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July Events
Festivals For July Travelers

July 1-4, 2003
Ashville 4th of July Celebration
unknown venue(s),
Ashville, Ohio.
Parade, fireworks, arts and crafts, carnival rides, entertainment, and foods such as their huge fish sandwiches (2 tons sold last year!).
Additional Details: Call 740-983-8122.

July 2-5, 2003
National Tom Sawyer Days
Hannibal, Missouri.
Mud volleyball, pet show, beer tent, Show-Me Mobile Aquarium in Kiwanis Park, frog jumping, arts and crafts, back seat driver contest, fireworks, Huckleberry Fun Run, horseshoe tournament, food booths, National Fence Painting Contest, tricycle race, bingo, and more.
Further Details: Call 573-221-2477.

July 2-10, 2003
National Constitution Center:
Grand Opening

various venues,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Events include Betsy's American Birthday Bash at the Betsy Ross House, All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream, Happy Birthday U.S.A. Concert at Longwood Gardens, Summer Dance Party, art exhibits, historical displays and presentations, International BBQ, fireworks, One World One People experience for kids ages 6-12, and many more events. Some events are ticketed separately and some will sell out quickly. Please call for information before you just show up and may be disappointed when events are filled.
Additional Details: Call 866-917-1787.

July 3-5, 2003
Black River Festival
Clinton Park,
Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Parade, flag raising, talent show, Bullfest, auction, fireworks, bike race, gospel concert, cloggers, demolition derby, 5K run, food, crafts booths, music by local groups.
More: Call 573-686-6866.

July 3-5, 2003
Green River Catfish Festival
City Park,
Morgantown, Kentucky.
Beauty pageant, arts and crafts, car show, road races, activities for kids, quilt show, battle of the bluegrass bands, fireworks, catfish fishing contest, food vendors, square dancing.
Details: Call 270-526-6827.

July 3-6, 2003
First Town Days Festival
Tuscora Park,
New Phildadelphia, Ohio.
5K run, queen pageant, parade, senior day, talent show, family day, fireworks, car show, softball tournament, midway games and food.
Additional Details: Call 330-343-6814.

July 3-6, 2003
Westmoreland Arts &
Heritage Festival

Twin Lakes Park,
Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
Over 100,000 attend this annual event, which includes 4 stages of entertainment, historical encampments, a children's area, the juried work of more than 200 artists, poetry and short story readings, and ethnic foods.
More: Call 724-834-7474.

July 3-6, 2003
Eyes To The Skies
Lisle Community Park
on Short Street,
Lisle, Illinois.
The festival is in its 23rd year and attracts more than 200,000 visitors. Events include a lumberjack show, lawn mower racing, music, four nights of fireworks, petting zoo, balloon launches, balloon rides for folks who use wheelchairs, carnival, arts and crafts, and food.
More: Call 630-963-4281.

July 4-6, 2003
Arts, Crafts & Food Festival
Ewing Park,
Ellwood, Pennsylvania.
More than 300 arts and crafts booths will be at this event, which is now in its 23rd year. You're welcome to bring your own lawn chair to listen to music and see dance troupes perform. The Kids' Corner will keep the little ones busy, and there will be about 30 food booths to fill out your day. Fireworks will close out the festival.
More: Call 724-758-3115 or 724-758-5630.

July 4-6, 2003
Berea Grindstone Festival
Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds,
Berea, Ohio.
This event is now in its 21st year, and features games, contests, pizza challenge, pancake breakfast, carnival rides, food, entertainment and a car show. There is no admission charge.
Note: Event may have been cancelled! Please call first!!
More: Call 440-826-5800.

July 4-6, 2003
Fair Of Life Festival
Of Arts & Crafts

Wheeler Park,
Flagstaff, Arizona.
More than 100 local, regional and national artists and crafters, storytellers, folk and country musicians, rock and blues music, Kids Zone, classic cars on display, prize drawings, 10K "Run For Your Life" race, 2-mile walk/run for fun, plenty of festival foods such as kettle corn, funnel cakes, bratwurst and veggie treats.
Further Details: Call 928-779-1227.

July 4-6, 2003
Toquatennial Days
various venues,
Graceville, Minnesota.
Graceville celebrates with a beauty pageant, antique tractor show, grand parade, pancake breakfast, softball tournament, firefighters' water fights, street dance, 6K walk/run around Toqua Lake, reunions for the public high school and for St. Mary's Academy.
Further Details: Call 612-748-7605 or 612-748-7233.

July 4-6, 2003
International Food Festival
Lower harbor area,
Marquette, Michigan.
Vendors present Mexican, German, Chinese, Greek and other ethnic dishes. Music adds to the fun.
Additional Details: Call 906-226-9658.

July 5, 2003
Strawberry Festival
Lincolnville Center,
Camden, Maine.
Strawberry shortcake, parade, band concert, strawberry pies. This is the festival's 9th season.
Details: Call 207-763-3381.

July 5-7, 2003
On The Green I Arts
& Crafts Festival

Brewster Academy,
Main Street (Route 28),
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
More than 200 exhibitors participate in this annual event, which includes music and food. There is no admission charge.
More: Call 603-528-4014.

July 5-12, 2003
National Cherry Festival
various venues,
Traverse City, Michigan.
Parade, music, Big Wheel Race, rides, beach volleyball tournament, hole-in-one golf contest, cherry ice cream social, cherry orchard tours, taste of cherries food fair, cherry pie eating contest, Planters Go Nuts! Bed Race, bingo, cherry pit spitting contest, turtle races, air show, musical entertainment. Some events are ticketed separately.
More: Call 231-947-4230.

July 6, 2003
World's Largest Catsup Bottle
Birthday Bash
Downtown on Main Street,
Collinsville, Illinois.
It's the 54th birthday of the bottle. Events include a catsup tasting contest, water balloon toss, hula-hoop contest, cake and ice cream, crafts, musical chairs, music and food. There is no admission charge.
Information: Call 618-345-5598.

July 8-13, 2003
Choochokan Langley
Festival Of The Arts

Whidbey Island Center
For The Arts,
Langley, Washington.
In its 27th year, the festival features artists and crafts people displaying and selling their work, musical entertainment, and food. Enjoy the ferry ride from Seattle to Whidbey Island as part of your visit.
More: Call 360-221-7494.

July 9-12, 2003
Wyandotte Street Art Fair
Biddle Avenue, Downtown,
Wyandotte, Michigan.
Classic car show, more than 350 art booths, entertainment, food court area, non-profit booths, beautiful baby contest, American Red Cross Blood Drive, merchant sales, Budweiser Clydesdale Horse Exhibition, kids Activity Area on Elm at 1st Street, and more. You can park at Roosevelt High School and take a shuttle for easy access to the Fair.
Further Details: Call 734-324-4506.

July 9-12, 2003
Ohio Hills Folk Festival
unknown venue(s),
Quaker City, Ohio.
Queen's parade, car show, bike races, pet show, flea market, crafts, 5K run, concessions and rides.
Further Details: Call 740-679-2704.

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July 10-12, 2003
Slugburger Festival
Downtown area,
Corinth, Mississippi.
Staged entertainment (requires separate fee), Happee Days Carnival, and plenty of food. And yes, you can get a slugburger, but it will not be made from slugs!
Additional Information: Call 662-287-1550 or 877-347-0545.

July 10-13, 2003
Pioneer Days
unknown venue(s),
Marlinton, West Virginia.
Horse and buggy rides, bluegrass music, dances, arts and crafts, a Pioneer Village, and more.
More: Call 800-336-7009.

July 10-13, 2003
People's Choice Festival of
Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts

Pennsylvania Military Museum,
Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.
Character Day (with Smoky Bear, Clifford The Big Red Dog and others), staged musical entertainment, the work of local artisans, food vendors.
Further Information: Call 434-636-4387.

July 11-13, 2003
Michigan Lily Fest
Columbiaville, Michigan.
Flowerbeds of lilies bloom around you as you enjoy events such as dancing, fireworks, talent contests, activities for kids and more.
Details: Call 810-793-4367 or 810-793-5932(evenings).

July 11-13, 2003
Catfish Days
near Duck Pond Park,
Trempealeau, Wisconsin.
Fishing contest, parades, egg toss, pageant, food and beverage tent, volleyball tournament, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast. Admission is with a Catfish button.
Further Information: Call 419-592-1786.

July 11-13, 2003
Strawberry Festival
various venues,
Vashon Island, Washington.
This festival marks its 86th season with a Classic Car parade, musical entertainment, street dances, grand parade, beer garden, pancake breakfast, K2 Fun Run, activities for kids, and food and merchandise booths.
Learn More: Call 206-463-6217.

July 11-13, 2003
various venues,
Lake Stevens, Washington.
Grand Parade, Children's Parade, fireworks Saturday night, carnival, staged entertainment, Kiwanis Beverage & Eatery, library sale, arts and crafts.
Further Information: Call 425-379-3477.

July 11-13, 2003
Niagara's Pirate Festival
Krull Park,
Olcott, New York.
Pirates wander the area throughout the event. There is a parade, music, games and rides, water target shoot, fireworks, food. All are encouraged to join the fun and come in their best pirate clothes.
More: Call 716-778-7177.

July 11-13, 2003
Greek Heritage Festival
186 Bradley Street,
Saco, Maine.
Greek books for sale, narrated tours of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, dance ensembles and music, Greek foods and pastries, crafts, events for children.
Further Details: Call 207-284-5651.

July 11-20, 2003
Potato Blossom Festival
unknown venue(s),
Fairfield, Maine.
Now in its 56th year, the festival offers the Potato Queen pageant, 3-on-3 adult basketball tournament, a dunking booth, an antique farm equipment display, rock climbing wall, potato industry dinner, bluegrass festival, street dance, horse shoe, co-ed sand volleyball tournament, a chess tournament, music, mashed potato wrestling, and arts and crafts.
Additional Information: Call 207-472-3802.

July 12, 2003
Philadelphia Greek Picnic
Fairmount Park,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Partywalk competition, Step Correct 2003 National Championship, food, games and more.
More: Call 215-665-2454.

July 12, 2003
Parker County Peach Festival
Courthouse Square area,
Weatherford, Texas.
In spite of a rough winter and a late freeze, this 19th year of the festival will carry on, with the Peach Pedal Bike Ride, arts and crafts, pet show (with categories such as "longest ears"), merchant sales, dominoes tournament, Kiddie Korner, and plenty of treats such as peach ice cream, peach cobbler, and cool peach smoothies.
More Information: Call 817-596-3801 or 888-594-3801.

July 12-13, 2003
Los Altos Art & Wine Festival
Main and State Streets,
Los Altos, California.
It's year 24 for this event, which features the work of more than 450 artisans. There will be entertainment on 2 stages, wine tastings, a KidZone (I hear the grown-ups love the Frog Hopper as much as the kids do--a bounce from 25 feet in the air!), and plenty of food such as corn on the cob, funnel cakes and kettle corn.
Hotline: Call 650-917-9799.

July 12-13, 2003
Santa Barbara French Festival
Oak Park,
Santa Barbara, California.
Entertainment (Cajun and classical music, cabaret music and more) on 3 stages, wandering accordion players and mimes, puppet shows, storytellers, artists, sidewalk cafes, poodle parade on Sunday.
Further Information: Call 805-564-7274.

July 12-13, 2003
Taste Of Buffalo
Downtown area,
Buffalo, New York.
More than 50 restaurants participate in this event, with tastes including items such as baked goods, Middle Eastern specialities, vegetarian samples and desserts. There are activities for kids and plenty of music to accompany your trip down the tasting area.
More: Call 716-652-0628.

July 12-13, 2003
Windsor Heritage Days
Old Constitution House,
Windsor, Vermont.
The festival is held every year, but this year is especially important, because the Republic of Vermont turns 225. There will be parades, military re-enactments, vintage children's games, tours of historic homes, Victorian tea party, Native American displays, carriage rides, arts and crafts, food. The Vermont Constitution will be on display.
More: Call 802-672-3773.

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July 13-14, 2003
Haddonfield Crafts &
Fine Arts Festival

Downtown area,
Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Entering its 11th year, the festival draws more than 100,000 to its arts and crafts offerings. There will be music and food to round out the day.
More: Call 856-216-7253.

July 15-19, 2003
National Baby Food Festival
Fremont, Michigan.
Carnival, parade, frog jumping contest, car show, baby food eating contest, baby crawl, bed races, penny scramble, arts and crafts, many events for kids.
More: Call 800-592-BABY.

July 17-20, 2003
Festa Italiana
Maier Festival Park,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Raffle, Zoppe Family Circus, Pompeii Church sacred art exhibit, musical entertainment, and foods such as pizza, Italian beef, baked goods and more.
More: Call 414-223-2808 or (after July 14) 414-273-2670.

July 18, 2003
Mize Watermelon Festival
Mize, Mississippi.
Watermelon seed-spitting accuracy contest, greased watermelon race, watermelon eating contest, arts and crafts, entertainment.
Further Information: Call 601-733-2221.

July 18-19, 2003
Alfred Festival Days
various venues
Alfred, Maine.
Band Concert, food booth, crafts, parade, run/walk, chili, barbecue and more.
Additional Details: Call 207-324-5872.

July 18-19, 2003
Clear Creek Summerfest
Crazy Woman Square area,
Buffalo, Wyoming.
Food and craft vendors, with entertainment into the evening hours.
Additional Details: Call 307-217-0054.

July 18-19, 2003
Raspberry Festival
various venues,
Lynden, Washington.
Tours of local raspberry industry, Raspberry Run/Walk, games, samples, tastings, sidewalk sales.
More: Call 360-354-5995.

July 18-20, 2003
Bite Of Seattle
Seattle Center,
Seattle, Washington.
More than 50 area restaurants and more than 30 food manufacturers present tasty portions of food in the event's 21st year, at the newly remodeled Seattle Center. 5 outdoor stages of entertainment feature music and comedy. Columbia Winery offers tastings. There will be a Shiskaberry's Family Fun Zone in Founders Court with Kid's Karaoke and other events.
Additional Details: Call 425-283-5050.

July 18-20, 2003
Watermelon Festival
various venues,
Pageland, South Carolina.
Quilting contest, Festival Rodeo, pageant, parade, Melon Tour of History, rides, music, Mountain Dew 500 Stock Lawn Tractor Race, crafts, food.
Find Out More: Call 834-672-6400.

July 18-20, 2003
Celebrate Lavender Festival
various venues,
Sequim, Washington.
Visit area lavender farms, enjoy workshops and demonstrations, participate in the 5k run, purchase lavender and crafts at the street fair on West Fir Street, indulge in festival foods.
More: Call 800-500-8401.

July 18-20, 2003
Clam Festival
unknown venue(s),
Yarmouth, Maine.
Games, food, entertainment.
Details: Call 207-846-3984.

July 18-20, 2003
Somerset, Pennsylvania.
Celebrating its 25th year, the festival offers arts and crafts, entertainment on 2 stages, children's events, music and food.
Additional Details: Call 814-443-2433.

July 18-20, 2003
unknown venue(s),
Kane, Pennsylvania.
Pancake breakfast, car show, art, music, lip sync contest, Toys For Kids Bike Run, food.
Further Information: Call 814-837-6565.

July 18-27, 2003
Cheyenne Frontier Days
Frontier Park
on Carey Avenue,
Cheyenne, Wyoming.
It's a rodeo, but it's more than that, with features such as a carnival midway, chuckwagon cooking contests, parades, a Western art show, an Indian village, air show, and music from the likes of Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Willie Nelson.
Ticket Information: Call 800-227-6336 or 866-464-2626.

July 18-27, 2003
Paducah Summer Festival
various venues,
Paducah, Kentucky.
Flea market, arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, hot air balloons, Oreo Cookie stacking contest, big band music, senior bingo, theatre, watermelon festival, library book and bake sale, tug of war between law officers and firefighters, lawnmower races, Big Wheel race, concerts, cross-river swim.
Additional Details: Call 800-PADUCAH.

July 19, 2003
North Carolina Peach Festival
Candor, North Carolina.
Games and rides, parade, music, fresh peaches and peach ice cream for sale, crafts, food.
Additional Information: Call 910-576-6011.

July 19-20, 2003
San Clemente Ocean Festival
San Clemente Pier,
San Clemente, California.
Woody car show, art show, West Coast Longboard Championships, fishing derby, Great Rubber Duck Race, pancake breakfast, concert, children's pavilion.
Additional Details: Call 949-440-6141.

July 19-20, 2003
Main Street area,
Hamburg, New York.
Is it true? Are they changing the town name to Veggieburg? If you don't want that to happen, you'd better show up and vote. This festival celebrates the Birthplace of the Hamburger with events such as a bike rodeo, arts and crafts, pet parade, games for kids, car show, music, beer tent, and food.
More: Call 716-649-6111.

July 19-20, 2003
Chester Shade Days
Chester, Ohio.
Historical re-enactments, pioneer demonstrations, pie contest, crafts. There is no admission charge.
Details: Call 877-643-4726 or 740-992-2239.

July 19-20, 2003
Blueberry Festival
Burnside Plantation,
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Crafts and craft demonstrations, clog dancers and other entertainment, tours, children's activities, petting zoo. There is an admission charge.
Learn More: Call 610-868-5044 or 610-882-0450.

July 19-20, 2003
Pirates On The Waterfront
Waterfront Harbor Lawn,
Louisville, Kentucky.
Treasure hunt, parade of boats, pirate ship, boat rides, children's activities.
Additional Details: Call 502-228-6080.

July 19-20, 2003
Ethnic Arts Festival
Dawes Park,
Evanston, Illinois.
In its 18th year, the festival flies the flags of more than 100 nations. Music and dance, along with visual arts and food, bring the best of many cultures for visitors to enjoy.
More Details: Call 847-448-8058.

July 21, 2003
Turkey Hill Ice Cream Festival
Lancaster Square,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Quilt display (created by children), Great Ice Cream Stack-Up Contest, music, entertainment, free ice cream and frozen yogurt. The event benefits public libraries in the county.
Further Details: Call 800-693-2479.

July 22-26, 2003
Plainfield Farmers' Fair
Route 191,
Plainfield, Pennsylvania.
Chicken BBQ, pie eating contest, entertainment, livestock and 4-H judging, demolition derby, adult tractor pull, watermelon eating contest, chain saw carving, and many traditional community fair events. Please do not bring pets, backpacks or coolers
Learn More: Call 610-863-6816 or 610-588-7041.

July 23-26, 2003
Peterson Park,
Mattoon, Illinois.
Gospel concert, big band music, contests, races, beauty pageant, carnival, magic entertainment, face painting.
Learn More: Call 217-258-6286 or 217-258-6471.

July 24-26, 2003
The Great Texas Mosquito Festival
Municipal Park,
Clute, Texas.
Mosquito Calling Contest, O' You Beautiful Doll Contest, horseshoe pitching, Ms Quito Beauty Pageant, BBQ, Fajita Cooking Contest, Mrs. & Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, karaoke, carnival, Skeeter Baby Crawling Contest, 5K run, plus 100 arts and crafts and food booths. Some events may require a fee or pre-registration.
Further Information: Call 800-3711-2971 or 979-265-8392.

July 24-26, 2003
North Carolina Watermelon Festival
various venues,
Fair Bluff, North Carolina.
Pony rides, arts and crafts, watermelon quality and quantity contests from registered patches, festival parade, watermelon eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon legs contest, variety show, steak dinner and dance (requires separate ticket), pageant.
Details: Call 910-649-6845.

July 24-27, 2003
Munger Potato Festival
Munger Community Park,
Munger, Michigan.
Parade (Sunday), carnival rides, music, refreshments, demolition derby.
Learn More: Call 989-659-2571 or 989-659-3471.

July 25-27, 2003
Upper Ohio Valley
Italian Festival

Heritage Port,
Wheeling, West Virginia.
Bingo, Bocce tournament, wine tasting, concessions, crafts, pasta exhibit, games of skill, Fun Zone for kids.
Further Information: Call 304-233-1090.

July 25-27, 2003
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Christmas Hill Park,
Gilroy, California.
It's the 25th anniversary of the festival, which features arts and crafts, music, and garlic in everything from french fries to ice cream. You can buy roasted garlic, garlic pistachios and cookbooks, but there are plenty of other foods, such as tamales, onion rings, strawberries dipped in chocolate, and fruit smoothies. The folks who run the festival downplay the temperatures in Gilroy, but I'm going to tell you it can be very hot during the festival, so protect your skin. Please do not bring pets. There is an admission charge.
Details: Call 408-842-1625.

July 25-27, 2003
Shelburne Art & Craft Festival
Shelburne Museum,
Shelburne, Vermont.
More than 150 juried artists, celebrity craft artists, music by Unknown Blues Band, family entertainment, crafts for kids, local food vendors. There is an admission charge. Parking is free.
More: Call 802-985-3648.

July 25-27, 2003
Central Nebraska Ethnic Festival
unknown venue,
Grand Island, Nebraska.
Educational pavilion, kids games, entertainment, crafts and food vendors.
Further Information: Call 800-658-3178 or 308-382-4400.

July 25-27, 2003
North Shore Art Festival
Niles North High School,
Skokie, Illinois.
250 juried artists present their work. There are also activities for kids, musical entertainment, and an international food fest.
More: Call 847-673-0240.

July 25-27, 2003
State Craft Festival
Alumni Sports & Fitness Center,
Franklin and Marshall College,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
More than 250 artisans show and sell their wares. There will be a Summer Fashion Show, professional craft demonstrations, drop-in fifteen-minute seminars on crafting, a Crafts and Antiques road show for appraisal of your items, and more. There is an admission charge for those over age 11.
Details: Call 800-684-7440 or 215-579-5997.

July 25-27, 2003
Bele Chere
Ashville, North Carolina.
In its 25th year, this event features music, Pepsi Zone, food, art, events for children, Le Bleu raft rides, misting tent, Putter's Challenge, sidewalk chalk art competition, parade and more.
Learn More: Call 828-259-5800.

July 25-27, 2003
Lebanese Festival
1040 Wehrle Drive,
Williamsville, New York.
This event celebrates Lebanese heritage with dancing, a gift shop, bazaar, music and food.
More: Call 716-634-0669.

July 25-27, 2003
Pierogi Fest
Whiting, Illinois.
Arts and crafts, entertainment, food.
More: Call 219-659-0292 or 877-659-0292.

July 25-August 3, 2003
Coast Guard Festival
Riverwalk and Downtown,
Grand Haven, Michigan.
In recognition of the men and women of the US Coast Guard there are events such as parades, drum and bugle competitions, pageants, a craft fair, fireworks and entertainment.
More: Call 888-207-2434.

July 26, 2003
Blueberry Festival
Fruitland Township Park,
Whitehall, Michigan.
Blueberry pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, events for kids, free trolley rides to White River Light Station to tour lighthouse, musical entertainment, food vendors.
More Information: Call 231-766-3208.

July 26-27, 2003
Fremont Festival of the Arts
Paseo Padre Parkway,
Fremont, California
Celebrating its 20th year, the festival offers more than 700 arts and crafts booths, plus food and entertainment. New this year is the Kids Garden and the Gourmet Marketplace.
Further Details: Call 510-795-2244.

July 26-27, 2003
Iron River Blueberry Festival
Moon Lake Park,
Iron River, Wisconsin.
Chicken BBQ, games and rides, music, prizes, tractor pull for kids, beer tent, blueberry pie, flea market, arts and crafts.
Additional Details: Call 715-372-8558.

July 26-27, 2003
Salsa Festival
Plaza Park downtown,
Oxnard, California.
Enjoy arts and crafts, entertainment, and food booths.
Further Details: Call 805-247-0197.

July 26-28, 2003
Brownstone Days
various venues,
Washburn, Wisconsin.
Exhibits, tours of Brownstones, sidewalk sale, games, music, quilt show, volleyball tournament.
Learn More: Call 715-373-5017.

July 27, 2003
Moss Landing Antique Street Fair
Antique shop area,
Fair Bluff, North Carolina.
More than 200 antique dealers participate in this event. There is food nearby, and you'll be in a historic fishing village, so enjoy the atmosphere. I live close to this one, and can tell you, if you go, plan to sit on Highway 1 a long time if you don't go very early.
Further Details: Call 831-633-4501.

July 30 - August 3, 2003
Maine Lobster Festival
Harbor Park,
Rockland, Maine.
The focus is on seafood at this festival, which includes events such as marine-themed parades, lobster eating contests, a crate race, cooking contest, music, 10K race, arts and crafts, vendors.
Details: Call 207-596-0376.

July 31 - August 3, 2003
BuskerFest 2003
Various venues,
Chicago, Illinois.
The event spotlights the talents of street performers such as rope walkers, clowns, mimes, jugglers, magicians, and more.
Further Details: Call 773-935-3518.

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

July 2-6 July Jubilee Celebration, Richards Park, Brady, Texas, 915-597-3491
July 3-5 Fair Saint Louis, south of the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri, 314-434-3434
July 5 Burklyn Summer Craft Fair, Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, Vermont, 802-626-5770
July 9-12 Moondance Jam, Moondance Fairgrounds on Hwy 200 East, Walker, Minnesota, 218-547-1055
July 9-13 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, Pennsylvania, 814-237-3682
July 11-13 Washington County Fair & Field Days, Parker's Field, E. Montpelier, Vermont, 802-229-4851
July 11-13 Kaleidoscope Festival, Stowe Craft Gallery & Design Center, Stowe, Vermont, 802-253-7677
July 11-13 Berea Craft Festival, Indian Fort Theatre, Berea, Kentucky, 859-986-2818
July 12 Lake Country Art Festival, St. John's NW Military Academy, Delafield, Wisconsin, 262-646-5676
July 12-13 Sugar Creek Arts Festival, Downtown, Normal, Illinois, 309-454-9557
July 12-13 Fine Art Fair, Downtown, Wheaton, Illinois, 630-682-0633
July 14-27 Folkmoot, various venues, Waynesville, North Carolina, 828-452-2997 or 877-365-5872
July 16-19 Durbin Days, Durbin, West Virginia, 800-336-7009
July 16-19 Crawford County Fair, Hood Park, Cuba, Missouri, 877-212-8429
July 17-20 Connecticut Vally Fair, Bradford, Vermont, 802-222-5750
July 18-20 Grease Pole Festival, 261 Swan Street, Buffalo, New York, 716-693-7342
July 19 Rock'n Blues Fest 2003, Fairgrounds on Suscon Road, Pittson, Pennsylvania, 570-378-3279
July 24-August 2 Fayette County Fair, Dunbar, Pennsylvania, 724-628-3360
July 25-26 Heritage Days, downtown, Bangor, Pennsylvania, 610-588-4411
July 25-27 Lake George Blueberry Festival, Lake George, Minnesota, 218-266-3347
July 25-27 Blueberry Art Festival, Whiteside Park, Ely, Minnesota, 218-365-6123
July 25-August 3 Ozark Empire Fair, Springfield, Missouri, 417-833-2660
July 26 Hanover Dutch Festival, Hanover, Pennsylvania, 717-243-7855
July 26-27 Old Olcott Days, Olcott, New York, 716-735-7489
July 26-27 Geneva Arts Fair, Geneva, Illinois, 630-232-6060
July 28-August 2 Schuylkill County Fair, Pennsylvania, 570-622-3742 ext 112, (during fair) 570-754-FAIR
July 30 - August 5 Buffalo County Fair, County Fairgrounds, Kearney, Nebraska, 308-236-1201
July 31 - August 4 Kankakee County Fair and Expo, Kankakee, Illinois, 815-932-6714

Other July 2003 Events You Might Enjoy
July 1-5 Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, Jones Park, Gulfport, Mississippi, 228-863-2713
July 4-6 Art in the Park, City Park, Morro Bay, California, 805-772-2504
July 6 Ugly Truck Contest, downtown, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, 218-863-6693
July 11-12 Sesquicentennial Celebration, Waukon, Iowa, 563-568-4110
July 12-13 Art in the Park, Chapin Park, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 843-448-7690
July 16-19 Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 734-994-5260
July 17 House & Garden Tour, Camden, Maine, 207-235-6375
July 18-19 Chilicothe Car Show, Simpson Park, Chilicothe, Missouri, 877-224-4554
July 19-20 Arts & Crafts Show, Camden, Maine, 207-236-4404
July 19-23 July Arts & Crafts Fair, Cathedral Park, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 505-473-5590
July 25-27 Fortuna Redwood Autorama, Fortuna, California, 707-725-3916
July 25-27 North Kitsap Arts & Crafts, Port Gamble, Washington, 360-297-5338
July 26 Henry County Harvest Showcase, Fairgrounds, New Castle, Kentucky, 502-845-0806
July 27 Summer Craft Show, Memorial Hall, York, Pennsylvania, 717-764-1555
July 27 Art In The Park, Appleton, Wisconsin, 920-733-4149
July 14 President Ford's 90th Birthday Party, Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 616-254-0400

It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.
Please tell them you saw the information in Deb's Monthly Review.

Please don't write and ask for personalized information on upcoming festivals,
(unless you want to hire me for personal research!)

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It's The Economy,
O Wise One

What economy problem? What downturn? You would never know there are such issues if you look around a little.

Krispy Kreme is opening new stores this summer, including those in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, Rockefeller Center in New York, also in Brick, New Jersey and in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Who else is moving full-speed ahead in this "sluggish" economy? Ritz-Carlton is opening a 40,000 square foot spa at Grande Lakes Orlando this month, along with the new 19-hole golf course.

IKEA plans to open new stores this summer in College Park, Maryland, Vaughn, Ohio and East Palo Alto, California.

Michaels Stores, Inc. (those crafty people) has expanded its outlook by opening the first Recollections store in Frisco, Texas. The store will focus on scrapbooking products. A second store is scheduled to open in the Dallas area this summer. Michaels announced its first-ever quarterly cash dividend to be payable July 30, 2003.

Cold Stone Creamery just opened a store in the heart of Times Square in New York, and I hear they are currently expanding in the Washington state area.

Home Depot's web site says it plans to open 200 stores in 2003.

Ross Stores has been opening new stores in Alabama and Georgia and is expanding in the rest of the Southern states. They also opened a large distribution warehouse in Perris, California last year.

Barnes & Noble is opening a new place in Goodyear, Arizona (and probably other locations.)

Other retailers planning new stores and expansions in 2003 include Publix, Food Lion, Crate & Barrel, Talbots. Inc., Trader Joe's, and Staples. Jack in the Box Inc is introducing its new Quick Stuff Convenience stores in California, Texas and Arizona.

After being open about a month, the film Finding Nemo had grossed more than $200,000,000, as had Universal's Bruce Almighty. People are spending money to make movies and people are buying movie tickets.

What does it all mean? It means the news isn't all bad. In spite of inflation, 9-11, deflation, artificially lowered interest rates, high unemployment, and other assorted issues, plenty of U.S. companies are still making a profit. It's a real proving ground out there right now for those companies who are left after the wave of woes. The ones who have weathered it all are going to need bright, savvy workers to keep them in the red. The time for coasting is past. They're going to have to hire and grow, or close the books and quit. And if they quit, other companies will take their place and start hiring.

Are we headed out of the slump?
It may be all in how we choose to look at it.

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Scott played a camouflage wrestler in the highly successful film Spiderman,
which is now out on DVD.

Scott got to show us his big bad work in the CBS special
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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.

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I'll Never Be Free
Basin Street Blues
Don't Go To Strangers
Easy Street

This CD was a long time
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Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

Joan Garnand
Creates from her home in Tennessee.
Her designs range from simply elegant to practical to whimsical. Joan also does hand-painted stationery, and she uses her (few) spare moments at festivals to paint faces.
Only a sample of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!


Dayton, Ohio is celebrating Inventing Flight, with opening ceremonies on July 3. Dayton will feature the Wright Brothers' accomplishments along with music and Independence Day fireworks downtown. The celebration continues throughout the month with the Wings River show tribute to flight, using lasers and projections from the center of the Miami River. The Orbit Zone will allow visitors to experience the adrenaline rush of a NASCAR driver through a driving simulator. Other simulations include piloting the Voyager and a 3D/motion flight. When you've had enough simulation you can walk over and ride the 90-foot Ferris Wheel.

The Dayton Art Institute will feature photos of Wilbur and Orville. You can get up early and watch more than 100 hot air balloons ascend over the United States Air Force Museum. Monitors will let you track them as they race from Dayton to Kitty Hawk. From July 11-13 you can experience The Great Blimp Meet at the museum. The Dayton Dance Company will present a series of ballets to commemorate powered flight, at the Victoria Theatre. The Dayton Black Cultural Museum will pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen during the Black Cultural Festival, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The Vectren Dayton Air Show contines the fun from July 17-20, at the Dayton International Airport. The National Aviation Hall of Fame will feature living aviation heroes at the 2003 Pioneers of Flight Homecoming, with actor Harrison Ford serving as Master of Ceremonies. And they are promising a really spectacular closing ceremony event to wrap up this celebration on July 20, at Celebration Central in Dayton's Deeds Park. And I'm only giving you a brief sketch of the events here. Throughout the month they'll be showing films centering on flight, presenting cabaret-style shows celebrating flight, showing aviation art, having a CITYFOLK Festival to feature arts and crafts, and much more. Call 1-800-FLY-2003.

They'll be dedicating the new National Constitution Center in Phildelphia on July 4. Mayor John F. Street will present the Philadelphia Liberty Medal to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O' Connor. The new center features multimedia and interactive exhibits, an educational center, and a 350-seat surround screen theatre. The museum will be open 7 days a week, and is the first museum built to honor the United States Constitution. For more information, call 866-917-1787 or 215-923-0004.

Did you know that Wednesday is free day at the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
Learn more about it at the museum site.

Tuesdays are free at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Ever had an ice cream headache? Maybe this explains it.

If all that scientific information is giving you a different kind of headache, here's a simpler explanation from Dr. Nancy Snyderman.

Is the ZOOMbabwe in Santa Claus, Indiana the ultimate water ride?.

Or maybe it's Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges from Universal's Islands of Adventure.

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