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July 1-4, 2005
Green River Catfish Festival
City Park,
Morgantown, Kentucky
Games for kids, fishing tournament, arts and crafts, carnival, entertainment, square dancing, quilt show.
Questions: Call 270-526-6827

July 1-4, 2005
First Town Days Festival
Tuscora Park,
New Philadelphia, Ohio
Car show, 5K run, softball tournament, parade, car show, carnival midway, talent show, food.
Further Information: Call 330-343-6814

July 1-4, 2005
National Tom Sawyer Days
Historic downtown,
Hannibal, Missouri
Frog jumping contest, Hucklebeary Fun Run, back seat driver contest, raft races, Hannibal Cannibal 10K/5K run and 5K walk, National Fence Painting Contest, Mississippi Mud Volleyball, beer tent, food booths kids' casting contest, horseshoe tournament, bingo, tricycle races, entertainment, arts and crafts. The festival is celebrating its 50th year.
Details: Call 573-221-2477

July 1-4, 2005
Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival
Twin Lakes Park,
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
More than 100,000 are expected to attend this event, which runs from 11am-8pm. More than 200 artisans show their work, plus you can enjoy entertainment on 4 stages. There are activities for the kids in the crowd. And how about trying some deep-fried strudel, sausage sandwiches or vegetarian wraps?
Questions: Call 724-834-7474

July 1-4, 2005
Basque Festival
Downtown (and other venues),
Elko, Nevada
Weightlifting, Running From The Bulls, street dance, 5K run, handball, parade, chorizo eating contest, sheepherder's bread baking contest, golf tournament, picnic. Some events may be ticketed separately.
Learn More: Call 775-738-3418.

July 2-4, 2005
Fair St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Air shows, fireworks, storytelling, entertainment, message for U.S. troops overseas, entertainment, food.
Get Further Information: Call 314-982-1410.

July 2-4, 2005
Arts, Crafts & Food Festival
Ewing Park,
Ellwood, Pennsylvania
Chainsaw art (which is auctioned off later), 10K run (on July 2), more than 200 arts and crafts booths, fireworks, entertainment, 30 food booths.
Questions: Call 724-758-3115 or 724-758-5630

July 2-4, 2005
Fair of Life Festival of
Arts and Crafts Extraordinaire

Wheeler Park,
Flagstaff, Arizona
This event is a fundraiser for Northland Hospice. Enjoy classic cars on display, art and science activities for kids, prize drawings, 10K race, 2-mile run walk/run, entertainment, more than 100 artisans showing their work and plenty of festival foods such as Mexican dishes and burgers. There is no admission charge.
Further Details: Call 928-779-1227.

July 2-6, 2005
Summer Motion
Riverfront & Central Park,
Ashland, Kentucky
Arts and crafts, classic car show, 10K race (July 2), parade (July 4), health screenings, entertainment, pageant, soap box derby, activities for kids, carnival, fireworks (July 4).
Questions: Call 606-329-1007

July 2-9, 2005
National Cherry Festival
various venues,
Traverse City, Michigan
Carnival, cherry pit spitting contest, hole-in-one competition, parade, lumberjack show, arts and crafts, air show, bingo, Bigwheel race, pageants, dock dog jumping, ice cream social, entertainment, swing dance lessons, seniors' euchre tournament, volleyball, orchard tours, wine tasting, cherry pancake breakfast, sand sculpture contest, picnic.
Additional Information: Call 231-947-4230

July 2-10, 2005
Kutztown Festival
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
More than 2500 quilts on sale plus a quilt auction, activities for kids, Pennsylvania Dutch foods, folklore and crafts displays, cake walk, reenactment of a 19th century hanging, country auction, entertainment on 5 stages, more.
Questions: Call 888-674-6136.

July 4-9, 2005
Blackberry Festival
Courthouse Square,
Carlisle, Kentucky
Street dance, carnival, parade, food, fireworks.
Further Details: Call 859-289-2384

July 4-9, 2005
Watermelon Festival
unknown venue(s),
Saline, Louisiana
Rodeo, arts and crafts, food booths, street dance, pageant, treasure hunt, activities for kids.
Find Out More: Call 318-576-9089

July 4-10, 2005
Spring Ho Festival
W.M. Brook Park,
Lampasas, Texas
Dancing, washer pitching tournament, pageant, hayloft party, BBQ cook-off, fireworks, races, activities for kids, carnival, Gospel night, arts and crafts, food.
Questions: Call 512-556-5301

July 6-9, 2005
Ohio Hills Folk Festival
unknown venue(s),
Quaker City, Ohio
Mile-long parade, pet show, fireworks, flea market, car show, arts and crafts, food, 5K run, entertainment, carnival rides.
Learn More: Call 740-679-2704.

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July 6-9, 2005
Slugburger Festival
Historic downtown,
Corinth, Mississippi
In its 18th year, the festival includes the fun of arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, entertainment and plenty of food. Go ahead and have a slugburger. I'm told deep-fried and crunchy is the best style. Don't worry. You won't get any real slugs in your burger!
Information: Call 662-287-1550 or 877-347-0545.

July 7-9, 2005
Diller Picnic
Diller, Nebraska
The community of Diller is celebrating its Quasquicentennial (125th year), and the picnic adds to the fun with a street dance, Mud Drags, bingo, pasture golf, entertainment, tractor pull, bingo, parade, food and more.
Additional Details: Call 402-793-5991

July 7-9, 2005
Pioneer Days
Marlinton, West Virginia
It's the 39th year for this one and they're having a great time with arts and crafts, horse and buggy rides, old-time music, a parade, games and food.
Learn More: Call 800-336-7009

July 7-10, 2005
Caribou Festival
various venues,
Caribou, Maine
Fly-In, bean supper, ice cream sundaes, strawberry baking contest, golf tournament, carnival, prizes, display of antique tractors and farm equipment, arts and crafts, internation foods, planetarium show, antique tractor parade, hay rides, entertainment, more.
Further Details: Call 207-227-6611 or 800-722-7648

July 7-10, 2005
Moxie Festival
Main Street area,
Lisbon Falls, Maine
Fireman's Muster, trivia contest, entertainment, chicken BBQ, penny scramble, games for the kids, recipe contest, fireworks, bed races, canoe race, car show, 5K race, pancake breakfast and food vendors with treats such as sausage subs, french fries and ice cream.
Information: Call 207-783-2249

July 8-10, 2005
Catfish Days
Central Park,
Trempealeau, Wisconsin
Arts and crafts, fishing tournament, BBQ flea market, fireworks, parade, breakfasts, Catfish 50 Bike Tour and more. It's the 33rd year for this event.
Further Details: Call 419-592-1786

July 8-10, 2005
Washington Parish
Watermelon Festival

Cassidy Park,
Bogalusa, Louisiana
I believe they've moved the festival from Franklinton to Bogalusa this year. I'm unsure of dates. It's possible that it's being held the first weekend in July. Please call the folks at this (or any other) festival before you travel.
Additional Information: Call 985-839-7855 or 985-839-3094

July 8-10, 2005
Byron Fest
Byron, Illinois
Fun run, parade, softball, carnival midway, arts and crafts, gospel music, car show, activities for kids, beer garden, entertainment, food.
Questions: Call 815-234-5500

July 8-10, 2005
Niagara Pirate Festival
Krull Park,
Olcott, New York
Pirate-themed entertainment, games and rides, music, parade, food.
More: Call 716-778-8942

July 8-10, 2005
Turkey Days
various venues,
Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
Library book sale, flea market, food, turkey races, classic cars, entertainment and more.
Questions: Call 218-863-1221

July 8-10, 2005
River Raisin Festival
Ellis and Bachmayer Parks,
Blissfield, Michigan
Classic cars, entertainment on 3 stages, fireworks (Friday), tractor pulls, the Un-Boat Race (Sunday), activities for kids, parade, carnival, food vendors, arts and crafts and more.
Further Details: Call 517-486-3642

July 8-10, 2005
Strawberry Festival
various venues,
Vashon Island, Washington
Now in its 88th year, this festival breaks out the fun with a BBQ, Fun Run, pancake breakfast, street dances, festival merchandise, classic cars, a beer garden, music and plenty of food.
Additional Information: Call 206-463-6217.

July 8-17, 2005
Maine Potato Blossom Festival
various venues,
Fort Fairfield, Maine
Parade, antique farm equipment displays, road race, clowns, .
Learn More: Call 903-237-4040.

July 9, 2005
Parker County Peach Festival
Courthouse Square
Weatherford, Texas
Entertainment, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, activities for kids, food court, fresh peaches for sale, and plenty of treats such as peach ice cream and cobbler. Kids 12 and under get in free with an adult. The festival runs from 8am-5pm.
Get Details: Call 888-594-3801

July 9-10, 2005
Taste of Buffalo
Delaware Avenue area,
Buffalo, New York
More than 55 restaurants dish up some tasting-size portions of foods. There will be an area of activities for kids, plus you can enjoy 4 stages of entertainment.
Learn More: Call 716-685-9888

July 9-10, 2005
Choochokam Langley Festival
of the Arts

Whidbey Island Center,
Langley, Washington
Enjoy some 200 booths of arts and crafts, music, dance (and other entertainment) and plenty of food.
Additional Information: Call 360-221-6765

July 9-10, 2005
Los Altos Art & Wine Festival
Main & State Street,
Los Altos, California
More than 100,000 are expected to attend this event where almost 450 artisans show and sell their wares. You can park at the high school and take a shuttle to the festival area. Enjoy 3 stages of entertainment, food booths, beer and wine and a special area for the kids' enjoyment.
Questions: Call 650-917-9799.

July 9-10, 2005
Heritage Days
Old Constitution House,
Windsor, Vermont
Old-fashioned board games, Victorian tea party, pony rides for the kids, historic encampments, re-enactors, tours of historic homes, library book sale, Cavalcade of Horses, horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts and more. All are encouraged (but not required) to come in historic costume. The festival runs from 10am-4pm both days and is celebrating its 7th year.
Learn More: Call 802-674-5910.

July 10, 2005
Catsup Bottle Summerfest
Downtown on Main Street,
Collinsville, Illinois
Big Bottle Bike Ride, crafts, classic cars, water balloon toss, drawings for prizes, entertainment, Hula Hoop competition, Brooks Tangy Catsup Taste Test, old-fashioned party games, festival foods, and birthday cake to celebrate the World's Largest Catsup Bottle turning 56.
Questions: Call 618-345-5598

July 10-17, 2005
Sinclair Lewis Days
unknown venue(s),
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Pageant, battle of the bands, flea market, softball, Heart of the Lakes Bike Tour, treasure hunt, crafts, parade, fireworks.
Additional Information: Call 320-352-5201.

July 13-16, 2005
Wyandotte Street Art Fair
Biddle Avenue area,
Wyandotte, Michigan
It's the event's 44th year and more than 350 artists and craftspeople will have booths for you to browse. Enjoy entertainment, local merchant specials, activities for kids and plenty of food.
Details: Call 734-324-4505.

July 14-17, 2005
Venetian Festival
St. Joseph, Michigan
Classic cars, big band dance, wine tasting, boating events, volleyball, fireworks (Saturday night), River Run & Fitness Walk, carnival, music from REO Speedwagon, sand sculpting contest, activities for kids, food booths.
Additional Information: Call 269-983-7917

July 14-17, 2005
Auburn Cornfest
Downtown on Main Street,
Auburn, Michigan
Softball and volleyball tournaments, entertainment, dancing, tractor pull, arts and crafts, flea market, food (including fresh sweet corn).
Further Details: Call 989-662-4001.

July 14-17, 2005
People's Choice Festival of
Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts

Military Museum (on Rt. 322),
Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
Arts and crafts, entertainment, activities for kids, and festival foods such as egg rolls, veggie wraps, BBQ and fries.
Find Out More: Call 434-636-4387

July 15-16, 2005
California Peach Festival
Historic downtown,
Marysville, California
5K run/walk, peaches and pancake breakfast, 4 stages of entertainment, fresh peaches for sale, activities for kids, arts and crafts and plenty of peach desserts and other foods.
Additional Information: Call 530-671-9600

July 15-16, 2005
Raspberry Festival
various venues,
Lynden, Washington
Pancake breakfast, Raspberry Run/walk, a Raspberry Jam, sidewalk sale, croquet tournament, farm tours, wine tasting.
Learn More: Call 360-354-5995

July 15-17, 2005
Yarmouth Clam Festival
unknown venue(s),
Yarmouth, Maine
Blueberry pancake breakfast, carnival, fireworks, postal cancellations, bike race, clam shucking competition, more than 125 arts and crafts booths, firefighters muster, parade, entertainment, karaoke. It's the festival's 40th year and there's a lot to see and do. Replenish your energy with festival treats such as seafood, burgers, fajitas and blueberry crisp.
Additional Details: Call 920-336-6123

July 15-17, 2005
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Local class reunions, magic shows, youth talent night, entertainment, festival foods.
Questions: Call 814-443-2433

July 15-17, 2005
Watermelon Festival
various venue(s),
Pageland, South Carolina
Arts and crafts, cooking contest, entertainment, hot air balloon rides, carnival rides, commercial vendors, Melon Mile Relay, pageant, rodeo and more.
Further Information: Call 843-672-6400

July 16, 2005
Main Street area,
Hamburg, New York
Arts and crafts, games for kids, Taste of Hamburg food court, Hula Hoop contest, entertainment, burger eating contest, beer tent, car show.
Get Details: Call 716-649-7917

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July 16, 2005
Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival
County Fairgrounds,
Walla Walla, Washington
In its 21st year, the event features onion grower contests, an onion recipe contest, onion art contest, games for kids, blues music, cooking demos, entertainment, information on the history of onions and more.
Learn More: Call 509-525-1031

July 16, 2005
Mollyockett Day
Bethel, Maine
Duck race, fiddler contest, frog jumping, entertainment, fireworks, parade, 5 mile road race, arts and crafts, bed race, plenty of festival foods.
Further Details: Call 207-824-3575

July 16, 2005
North Carolina Peach Festival
Fitzgerald Park,
Candor, North Carolina
Parade, games, rides, fresh peaches for sale, peaches and ice cream, entertainment (bring your lawn chairs!).
Questions: Call 910-974-4221

July 16-17, 2005
Alfred Festival Days
various venues,
Alfred, Maine
Run for Fun, Chicken BBQ, band concert, climbing wall, parade, arts and crafts and more.
Further Information: Call 207-324-5872

July 16-17, 2005
Santa Barbara French Festival
Oak Park,
Santa Barbara, California
Poodle Parade on Saturday, entertainment on 3 stages, a tribute to Maurice Chevalier, arts and crafts, storytelling, wines, French films, puppet shows and French specialties such as onion soup, beignets and cheeses. The festival is a non-smoking event. Hours are from 11am-7pm. It's the 18th year for this one.
More: Call 800-564-7274

July 16-17, 2005
Ethnic Arts Festival
Dawes Park,
Evanston, Illinois
In its 20th year the festival celebrates with more than 100 countries' representations in dance, food, art, poetry and music. It runs from noon until 7pm and there is no admission charge.
Get Details: Call 847-448-8260

July 16-17, 2005
San Clemente Ocean Festival
San Clemente Pier,
San Clemente, California
5K Beach Run, California Waterman competition, 13th annual rubber duck race, pancake breakfast, Woodie car show, fishing derby, face painting, children's pavilion, relay races, surfing competitions, water craft demonstrations, lifesaving demonstrations, swimming events, games, ocean art show, hula music and dancers.
Learn More: Call 949-440-6141

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July 19-23, 2005
National Baby Food Festival
Fremont, Michigan
More than 125,000 people are expected to attend this event, which features a Baby Crawl, carnival midway, Baby Food Eating Contest (for kids), Baby Food Eating Contest (for grown-ups), arts and crafts area for kids, games for kids, corporate olympics, entertainment and more.
Additional Details: Call 800-592-2229

July 19-23, 2005
Plainfield Farmer's Fair
Fairgrounds on Route 191,
Plainfield, Pennsylvania
Celebrating its 57th year, the festival offers a watermelon eating contest, livestock and 4-H events, kiddy pedal tractor pull, demolition derby, entertainment, face/hand painting, food vendors, antique equipment display, pie eating contest, baking contest, BBQ. Please don't bring pets, coolers or backpacks. There is an admission charge for those over age 12. Remember that some events may be ticketed separately.
Questions: Call 610-863-6816

July 20-23, 2005
Durbin Days
various venues,
Durbin, West Virginia
Fire truck parade, tug of war, entertainment, arts and crafts, classic car show, fireworks, exhibits, horseshoe tournament, carnival.
Learn More: Call 304-456-4281

July 21-23, 2005
Peterson Park,
Mattoon, Illinois
Celebrate the World's Biggest Bagel and come to the breakfast featuring bagels and all the toppings. Enjoy entertainment, a dog show, race, talent show, pageant, bingo, carnival, contests and more. Expect to mingle with a crowd of some 20,000.
Further Information: Call 217-258-6286 or 800-500-6286

July 21-24, 2005
Festa Italiana
Maier Festival Park,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
In its 28th year the festival features nightly fireworks, opera, bocce tournaments, Zoppe Family Circus, sacred art exhibit, Italian dog show and a wealth of food, including manicotti, chicken panini, pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, Italian wines, espresso and cannoli.
Questions: Call 414-223-2808

July 22-23, 2005
Mize Watermelon Festival
City Park,
Mize, Mississippi
Watermelon seed spitting contest, entertainment, greased watermelon race, arts and crafts, watermelon eating contest.
Details: Call 601-733-2227

July 22-23, 2005
Ployes Festival
unknown venue(s),
Fort Kent, Maine
This is the event's 5th year and the fun is centered on a French Acadian pancake called a ploye. Enjoy a ploye cooking contest, eating contest, street bazaar, a very large ploye cooked by Bouchard Family Farms, possibly a parade, entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 207-834-5354 or 800-733-3563

July 22-24, 2005
Bite of Seattle
Seattle Center,
Seattle, Washington
More than 60 area restaurants and more than 30 food product companies participate in this event. The kids can enjoy an area especially for them. The Comedy Club brings laughter and the 7 stages bring a variety of musical entertainment. Some of the foods you'll be able to taste include corn on the cob, Thai noodles, Tibetan spinach dumplings, gyros, BBQ meats, crepes, cheesecake and berry shortcake.
Find Out More: Call 425-283-5050

July 22-24, 2005
Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival
Heritage Port,
Wheeling, West Virginia
In its 23rd year the festival offers fun with a pasta exhibit, wine competition, carnival games, FunZone for kids, bingo, bocce, crafts, entertainment and more. More than a quarter of a million people typically attend this great event. The festival folks had a strange run-in with bad times recently, but the festival is scheduled to go on as planned. Proceeds help provide scholarships, so go and be supportive and have a great time doing so!
Details: Call 304-233-1090

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July 22-30, 2005
Paducah Summer Festival
various venues,
Paducah, Kentucky
Arts and crafts, photo competition, entertainment, local merchant specials, fireworks. Events were still being added at this writing.
Questions: Call 800-723-8224

July 23-24, 2005
Blueberry Festival
Burnside Plantation,
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Blueberry pie baking contest, blueberry desserts, craft demonstrations and crafts for sale, historic presentations, stories, folk music, baby farm animals and food. The event runs from 11am-7pm.
Learn More: Call 610-888-5044 or 610-882-0450

July 23-24, 2005
Iron River Blueberry Festival
Moon Lake Park & downtown area,
Iron River, Wisconsin
Flea market, horseshoe tournament, blueberry pie eating contest, parade, polka mass, drawing for prizes, pedal tractor pull for the kids, arts and crafts, chicken BBQ, games and rides, music and more.
Questions: Call 800-345-0716

July 23-30, 2005
Medina Apple Festival
unknown venue(s),
Medina, Texas
Solar workshop, art show, games for kids, crafts, agricultural displays, petting zoo, gospel music, gunfighter demonstrations, wool spinning, car show, talent contest, storytelling, pageant, dance, husband calling contest and entertainment on 4 stages. There will be plenty of cold apple cider and fresh apple pies.more
Details: Call 830-589-7224

July 27-30, 2005
Violet Festival
Victory Park,
Pickerington, Ohio
Car show and bike cruise-in, carnival, entertainment, beer garden, community vendors, parade, fireworks, 5K run, arts and crafts, pageant, food.
Learn More: Call 614-834-2717

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July 28-30, 2005
Great Texas Mosquito Festival
Municipal Park,
Clute, Texas
Paintball tournament, BBQ & fajita cook-off, Mr. & Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, Mosquito run, arts and crafts, goat roping competition, entertainment, carnival, food, Mosquito Callng Contest, haystack dive. The festival is celebrating its 25th year.
Details: Call 979-265-8392 or 800-371-2171

July 28-31, 2005
Turkey Days
unknown venue(s),
Frazee, Minnesota
Pancake breakfast, Turkey Crawl, pet & doll parade, kids' fishing contest, biscuits and gravy breakfast, pedal tractor pull, golf scramble, Turkey Trot 5Krun/walk, street dance, turkey calling contest, pageant, soap box derby, flea market, teen dance, cupcake walk, parade, demolition derby, golf cart driving blind course and more.
Details: Call 800-407-2488

July 28-31, 2005
Munger Potato Festival
Community Park,
Munger, Michigan
Potato sack races, carnival, kids' pedal tractor pull, chicken dinner, Mr. Potato Head Decorating Contest, free potatoes, demolition derby, entertainment, food. Some events may be ticketed separately.
Find Out More: Call 989-659-3471 or 989-659-2571

July 29-30, 2005
Louisiana Watermelon Festival
unknown venue(s),
Farmerville, Louisiana
The festival celebrates its 42nd year with arts and crafts, a street dance, tricycle races, parade, food vendors, arm wrestling competitions, a treasure hunt, pageant and more.
Additional Details: Call 318-368-0044

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July 29-31, 2005
Covington Days
various venues,
Covington, Washington
Celebrating its 20th year, the festival offers fun such as arts and crafts, classic cars, watermelon seed spitting contest, food booths, carnival, parade, fireworks, entertainment and more.
Questions: Call 253-639-6666

July 29-31, 2005
Blueberry Festival
various venues,
Lake George, Minnesota
Blueberry pancake breakfast, gospel music, flea market, bed races, quilt show and raffle, bingo, mini pedal tractor pull, pie sale, children's carnival, beer wagon, blueberry educational displays, bean feed at the fire hall, horseshoe tournament and more.
Find Out More: Call 218-266-3977 or 218-266-2915

July 29-31, 2005
Pierogi Fest
119th Street area downtown,
Whiting, Illinois
Pierogi eating contest, Kids Kourt, Precision Lawn-mower Drill Team, polka bands, polka parade, beer garden, arts and crafts, song parodies, queen pageant, a pierogi toss and treats such as stuffed peppers and, of course, tasty pierogi!
Additional Details: Call 877-659-0292

July 29-31, 2005
Derby Days
Cory Park,
Dousman, Wisconsin
State Championship Frog Jump, softball tournament, carnival, beer tent, fireworks, entertainment, parade, car show, chicken BBQ, firefighter olympics and more. It's a big year for this event. They're celebrating their 50th anniversary!
Further Information: Call 262-965-400 or 262-965-2679

July 29-31, 2005
Blueberry Art Festival
Whiteside Park,
Ely, Minnesota
More than 220 artisans will show and sell their work during this festival's 25th year. Enjoy ethnic foods, music, petting zoo, pony rides, and pancake breakfasts.
Details: Call 218-365-6123

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July 29-31, 2005
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Christmas Hill Park,
Gilroy, California
Arts and crafts, pageant, activities for kids, entertainment (with the likes of Drunken Starfighter, Rhythm Doctors and Lunch Box). And you can have a great time in Gourmet Alley, where you can enjoy Lemon Garlic Chicken, fried garlic, garlic sausage, garlic-stuffed mushrooms and even garlic ice cream. Part of what makes such great-tasting garlic is that it's grown in this very warm climate. Bring sunscreen and hats to enjoy the 27th year of this great event. There is an admission charge.
Questions: Call 408-842-1625

July 29-31, 2005
various venues,
Lake Stevens, Washington
Water ski tournament, boat races, childrens' parade, grand parade, Aquarun, photo contest, firefighter breakfast (Sat. and Sun. 6am-noon), talent competition, disc golf tournament, fireworks, wakeboard competition, rain gutter regatta, entertainment, diaper dash and some great festival treats such as chow mein, root beer floats and peanut butter pie.
Get More Information: Call 425-397-2344

July 29-31, 2005
Bele Chere
Asheville, North Carolina
There's an alcohol-free zone included in this great festival, with special activities for kids too. Entertainers scheduled at this writing include the Marshall Tucker Band and Sam Bush. There are 6 stages of entertainment so you'll find something you like! Check out the "Urban Boot Camp Challenge" in which several people are chosen to handle some special tasks during the festival. Enjoy arts and crafts and great food such as pinto beans and cornbread, fried green tomatoes, lamb gyros, bratwurst, jerk chicken, bread pudding and chocolate apples. Watch for the giant Jack-in-the-box throughout the festival. It indicates a few surprises!
Additional Details: Call 828-259-5800

July 29-August 7, 2005
Coast Guard Festival
Waterfront area,
Grand Haven, Michigan
Venetian boat parade, street dance, kids' parade, ship tours, grand parade, arts and crafts, sporting events, pet expo, quilt show, battle of the bands, fireworks, entertainment, car show, pancake breakfast, carnival, tributes to the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Further Information: Call 616-846-5940 or 888-207-2434

July 30, 2005
Lambtown USA Festival
May Fairgrounds,
Dixon, California
The fun runs from 9am-10pm, and includes arts and crafts, entertainment, sheepdog demonstrations, fiber booths, spinning competitions, classes in wool dyeing and sheep shearing, food vendors and more.
Learn More: Call 707-678-7386

July 30, 2005
Blueberry Festival
Fruitland Township Park,
Whitehall, Michigan
Blueberry pancake breakfast, tours of local light station, arts and crafts, activities for kids and more.
Questions: Call 231-766-3208

July 30, 2005
Watermelon Festival
Marina Park,
Irrigon, Oregon
Arts and crafts, entertainment, food and more.
Further Details: Call 541-922-3386

July 30-31, 2005
Salsa Festival
Plaza Park,
Oxnard, California
It's the 12th year for this fun event. Enjoy Latin and Salsa music, commercial vendors, the Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge, face painting, arts and crafts, salsa dancing, festival foods and more. The event runs from 11am-7pm. There is no admission charge. Please do not bring pets or coolers.
Questions: Call 805-247-0197

July 31, 2005
Pear Fair
Courtland, California
It's the 33rd year for this festival and the fun planned includes cooking demos, arts and crafts, classic cars, a parade, entertainment, a pear cooking contest, 5/10 mile fun run (and a 1/2 mile run for kids), magic, clowns, games for kids, pony rides and more. Pear treats like smoothies, fritters and pear pie go quickly, so get there early if you can. Admission to the festival is free, but you'll be asked to pay ten dollars for parking (proceeds benefit the Courtland Volunteer Fire Department and also provide educational scholarships).
Details: Call 916-775-2000

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

July 1-4 Sweetcorn Festival, Downtown, East Prairie, Missouri, 573-649-5243
July 1-4 Crab Festival, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, 228-467-6509
July 1-4 UFO Festival, Roswell, New Mexico
July 3-9 Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival,
                               Barclay Square, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 800-752-PHIL
July 6-9 West of the Pecos Rodeo Celebration,
                               Reeves County Sheriff's Posse Barn, Pecos, Texas, 432-447-2847
July 7-9 Dairy Festival, Elsie, Michigan, 989-862-5210
July 8-9 Elvisfest, Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 734-374-5753
July 8-9 Chicken Show & Henoween, State College Campus, Wayne, Nebraska, 402-375-2240
July 8-10 Summerfest, O'Neill, Nebraska
July 8-10 Louisiana Catfish Festival,
                               St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Des Allemands, Louisiana, 985-758-7542
July 8-10 Italian-American Festival,County Fairgrounds, Canton, Ohio, 330-494-0886
July 8-10 Q125 (Quasquicentennial), Geneva, Nebraska, 402-759-3109
July 8-10 Greek Heritage Festival, 186 Bradley, Saco, Maine, 207-284-5651
July 9-10 Watermelon Festival, Campo, Colorado, 719-787-2110
July 9-10 International Mango Festival, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida, 305-667-1651
July 9-10 Moose Dropping Festival, Talkeetna, Alaska, 907-733-2487
July 9-10 Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Arts Festival, Haddonfield, New Jersey, 856-216-7253
July 9-10 Sugar Creek Arts Festival, Downtown, Normal, Illinois, 309-454-9557
July 9-10 Wheaton Fine Art Fair, Downtown, Wheaton, Illinois, 630-682-0633
July 12-16 Puerto Rican Festival,
                               Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 717-397-8597
July 13-16 Crawford County Fair, Hood Park, Cuba, Missouri, 573-885-4141
July 13-17 Bear Paw Festival, Eagle River, Alaska, 907-694-4702
July 13-17 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts,
                               Penn State University campus & downtown, State College, Pennsylvania, 814-237-3682
July 14-16 Bronson Polish Festival Days, Bronson, Michigan, 800-968-9333 or 517-369-7334
July 14-16 Iron Heritage Festival, various venues, Danville, Pennsylvania, 570-275-6700
July 14-17 Sorrento Cheese Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival,
                               Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 716-874-6133 ext. 17
July 14-15 Truckers Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa
July 15-16 Kanefest, Kane, Pennsylvania, 814-837-6565
July 15-17 Westmoreland Rib, Wing & Fun Fest,
                               Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant (near Greensburg), Pennsylvania, 724-373-3860
July 15-17 Lavender Festival, Sequim, Washington, 877-681-3035
July 15-17 Paw Paw Days, Downtown, Paw Paw, Michigan, 269-657-5395
July 15-17 Grease Pole Festival, 261 Swan Street, Buffalo, New York, 716-852-1648
July 16 Gold Digger Days, Greenville, California, 530-284-6633
July 16 Oldham County Day, Main Street, La Grange, Kentucky, 502-222-1731
July 16-17 Fine Arts & Wine Festival, Springfield, Nebraska, 402-253-2479
July 16-17 Connisseurs' Marketplace, Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, California, 650-325-2818
July 22-24 Central Nebraska Ethnic Festival, Downtown, Grand Island, Nebraska, 308-385-5444
July 22-24 Centennial Days, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 541-882-1501 or 800-445-6728
July 22-24 Stir-Up Days, Ashland, Nebraska, 402-944-3387
July 23-24 Geneva Arts Fair, Geneva, Illinois, 630-232-6060
July 23-24 Catalan Festival, Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, Sonoma, California, 707-933-1999
July 24 Pickle Festival, Berrien Springs, Michigan, 269-471-9283
July 24 WWISSCA Food Festival,
                               County Convention Center, Greenville, Mississippi, 662-378-8663 or 800-820-8204
July 25-31 Feast of Lanterns, Pacific Grove, California, 831-649-8737
July 27-August 7 California Mid-State Fair,
                               2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, California, 805-239-0655
July 28-30 Swiss Days, Berne, Indiana, 260-589-8007
July 28-31 Barre Homecoming Days, various venues, Barre, Vermont, 802-476-1812
July 28-31 Washburn Homecoming, Washburn, Wisconsin, 715-373-5017
July 29-30 Dutch Festival, Hanover, Pennsylvania, 717-637-6130
July 29-30 Altus Grape Festival, City Park, Altus, Arkansas, 479-468-4684
July 29-30 Wells Fargo Street Festival, 2nd Street area, Davenport, Iowa, 563-823-3694
July 29-31 Sesquicentennial Celebration, Rangeley, Maine, 800-MT-LAKES
July 29-31 Town & Country Jamboree, City Park, Moulton, Texas, 361-596-7205
July 29-31 Lebanese Festival, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, New York, 716-634-0669
July 29-31 Bologna Festival, Yale, Michigan, 810-387-9253
July 30 Beef Capital of the World Jubilee, Dameron Park, Hereford, Texas, 806-364-3333
July 30-31 Minorville Jubilee, Natchez, Mississippi, 601-446-5979
July 30-31 Old Olcott Days, Lakeview Village Shoppes, Olcott, New York, 716-735-7489

Other July 2005 Events You Might Enjoy
Items in this section may also be festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
July 1-3 CONvergence 2005, Sheraton South Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota, 651-647-3487
July 1-4 Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, Jones Park, Gulfport, Missouri, 228-863-2713
July 1-4 International Food Festival, Lower Harbor Park, Marquette, Michigan, 906-226-6591
July 2 World's Largest Salmon Barbecue, Fort Bragg, California, 707-964-1228
July 2 Strawberry Festival, Lincolnville Center, Camden, Maine, 207-763-3381
July 2 Burklyn Arts Council Summer Craft Fair, Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, Vermont, 802-626-5836
July 4 Mr and Mrs Muscle Beach Centennial Fitness & Figure Competition, Venice, California
July 8-10 Art in the Park, Kellogg Park, Plymouth, Michigan, 734-454-1314
July 8-10 Stargate SG-1 Con, Burbank Airport Hilton & Towers, Burbank, California, 818-409-0960
July 8-10 Beauty & the Beast TV Show Fan Convention,
                               60 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont, 802-524-3203
July 8-10 U.S. Grand Prix, Laguna Seca, Salinas, California
July 8-10 Shore Leave (Science Fiction Convention),
                               Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, Maryland, 410-496-4456
July 8-10 Great Texas Balloon Race, County Airport, Longview, Texas, 903-237-4000
July 8-10 Montclair Village Fine Arts Sidwalk Festival,
                               Mountain Blvd., Oakland, California, 510-339-1000
July 9 Chelsea Flea Market, Chelsea, Vermont, 802-685-3392
July 9-10 Clay & Glass Festival, Art Center, Palo Alto, California, 650-329-2366
July 9-10 RAVE Car Show, State fairgrounds, Rutland, Vermont, 802-265-8026
July 9-10 Bridal Show, 10am-5pm, Dallas Market, Dallas, Texas
July 9-10 Charlevoix Craft Show, Charlevoix, Michigan
July 10 Northeast Nebraska Toy Show, Norfolk, Nebraska
July 14-17 Comic-Con 2005, Convention Center, San Diego, California, 619-491-2475
July 15-17 Summer Boat Show, Dallas, Texas
July 16-17 North Shore Art Festival, Westfield (Old Orchard Mall), Skokie, Illinois, 847-673-0240
July 17 Summer Craft Show, York Fair Expo Center, York, Pennsylvania, 717-764-1155
July 20 Flavor of Skowhegan, Skowhegan, Maine, 207-474-3621
July 20-23 Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 800-888-9487
July 21 Chicken Pie Dinner, 24 South Street, South Hero, Vermont, 802-372-4962
July 21 House & Garden Tour Day, Camden, Maine, 207-236-6375
July 21-24 California Rodeo Salinas, Salinas, California, 800-771-8807
July 22-24 ConMisterio (mystery convention), Austin, Texas, lillian@conmisterio.org
July 22-31 Cheyenne Frontier Days, Frontier Park, Cheyennne, Wyoming, 800-227-6336
July 22-24 Camp Betty Campout, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, California, 707-442-3607
July 22-24 Fortuna Redwood Autorama, Fortuna, California, 707-725-3916
July 22-24 Okemo Mountain Art & Craft Festival, Jackson Gore Lodge, Ludlow, Vermont, 802-425-3399
July 23 Mutt Strutt, Jackson Arena, Stowe Village, Vermont, 877-467-8693
July 23-25 North Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival, Port Gamble, Washington, 360-842-6100
July 23-August 7 Art on the Mountain,
                               (new venue!) Sundance Base Lodge at Mt. Snow, Dover, Vermont, artonmtn@sover.net
July 28-30 Nebraska's Big Rodeo, Burwell, Nebraska, 888-328-7935
July 29-August 2 Fenton Centennial, Williamstown, West Virginia, 304-375-6122
July 29-31 Flashback Weekend: Horro'Rama Drive-In and Convention,
                               Crown Plaza Chicago O' Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, flashbackweekend@ameritech.net
July 29-31 LibertyCon,
                               Comfort Inn on Ringgold Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee, uncletimmy@libertycon.org
July 30 Henry County Harvest Showcase, Fairgrounds, New Castle, Kentucky, 502-845-0806
July 30-31 Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show,
                               Burbank Airport Hilton & Convention Center, Burbank, California, 818-843-6000
July 30-31 Pittsburgh Toy, Comic & Collectibles Show,
                               Expomart, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 814-467-1500
July 30-31 Daylily Festival & Sale, Devon Point Farm, Orwell, Vermont, 802-948-2398
July 30-August 1 State Craft Fair, Franklin & Marshall's Alumni Sports & Fitness Center,
                               Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 215-579-5997
July 31 Art in the Park, City Park, Appleton, Wisconsin, 920-733-4089
July 31 Moss Landing Antique Street Fair, Moss Landing, California, 831-633-4501

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