 15-16 Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival, 11-7/11-6, Community Park, Fairborn, Ohio, 937-305-0800
August 15-16 Seven Springs Wine & Food Festival, 777 Water Wheel Dr., Champion, Pennsylvania, 814-351-7777 or 800-452-2223
August 15-16 Lewis & Clark Heritage Days, Heritage Park, Elk Point, South Dakota, 605-356-2164
August 15-16 Corn 'n Tater Festival, 11-4, County Road E., Grand Marsh, Wisconsin, 608-339-9284
August 19-22 Parade of the Hills (60th), Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio
August 20-22 Eureka Sesquicentennial Celebration, Eureka, Illinois, 309-467-2113
August 20-22 Bratwurst Festival (42nd), Bucyrus, Ohio, 419-562-2728
August 20-23 Rutabaga Festival (77th), various venues, Cumberland, Wisconsin, 715-822-FEST
August 21-22 Broiler Festival, Crane, Missouri, 417-723-5248
August 21-22 Summer in the City, various venues downtown, Batavia, New York, 585-344-0900
August 21-23 Balloon Fest, Foundation Park, Centralia, Illinois, 618-532-6789
August 21-23 Great Falls Balloon Festival (17th), Simard & Payne Memorial Park, Auburn, Maine, 800-639-6331
August 21-23 Diamond Days, downtown, Blairsville, Pennsylvania, 724-459-6927
August 21-23 Legion Community Days, 731 Sand Lake Rd., Onalaska, Wisconsin, 800-873-1901
August 22 Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival (33rd), 9-5, downtown, Cary, North Carolina, 919-462-3864
August 22-23 Festival of the Arts, Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 630-790-9180
August 22-23 Kirchenfest (39th), St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, Illinois, 618-654-2238 or 618-634-3721
August 22-23 Leon Garorfest, Leon, Wisconsin, 800-354-2453
August 27-29 Winterville Watermelon Festival (24th),
                   Church & Sylvania area, Winterville, North Carolina, Email ectrophy@earthlink.net
August 27-30 Telluride Mushroom Festival (29th), various venues, Telluride, Colorado, 970-728-1412
August 27-30 Swiss Wine Festival, Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, Vevay, Indiana, 800-435-5688
August 27-30 Crown of Maine Balloon Festival (6th), Northern Maine Fairgrounds, Presque Isle, Maine, 207-764-6561
August 28-29 Kentucky Heartland Festival, Freeman Lake Park, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, 270-765-4334
August 28-29 Barnesville Potato Days Festival, Barnesville, Minnesota, 800-525-4901
August 28-30 Caladium Festival (19th), DeVane Park, Lake Placid, Florida, 863-465-4331
August 28-30 North Country Moose Festival (18th),
                   Colebrook, New Hampshire, Pittsburgh, New Hampshire & Canaan, Vermont, 603-237-8939 or 800-698-8939
August 29 Crape Myrtle Festival, 8-3, downtown, Ardmore, Tennessee, 256-423-7588
August 29-30 Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival (15th),
                   Watts Ranch on Bodega Hwy., Bodega, California, 707-824-8717 or 707-792-0298
August 29-Sept 6 Oak Leaf Festival (11th), Main Street area, Oak Hill, West Virginia, 800-927-0263

Other August 2009 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may also be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
August 1-2 Depression Glass Club China, Glass & Potter Show & Sale, 10-5/11-4, Scottish Rite Temple, Sacramento, California
August 4-6 Farmfest (28th), Gilfillan Estate, Redwood County, Minnesota, 800-827-8007
August 5 Taste of Greater Waterville (17th), 11am-11pm, downtown area, Waterville, Maine, 207-873-3315
August 6 Taste on Broadway 5-11pm, Broadway Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 920-437-2531
August 6-9 Wizard World Chicago, Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois, Email conventions@wizarduniverse.com

August 6-9 Star Trek Convention, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, 818-409-0960 ext. 225
August 6-9 World's Largest Outdoor Sale, along U.S. Hwy. 127
                   from West Unity, Ohio to Gadsden, Alabama, headquarted in Jamestown, Tennessee, 931-878-9948 or 800-327-3945
August 7-8 Waldensian Festival (34th), Main Street area, Valdese, North Carolina, 828-879-2126
August 7-9 Fandemonium, Civic Center, Nampa, Idaho, 208-468-5500
August 7-9 Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, Harbor Park, Rockland, Maine, 207-236-8622
August 7-9 Maine Antiques Festival (28th), Fairgrounds off Rt. 17, Union, Maine, 207-221-3108
August 7-9 Uptown Art Fair, Hennpin Avenue at Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 612-823-4581
August 8 Fly-in, Airport, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, 800-523-6318
August 8-9 Outdoor Art Festival, 10-6/10-5, Historic downtown, Mystic, Connecticut, 860-572-9678 or 860-572-5098
August 8-9 Vintage Paper Fair, 10-6/10-4, Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, 415-668-1636
August 8-9 Artists Studio Tour, Alto, New Mexico, 505-336-7707
August 8-9 Great Southwestern Antique Show (11th), Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-255-4054
August 8-9 Sourwood Festival (32nd), Black Mountain, North Carolina, 826-669-2300
August 8-9 Dixie Gun & Knife Show, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 910-846-2555
August 8-9 Art in the Park, 10-6/10-4, Library Park, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 262-249-7968
August 8-9 Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair (35th), 10-5, 929 N. Water, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 414-259-1440
August 9 Cars, Crafts & Rock-N-Roll in the Park, 8-3, Village Park, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, 715-986-4680
August 13-16 Gen Con Indy, Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, 206-957-EXPO or 800-957-EXPO
August 13-16 Cumberland Arts & Crafts Show, Fairgrounds on Blanchard Rd., Cumberland, Maine, 2027-621-1945 or 207-621-2818
August 14-15 Ignite the Nites, Mineral Avenue downtown, Libby, Montana, 406-293-2276 or 406-293-3584
August 14-15 Oklahoma Prison Rodeo, State Penitentiary on North West St., McAlester, Oklahoma, 800-879-2550
August 14-15 Political Memorabilia Show & Sale, 10-5/10-4, Atlantis Hotel/Casino, Reno, Nevada, 916-921-7415
August 14-16 Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Surf Contest (25th), Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, California, 760-931-0301
August 14-16 Armadillocon 31, Doubletree Austin North, Austin, Texas, 512-477-6259
August 15-16 Collectors Carnival Antique & Flea Market, 4-H Center, Evansville, Indiana, 812-471-9419
August 15-16 American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair, 10-6/11-5, 209 Castlewood Drive, Lexington, Kentucky, 859-233-1221
August 15-16 On the Green Arts & Crafts Festival, 10-5/10-4, Brewster Academy on S. Main St., Wolfesboro, New Hampshire, 603-528-4014
August 15-16 Mount Morris Italian Festival (13th), Main Street, Mount Morris, New York, 585-658-9830
August 16 Cooncours d' Elegance, Pebble Beach, California, 831-622-1700
August 16 Poags Hole Professional Motorcycle Hillclimb, off Rt. 36, Dansville, New York, 585-335-9260
August 16-23 Bay Area Tap Festival, various venues, San Francisco, California, 415-294-4941
August 21-22 Cape BBQ Fest (17th), Arena Park, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, 573-275-7162
August 21-23 Monster-Mania Con 12, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Email dhag@comcast.net
August 21-23 Wisconsin Paint Horse Futurity Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 608-325-2539
August 22 San Jose Super Toy, Comic and Record Show, County Fairgrounds, San Jose, California, 408-298-1709
August 22 New England Auto Auction (32nd), Transportation Museum, Owls Head, Maine, 207-594-4418
August 22-23 Golden Gate Antique & Collectibles Show, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California, 415-383-2252
August 23 Racine Zoo Classic Car Show (14th), 10-4, Racine Zoo on N. Main, Racine, Wisconsin, 262-636-9189
August 22-23 Santa Fe Indian Market (88th), Historic Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 505-983-5220
August 28-30 Frog Follies (35th), Vanderburgh 4-H Center, Evansville, Indiana, 812-428-3754
August 28-30 Popcorn Days, Main Street, North Loup, Nebraska, 308-496-4401
August 29-30 Super Mega Show and Comic Fest, 10:30-7/10:30-5, Holiday Inn Harmon Meadow, Seacaucus, New Jersey, 201-338-4810
August 29-30 Island Park Show, 10-5, Island Park, Fargo, North Dakota, 701-241-1350

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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
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

Feather Choker Necklace
Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Feather Choker Necklace

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.
A sample of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!

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

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

A Little Browsing...
Romantic restaurants for marriage proposals Part 2
(presented in no particular order):

La Merin Honolulu, Hawaii
The Pillars in Mobile, Alabama
The Palace in Cincinnati, Ohio
One if by Land-Two if by Sea in New York, New York
Hemingway's Restaurant in Killington, Vermont
Eagle's Nest in Indianapolis, Indiana
at Woodlands Inn in Summerville, South Carolina.
James at the Mill in Johnson, Arkansas
Riverboat Landing in Wilmington, North Carolina
Skies in Kansas City, Missouri
Back Inn Cafe in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Ghidottis Italian Cafe in Park City, Utah
Palm Court in Scottsdale, Arizona
Carnelian Room in San Francisco
(If you really want to splurge, reserve The Tamalpais Room
Joseph's Table in Taos, New Mexico
Chart House in Portland, Oregon
The Sun Dial in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bijoux in Dallas, Texas
Coming in September: Other romantic places for marriage proposal

Car cleaning myths

Natural ways to
lower your blood pressure.
Band-Aids and other bandages:

Curad Kids Adhesive Bandages: My Little Pony, Curious George and Camouflage
Neon Adhesive Bandages
Crime Scene, Fairy (and other) adhesive bandages
The history of Band-Aid adhesive bandages


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