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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.
January 1-February 26, 2006
Lake George Winter Carnival
various venues,
St. George, New York
Events are on weekends and the first official day is January 1, when brave swimmers take a cold swim at Shepherd Park. Other activities include snow sculpting, snowmobile sleigh rides, a parade, activities for kids and boat cruises. Subsequent weekends will offer kite flying, dog pulls, cooking contests, a Moonlight ATV Ride, 4x4 races, car races on ice, raffles and more.
Further Details: Call 518-240-0809

January 6-8, 2006
Old Town Jubilee
Old Main Street area,
Yuma, Arizona
Arts and crafts, music, strolling entertainment, activities for kids and there will also be plenty of festival foods.
Note: While you're in town try to visit Roxaboxen Park.
Additional Info: Call 928-782-5712

January 8, 2006
Golf Cart Parade
El Paseo area,
Palm Desert, California
Since the early 1960s the parade has entertained locals and visitors to the point where a crowd of 25,000 now gathers each year. Proceeds go to charity so it's a great way to have fun and help others at the same time. Start the day with a pancake breakfast at the Bank of America parking lot. In addition to the actual parade at 1pm you can enjoy vendors, music and extra activities for the kids. In the past there have been golf cart parade entries from cheerleading squads, cycling clubs and others. This year's theme is "The Future's So Bright You Gotta Wear Shades".
Learn More: Call 760-346-6111

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January 12-15, 2006
Sandpoint Winter Carnival
various venues,
Sandpoint, Idaho
More than 40 restaurants present "The Taste of Sandpoint" with food, art, music and drama. Other events include a Parade of Lights, bonfire on the beach, chili cooking contest, snowboard and ski events, fudge making contest, teddy bear contest, dog pull, cow chip throwing contest and a hole-in-one contest.
Questions? Call 208-255-1876

January 12-15, 2006
Riverwalk Mud Festival
various venues on River Walk,
San Antonio, Texas
Each year the San Antonio River is drained by the Parks Department for routine cleaning and maintenance, so rather than make it an unslightly affair, San Antonio celebrates the river's renewal with a Mud Pie Ball, pub crawl, Mud Queen and Mud King pageantry, arts and crafts and a parade.
Find Out Details: Call 210-227-4262

January 12-16, 2006
various venues,
Tonawanda, New York
Knee hockey tournament, senior dance, figure skating exhibition, concert, bonfire, fireworks, one-pitch softball tournament, miniature golf, hayrides, snowmobile rides, ice sculpting exhibition, wine tasting, recreational skating. On Floating Flicks Night at the Aquatic Fitness Center you can enjoy the movies while floating on an air mattress, rubber raft or inner tube.
Learn More: Call 716-831-1001

January 13-15, 2006
Fire & Ice Festival
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Bell choir concert, teen events, fireworks, ice carving, chili cooking contest and chili feed, entertainment, photography contest, activities for kids, gingerbread house contest, 5K walk/run, merchant specials, keg toss, sundae eating contest, snow baby contest, bonfire, Polar Bear Splash.
Get Information: Call 814-443-1748

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January 13-17, 2006
Benjamin Franklin's 300th Birthday
various venues,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
More than 300 events will celebrate the life of Benjamin Franklin. Enjoy concerts, displays, birthday cake, music, lectures and exhibitions, art, a pajama party and much more.
Additional Details: Call 215-790-7825

January 14, 2006
Oatmeal Festival
Lafayette, Colorado
Oatmeal baking contest, vendors, bake shop, 5K Quicker Quaker Walk/Run, Oatmeal breakfast (including hot cereal, pancakes and muffins) with World's Largest Toppings Bar, health fair and blood drive, activities for kids, youth art show.
More Information: Call 303-926-4352

January 14-15, 2006
Cape Coral Festival of the Arts
Cape Coral Parkway,
Cape Coral, Florida
Enjoy the work of 280 juried artists. There will also be sidewalk sales, activities for the kids, music and food.
Questions? Call 239-945-1988

January 14-15, 2006
Ice Fest
Front Street Park,
Leavenworth, Washington
Join in a snowy, slippery tug of war—or just watch. There are dogsled competitions and snowshoe races. There will also be snow sculptures, entertainment and an ice cube hunt for the kids. Lucky cube hunters can melt their cubes to gain access to the cash inside. And there's the Great Smooshing Race, in which 4-person teams strap themselves onto one pair of "skis" and race against other teams in the snow.
Note: If you go to the festival, try to arrange a visit to the Nutcracker Museum.
Further Details: Call 509-548-5807

January 18, 2006
Stowe Winter Carnival
Main Street,
Stowe, Vermont
Snowshoe races, ice carving, snow volleyball, snow golf, block party, kids' carnival, church supper, ski races and more.
Learn More: Call 802-253-7321 or 800-247-8693

January 19-22, 2006
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
City Complex,
Fellsmere, Florida
Carnival rides and games, karaoke, helicopter rides, bike show, entertainment and unique foods.
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January 20-21, 2006
Chill Out
Arbor Vitae Community Bldg.,
Miocqua, Wisconsin
Ice fishing tournament, dog sled races, fish fry, candlelight skiing, turkey bowling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, pony rides and other activities for kids, bonfire with s'mores, ice golf and more.
Questions? Call 800-446-6784

January 20-22, 2006
Waukesha Janboree
various venues,
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Snow Ball dance, ice sculpting, snow angel contest, fireworks, polka jam, entertainment and more. This year's theme is "Snow Wonder".
Further Information: Call 262-548-7801

January 20-22, 2006
Yuma Lettuce Days
Historic downtown,
Yuma, Arizona
Produce displays, making of the World's Biggest Salad, cabbage bowling, Sink or Swim Contest, farm equipment display, food court, vendors, activities for kids, entertainment, Lettuce Box Car Derby, lettuce seed giveaway, cooking contest, arts and crafts and more.
Additional Details: Call 928-783-3061

January 20-22, 27-29, 2006
Tip-Up Town USA
Lake & shoreline area,
Houghton Lake, Michigan
Dog sled races, ice fishing contest, scavenger hunt, vintage snowmobile racing, turkey bowling, vendors, Polar Bear Dip, arts and crafts, quilt raffle, ice slide, games and rides for kids, chili, ice sculpting contest, pony rides, helicopter rides, fireworks, pie eating contest, entertainment, tug of war, bingo.
Questions? Call 989-366-5644

January 20-29, 2006
Crab & Wine Days
various venues,
Mendocino, California
In its 7th year this festival presents food and wine pairings at area restaurants. You can also enjoy sunset cruises, cooking demonstrations, culinary book signings, exhibits and entertainment. Some events may be ticketed separately and have an extra charge and/or require reservations.
Further Details: Call 866-466-3636

January 21-22, 2006
Delray Festival of the Arts
Pineapple Grove Way,
Delray Beach, Florida
More than 300 juried artists show and sell their work, plus you can enjoy music and plenty of festival foods.
Learn More: Call 561-279-1380

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January 21-22, 2006
Street Fair
Historic downtown,
Casa Grande, Arizona
Music, car show, arts and crafts, food.
Additional Details: Call 520-836-8744

January 21-22, 2006
Flake Out Festival
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Turkey bowling, Mitten Football, snowman making contest, fireworks, Eskimo Pie eating contest, State Snow Sculpting Contest, ice carving, kite flying and more.
Questions? Call 800-223-3557

January 21-22, 28-29
& February 4-5, 2006
Winter Fest
various venues,
Spicer, Minnesota
Ice fishing tournaments, snowmobile runs, ice sculptures, arts and crafts, fireworks, Polar Plunge and more. This is a fundraiser for Special Olympics.
Further Details: Call 320-796-8066

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January 21-February 12, 2006
Chinese New Year Festival
various venues,
San Francisco, California
Bring in The Year of the Dog with the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. pageant, 10k/5k run/walk, street fair, parade (on February 11), food, flower market and more. Some events may be ticketed separately and may require reservations.
Learn More: Call 415-391-9680

January 21-February 18, 2006
Pittsfield Winter Carnival
various venues,
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Most events are in area parks and include toboggan races, family day (when you should bring anything to slide on down the hill—cardboard, sleds, inner tubes...), cross country skiing, ice golf, kite flying, queen pageant and more. Call for the best updates.
Questions? Call 413-499-9343

January 22-29, 2006
Winter Rec Fest
unknown venue(s),
LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Skiing, hiking, skate party, medallion hunt, broomball, softball, snow sculpture, dance party and more.
Find Out Details: Call 608-789-7533

January 25-27, 2006
Winter Fest
various venues,
Newaygo, Michigan
Snowmobile Fun Run, ice fishing contest, euchre tournament, pool tournament, dart tournament, winter golf, chili cooking contest, games for the kids, chicken bowling, dinner dance, Extreme Plunge into Hess Lake and more.
Further Info: Call 231-652-9489

January 26-29, 2006
In & around downtown,
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake, hayrides, hot chocolate, ice carving competition, chili cooking contest, music, wine tasting, wine auction, dusk bonfire in Memorial Park (weather permitting), pancake breakfast, merchant specials, activities for kids, Winterfeast (requires advance reservations and extra fee—call 828-295-9627). It's the festival's 8th year.
Questions? Call 877-295-7801 or 828-295-7851

January 26-February 5, 2006
Florida Citrus Festival
Orange Dome,
Winter Haven, Florida
Citrus tasting, cooking competitions and demonstrations, Police/Firefighter/EMS Chili Cooking Contest, antique crate label display, 4-H and FFA information and demonstrations, vendors, photo contests, entertainment, Miss Florida Citrus pageant, parade, grapefruit packing contest, hay bale decorating and more.
Find Out Details: Call 863-292-9810

January 26-February 19, 2006
Washington's Birthday Celebration
various venues,
Laredo, Texas
Events take place in Laredo and nearby communities and include a carnival, comedy shows, Taste of Laredo, parade, tea party, air show, barbecue, fireworks and more. The celebration is an eclectic mix of Early American pageantry, festive Mexican music and costume plus good Texan hospitality. Some events may be ticketed separately.
Further Info: Call 956-722-0589

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January 27-February 5, 2006
Winter Carnival
various venues,
McCall, Idaho
It's the 41st year for this festival. Enjoy a snowmobile fun run, senior bingo, masquerade ball, food court, vendors, art auction, music, men's beauty contests with hairy legs and other events, beer garden, teen dance, snow sculpture, ice show, theatre, parade.
Questions? Call 208-634-7631 or 800-260-5130

January 27-February 5, 2006
St. Paul Winter Carnival
various venues,
St. Paul, Minnesota
The main theme centers around King Boreas, who must defeat Vulcanus Rex so that the winter celebration can go on. It's all done with a bit of pomp and costume, plus events such as ice carving, softball on ice, outdoor broomball, ice skating, a cat show, fashion show, car races on ice, an orchid show, royal ball, kite flying and the King Boreas Grande Day Parade.
Get Details: Call 651-223-4700

January 28, 2006
Kumquat Festival
Pasco Fairgrounds,
Dade City, Florida
In its 9th year the festival offers fun in the form of a recipe contest, hat contest, arts and crafts, entertainment, antique appraisals, a pageant, community displays, farmer's market, 5K run for kids, grower info and more.
Learn More: Call 352-567-3769

January 28, 2006
Fire & Ice Festival
Lakefront Park,
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Snowman building contest (bring your own props), ice skating, hot air balloon demonstration, snowmobile rides, refreshments, horse draw wagon rides, fireworks and more.
Get Information: Call 262-695-9735

January 28-February 5, 2006
Ole & Lena Days
various venues,
Granite Falls, Minnesota
Everyone has heard Ole & Lena jokes, but this festival takes it all to a new level with open enjoyment of Scandinavian foods such as lutefisk and lefse. Enjoy snow sculpting, a medallion hunt, arts and crafts and a frozen lefse flinging contest.
Further Details: Call 320-564-4039

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

Jan. 13-16 Morro Bay Bird Festival, Morro Bay, California, 805-772-4467
Jan. 14-15, 21-22 Medieval Faire, Veteran's Park, Lehigh Acres, Florida, 239-693-8036
Jan. 14-15 Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival, Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland
Jan. 18-29 Taos Winter Wine Festival, Taos, New Mexico, 866-968-7386
Jan. 19-29 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, 801-328-3456
Jan. 20-23 JanBoree, Waukesha, Wisconsin, 800-366-8674
Jan. 21-22 Winter Fest, various venues, Deer Park, Washington, 509-276-2006 or 866-743-5247
Jan. 26-29 Greek Festival, St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church, Boca Raton, Florida, 561-994-4822
Jan. 27 Chill Fest, Chatfield, Minnesota
Jan. 27 International Chocolate Festival,
                   noon-8pm, Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri, 816-374-5476
Jan. 27-29 Ice Sculpture Festival, Downers Grove, Illinois, 800-934-0615
Jan. 27-Feb. 5 Flurry Fest, Bismarck, North Dakota, 701-222-6455

Other January 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
Jan. 6-8 Del Mar Antique Show & Sale, Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California, 800-943-7501
Jan. 6-31 The Main Event, Quartzite, Arizona, 928-927-5213
Jan. 7 Fruitcake Toss,
                   10am-2pm, High School track, Manitou Springs, Colorado, 719-685-5089 or 800-642-2567
Jan. 7 Gumbo Cook-Off, Rice Arena, Crowley, Louisiana, 337-788-0177
Jan. 7 Model Railroad Swap Meet, Balboa Park, San Diego, California, 619-696-0199
Jan. 7-8 Cable Air Show, Cable Airport, Upland, California
Jan. 7-8 Northeast Motorcycle Expo, Expo Center, Hartford, Connecticut, 877-245-3976
Jan. 7-8 Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival, Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas, 541-574-8000
Jan. 7-8 Antique & Collectors' Revival, Expo Center, San Mateo, California, 707-942-5079
Jan. 7-8 Antique Show & Sale, Convention Center, Yuma, Arizona, 928-726-4420
Jan. 7-14 Used Boat Show, Kearney, Nebraska
Jan. 7-15 RV Show, Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jan. 9 Macworld Conference & Expo , Moscone Center, San Francisco, California
Jan. 13-15 Gem-Jewelry-Bead Show, Municipal Auditorium, Sarasota, Florida, 941-954-0202
Jan. 13-15 Fungus Fair, Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz, California, 831-420-6115
Jan. 13-15 Quilt Festival, Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona
Jan. 14-15 Gathering of the Gunfighters, Territorial Prison State Park, Yuma, Arizona, 928-783-4771
Jan. 14-15 Boca Fest 10-5, Boca Center, Boca Raton, Florida, 954-472-3755
Jan. 14-15 Gun Show, Fairgrounds, Jackson, Tennessee, 563-927-8176
Jan. 14-15 North State Toy & Hobby Show,
                   State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 919-553-4285
, 800-648-3353
Jan. 14-22 Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction, Westworld, Scottsdale, Arizona, 480-421-6694
Jan. 21 Woodcarving Show, 10-4, Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, 956-519-8209
Jan. 21 Central Florida Highland Games, Central Winds Park, Winter Springs, Florida, 407-426-7268
Jan. 22 Teddy Bear & Doll Show , Lafayette Hotel, Marietta, Ohio, 740-374-1778
Jan. 26-29 Indoor/Outdoor Home Show, Expomart, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 800-997-4438
Jan. 27 Chocolate Buffet, 5:30-9pm, Mammoth Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 307-344-7311
Jan. 27-29 Chiller Theatre Expo, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Secaucus, New Jersey, FAQ
Jan. 27-29 Gun Show, fairgrounds, Casper, Wyoming
Jan. 27-29 Florida Extravaganza Comic-Con, Central Florida Fair Grounds, Orlando, Florida, 407-788-7469
Jan. 28-29 Heard Museum Guild Library Book & Art Sale, Phoenix, Arizona, 602-251-0209
Jan. 28-29 Western Americana Show & Auction, Phoenix, Arizona, 310-202-9010

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If you to Central and Southern U.S. in the 1960s you probably stopped at a Stuckey's along some highway at one time or another. Stuckey's is still going and has a presence on the internet. You can still buy that sweet Stuckey's Pecan Divinity.

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