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July Events
Festivals For July Travelers

July 1-4, 2004
National Tom Sawyer Days
Historic downtown,
Hannibal, Missouri.
Fireworks, frog jumping contest, Huckleberry Fun Run, back seat driver contest, tricycle races, pet show, entertainment, arts and crafts, Mississippi Mud Volleyball, beer tent, food booths, Mark Twain reenactments, parade, horseshoe tournament, bingo, raft races, National Fence Painting Contest.
Find Out More: Call 573-221-2477.

July 2-4, 2004
Fair St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Celebrate 100 years with a look back at the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904. There will be dancing beneath the Arch, fireworks, traditional festival foods and many ethnic foods from around the world, visual exhibits of events from the 1904 fair (including a giant sand sculpture), an air show, music and much more. (I was lucky enough to spend America's Bicentennial at the Arch in 1976, and I can tell you that this is a magnificent place to celebrate).
Additional Details: Call 314-434-3434.

July 2-4, 2004
Ice Cream Days
various venues,
Le Mars, Iowa.
Art and museum exhibits (with accompanying ice cream floats and other treats), fishing derby, outdoor movie (bring chairs or blankets), parade, music, arts and crafts fair, ice cream socials, golf ball drop, air show, fireworks and more.
Further Information: Call 712-546-8821.

July 2-4, 2004
Black River Festival
Clinton Park,
Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Bullfest, fireworks, demolition derby, 5K run, crafts, food vendors, gospel concert, parade.
Learn Details: Call 573-686-6866.

July 2-4, 2004
Green River Catfish Festival
City Park,
Morgantown, Kentucky.
Fishing tournament, games, pageants, MB&T Frisbee Contest, games, car show, concerts, pet show, square dance, soccer, 3-on-3 basketball, fireworks.
Get More Information: Call 270-526-6827.

July 2-5, 2004
First Town Days Festival
Tuscora Park,
New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Fireworks, midway, softball tournament, parade, car show, games, food, talent show, 5K run. This year is also New Philadelphia's bicentennial celebration.
Additional Details: Call 330-343-6814.

July 2-5, 2004
Westmoreland Arts &
Heritage Festival

Twin Lakes Park,
Greensburg, Pennslyvania.
This is the event's 30th year, and more than 100,000 people are expected to attend. There will be a science center and storytelling for the kids, magic show, puppets, a play area, petting zoo, plus 250 artisans come to show their work. Enjoy entertainment on 4 stages, and explore plenty of foods such as roast beef sandwiches, vegetable wraps, berry desserts, funnel cakes, soft pretzels, candies, tempura and BBQ chicken.
Learn More: Call 724-834-7474.

July 3-5, 2004
Arts, Crafts & Food Festival
Ewing Park,
Ellwood, Pennsylvania.
Fireworks, entertainment, and more than 200 food and craft booths.
Further Information: Call 724-758-3115.

July 3-5, 2004
Fair of Life Festival of
Arts and Crafts Extraordinaire

Wheeler Park,
Flagstaff, Arizona.
This is a fundraiser for Northland Hospice, and offers fun such as classic cars on display, children's art and science activities, prize drawings, 10K race, 2-mile fun walk/run, more than 100 artisans, music, and festival foods such as turkey legs, fruit smoothies and funnel cakes.
Additional Details: Call 928-779-1227.

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July 3-10, 2004
International Cherry Festival
various venues,
Traverse City, Michigan.
Orchard tours, cherry ice cream social, wine tasting, cherry pancake breakfast, air show, arts and crafts, bingo, picnic, queen's pageant and ball, volleyball, dock dog jumping, cherry pit spitting contest, Planters Go Nuts! Bed Race, wheelchair mile, pet show, Sara Lee Bakery Cherry Pie Eating Contest for kids, diaper derby, plus music by artists such as Eddie Money, Asleep At The Wheel, 1964 The Tribute, and much more.
Get More Information: Call 231-947-7435.

July 5-11, 2004
Spring Ho Festival
W.M. Brook Park,
Lampasas, Texas
Dance contest, fireworks, pageants, BBQ cooking contest, arts and crafts, parade, talent show, activities for kids, carnival, 10K run, 1 mile run, street dances, Gospel Night, food and more.
Find Out More: Call 512-556-5301.

July 7-10, 2004
Ohio Hills Folk Festival
unknown venue(s),
Quaker City, Ohio
It's the 100th year of this event! The fun includes a 5K run, entertainment, rides, kiddie parade, flea market, car show, arts and crafts, food, fireworks, and a look back at past times in Guernsey County.
Further Details: Call 740-679-2704 or 800-933-5480.

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July 8-10, 2004
Slugburger Festival
Historic downtown,
Corinth, Mississippi
Entertainment, carnival rides and games, and lots of food. Hint: Slugburgers contain no slugs. I'm told they are best when deep-fried and served up crunchy.
Find Out More: Call 304-456-4281.

July 8-11, 2004
Pioneer Days
Marlington, West Virginia
Parade, old time music, horse and buggy rides, games, arts and crafts, food vendors.
Further Details: Call 800-336-7009.

July 8-11, 2004
Catfish Days
Trempealeau, Wisconsin
Fishing tournament, music, VFW breakfast, poker run, crafts, volleyball tournament, egg toss, bingo, 5K-10K run/walk, pancake breakfast at St. Bartholomew Hall, flea market, fireworks, beer tent, food, a parade. You can buy a Catfish button for admission to events.
Additional Information: Call 419-592-1786.

July 8-11, 2004
People's Choice Festival of
Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts

Military Museum,
Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
This is the festival's 12th year, and the event will includes music, artisans, activities for young children and for teens, and treats such as BBQ sandwiches, pierogies, pastries and Birch Beer (which is a bit like root beer).
Find Out More: Call 434-636-4387.

July 9-10, 2004
Watermelon Festival
unknown venue(s),
Franklinton, Louisiana.
Carnival games and rides, crafts, music, plenty of food, watermelon eating contest.
Further Information: Call 985-839-7855.

July 9-11, 2004
various venues,
Lake Stevens, Washington.
Talent competition, pageant, arts and crafts, boat parade, fireworks, wakeboard competition, diaper dash, 10K run, 5K run, 2K run, water ski tournament, fireman's breakfast, disc golf tournament, pet show, entertainment and festival foods such as tacos, dipped fruit, BBQ and teriyaki plates.
Learn Details: Call 425-397-2344.

July 9-11, 2004
Byron Fest
Byron, Illinois
Carnival midway, arts and crafts, fun run, quilt show, entertainment, sporting events, activities for kids, car show, beer garden, food.
Find Out More: Call 815-234-5500.

July 9-11, 2004
Niagara Pirate Festival
Krull Park,
Olcott, New York.
Music, pirates wandering through the event, pirate-themed entertainment and games, rides, parade, food and more.
Further Details: Call 716-778-8942.

July 9-11, 2004
Turkey Days
various venues,
Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.
Pancake breakfast, library book sale, bed races, volleyball, dance, flea market, games, turkey BBQ, music, parade, turkey races, kiddy parade, cars in the park, Ugly Truck Contest.
More: Call 218-863-1221.

July 9-11, 2004
Strawberry Festival
various venues,
Vashon Island, Washington.
Parade, K2 Fun Run, pancake breakfast, street dances, music, food and merchandise booths, classic cars, beer garden.
Additional Information: Call 206-463-6217.

July 9-18, 2004
Maine Potato Blossom Festival
various venues,
Fairfield, Maine.
Queen pageant, girls softball tournament, pet show, 3-on-3 basketball, entertainment, coloring contest, pancake breakfast, Maine Potato Recipe Contest, arts and crafts, strawberry shortcake, parade, chicken BBQ, human chess game, horse, food court, antique tractor pull, classic car show, bean supper, fireworks.
More: Call 207-472-3802.

July 10, 2004
Parker County Peach Festival
Courthouse Square,
Weatherford, Texas.
More than 200 arts and crafts booths, entertainment, activities for children, fresh peaches, food court, and peach treats such as peach ice cream and cobbler.
Learn Details: Call 888-594-3801.

July 10-11, 2004
Taste of Buffalo
Main Street,
Buffalo, New York.
More than 50 restaurants offer tasting portions of seafood, desserts, vegetarian specialties and more.There is a children's area and entertainment. Expect to mingle with up to 500,000 other tasters.
More Information: Call 716-652-0628.

July 10-11, 2004
Windsor Heritage Days
Old Constitution House,
Windsor, Vermont.
Historic encampments, re-enactors, tours of historic homes, entertainment, merchant sales, library book sale, horse-drawn carriage rides, stories, crafts, museum displays, pony rides for kids, classic cars, beer court, ice cream social, Victorian tea party, raffle.
Learn Details: Call 802-674-5972.

July 10-11, 2004
Choochokam Langley
Festival of the Arts

Whidbey Island Center,
Langley, Washington.
Street dance, food, beer garden, more than 200 booths of juried arts and crafts, entertainment. It's the 28th year for this event.
Information: Call 360-221-5676.

July 10-11, 2004
Los Altos Art & Wine Festival
Main & State Street,
Los Altos, California.
Almost 450 artisans participate in this event, drawing a crowd of more than 100,000 people. There are 3 stages of entertainment, plus various other locations. Enjoy a Kidzone, 30 food booths, beer and wine, festival merchandise and more.
Learn Details: Call 650-917-9799.

July 11, 2004
Catsup Bottle Summerfest
Downtown on Main Street,
Collinsville, Illinois.
Sauce Magazine's Tangy Catsup Taste Test, cake and ice cream, old-fashioned party games, craft booths, music, festival foods magic show, Hula Hoop competition, birthday cake (the World's Largest Catsup Bottle is 55 this year).
Further Information: Call 618-345-5598.

July 12-18, 2004
Sinclair Lewis Days
unknown venue(s),
Sauk Centre, Minnesota.
Fireworks, dance, crafts, parade, treasure hunt and more.
Additional Details: Call 320-352-5202.

July 14-17, 2004
Wyandotte Street Art Fair
Biddle Avenue area,
Wyandotte, Michigan.
Activities for kids, more than 350 artist booths, entertainment, shuttles from Roosevelt High School, merchant specials, and foods such as edamame, sausages, nachos, kabobs, and shaved ice. There will be beer at this event.
Details: Call 734-324-4506.

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July 14-17, 2004
Durbin Days
unknown venue(s),
Durbin, West Virginia
Horseshoe tournament, tug of war, music, exhibits, carnival, arts and crafts, classic car show, fireworks and more.
Find Out More: Call 304-456-4281.

July 15-18, 2004
Venetian Festival
St. Joseph, Michigan.
Carnival, food booths, entertainment, activities for children, sand sculpting contest, fireworks, lighted boat parade, 10K run, 5K run, sporting competitions and more. Buy a passport pin for the weekend to gain admittance to events.
Information: Call 269-983-7917.

July 15-18, 2004
Festa Italiana
Maier Festival Park,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The festival is now in its 27th year. You can enjoy music, bocce tournaments, Abbondanza in the Sky fireworks, Zoppe Family Circus, sacred art exhibit, bingo, gondola rides (just those last three make an interesting event when put together closely!) Get in on a giant raffle or taste your way through the festival with Italian beef sandwiches, pizza, eggplant, cannoli, Italian wines and espresso. I don't know what they'll be raffling off, but notes say that taxes, titles and licenses are extra, so that might be a hint for you.
Learn Details: Call 414-223-2808.

July 15-18, 2004
Auburn Cornfest
Downtown on Main Street,
Collinsville, Illinois.
Softball and volleyball tournaments, chicken BBQ, parade, road races, carnival midway games and rides, dancing, tractor pull, plenty of fresh sweet corn, arts and crafts, flea market, food.
Further Information: Call 989-662-4001.

July 16-17, 2004
Alfred Festival Days
various venues,
Alfred, Maine.
This year the festival celebrates its 50th year. Enjoy a breakfast, chili and chowder cooking contest, entertainment, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, firefighter's muster, chicken BBQ, events for kids and more.
Learn More: Call 207-324-5872.

July 16-17, 2004
Raspberry Festival
various venues,
Lynden, Washington.
Raspberry industry tours, merchant specials, sporting events, BBQ, music, Raspberry Run, raspberries and ice cream, prize drawings, raspberry pancake breakfast.
Questions: Call 360-354-5995.

July 16-18, 2004
Bite of Seattle
Seattle Center,
Seattle, Washington.
More than 50 area restaurants participate in this event, plus food manufacturers and other food industry related businesses and hospitality experts. Area chefs do cooking demonstrations and there will be 5 stages of entertainment, including many genres of music. Enjoy the Comedy Club or take the kids to the kids zone. Some of the tastes presented will include gyros, seafood, berry shortcake, BBQ chicken, piza and shaved ice.
Further Details: Call 425-283-5050.

July 16-18, 2004
Yarmouth Clam Festival
unknown venue(s),
Yarmouth, Maine.
Arts and crafts, canoe race, parade, 5-mile roadrace, fun run for kids, diaper derby, bike race tennis tournament, clam shucking competition, firefighters muster, blueberry pancake breakfast, entertainment, karaoke, and foods such as seafood, peach shortcake, hotdogs and hamburgers, nachos, frozen desserts and iced beverages.
Find Out More: Call 207-846-3984.

July 16-18, 2004
Somerset, Pennsylvania.
Local class reunions, arts and crafts, parade, family day on Sunday (with no alcohol served from noon-4 pm), sand sculpting competition, entertainment, special bicentennial events for Somerset, a youth talent night.
Questions: Call 8114-443-2433.

July 16-18, 2004
Watermelon Festival
various venues,
Pageland, South Carolina.
Carnival rides, mechanical bull rides, music, crafts, commercial vendors, parade, Melon Mile Relay, Queen pageant, rodeo, more.
Additional Information: Call 834-672-6400.

July 16-25, 2004
Paducah Summer Festival
various venues,
Paducah, Kentucky.
Senior dance, local merchant specials, photo competition (deadline is July 6), children's musical theatre, talent show, Big Wheel race, parade, entertainment, ice cream social, sidewalk chalk art, bingo, greased pole climbing contest, library book sale, Oreo cookie stacking contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, fireworks, food and more.
Questions: Call 800-PADUCAH.

July 17, 2004
Main Street area,
Hamburg, New York.
Arts and crafts show, Hula Hoop contest, entertainment, burger eating contest, games for kids, beer tent, Taste of Hamburg Food Court, car show.
Find Out More: Call 716-649-0200.

July 17, 2004
North Carolina Peach Festival
Candor, North Carolina.
Parade, games and rides, fresh peaches for sale, music (bring your lawn chairs), peaches and ice cream.
Additional Information: Call 910-576-6011.

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July 17-18, 2004
Santa Barbara French Festival
Oak Park,
Santa Barbara, California.
Poodle Parade on Sunday, chefs cooking French dishes, entertainment on 3 stages, storytelling, classic cars, puppet shows, flower market, French films, arts and crafts. You can munch on crepes, beignets, breads, quiche, Vietnamese (French Indonesian) noodles and more.
Questions: Call 805-564-7274.

July 17-18, 2004
Blueberry Festival
Burnside Plantation,
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Historic presentations and stories, folk music, folk dance, baby farm animals, carousel, older craft demonstrations and crafts for sale, garden and farmhouse tours, blueberry pie baking contest, and plenty of foods, including desserts made with blueberries.
Further Details: Call 610-868-5044 or 610-882-0450.

July 17-18, 2004
Ethnic Arts Festival
Dawes Park,
Evamston, Illinois.
Two stages of music, a poetry tent, more than 125 artisans, folkdance, and foods from many cultures.
Find Out More: Call 847-448-8058.

July 17-18, 2004
San Clemente Ocean Festival
San Clemente Pier,
San Clemente, California.
Water activity competitions, pancake breakfast, art show, Woodie car show, sand sculpture team competition, children's pavilion, rubber duck race, music, festival merchandise and food. There will be free parking at the high school and shuttle service to the festival area.
Information: Call 949-440-6141.

July 20-24, 2004
Plainfield Farmer's Fair
Fairgrounds on Route 191,
Plainfield, Pennsylvania.
Classic cars, livestock and 4-H judging, breakfasts, kiddy pedal tractor pull, demolition derby, watermelon eating contest, BBQ chicken, antique equipment parade, games for kids, adult pedal tractor pull, music, pie eating contest, baking contest.
Details: Call 610-863-6816.

July 20-24, 2004
National Baby Food Festival
Fremont, Michigan
Karaoke, midway, Baby Crawl, Baby Food Eating Contest (for grown-ups), entertainment, petting zoo.
Additional Information: Call 800-592-BABY.

July 22-24, 2004
Peterson Park,
Mattoon, Illinois.
Join Lender's Bagels in celebration with the World's Biggest Bagel and a breakfast featuring bagels and all the toppings. In addition, you can enjoy a parade, contests, music, carnival, races, sporting events, queen pageant and more
Learn Details: Call 800-500-6286 or 217-258-6435.

July 23-24, 2004
Mize Watermelon Festival
City Park,
Mize, Mississippi.
Entertainment, seed spitting contest, greased watermelon race, arts and crafts, watermelon eating contest, entertainment.
More: Call 601-733-5647 or 601-733-2218.

July 23-25, 2004
Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival
Heritage Port,
Wheeling, West Virginia.
Bingo, bocce, crafts, games, food.
Further Information: Call 304-233-11090.

July 23-25, 2004
Pierogi Fest
Whiting, Illinois
Musical with plenty of song parodies, queen pageant, parade, Precision Lawn-mower Drill Team, polka bands, dance presentations. There will also be a beer garden, juried arts and crafts, Kids' Kourt, pierogi eating contest, and plenty of foods such as pierogi, blintzes and kolachkies. This is the event's 10th anniversary.
Find Out More: Call 877-659-0292.

July 23-25, 2004
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Christmas Hill Park,
Gilroy, California.
Music and other entertainment, arts and crafts, children's area with entertainment and creative activities, pageant, festival merchandise, food and beverages, and Gourmet Alley--where cooks prepare everything treats such as garlic-stuffed mushrooms. You can also enjoy garlic sausage, fried garlic balogna sandwiches, garlic fries, corn on the cob with garlic butter, garlic ice cream and many other foods. This is a great festival, but take your sunscreen and hats, and be prepared to buy cool drinks. Gilroy's perfect climate for growing garlic is a very warm climate.
Further Information: Call 408-842-1625.

July 23-25, 2004
Bele Chere
Asheville, North Carolina.
Music, activities for kids, arts and crafts, and special foods from local restaurants (including hickory-smoked BBQ, alligator, fried pies, veggie spring rolls, chicken pesto panini, and sweet potatoes. There will be an alcohol-free zone and a designated children's area.
Additional Details: Call 828-259-5800.

July 23-25, 2004
Covington Days
various venues,
Covington, Washington.
In its 19th year, the festival includes fireworks, a parade, entertainment, juried art, events for kids, quilt show, food booths, and commercial vendors.
Learn Details: Call 253-639-6666.

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July 24-25, 2004
Iron River Blueberry Festival
Moon Lake Park,
Iron River, Wisconsin.
Music, games and rides, chicken BBQ, crafts, tractor pull for kids, beer tent, blueberry pies.
Additional Information: Call 715-372-8558.

July 24-25, 2004
Salsa Festival
Plaza Park,
Oxnard, California.
Latin and Salsa music, commercial vendors, Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge, salsa tasting and salsa for sale, Kids Korner, arts and crafts, other entertainment.
Further Details: Call 805-247-0197.

July 28-31, 2004
Violet Festival
Victory Park,
Pickerington, Ohio.
Entertainment, beer garden, arts and crafts, car show, 5K run, pageant, bike show, food and more.
Additional Information: Call 614-834-2717.

July 29-31, 2004
Great Texas Mosquito Festival
Municipal Park,
Clute, Texas.
Skeet Shoot Paintball Tournament, horseshoe pitching, BBQ and Fajita Cook Off, Mr. & Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, Mosquito Run, Mosquito Calling Contest, arts and crafts, karaoke, carnival, food.
Further Information: Call 979-265-8767 or 800-371-2971.

July 29-August 1, 2004
Turkey Days
unknown venue(s),
Frazee, Minnesota.
In its 50th year, the festival features a classic car show, festival merchandise, 3-on-3 basketball, Mystery Gobbler prize, golf, flea market, breakfast, street dance, road rally, pedal tractor pull, greased pole climb, pageant, soap box derby, remote control car race, flower show, pie and ice cream social, demolition derby, turkey calling contest and more.
Learn Details: Call 800-407-2488.

July 29-August 1, 2004
Munger Potato Festival
Munger Community Park,
Munger, Michigan.
Kids' pedal tractor pull, potato sack races, chicken dinner, demolition derby, Mr. Potato Head decorating contest, bike giveaway, parade, free potatoes, music and other entertainment, potato toss, plenty of food. Some events may be ticketed separately.
Information: Call 989-659-2571 or 989-659-3471.

July 30-31, 2004
Louisiana Watermelon Festival
unknown venue(s),
Farmerville, Louisiana.
Games and sporting events, arts and crafts, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, best dressed watermelon contest, arm wrestling, tricycle races, watermelon rolling contest, entertainment, parade.
To Find Out More: Call 318-368-0044.

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July 30-August 1, 2004
Schulenburg Festival
Wolters Park,
Schulenburg, Texas.
Kiddie parade, tricycle races, arts and crafts, 5K run, BBQ cooking contest, horseshoe pitching, cow chip tossing, volleyball tournament, biergarten, food booths, and 31 hours of musical entertainment.
Get Details: Call 816-331-2420.

July 30-August 1, 2004
Shelburne Art & Craft Festival
Shelburne Museum,
Shelburne, Vermont.
Hundreds of juried artisans present their creations, with food vendors and entertainment adding to the fun. While you're there, take time to view the museum's "Pedal to the Metal", a special exhibit of 70 historic pedal cars from the 20th century.
Further Information: Call 802-985-3346.

July 30-August 1, 2004
Derby Days
unknown venue(s),
Dousman, Wisconsin.
Music, chicken BBQ, parade, frog jump, carnival, baseball, Derby Dash, beer tent, food.
Learn Details: Call 262-965-2815.

July 30-August 8, 2004
Coast Guard Festival
Waterfront area,
Grand Haven, Michigan.
The city salutes 214 years of service from the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. Events include a parade, carnival, community picnic, arts and crafts, water ski show, sporting events, scholarship pageant, fireworks, entertainment, tours of a Coast Guard cutter, 10K and 5K runs, car show, events for kids, pancake breakfast, pet expo, quilt show, memorial service and much more.
Additional Information: Call 888-207-22434.

July 31, 2004
North Carolina Watermelon Festival
various venues,
Fair Bluff, North Carolina.
Quantity and Quality watermelon contests, parade, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, arts and crafts, entertainment, pageant.
Details: Call 910-649-6845.

July 31, 2004
Watermelon Festival
Marina Park,
Irrigon, Oregon.
Crafts, breakfast, street dance, music, games for kids, parade, food vendors.
To Find Out More: Call 541-922-3386.

July 31, 2004
Blueberry Festival
Fruitland Township Park,
Whitehall, Michigan.
Blueberry pancakes, arts and crafts, activities for kids and more.
Further Details: Call 231-766-3208.

July 31-August 1, 2004
Pirates On The Waterfront
Waterfront Harbor Lawn.
Lousiville, Kentucky.
Pirate ships on parade, cannonball run, pirate-themed games, activities for kids and more.
Learn Details: Call 502-228-6080.

July 31-August 1, 2004
Fremont Festival of the Arts
Paseo Padre Parkway,
Fremont, California
700 arts and crafts booths, nearly 40 food booths, children's area, wine and beer, entertainment, Firefighters Combat Challenge, commercial vendors.
Find Out More: Call 510-795-2244.

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July Somethings!
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July 1-4 Eyes to the Skies, Lisle Community Park, Lisle, Illinois, 630-575-9798
July 2-4 125th Anniversary Celebration, Tower City, North Dakota, 701-749-2343
July 2-4 July Jubilee, Richards Park, Brady, Texas, 325-597-3491
July 3 Grand Bay Watermelon Festival, Festival Park, Grand Bay, Alabama, 251-865-4975
July 3 July Fourth Celebration, Lamesa, Texas, 806-872-2181
July 3-4 Fourth of July Jubilee, Schertz, Texas, 830-914-3786
July 3-4 Fourth of July Celebration, Snyder, Texas, 915-573-9721
July 3-4 Fourth on Broadway, Lubbuck, Texas, 806-749-2929
July 7-11 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, State College, Pennsylvania, 814-237-3682
July 8-10 Frontier Days, Ladonia, Texas, 903-367-7011
July 9-10 Watermelon Festival, Campo, Colorado, 719-787-2110
July 9-11 Italian-American Festival, County Fairgrounds, Canton, Ohio, 330-494-0886
July 9-11 Catfish Festival, Des Allemands, Louisiana, 985-758-7542
July 9-11 Greek Heritage Festval, 186 Bradley, Saco, Maine, 207-284-5651
July 10 Greek Picnic, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 215-665-2454
July 10 Watermelon Festival, Saline, Louisiana, 318-263-2123
July 10-11 Olde Sanborn Days, Fire Hall, Sanborn, New York, 716-775-6711
July 10-11 Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Arts Festival, Haddonfield, New Jersey, 856-216-7253
July 10-11 Sugar Creek Arts Festival, Downtown, Normal, Illinois, 309-454-9557
July 10-12 Wheaton Fine Art Fair, Downtown, Wheaton, Illinois, 630-682-0633
July 12-25 Folkmoot USA, various venues, Waynesville, North Carolina, 828-452-2997
July 14-15 Puerto Rican Festival, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 717-397-8597
July 14-17 Crawford County Fair, Hood Park, Cuba, Missouri, 877-212-8492
July 15-18 Sorrento Cheese Italian Heritage Festival, Buffalo, New York, 716-874-6133
July 16-17 Kanefest, Kane, Pennsylvania, 814-837-6565
July 16-18 Grease Pole Festival, 261 Swan Stree, Buffalo, New York, 716-693-7342
July 16-18 Lavender Festival, Sequim, Washington, 800-500-8401
July 16-18 Paw Paw Days, downtown, Paw Paw, Michigan
July 17 Irasburg Church Fair, Irasburg Common, Irasburg, Vermont, 802-754-6583
July 17 Oldham County Day, Main Street, La Grange, Kentucky, 502-222-1731
July 17-18 Silver Leaf Renaissance Fair, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 269-343-9090
July 18 WWISSCA Food Festival, Greenville, Mississippi, 662-378-8663
July 21-24 Feast of Lanterns, Pacific Grove, California, 831-649-8737
July 23-24 Wells Fargo Street Festival, Davenport, Iowa, 563-322-1706
July 23-25 Brownstone Festival, Washburn, Wisconsin, 715-373-5017
July 23-25 Blueberry Art Festival, Whiteside Park, Ely, Minnesota, 218-365-6123 or 800-777-7281
July 23-25 Central Nebraska Ethnic Festival, Grand Island, Nebraska, 800-658-3178 or 308-382-4400
July 23-25 Town and Country Jamboree, City Park, Moulton, Texas, 361-596-7205
July 23-25 Blueberry Festival, Lake George, Minnesota, 218-266-3347
July 24-25 Geneva Arts Fair, Geneva, Illinois, 630-232-6060
July 29-August 7 Fayette County Fair, Dunbar, Pennsylvania, 724-628-3360
July 30-August 8 Ozark Empire Fair, Springfield, Missouri, 417-833-2660
July 30-August 1 Lebanese Festival, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, New York, 716-634-0669
July 30-August 1 Riverfest, Vassar, Michigan, 989-823-2601
July 31 Hanover Dutch Festival, Center Square, Hanover, Pennsylvania, 717-637-6130
July 31-August 1 Minorville Jubilee, Natchez, Mississippi, 601-446-5979
July 31-August 1 Old Olcott Days, Lakeview Village Shoppes, Olcott, New York, 716-735-7489

Other July 2004 Events You Might Enjoy
July 1-4 Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, Jones Park, Gulfport, Mississippi, 228-863-2713
July 1-4 Centennial Celebration, Cloquet, Minnesota, 218-879-3806
July 2-4 International Food Festival, Lower harbor area, Marquette, Michigan, 906-226-6591
July 3 Strawberry Festival, Lincolnville Center, Camden, Maine, 207-763-3381
July 3 Wyandotte Sesquicentennial, Wyandotte, Michigan, 734-324-7297
July 3 Summer Craft Fair, Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, Vermont, 802-328-2683
July 4 Peace Garden Dedication, Mendon, Vermont, 802-773-6233
July 4-10 Powell Township Centennial, Big Bay, Michigan, 906-345-9663
July 9-11 On The Green I Arts & Crafts Festival, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
July 9-11 Plymouth Art in the Park (tentative), Plymouth, MIchigan
July 9-11 Great Texas Balloon Race, County Airport, Longview, Texas, 903-757-2468
July 10 Annual Library Book Sale, Elementary School Gym, Rockport, Maine, 207-236-3642
July 10 Chelsea Flea Market, Chelsea, Vermont, 802-685-3392
July 10-11 Charlevoix Craft Show, various venues, Charlevoix, Michigan
July 15 House & Garden Tour Day, Camden, Maine, 207-236=4404
July 17-18 North Shore Art, Old Orchard Mall, Skokie, Illinois, 847-673-0240 or 954-472-3755
July 17-18 Guild Cathedral Park Show, Cathedral Park, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 505-473-5590
July 21-24 Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 800-888-9487
July 21-24 Summer Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 734-662-3382
July 23-25 North Kitsap Arts & Crafts, Port Gamble, Washington, 360-842-6100
July 23-25 Fortuna Redwood Autorama, Fortuna, California, 707-725-3916
July 23-August 1 Cheyenne Frontier Days, Frontier Park, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 800-227-6336
July 24 Mutt Strutt, Jackson Arena, Stowe, Vermont, 877-467-8693
July 24-August 8 Art on the Mountain, Wilmington, Vermont, 802-464-2110
July 25 Annual Turkey Dinner, St. John of the Cross Church, E. Albany, Vermont, 802-755-6110
July 25 Summer Craft Show, Memorial Hall, York, Pennsylvania, 717-764-1555 or 888-772-4392
July 25 Art in the Park, City Park, Appleton, Wisconsin, 920-733-4149
July 25 Moss Landing Antique Street Fair, Moss Landing, California, 831-633-45011
July 30-31 State Craft Fair, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 215-579-5997
July 31 Henry County Harvest Showcase, Fairgrounds, New Castle, Kentucky, 502-845-0806
July 31-August 1 Dallas Black Expo, Dallas Market Hall, Dallas, Texas, 214, 731-9711

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