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January Events
Festivals For January Travelers

January 8-9, 2005
Cape Coral Festival
Of The Arts

Cape Coral Parkway,
Cape Coral, Florida.
230 juried artisans show and sell their works. Enjoy music, sidewalk sales, activities for kids and festival foods.
Information: Call 239-945-1988.

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January 13-16, 2005
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
Mesa Park,
Fellsmere, Florida.
Enoy a carnival with unique foods and plenty of entertainment.
Details: Call 561-571-8622.

Colorful festivals are great
for taking pictures.
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before taking photos of
arts and crafts items
at a festival booth.
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January 14-16, 2005
Fire & Ice Festival
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Chili cooking contest, ice-carving and ice sculptures, entertainment, photography contest, activities for kids, gingerbread house contest, 5K walk/run.
Learn More: Call 814-443-1748.

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January 14-16, 2005
Ouray Ice Festival
various venues,
Ouray, Colorado
Slackline contest (across the gorge), antiques, food eating challenges, pullups contest, breakfasts, ice climbing competitions and demonstrations, music, outdoor gear auction.
Further Details: Call 970-325-4288.

January 15-16, 2005
Tip-Up-Town USA
Houghton Lake & shoreline,
Houghton Lake, Michigan
Bed races, parade, dances, prizes, ice sculpting contest, pony rides, helicopter rides, fireworks, pie eating contest, poker run, tug of war, entertainment and more.
Learn More: Call 800-248-5253.

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January 15-March 5, 2005
Pittsfield Winter Carnival
various venues,
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Sled races, haywagon rides, ice fishing, ice golf, kite flying, queen pageant, skiing and other sports events.
Questions: Call 413-499-9343.

January 21-23, 2005
Waukesha JanBoree
various venues,
Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Snow Ball dance, fireworks, ice sculpting, art show, snow angel contest, entertainment and more.
Additional Information: Call 262-528-1703.

January 21-23, 2005
Yuma Lettuce Days
Main Street,
Yuma, Arizona.
Fresh produce on display and for sale, the making of the World's Largest Salad, Cabbage Bowling, Lettuce Boxcar Derby, Sink or Swim Contest, farm equipment display, cooking contest, arts and crafts, activities for kids, entertainment, talent showcase, free lettuce seeds and more.
Get More Details: Call 928-783-3061.

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January 21-30, 2005
Stowe Winter Carnival
Main Street,
Stowe, Vermont
Ice carving, snow sports competitions, music, church supper, parade, races.
Find Out More: Call 802-253-7321.

January 21-30, 2005
Crab & Wine Days
various venues,
Mendocino, California
The fun is actually spread throughout Mendocino County, with wine and food paired at area restaurants. You can also meet crab fishermen, enjoy art, take fishing trips, visit local lighthouses, enjoy exhibits, entertainment and more. Some events are ticketed separately and may require reservations.
Additional Information: Call 866-466-3636.

January 22-23, 2005
Delray Festival of the Arts
Pineapple Grove Way,
Delray Beach, Florida
More than 200 juried artists participate. Food and music add to the fun.
Learn More: Call 561-279-1380.

January 22-23, 2005
Flake Out Festival
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
State Snow Sculpting contest, dog sled demonstrations, ice carving, activities for kids, kite flying demonstrations, food and more. The festival is in its 15th year.
Further Details: Call 800-223-3557.

January 26-30, 2005
various venues,
Durango, Colorado
This festival is a prescription for winter fatigue. Events range from a beautiful torchlight parade to zany bed races.
Learn More: Call 970-247-3435 or 970-749-9243.

January 27-February 6, 2005
Florida Citrus Festival
Orange Dome,
Winter Haven, Florida.
Karaoke competitions, Miss Florida Citrus pageant, Battle of the Bands, games and rides, raffles, Fantasy of Flight Aviation Parade, photo contests, agricultural competitions and showcases for youth and adults, vendors, scrapbook contest, grapefruit packing contest, police/firefighter/EMS chili cooking contest, youth barbecue competition, entertainment and more.
Information: Call 863-292-8063.

January 28-February 6, 2005
St. Paul Winter Carnival
various venues,
St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ice carving, kite flying, jigsaw puzzle contest, King Boreas Grande Day Parade, snow sports events, orchid show, snow sculptures, cat show, dance, torchlight parade, royal ball and more.
Details: Call 651-223-4700.

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January 28-February 6, 2005
Winter Carnival
various venues,
McCall, Idaho
Pancake breakfast, snowman building contest, theatre, music, snowshoe golf, taco dinner, teen dance, snow sculpture, men's "beauty" contests, beer garden, ice show, neon light parade and more.
Learn More: Call 800-260-5130.

January 29, 2005
Kumquat Festival
Pasco Fairgrounds,
Dade City, Florida
Recipe contest, community displays, farmer's market, wagon rides, antique cars, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, entertainment, food booths.
Questions: Call 352-567-3769.

January 29-February 6, 2005
Ole & Lena Days
various venues,
Granite Falls, Minnesota
This event takes on Scandinavian overtones, with lutefisk, a lefse fling, and crafts.
Learn More: Call 320-564-4039.

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

January 6-8 Fur & Wildlife Festival, Cameron, Louisiana, 337-542-4110
January 7-9 Old Town Jubilee, Old Main St., Yuma, Arizona, 926-782-5712
January 9 Lafayette Oatmeal Festival, Lafayette, Colorado, 303-926-4352
January 14-17 Morro Bay Bird Festival, Morro Bay, California, 805-772-4467
January 15-16, 22-23 Medieval Faire, Veterans Park, Lehigh Acres, Florida, 239-693-8036
January 15-16 Bavarian Ice Fest, Front Street City Park, Leavenworth, Washington, 509-548-5807
January 15-16 Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival, Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland
January 19-30 Taos Winter Wine Festival, Taos, New Mexico, 866-968-7386
January 20-30 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 801-328-3456
January 21 International Chocolate Festival, Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, 816-374-5476
January 21-23 Kids' Winter Carnival, Civic Center, Salem, Virginia, 540-375-3004
January 22-23 Sun Wine Fest, Uncasville, Connecticut, 860-728-5700
January 27 Chambersburg Ice Fest, downtown, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 717-2264-6883
January 27-29 The Creative Festival, Denvermart, Colorado, 541-245-12196
January 27-29 Carrot Festival, Holtville, California, 760-356-2923
January 27-30 Greek Festival, St. Mark Greek Orthodox, Boca Raton, Florida, 561-994-4822
January 28-30 Ice Sculpture Festival, downtown, Downers Grove, Illinois, 800-934-0615
January 28-February 6 Flurry Fest, Bismarck, North Dakota

Other January 2005 Events You Might Enjoy
January 1-2 Gun & Knife Show, State Fairgrounds, Little Rock, Arkansas
January 1-2 Antiques Festival, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina
January 1-31 The Main Event, Quartzite, Arizona, 928-927-5213
January 2 Cleveland Comic & Sci-Fi Convention, 29101 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio
January 4-9 Sportshow, Bartle Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, 800-777-4766
January 7-9 Gem & Jewelry Show, Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, Louisiana, 504-465-9985
January 8 Gumbo Cook-Off, Arcadia Rice Arena, Crowley, Louisiana, 337-788-0177
January 8 Model Railroad Swap Meet, San Diego, California, 619-696-0199
January 8-9 Texas Art & Rubber Stamp Festival, Convention Center, Pasadena, Texas, 541-574-8000
January 8-9 Antique Show, Knights of Columbus Hall, Brenham, Texas, 979-251-9455
January 8-9 Antique & Collectors' Revival, Expo Center, San Mateo, California
January 8-9 Antique Show & Sale, Civic Center, Yuma, Arizona, 928-726-4420
January 8-9 Northeast Motorcycle Expo, Expo Center, Hartford, Connecticut
January 8-9 Fungus Fair, Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz, California, 831-420-6115
January 8-9 Pomona Valley Air Fair, Upland, California
January 8-9 Gun Show & Flea Market, Fair & Expo Center, Spokane, Washington, 208-746-5555
January 9 Teddy Bear & Doll Show, Lafayette Hotel, Marietta, Ohio
January 9 Comic-Con, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 856-782-0817
January 14-15 Scrapbook/Rubber Stamping Show, Quartzite, Arizona, 509-244-6531
January 14-16 The Toy Road Show, Comfort Inn, Downers Grove, Illinois, 217-636-8012
January 14-16 Gem-Jewelry-Bead Show, Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota, Florida, 941-954-0202
January 14-16 Rustycon 22 , Seattle, Washington, 425-814-1503
January 15 Central Florida Scottish Highland Games, Winter Springs, Florida, 407-273-1970
January 15-16 Gathering of the Gunfighters,
                               Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Yuma, Arizona 928-783-4771
January 15-16 Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival, Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland, 410-524-9177
January 15-16 Model Train Expo, Queen Mary, Long Beach, California, 949-679-0616
January 15-March 27 Celebration of Fine Art,
                               Scottsdale Rd. at Loop 101, Scottsdale, Arizona, 480-443-7695
January 16 Antique & Classic Bicycle Swap Meet, Butler, Pennsylvania, 724-287-8048
January 21-22 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show, Civic Center, McAllen, Texas, 956-5811-2448
January 21-23 Jackson Gun Show, Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi
January 25-30 Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction, WestWorld, Scottsdale, Arizona, 480-421-6694
January 27-30 Indoor/Outdoor Home Show, Pittsburgh ExpoMart, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 800-997-4438
January 28-30 Oklahoma City Boat show, State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
January 28-30 Greensburg Antiques Show & Sale,
                               Mountain View Inn, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 716-741-8001
January 28-30 Gulf Coast Orchid Show, Singing River Mall, Gautier, Mississippi, 228-392-0919
January 29 Edison Regional Science & Inventors Fair,
                               Convention Center, Fort Myers, Florida, 239-334-2999
January 29-30 Huntsville Area Computer Show, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Alabama, 256-533-1953
January 29-30 Oxford Hills Snowfest (snowmobiles), Norway, Maine, 207-743-6483 or 207-527-2175
January 31 Southwest Florida Gumbo Fest, North Fort Myers, Florida

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Last spring he was unleashed on the big screen again!!!
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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.
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Her design styles range from simple elegance to whimsical fun. Joan
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parties. Only a small sample
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