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Please Note:
Because of recent hurricanes affecting our coastal areas, it is
especially important right now that you verify all festival or
event information. Even areas that were not in the direct path of
major storms may have strained local resources in their attempts to
assist displaced people. Some typically available festival or event

venues may have become temporary evacuation centers.
Travel in some areas may still be difficult or restricted.

Once there has been more restoration to affected areas your attendance
and support at local events and festivals will be a great way to help
the local economy and our national economy in general.
February 2-5, 2006
Voyageur Winter Festival
various venues,
Ely, Minnesota
Fur trade winter camp reenactments, ice skating, skiing, bake sale, snowshoe trip to the Hegman Pictographs, dance, picnic (with plenty of hot foods) at Whiteside Park Pavilion, library book sale, art walk, fiber arts, crafts, snow carving and snow sculpture, activities for kids, pool tournament, Taste of Ely and more. Some events may have separate ticketing or require registration.
Further Details: Call 800-777-7281

February 3-5, 2006
Cordova Iceworm Festival
various venues,
Cordova, Alaska
Pageant, variety show, Survival Suit Race, cribbage tournament, parade, spaghetti feed, ping pong tournament, gospel music, chili cooking contest and chili feed, photography display, ice cream feed, hotdog eating contest, scientific and historical displays, silent auction, steak and seafood, fireworks, bachelor auction, handyman auction, arts and crafts, pet show.
Learn More: Call 907-424-7260

February 3-5, 2006
Everglades City Seafood Festival
Everglades City, Florida
Carnvial rides, more than 150 arts and crafts booths, music, seafood and Cajun dishes and more. Please—no pets or coolers. There is no admission charge to the festival.
Additional Info: Call 239-695-4100

February 3-5, 2006
Hudson Hot Air Affair
various venues,
Hudson, Wisconsin
Early morning balloon launches, night balloon glows, snow volleyball, dances, arts and crafts, torchlight parade and more.
Learn More: Call 715-381-2050 or 888-247-2332

February 3-5, 2006
Tent City Days
unknown venue(s),
Wrangell, Alaska
The area celebrates Gold Rush history with contests, sports events, a ball, fashion show, theatre and more.
Questions? Call 907-874-3901 or 800-367-9745

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February 3-12, 2006
Carrot Festival
Holtville, California
Student art show, parade, arts and crafts, carnival in Samaha Park, music, Carrot Festival Cookery Contest, golf tournament, barbecue.
Further Info: Call 760-356-2935

February 3-14, 2006
Fish Creek Winter Festival
Clark Park & other venues,
Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Candlelight skiing, entertainment, kite flying, talent contest, chili cooking contest, carnival games, food, art and more.
Learn More: Call 920-868-2316 or 800-577-1880

February 4, 2006
Gilman, Wisconsin
Snow volleyball, horse drawn sleigh rides, blind snowmobile races, snow sculpting, ice bowling, scavenger hunt, torchlight parade, frying pan toss, sausages and other foods, contests, activities for kids. Most events take place at Village Park.
Get Information: Call 715-447-8285

February 4, 2006
Jack Frost Fest
unknown venue(s),
Spooner, Wisconsin
Golf tournament, ice fishing contest, ribs, chili cooking contest, games, snowmobile events, carriage rides, cartoons and more.
Further Details: Call 800-367-3306

February 4, 2006
Groundhog Day Celebration
St. Albert The Great Catholic Church,
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Local weather celebrity Jimmy will have given his furry prediction by then, so the town plans to turn out for a community breakfast, games, entertainment, vendors with groundhog memorabilia, plus a birthday party for humans born on February 2.
Further Info: Call 608-837-4547 or 800-400-6162

February 4-5, 2006
Iola Winter Carnival
Old car showgrounds on Jenson Dr.,
Iola, Wisconsin
Think of Scandinavian culture and add winter's backdrop. Enjoy an ice fishing derby, ski jumping, arts and crafts, a lutefish supper (with plenty of other Norwegian treats), music and more.
Additional Details: Call 715-445-4005

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February 4-5, 2006
Chocolate Lovers Festival
Fairfax, Virginia
Historic reenactments, crafts, pancake breakfast with chocolate chip pancakes, activities for kids, chocolate art, Taste of Chocolate. Some events are free and some have a fee. The event runs from 8am-10pm.
Questions? Call 703-246-6321

February 4-5, 2006
Winter Festival
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Pancake breakfast, bed race on ice, chili cooking contest, children's carnival, hayrides, barrel racing, ice carvings, entertainment, hot beverages.
More Information: Call 262-377-9620 or 800-237-2874

February 4-5, 2006
Carolina Chocolate Festival
Crystal Coast Civic Center,
Morehead City, North Carolina
This event sends its proceeds to area charities, and though some events are more expensive than others, you should go with the festival's good cause in mind. There's a Champagne & Truffle Party, a Chocolate Spa Night, entertainment, brunch, festival merchandise, contests, tastings of chocolates in many forms, drawings for prizes and more.
Further Details: Call 257-504-2203

February 10-11, 2006
various venues,
Minocqua, Wisconsin
Snowmobile radar runs, lighted snowmobile parade on the lake, bonfire, chili feed, silent auction, arts and crafts and other vendors. Many events are held at the downtown Tarpy Park.
Questions? Call 800-446-6784

February 10-11, 2006
Chocolate Festival
Copper Village,
Anaconda, Montana
The local merchants must give away chocolates during this time. If they fail to do so, a sharp-eyed constable will levy a fine on them. And the fine goes to charity, so no one minds very much at all! Enjoy treats, prizes, a quilt exhibit and a bake sale.
Learn More: Call 406-563-2422

February 10-11, 2006
Deacon Mills Park,
Green Lake, Wisconsin
Medallion hunt, ice golf, ice carvings, pageant, music, food and beverages, ice fishing, ice bowling, raffle, activities for kids.
Get Details: Call 920-294-3231 or 800-2253-7354.

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February 10-12, 2006
Homer Winter Carnival
various venues,
Homer, Alaska
Celebrating 50 years of fun, the Carnival will feature a Mardi Gras Ball, parade, pageant, entertainment, a special showing of the film Casablanca, ice skating (weather permitting), scrabble tournament, fireworks and much more.
Find Out More: Call 907-235-7740

February 10-12, 2006
Eelpout Festival
City Park,
Walker, Minnesota
Snowmobile radar run, Eelpout Peelout 5K run, eelpout fishing, rugby, food, vendors, Eelpout 500 On-Ice Auto Race, polar plunge.
Further Information: Call 320-259-6010 or 800-833-1118

February 10-12, 2006
Frostbite Follies
various venues,
Littleton, New Hampshire
Events are held in a number of towns, including Fraconia, Whitefield and Lisbon. Enjoy an evening Frostlite Parade, snow sports, sleigh rides, aerial tram rides, entertainment, ice and snow sculpture, turkey bowling, prizes, races, Chocolate Affair, bonfires, fireworks and more. Some events may require a separate fee or reservation.
Additional Details: Call 603-444-6561

February 11, 2006
Sweet Potato Festival
Samuel C. Pannell Community Center,
Sacramento, California
Sweet potato baking contests and sweet potato pies (and other sweet potato treats) for sale, entertainment, arts and crafts and prizes. Enjoy this 17th year of the festival. The fun is from 10am-4pm at the Center.
Questions? Call 916-433-6680 or 916-207-1967

February 11-12, 2006
Winterfest Festival
Main Street,
Lake Havasu, Arizona
This festival offers a music competition for the kids, arts and crafts, vehicle displays and plenty of food. Enjoy the fun from 10am-5pm. There is no admission charge.
Further Details: Call 928-855-4115

February 11-12, 2006
Mid-Winter Fest
Hayes Park area,
Apple Valley, Minnesota
Video arcade, ice skating, snow tube races, cross country skiing, volleyball, teen night, Klondike Coloring Contest, 4-on4 hockey, animal presentation, indoor wiffle ball tournament, youth pie eating contest, chicken wing eating contest, spaghetti dinner, music, free throw contest, dodgeball, drawings for prizes, medallion hunt, World's Largest Marshmallow Roast, chess tournament, bingo, face painting, snow softball, refreshments.
Info: Call 952-953-2300

February 11-12, 2006
Cabin Fever Festival
Frederick, Maryland
Juried artists show and sell their work in several buildings and heated tents, plus you can enjoy entertainment and great food. There is an admission charge.
Learn More: Call 301-898-5466

February 17-19, 2006
Ice Castle Extravaganza
Lakeside Park,
Mayville, New York
Music and other entertainment, sleigh rides, library book sale, cross-country ski tour, ice chipping contest, bonfire, snowball throwing contest, snowmobile rides, igloo construction demonstration, fireworks and more.
Additional Details: Call 716-753-3113

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February 17-19, 2006
Dexter Winter Festival
various venues,
Dexter, Maine
This year the festival is using a circus theme, so visitors and participants are encouraged to come in wild circus garb. Enjoy fireworks, snow sculptures, and ice fishing derby, a parade, snowmobile radar run, dances, sleigh rides and more.
Questions? Call 207-924-3057

February 17-19, 2006
Shanty Days
Caseville, Michigan
Pool tournament, entertainment, spaghetti dinner, Potty Trotty (outhouse race on skis), dog sled races, food, beer, ice fishing contest, broom ball, chili cooking contest, human bowling, demolition derby, snowman making contest and more.
Get Details: Call 989-856-3818 or 800-606-1347

February 17-20, 2006
Cloverdale Citrus Fair
Citrus Fairgrounds,
Cloverdale, California
This year's theme is "Through the Eyes of a Child". Enjoy music, a parade, pageant, gourmet food show, livestock displays, citrus baking contest, diaper derby, the comedy of Wild West Express and more.
Further Info: Call 707-894-3992

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February 17-20, 2006
Whiskey Flat Days
various venues,
Kernville, California
Historic encampments, arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival, melodrama, parade, rock climbing wall for kids, spin art, pony rides, stage coach robbery reenactment, tours of mill area, music and line dancing, gunfighter shows, pet parade, Whiskerino Contest, 1860s Costume Contest, frog jumping and more.
Additional Details: Call 760-376-2629

February 17-26, 2006
Riverside County Fair &
National Date Festival

County Fairgrounds,
Indio, California
Truck and motorcyle action shows, nightly music pageant, date recipe contest, games for kids, bird show, petting zoo, cooking demonstrations, livestock displays, concerts, ostrich and camel races, demolition derby, rodeo events, gem and mineral show, date industry exhibits and more.
Learn More: Call 760-863-8247 or 800-811-FAIR

February 17-March 5, 2006
Anchorage Fur Rendezvous
various venues,
Anchorage, Alaska
Horse drawn carriage rides, helicopter rides, model train show, parade, snow sculpture, pool tournament, outhouse races, dances, wheelchair races, World Ice Bowling Championship, science demonstrations and exhibits, dog sled information and events, seafood buffet dinner, arts and crafts, melodrama, chili feed, martial arts expo, antique farm equipment and vintage military vehicles on display, bingo, pancake breakfasts, snowshoe softball, photo contest, fireworks. The event is commonly known as "Fur Rondy" in the Anchorage area.
Questions? Call 907-274-1177

February 18-20, 2006
Bryce Canyon Winter Festival
Ruby's Inn,
Bryce, Utah
Archery clinic and competition, yoga, guided snowshoe tours, photography clinic, cross county ski racing, people-powered sled race, crafts for kids, snowshoe geocaching, GPS clinic, kayaking demos, entertainment. Most events are free. All activities are subject to weather conditions.
Find Out Details: Call 435-834-5341

February 23-26, 2006
Snow Rondi
unknown venue(s),
Anchor Point, Alaska
The theme this year is "Starry Starry Night". Enjoy a pageant, costume ball, bingo, auction, bazaar, ski events, snowshoe softball, parade.
Further Info: Call 907-235-2600

February 24-26, 2006
Swamp Cabbage Festival
Barron Park,
LaBelle, Florida
Pageant, vendors, rodeo events, arts and crafts, entertainment, parade, food.
Questions? Call 863-675-2995

February 24-26, 2006
George Fest
Eustis, Florida
Orange Blossom Ball, pageant, waterski show, parade, spaghetti dinner, canoe races, fireworks, bed races, Dog Jog & Parade, cherry pie eating contest, hot dog eating contest and more.
Additional Details: Call 352-357-3434

February 24-26, 2006
Almond Blossom Festival
Community Center,
Ripon, California
In its 44th year, this event celebrates with plenty of almond treats, plus a teen dance, art show, Blossom Fun Run, antique display, steak dinner, diaper derby, carnival, cream puff sale, pageant and more. (The carnival opens a day earlier, on the 23rd.)
Find Out More: Call 209-599-7519

February 25, 2006
Grumpy Old Men Festival
various venues,
Wabasha, Minnesota
This event is sparked by the movie of the same name. There will be bingo, a pet pageant, softball and golf tournaments, entertainment, cribbage tournament, a dance, Raghetti Spaghetti Feed and maybe even a contest for those grumpy looking males among the crowd. Activities run from 9am-1pm.
Further Info: Call 651-565-4158

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February 25-26, 2006
Greek Festival
St. George Greek Orthodox Church,
Palm Desert, California
You can probably guess that this one is filled with Greek foods, Greek music and dancing and Greek merchandise. Enjoy art and books, cooking demonstrations, activities for the kids and tours of the church.
Questions? Call 760-568-9901

February 25-26, 2006
Grant Seafood Festival
Community Center,
Grant, Florida
In its 40th year, the festival features more than 100 arts and crafts participants. You can also enjoy entertainment, festival merchandise, seafood dishes and other festival foods, a library book sale and civic displays. The event is from 11am-5pm and there is no admission charge.
Get Details: Call 321-723-8687 or Send Email

February 26, 2006
Capay Valley Almond Festival
various venues,
Esparto, California
Events are actually held in several towns, including Guinda and Rumsey. There is a pageant, plus a community breakfast, street fair, music plus food and vendors.
Learn More: Call 530-787-3242

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

Feb. 1-5 Snowdown, Durango, Colorado, 970-247-3435
Feb. 2 For the Love of Chocolate Festival, County Community Center, Medina, Ohio, 330-723-4565
Feb. 2-5 Chambersburg Ice Fest, Downtown, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 717-264-7101
Feb. 2-14 SF Independent Film Festival, San Francisco, Calfornia, 415-8220-3907
Feb. 4 Winter Fest, Lucky Lure, Butternut, Wisconsin, 715-769-3434
Feb. 9-12 Seminole Tribal Fair, Hollywood, Florida, 954-797-5570
Feb. 11-23 Roaring 20's Arts & Crafts Festival, Downtown, Sebring, Florida, 863-471-5104
Feb. 12 International Festival, Overture Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 608-258-4177
Feb. 12 Art & Wine Extravaganza, Elks Lodge, Sonora, California, 209-588-9689
Feb. 16-19 Penn's Woods West Folk & Art Festival, Mercer High School,
                   Mercer, Pennsylvania, 724-662-4185
Feb. 17-18 Olustee Battle Festival, Lake City, Florida, 386-755-1097
Feb. 17-19 Yuma Crossing River Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, Main Street, Yuma, Arizona, 928-782-5712
Feb. 17-19 Dahlonega Literary Festival, Dahlonega, Georgia, 706-864-3711
Feb. 17-20 Water Fall Ice Festival, Cody, Wyoming, 307-527-4326
Feb. 18-19 Klondike Days, Eagle River, Wisconsin, 800-259-6315
Feb. 18-19 Oregon Asian Celebration, County Fairgrounds, Eugene, Oregon, 541-687-9600
Feb. 19-26 Charro Days, Brownsville, Texas, 956-542-4245
Feb. 23-26 True/False Film Festival, Columbia, Missouri
Feb. 23-26 White Sands Film Festival, Alamorgordo, New Mexico, 505-437-2214
Feb. 25 Heritage Arts Festival, Monroeville, Alabama, 251-575-7433
Feb. 25 Mardi Gras, Waupaca, Wisconsin, 715-258-9009

Other February 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
Feb. 3 Duct Tape Ball, Marriott Downtown, Anchorage, Alaska, 907-646-8600
Feb. 3-4 Chocolate Festival, Norman High School North (on Stubbeman), Norman, Oklahoma, 405-329-4523
Feb. 3-5 Boat Show, State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Feb. 4 Westby's MOOS'S Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner,
                   Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Westby, Wisconsin, 608-634-4011
Feb. 4 Chocolate Fest, County Convention Center, Bloomington, Indiana, 800-875-9615
Feb. 4-5 Antique Sporting & Collectible Show, Sunnyview Expo Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 920-337-0113
Feb. 4-5 Arti Gras, Shopko Hall, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 920-435-2787
Feb. 4-6 Orchid Quest, 10-5, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 608-238-1939
Feb. 5 Hearts & Art, Library at 601 S. Bench, Galena, Illinois, 815-777-9500
Feb. 8-12 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, State Convention Center at 7th & Pike, Seattle, Washington, 206-789-5333
Feb. 9-12 Orchid Show, King of Prussia Mall, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 610-608-3944
Feb. 9-12 Hillsborough Antique Show , San Mateo Expo Center, San Mateo, California, 650-574-3247
Feb. 10-12 WonderCon, Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco, 619-491-2475
Feb. 10-15 Home Design & Remodeling Show, Coconut Grove Convention Center, Miami, Florida
Feb. 11 Chinese New Year Parade, 5:30pm, San Francisco, California, 415-982-3000
Feb. 11-12 Special Olympics Wisconsin State Winter Sports Tournament,
                   Wausau, Wisconsin, 608-222-1324
Feb. 11-12 Craft Show, Town Hall, Julian, California, 760-765-1857
Feb. 11-19 Pittsburgh International Auto Show, Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 866-575-3040
Feb. 12 Chocolate Festival, Westford Academy, Westford, Massachusetts, 978-692-7849
Feb. 16-19 Milwaukee RV & Camping Trailer Show, State Fair Park, West Allis, Wisconsin, 414-727-8840 or 800-884-3247
Feb. 16-20 Haunt X, LAX Hilton, Los Angeles, California, 805-937-7271
Feb. 17-19 Home & Garden Show, Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida
Feb. 17-19 Cabin Fever Jewelry, Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show,
                   Kirkwood Community Center, St. Louis, Missouri, 618-394-0443
Feb. 17-19 California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Century Plaza Hotel, Century City, California, 415-962-2500
Feb. 18 Fairmont Fruitcake Follies, Municipal Airport, Fairmont, Minnesota, 507-235-5547
Feb. 18 Mad City Model Railroad Show & Sale, 9-5, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin, 608-835-3148
Feb. 18-19 Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival, County Expo Center, San Mateo, California, 650-574-3247
Feb. 19 Mystic Krewe of Barkus (parade), meet at Armstrong Park, New Orleans, Louisiana, 504-522-0239
Feb. 19 Spam Festival, Hotel Del Rio, Isleton, California, 916-777-5091
Feb. 21-24 Special Olympics Pennsylvania Winter Games , Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 800-235-9058
Feb. 24-26 Gem & Mineral Show, 201 N. Center St., Phoenix, Arizona, 602-738-22552
Feb. 25 Mardi Gras Parade & Festival, Main St., Jennings, Louisiana
Feb. 25 Cotton Pickin' Quilt Show, Munday Elementary School, Knox Prairie, Texas, 940-422-4540
Feb. 25 Mud Sale, 46 W. Main St., Strasburg, Pennsylvania, 717-687-7232
Feb. 25-26 Depression Glass Show, State Fairgrounds, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-375-0435
Feb. 25-26 Sand & Sage Collectors Show, County Fairgrounds, Garden City, Kansas, 620-272-3844
Feb. 25-26 Gem & Mineral Show, State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi, 601-956-9997
Feb. 25-26 Unique Animal Expo & Pet Fair, County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, Oregon, 503-717-8484 or 503-738-9669

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