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January Events
Festivals For January Travelers

January 10-11, 2004
Cape Coral Festival Of The Arts
Cape Coral Parkway,
Cape Coral, Florida.
Music and other entertainment, 220 juried arts and crafts booths, festival foods. This is the event's 19th year.
Further Information: 239-945-1988.

January 15-18, 2004
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
Mesa Park,
Fellsmere, Florida.
Carnival midway, food, entertainment.
Further Details: Call 772-571-8622.

January 15-18, 2004
various venues,
Aspen, Colorado.
Fireworks, Apple Strudel (both race and sweets), freestyle snowboarding, sopapilla breakfast and eating contest, art after hours, snow sculpting, soup cook-off, parties, canine fashion show and more
Further Details: Call 800-670-0792.

Sorry, folks. I'm unable to fulfill requests for personalized festival lists.
(Unless you want to hire me for personal research!)
January 15-25, 2004
Florida Citrus Festival
Orange Dome,
Winter Haven, Florida.
Miss Florida Citrus pageant, grapefruit packing competition, karaoke, parade, antique crate label and postcard show and sale, cheerleading competition, police and firefighter chili cook-off, rides and more.
Further Information: Call 863-292-8063.

January 16-18, 2004
Waukesda JanBoree
unknown venue(s),
Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Ice sculpting, Snow Ball, art, fireworks and more.
More: Call 262-528-1703.

January 16-18, 2004
Fire & Ice Festival
Somerset, Pennsylvania.
Gingerbread House contest, Fire & Ice Photo Contest, sundae eating contest, ice sculptures, 5K Walk/Run, music and more.
Information: Call 814-443-1748.

Colorful festivals are great
for taking pictures.
Please ask permission
before taking photos of
arts and crafts items
at a festival booth.
cameras at amazon
January 16-18, 2004
Carefree Fine Art
& Wine Festival

Carefree, Arizona.
Wine tastings, work on display and for sale by more than 160 juried artists, entertainment, food.
Additional Details: Call 480-837-5637.

The ABC Art & Craft Event Directory:
2003 National Edition
by Mary Reed

Carnival Secrets
by Matthew L. Gryczan

January 16-18, 2004
Crustacean Classics
Factory Stores,
Lincoln City, Oregon.
Live crab and oyster races (you can rent one!), musical entertainment, art, chowder cook-off, commercial vendors, and festival treats such as falafel, BBQ, kettle corn and strawberry shortcake.
More: Call 541-996-1274 or 800-452-2151.

January 16-18, 2004
Ouray Ice Festival
various venues,
Ouray, Colorado.
Uncompahgre Gorge shines with ice as the area celebrates with ice climbing clinics, a Lions Club breakfast at the Community Center (on 6th Avenue), climbing gear demonstrations, fundraising dinner by the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department, films, silent auction, Ice Breakers Ball, outdoor bazaar, and more.
Learn More: Call 970-325-4288.

January 17-18, 2004
Delray Festival of the Arts
Pineapple Grove Way,
Delray Beach, Florida.
More than 200 juried artists show and sell their work, plus you can enjoy music and international food treats.
More: Call 561-279-1380.

January 17-18, 2004
Casa Grande Heritage
Tourism Days

Historic Downtown,
Casa Grande, Arizona.
Music, food entertainment, arts and crafts, antiques, walking tours of the historic district. The town is celebrating 125 years in 2004.
Details: Call 520-836-8744.

January 17-18, 2004
Flake Out Festival
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
Candlelight walk, caroling, entertainment, Snowman-making competition, snow sculpting competition, turkey bowling, kite flying, pony rides, tricycle races, Eskimo pie-eating contest, music, food, hot air balloon glow, fireworks. This is the festival's 14th year.
Find Out Details: Call 800-223-3557.

January 17-25, 2004
Tip-Up Town, USA
Houghton Lake (& shoreline),
Houghton Lake, Michigan.
Carnival rides, pony rides, parade, poker runs, horseshoes on ice, fishing contest, fireworks.
Further Information: Call 800-248-5253.

January 17-26, 2004
Stowe Winter Carnival
Main Street,
Stowe, Vermont.
Fireworks, costumed characters, World Coldest and Wackiest Parade, chicken dinner, snowgolf, 5K run/1K walk, ice carving, youth hockey, snow volleyball, battle of the bands, turkey bowling, broom hockey, StowEggxtreme Challenge (egg relay race) and more.
Additional Details: Call 800-237-8693.

January 17-March 6, 2004
Pittsfield Winter Carnival
various venues,
Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Queen pageant, cross country ski races, golf on ice, snow sculpture contest, ice fishing derby, kite flying, haywagon rides, snowshoe races, toboggan race and more.
Learn More: Call 413-499-9343.

January 22-February 8, 2004
St. Paul Winter Carnival
& Ice Palace

St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ice and snow sculpting contest (in Rice Park), parade, cat show (Roy Wilkins Auditorium), fireworks, torchlight parade, Minnesota Life Frozen 5K and Half Marathon, Medallion Hunt, sugar cube "ice palace" display, Disc Golf Hole-In-One Contest, kite flying, sleigh and cutter rally, storytelling, and more. You can obtain free or discounted access to some events by purchasing a button.
Details: Call 651-223-4700.

January 23-25, 2004
Yuma Lettuce Days
Main Street,
Yuma, Arizona.
Produce, educational displays, lettuce box derby, and more.
More: Call 928-783-0071.

January 24, 2004
Family Fun Festival
A&B Amphitheater,
Maui, Hawaii.
Food, gallery tours, entertainment, games for kids, crafts.
Further Details: Call 808-242-7469.

January 27-February 1, 2004
2004 International Snow
Sculpture Championships

Riverwalk Center area,
Breckenridge, Colorado.
Not a festival in the strictest sense of the word, this event still draws many people who participate in the fun, both those who sculpt and those who view. you can view some of last year's work here. Four-person teams work for 65 hours with 20-ton blocks of compressed snow, using only hand tools. This year 14 teams will compete, with some participants coming from Mexico City, Germany, England and Bulgaria. The sculptures will be on display for several days, weather permitting. For a $1.00 donation you can vote for your favorites, and receive a commemorative button. Enjoy the nearby ice village (which does include work made with chain saws). Children display their snow art, much of which has been inspired by sculptors having visited and instructed them on the basics of the art and science behind snow sculpture.
More: Call 970-547-3100.

January 28-February 1, 2004 B.C.
Snowdown Winterfest
various venues,
Durango, Colorado.
Put out a pie "contract" on someone (but they can buy insurance against you), and hunt for the silver bullet to win cash in this festival full of events. They've adopted the theme YabaDabaDoorango for 2004's celebration, and events include fun such as Cookie Stacking, bed races, Fire and Ice Run, outhouse race, pancake breakfast, mountain bike slalom, a golf tournament, a pool tournament, spaghetti dinner, Spam carving, Kave Krooner Karaoke, Ski Softball, Canine Fashion Show, Balloon Rally and Glow, Light Parade, Bedrock Cribbage, and much more.
Learn Further: Call 970-247-3435 or 970-247-8163.

January 29-February 7, 2004
Voyageur Winter Festival
various venues,
Ely, Minnesota.
Cross Country Ski Races, art walk of local artists, voyageur encampment, craft and fiber arts fair, kids art fair, snow carving symposium, Mukluk Ball.
Further Information: Call 800-777-7281.

January 30-February 8, 2004
Winter Carnival
various venues,
McCall, Idaho.
Mardi Gras parade, neon light parade, beer garden, teen dance, food court, staged entertainment, masked ball, senior center dinner, bingo, snow sculpting competition and display, dog sled demonstrations, pancake breakfast, wine festival and auction, snowshoe golf, spaghetti dinner and more.
Learn Details: Call 800-260-5130.

January 31, 2004
Kumquat Festival
Pascoe Fairgrounds,
Dade City, Florida.
Pageants, recipe contest, antique appraisal, Kiwanis breakfast, BBQ dinner, Kumquat 10K Run, crafts, farmer's market, antique car show, activities for kids.
More: Call 352-567-3769.

January 31-February 8, 2004
Ole & Lena Days
various venues,
Granite Falls, Minnesota.
Pancake breakfast, firefighter's dance, Lutefisk & Meatball Lunch (Kilowatt Commnity Center), 4-mile race, lefse fling, snow sculpting, medallion hunt, kids' snowshoe race, variety show, Scandinavian food fair, crafts, Buck Euchre and more.
Additional Details: Call 320-564-4039.

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

January 3 The Great Fruitcake Toss, Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, Colorado, 719-685-5089
January 4 (Boston Bruins) Wives' Charity Carnival, Fleet Center, Boston, Massachusetts
January 8 Winter Carnival, Grove Park Inn Resort, Asheville, North Carolina, 828-258-6130
January 8-10 Fur and Wildlife Festival, Cameron, Louisiana, 337-542-4110
January 9-11 Old Town Jubilee, Old Main Street, Yuma, Arizona, 928-782-5712
January 10 Lafayette Oatmeal Festival, Lafayette, Colorado, 303-926-4352
January 10-11 Texas Art & Rubber Stamp Festival, Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas, 817-410-3459
January 15-25 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 801-328-3456
January 16-18 Kids' Winter Carnival, Salem Civic Center, Salem, Virginia, 540-375-3004
January 16-19 Morro Bay Bird Festival, Morro Bay, California, 805-772-4467
January 16-February 1 South Florida Fair, Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, Florida, 561-793-0333
January 17-18 Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival, Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland, 410-524-9177
January 17-18 Bavarian Ice Fest, Front Street City Park, Leavenworth, Washington, 509-548-5807
January 21-31 Taos Winter Wine Festival, Taos, New Mexico, 800-347-7414 ext. 1427
January 22-25 Greek Festival, St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church, Boca Raton, Florida, 561-994-4822
January 25 Low Country Oyster Festival, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 843-577-4030
January 29-31 The Creative Festival, Denvermart, Denver, Colorado, 541-245-1296

Other January 2004 Events You Might Enjoy
January 2-February 2 Artists' Garage Sale, VSA Arts of Nevada Gallery, Reno, Nevada, 775-826-6100
January 2-11 Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show, Quartzsite, Arizona, 928-927-6364
January 3-4 Raleigh Antiques Show, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 757-430=4735
January 3-4 Huntsville Area Computer Show, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-533-1953
January 4 Coin, Stamp, Jewelry & Sports Card Show, Am. Legion Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, 216-871-0118
January 4 Motorcycle Parts Extravaganza, County Fairgrounds, Belleville, Illinois, 217-864-9540
January 6-9 Macworld Expo, Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, 800-645-EXPO
January 6-11 Sportshow, Bartle Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, 800-777-4766
January 7 Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco, California, 415-982-3000
January 8 Millard Fillmore's Birthday Party, Roycroft Inn, East Aurora, New York, 716-652-8444
January 8-11 12th Night (vampire/fantasy), Radisson Clayton, St. Louis, Missouri
January 9-11 State Home & Garden Show, Convention Center, Sacramento, California, 916-264-5181
January 10-11 Antiques Show, Knights of Columbus Hall on Gun and Rod Rd., Brenham, Texas, 979-251-9455
January 10-11 Florida Extravaganza (toy, comic, fantasy), Cty. Convention Ctr, Orlando, Florida, 941-360-6666 ext. 102/101
January 10-11 LaGrange Mall Arts & Crafts Show, LaGrange Mall, LaGrange, Georgia
January 10-11 Pomona Valley Air Fair, 13th and Benson, Upland, California, 626-966-5282
January 11 Rice Capital Championship Gumbo Cook-Off, Crowley, Louisiana, 337-788-0177
January 11 Twelfth Night Handbell Concert, Academy of Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada, 702-363-7428
January 11 Teddy Bear & Doll Show, Lafayette Hotel, Marietta, Ohio
January 15-18 St. Joseph Sport Show, Civic Arena, St. Joseph, Missouri, 816-271-4717
January 16-18 Annapolis Heritage Antiques Show, Medford Armory, Annapolis, Maryland, 410-435-2292
January 16-18 Home & Garden Show, Yuma Civic & Convention Center, Yuma, Arizona, 928-373-5040
January 16-25 Seattle Boat Show, Seahawks Stadium, Seattle, Washington, 206-634-0911
January 17 Scottish Highland Games, Winter Springs, Florida, 407-273-1970
January 17 Winter Family Carnival & Dinner, Community Center, Angel Fire, New Mexico, 505-377-1544
January 17 Model Railroad Hobby Show & Sale, Twin City Model RR Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota, 651-647-9628
January 17-18 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show, Civic Center, McAllen, Texas, 956-686-3942
January 17-18 Lebanon Antique Show, Lebanon High School on SR 48, Lebanon, Ohio, 513-932-1817
January 17-18 Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 505-526-7528
January 19 Martin Luther King Parade, Civic Center, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 337-436-9588
January 23-25 105th Greensburg Antiques Show & Sale, Mountain View Inn, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 716-741-8001
January 23-25 SC International Auto Show, Palmeto Expo Center, Greenville, South Carolina, 864-233-2562
January 24 7th Annual Le Chocolate Feast, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 479-521-6152
January 24-25 Philadelphia Fountain Pen Show, Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-448-2000
January 27-29 Vermont Farm Show, Civic Center, Barre, Vermont, 802-828-3490
January 27-29 Colorado Farm Show, Greeley, Colorado, 970-356-9426
January 29-February 1 Garden & Patio Show, Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia, 770-998-9800
January 30-February 1 Xena Convention, Burbank Airport & Convention Center, Burbank, California, 818-409-0960 ext. 225
January 30-February 1 Antique Show, Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 507-288-0320
January 30-February 1 Northeast Louisiana Antique Show & Sale, West Monroe, Louisiana, 318-324-0517
January 31 Eleventh Moon Storytelling Festival, Natchez, Mississippi, 601-446-6502
January 31 Rattlesnake Roundup (crafts), Whigham Community Club, Whigham, Georgia, 229-762-3774

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