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Please Note:
Because of the effects of the hurricane season of 2005,
some festivals have been scaled back or cancelled.

As affected areas are restored and events resume, your support
of festivals will be a great way to help the local
economy and also our national economy.

July 1-4, 2006
Fair of Life Festival of
Arts & Crafts Extraordinaire

Wheeler Park,
Flagstaff, Arizona
The festival is a fundraising event for Northland Hospice and celebrates its 16th year in 2006. Enjoy storytelling, musical (and other) entertainment, Kids Zone, drawings for prizes, more than 100 artists showing and selling their work, 10K race, 2-mile run/walk and plenty of festival foods.
Learn More: Call 928-779-1227

July 1-4, 2006
Summer Motion
Riverfront & Central Park,
Ashland, Kentucky
Now in its 18th year, the festival offers a classic car show, arts and crafts, a parade on July 4, food court, air show, health screenings, activities for kids, a carnival, fireworks on July 4, 10K race on July 1 and musical entertainment. Those scheduled to perform at this writing include Oak Ridge Boys, Poco and SheDaisy.
Get the Facts: Call 606-329-1007

July 1-4, 2006
Green River Catfish Festival
City Park,
Morgantown, Kentucky
Tennis tournament, games for kids, arts and crafts, festival foods, carnival, fishing tournament, dancing, entertainment, pageant, fireworks. The festival is celebrating its 26th year.
Additional Details: Call 270-526-6827

July 1-4, 2006
Fair St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Veiled Prophet Parade, musical entertainment, food, activities for children, rides, fireworks and more.
Questions? Call 314-982-1410

July 1-4, 2006
Lone Tree Days
various venues,
Central City, Nebraska
Teddy bear picnic, pancake breakfast, entertainment, parade, arts and crafts, merchant specials, fireworks.
Information: Call 308-946-3897

July 1-8, 2006
National Cherry Festival
Traverse City, Michigan
Cherry pie eating contest, bubble gum blowing contest, pet show, carnival, cherry pit spitting contest, hole-in-one competition, parades, turtle races, car show, bed races, Ultimate Air Dogs, seniors golf tournament, picnic, cherry pancake breakfast, ice cream social, Big Wheel race, wine tasting, orchard tours, volleyball, swing dance lessons, arts and crafts, Blue Angels Air Show plus Meet & Greet time, musical entertainment. Among those scheduled to appear at this 80th anniversary event are Average White Band and Grand Funk Railroad.
Information: Call 231-947-4230

July 1-9, 2006
Kutztown Festival
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
More than 2500 quilts will be on sale plus there is a quilt auction. Enjoy a petting zoo, folklore and crafts displays, cake walk, activities for kids, Pennsylvania Dutch foods. (Shoofly Pie, anyone?) On a darker historical note, the festival includes a reenactment of a 19th century hanging.
Further Details: Call 888-674-6136

July 3-8, 2006
Blackberry Festival
Courthouse Square,
Carlisle, Kenutcky
Carnival, dance, parade, food, fireworks (July 7), musical entertainment, pageant.
Learn More: Call 859-289-2384

July 3-9, 2006
Spring Ho Festival
W.M. Brook Park,
Lampasas, Texas
Sulphur Springs may be a fountain of youth and folks in the area aren't taking that for granted. They're going to celebrate their community's resources with a grand parade, local high school reunions, dancing, a washer pitching tournament, pageant, pet parade, water sports, BBQ cook-off, pageant, fireworks, activities for kids, a carnival, arts and crafts, food, a talent contest and more.
Questions? Call 512-556-5301

July 4, 2006
Americana Festival
various venues,
Centerville, Ohio
Pancake breakfast (7:30-10am), 5K run (pre-registration required), parade at 10am, dunking booth, petting zoo, games, classic and custom cars and trucks, street fair with 300 booths full of crafts and food, staged entertainment, roving entertainment, theatre, fireworks.
Questions? Call 937-433-5898

July 5-9, 2006
Pioneer Days
Marlinton, West Virginia
Arts and crafts, classic cars, old-time music, parade, games and food. Come and enjoy this 40th year of the festival.
Additional Information: Call 800-336-7009

July 6-8, 2006
Slugburger Festival
Historic downtown,
Corinth, Mississippi
Deep-fried and crunchy, slugburgers have a proud place in history and in Corinth. The festival mascot is a cute little green crawlie fellow, but you won't get any slugs in your slugburger. The treat is made from meat that has extenders such as soybean meal or cornmeal, and once it's been fried and placed on a bun with mustard, pickles and onion, a slugburger wins out over a regular hamburger in this part of the world. Enjoy arts and crafts, a pageant, entertainment, carnival rides and games and plenty of food. The festival is celebrating its 19th year.
Get The Facts: Call 662-287-1550 or 877-347-0545

July 6-8, 2006
Pancake Days
various venues,
Butte, Nebraska
Crafts, parade, entertainment, tours of the old jail, pancakes and sausage and more. It's the 58th year for this event.
Further Details: Call 402-775-2426

July 6-8, 2006
Diller Picnic
Diller, Nebraska
The festival celebrates 110 years with bingo, arts and crafts, a carnival, parade, pasture golf, a dance, karaoke, 3rd Annual Mud Drags, fireworks (July 6), tractor pull and a beer garden.
Additional Details: Call 402-793-5991

July 6-8, 2006
Ohio Hills Folk Festival
unknown venue(s),
Quaker City, Ohio
It's the 102nd year for this event. Enjoy a mile-long parade, a kiddie parade, arts and crafts, car show, flea market, fireworks on Saturday night, carnival rides, 5K run, pet show and plenty of festival foods.
Questions? Call 740-679-2704

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July 6-9, 2006
Moxie Festival
Main Street area,
Lisbon Falls, Maine
Car show, Canoe race, raffle, bake sale, tag sale, turkey dinner at Eastern Star Masonic Hall, fireworks Friday night, parade, 5K road race, pancake breakfast and more. Just in case the sit-down meals don't provide enough food for you, try the Kettle corn, cheeseburgers, sausage subs and other items available from local vendors. This year's theme is "Moxie-gras".
Get the facts: Call 207-783-2249

July 7-9, 2006
Byron Fest
various venues,
Byron, Illinois
Basketball, softball, arts and crafts, quilt show, 3 stages of entertainment, Taste of Byron, gospel music, car show, activities for kids, fun run, parade (Sunday at 1pm) and more.
Learn More: Call 815-234-5500

July 7-9, 2006
Pirate Festival
Krull Park,
Olcott, New York
Pirate-themed entertainment (with a pirate "war" on Lake Ontario), bike race, food, parade, games and rides. Enjoy the fun Friday from 6pm-midnight, Saturday from noon-midnight and Sunday from noon-6pm.
Information: Call 716-778-8042

July 7-9, 2006
Lagrange Street Polish Festival
Lagrange Street,
Toledo, Ohio
Polka bands, dance contests, activities for kids, crafts, food vendors with Polish specialties like fresh pastries and sausages.
Further Details: Call 419-255-8406

July 7-9, 2006
Strawberry Festival
various venues,
Vashon Island, Washington
Celebrating its 89th year, the festival will include a grand parade, wine and jazz garden, pancake breakfast with berries, classic car parade, beer garden, music, Bill Burby Fun Run and more. The parade is not to be missed if you want to see the Thriftway Shopping Cart Drill Team in action.
Get The Facts: Call 206-463-6217

July 7-9, 2006
Catfish Days
Central Park,
Trempealeau, Wisconsin
Come and have some fun at this 34th year of the festival with fireworks, a parade, breakfasts, fishing tournament, arts and crafts, music, the Catfish 50 Bike Tour, motorcycle poker run and the flea market. If you still have energy you can get in on the 5K and 10K races or try your luck at the carnival.
Find Out Details: Call 608-534-6335 or 608-534-6780

July 8, 2006
Parker County Peach Festival
Historic downtown,
Weatherford, Texas
Fresh peaches for sale, more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, activities for children, food court, entertainment and plenty of treats such as peach ice cream and peach cobbler. It's the 23rd year for this event and the fun runs from 8am-5pm.
Learn More: Call 888-594-3801

July 8-9, 2006
Los Altos Art & Wine Festival
Main & State Streets,
Los Altos, California
Entertainment on 3 stages, more than 30 food booths, beer and wine, special area for children, almost 450 artisans showing and selling their work. The festival runs from 10am-6pm.
Get Info: Call 650-917-9799

July 8-9, 2006
Taste of Buffalo
Delaware Avenue area,
Buffalo, New York
More than 55 restaurants participate, with each establishment offering at least 3 dishes for tastings. There are special activities for kids and 4 stages of musical entertainment. Some of the foods you can expect to find at this event include: chilled melon soup, corn sticks with cheese, seared ahi tuna, roast beef sandwiches, German potato salad, sweet potato fries, falafel, three berry cobbler, key lime pie and apple pecan salad. The event hours are from 11am-9pm on Saturday and from 11am-7pm on Sunday. Half a million visitors are expected to attend.
Questions? Call 716-685-9888

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July 8-9, 2006
Heritage Days
Old Constitution House,
Windsor, Vermont
In its 8th year the festival features, a pancake breakfast, bake sale, antiques, old-fashioned games, Victorian tea party, horse and wagon rides, pony rides for the kids, historic encampments and reenactments, tours of local homes, free ice cream, used library book sale, open museums, train rides, carriage rides, storytelling, food vendors and arts and crafts. You are encouraged to come in period costume if you like.
Further Info: Call 802-674-5910

July 8-9, 2006
Choochokam Langley Festival of the Arts
Whidbey Island Center,
Langley, Washington
Now in its 30th year, the festival offers poetry, music, dance and other entertainment. You can also enjoy festival foods and lots of arts and crafts. There is no admission charge.
Learn More: Call 360-221-0765 or 360-221-7494

July 9, 2006
Catsup Bottle Summerfest
Downtown on Main,
Collinsville, Illinois
It's the 8th year for this festival, but the giant catsup bottle is turning 57 and it gets its own birthday cake. Come and enjoy the C.I.A. Car, Truck and Bike Show or get in on the Big Bottle Bike Ride. There will also be crafts, a patriotic opening ceremony, a catsup bottle drawing contest, ice carving demos, entertainment, festival foods and old-fashioned party games. There's a talent competition and you might also catch an appearance by the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. The fun goes from 10am-5pm.
Questions? Call 618-345-5598

July 9-16, 2006
Sinclair Lewis Days
various venues,
Sauk Centre, Minnesota
Pageant, battle of the bands, kiddie parade, music, flea market, raffle, street dance, church pie social, fireworks, 5-mile walk/run, Tae Kwon Do demos, turtle races, treasure hunt.
Get Information: Call 320-352-5201

July 12-15, 2006
Wyandotte Street Art Fair
Biddle Avenue area,
Wyandotte, Michigan
It's the 45th year for this festival. Enjoy the works of more than 350 artisans, plus music, local merchant specials, beer and wine, garden art, activities for kids and food from more than 30 vendors.
Learn More: Call 734-324-4505

July 12-16, 2006
Maine Potato Blossom Festival
Fort Fairfield, Maine
Parade, musical entertainment, industry dinner, arts and crafts, potato picking contests, pancake breakfast, pageant, antique farm equipment displays, mashed potato wrestling, fireworks and more. The festival is celebrating 59 years of fun.
Further Details: Call 903-237-4040

July 13-16, 2006
Auburn Cornfest
Downtown on Main,
Auburn, Michigan
Flea market, carnival, softball tournament, volleyball tournament, entertainment, dancing, tractor pull, horseshoe pitching tournament, arts and crafts, BBQ, road race and festival foods (including fresh, sweet corn).
Find Out More: Call 989-662-4001

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July 13-16, 2006
Venetian Festival
St. Joseph, Michigan
Classic cars, arts and crafts, wine tasting, boating events, carnival, volleyball, raffle, fishing tournament, sand sculpting contest, activities for kids, River Run & Fitness Walk, and music from Styx and other entertainers. When you get hungry, choose from treats such as the seafood medley, cheese fries and fresh fruit kabobs.
Information: Call 269-983-7917

July 13-16, 2006
People's Choice Festival of
Arts & Crafts

Military Museum grounds on Rt. 322,
Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
Arts and crafts, art by young people ages 8-17, activities for kids, activities for teens, music, appearance by the Hershey's Kissmobile. Enjoy festival foods such as gyros, stuffed cabbage, cheese steaks, salads, hot apple dumplings, strawberry shortcake and baklava. It's the 14th year for this event.
Additional Details: Email

July 14-15, 2006
Raspberry Festival
various venues,
Lynden, Washington
Fresh berries for sale, arts and crafts, petting zoo, pancake breakfast, Raspberry Run/walk, sidewalk sale, 3-on3 basketball, wagon rides, farm tours, wine tasting.
Get The Facts: Call 360-354-5995

July 14-16, 2006
Culver Lake Fest
Beach front at Lake Maxinkuckee,
Culver, Indiana
Car show, cheerleading competition, arts and crafts, fireworks, bass tournament, horseshoe pitching tournament, Kiss the Pig Contest, KidsFest, Lake Fest Run, parade, volleyball tournament, pancake breakfast, commercial booths, tricycle race, quilt show, burnout contest.
Learn More: Call 574-842-2899

July 14-16, 2006
River Raisin Festival
Ellis & Bachmayer Parks,
Blissfield, Michigan
Now in its 23rd year, the festival offers sports tournaments, a pageant, parade (Saturday morning), a carnival, food booths, beverage tent, the Un-Boat Race, tractor pull, fireworks Friday night, classic cars, arts and crafts and entertainment on 3 stages. This year's theme is "Jingle Bells in July".
Get The Facts: Call 517-486-3642 or 888-68-BLISS

July 14-16, 2006
Somerset, Pennsylvania
Entertainment, festival foods, local class reunions, arts and crafts, activities for kids and more.
Learn More: Call 814-443-2433

July 14-16, 2006
Hempstead Watermelon Festival
Hempstead, Texas
BBQ, watermelon carving competition, seed spitting contest, watermelon ice cream freeze-off, street dance, watermelon eating contest, car show, arts and crafts, food booths, parade, pageant, talent show, commercial vendors. The festival is celebrating its 18th year.
Get Details: Call 979-826-8217

July 14-16, 2006
Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival
County Fairgrounds,
Walla Walla, Washington
The festival celebrates its 22nd year with a pancake breakfast (8-10am on Sunday), indoor art show, chef demonstrations, arts and crafts, information on the history of onions, car and truck poker runs, motorcycle poker run, wine tasting, beer garden, food vendors, Hells Canyon Paint Horse Show, photo exhibit, fun run, onion recipe contest, activities for kids, musical entertainment.
Questions? Call 509-525-1031
(Note: That weekend the local Rotary Club is sponsoring a Salmon Bake at Fort Walla Walla Park, July 15, from 3-7pm. For info on the Salmon Bake, please call 509-529-2613.)

July 15, 2006
Mollyockett Day
Bethel, Maine
This event celebrates a Pequawket woman who lived among early European settlers in the region. Enjoy a parade (the theme this year is "Yard Art"), 5-mile Key Bank Classic road race, a pageant, duck race, arts and crafts, fiddler contest, frog jumping, fireworks, entertainment, festival foods.
Details: Call 207-824-3575

July 15, 2006
Turkey Days
various venues,
Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
Pageant, quilt raffle, Art in the Park, parade, street dance, used library book sale, flea market, classic cars, entertainment, ice cream social, bingo, BBQ.
More Information: Call 218-863-1221

July 15, 2006
Main Street area,
Hamburg, New York
Taste of Hamburg food court, Hula Hoop contest, arts and crafts, entertainment, burger eating contest, beer tent, games for children.
Learn More: Call 716-649-7917

July 15, 2006
North Carolina Peach Festival
Fitzgerald Park,
Candor, North Carolina
Parade (10am), pageant, pie eating contest, crafts, peaches and ice cream, fresh peaches for sale, games and rides, and entertainment (bring your lawn chairs).
Questions? Call 910-974-4221

July 15-16, 2006
California Peach Festival
Historic downtown,
Marysville, California
The fun runs from 11am-11pm and includes a peaches and pancake breakfast (8-11am only), 5k run/walk, fresh peaches for sale, arts and crafts, activities for children, peach pies and other peach treats, 4 stages of entertainment. There is no admission charge.
Further Info: Call 530-671-9600

July 15-16, 2006
San Clemente Ocean Festival
San Clemente Pier,
San Clemente, California
Now celebrating its 30th year, this festival brings you all the beach activities of sand sculpture, surfing competitions, lifesaving demonstrations, the California Waterman and Waterwoman Championships, an ocean art show and a beach BBQ. Get in on the 14th annual rubber duck race or the fishing derby. There will also be a children's pavilion, a Woodie car show, music and commercial vendors.
Additional Details: Call 949-440-6141

July 15-16, 2006
Santa Barbara French Festival
Oak Park,
Santa Barbara, California
Poodle Parade (Sunday at 5:30pm), wandering mimes and other entertainers, entertainment on 3 stages, a tribute to Maurice Chevalier, beer and wine areas, arts and crafts, puppet shows, replica of Eiffel Tower, storytelling. When you get hungry you can have some savory or sweet crepes or try a French hot dog in a baguette. The festival is a non-smoking event and there is no admission charge. Hours are from 11am-7pm.
Learn More: Call 805-897-PARIS(7274)

July 15-16, 2006
Ethnic Arts Festival
Dawes Park,
Evanston, Illinois
Enjoy the 21st year of this festival, which presents a "global village" atmosphere. More than 100 country flags fly as visitors experience arts, crafts, dance, food, poetry and music. Learn a folkdance and be part of the entertainment itself. The festival goes from noon until 7pm. Thre is no admission charge.
Questions? Call 847-448-8058

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July 15-16, 2006
Festa Italiana
Crown Center,
Kansas City, Missouri
Cooking demonstrations, activities for kids, wine tasting, Italian food, beer garden, music. Actors portray famous Italians from history and mingle with the crowd, so be ready for their appearance. The festival runs from 5-10pm on Friday, 11am-10pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday. There is an admission charge for those 13 and older.
Further Information: Call 816-274-8444

July 18-22, 2006
National Baby Food Festival
Fremont, Michigan
This year's theme is "A Salute to America's Heroes". Enjoy a car show, petting zoo, arts and crafts, Baby Food Cook-off, baby photo contest, baby crawl, carnival, Kids Expo (with some activities included for older kids too), kiddie parade, grand parade, Baby Food Eating Contest for the grown-ups, karaoke, a Rock and Rest Contest.
Details: Call 800-592-2229

July 18-22, 2006
Plainfield Farmer's Fair
Fairgrounds on Route 191,
Plainfield, Pennsylvania
It's the 58th year for this event. Come and have some fun with bingo, Barnyard Olympics, truck and tractor pulls, pageant, antique equipment display, livestock and 4-H events, baking contest, watermelon eating contest, food vendors, entertainment, craft tent, pie eating contest. Please do not bring pets, coolers or backpacks to the fair. There is an admission charge for those over age 12.
Questions? Call 610-863-6816

July 19-22, 2006
Peterson Park,
Mattoon, Illinois
Pageant, bingo, carnival, vendors, beer tent, entertainment, girls' softball tournament, parade (Saturday at 10am), bagel breakfast with all the toppings (Saturday 8-10am). It's the festival's 19th year.
Further Information: Call 217-258-6286 or 800-500-6286

July 19-22, 2006
Durbin Days
various venues,
Durbin, West Virginia
In its 18th year the festival offers train rides, a 5K run/walk, karaoke, pet show, bingo, flea market, cake walk, BBQ chicken, classic cars, fireworks, exhibits, entertainment, Fireman's Parade, carnival, horseshoe tournament.
Additional Details: Call 800-336-7009

July 20-23, 2006
Festa Italiana
Somerfest grounds on lakefront,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Enjoy this 29th year with an Italian dog show, the San Gemini Flag Throwers, vintage photos on exhibit, a mass and processional, cooking demonstrations, nightly fireworks, plenty of food and appearances by Fabian and Bobby Rydell.
Questions? Call 414-223-2808

July 21-22, 2006
Green River Festival
Greenfield Community College,
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Fireworks, hot air balloons, musical entertainment, activities for the kids, arts and crafts, festival foods.
Get Details: Call 413-773-5463

July 21-22, 2006
Mize Watermelon Festival
City Park,
Mize, Mississippi
Greased watermelon race, watermelon seed spitting contest, arts and crafts, entertainment..
Learn More: Call 601-733-2221

July 21-23, 2006
Yarmouth Clam Festival
various venues,
Yarmouth, Maine
Parade (Friday evening), activities for kids, 5-mile road race and fun run for kids, blueberry pancake breakfast, carnival, fireworks, celebrity clam shucking competition, diaper derby, canoe and kayak races, entertainment, arts and crafts booths, firefighters muster, Jeopardy game, antiques, horse-drawn carriage rides. Keep up your energy level with pizza, corn bread, cole slaw, burgers, seafood, fajitas and blueberry crisp.
Further Information: Call 207-846-3984

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July 21-23, 2006
Watermelon Festival
various venues,
Pageland, South Carolina
Classic car cruise-in, pageant, rodeo events, pony rides for the kids, carnival rides, commercial vendors, entertainment, arts and crafts, cooking contest and more.
Get the Facts: Call 843-672-6400

July 21-23, 2006
varous venues,
Lake Stevens, Washington
Water ski tournament, Fifty-Dollar Boat Races, 3-on-3 basketball, children's parade, grand parade, used library book sale, pizza eating contest, photo contest, firefighter breakfast (Sat. and Sun. 6am-noon), Bite of Lake Stevens, talent competition, wakeboard competition, Rain Gutter Regatta, diaper dash, motorcycle show, Aquarun, duck dash, fireworks, teen dance. Plan to park at Lake Stevens High School and take the shuttle. The festival is celebrating its 40th year.
Questions? Call 425-397-2344

July 21-23, 2006
Bite of Seattle
Seattle Center,
Seattle, Washington
In its 25th year the event will feature more than 50 area restaurants and more than 30 food product companies. There is a special area of fun just for the kids in the crowd and everyone can enjoy 5 stages of musical entertainment. Check out the commercial vendors on the site and be sure to find out who wins the 25th Anniversary Cake Contest. Tastes you might find at this event include cilantro salmon, gyros, heirloom tomato salad, eggroll lumpia, mango chicken, sushi, raspberry shortcake, chocolate-dipped bananas and apple-cinnamon piroshky.
Learn More: Call 425-283-5050

July 21-23, 2006
Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival
Heritage Point,
Wheeling, West Virginia
The 24th year of this festival brings a pasta exhibit, wine competition and tasting, Italian dance bands, carnival games, FunZone for kids, puppet show, bocce tournament, arts and crafts and more. The proceeds help provide scholarships and more than a quarter of a million people are expected to attend the festival.
Additional Details: Call 304-233-1090

July 21-23, 2006
Iron River Blueberry Festival
Moon Lake Park & Downtown,
Iron River, Wisconsin
Blueberry pie eating contest, flea market, horseshoe tournament, pageant, pony rides, parade, polka mass, arts and crafts, chicken BBQ, kids' blueberry muffin contest, pedal tractor pull for the kids, games and rides, music, drawings for prizes, blueberry cheesecake, blueberry pie for sale whole or by the slice.
Information: Call 800-345-0716

July 22, 2006
West Union Fest 125
various venues,
West Union, West Virginia
Farmers Market, music, patriotic activities, arts and crafts, petting zoo, locally produced honey for sale, chain saw carving demos, pony rides for the kids, Liars' Contest, festival food and more. The town is celebrating 125 years as a community and the first 2000 visitors to the festival will get free birthday cake.
Get Details: Call 304-873-1400 or 304-873-3379

July 22-23, 2006
Rosendale Street Festival
Main Street,
Rosendale, New York
More than 80 bands/artists perform on 5 stages. There is also an activity area for kids, face painting, ethnic foods, BBQ, arts and crafts and more. The festival runs from noon-10pm on Saturday and from noon-6pm on Sunday.
Additional Details: Call 845-750-6168

July 22-23, 2006
Blueberry Festival
Burnside Plantation,
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Blueberry bushes for sale, blueberry pie baking contest, pony rides, farm tours, blueberry desserts, old-fashioned craft demonstrations and sales, historic presentations, stories, folk music, baby farm animals, food. Hours are from 10am-6pm.
Find Out More: Call 610-888-5044 or 610-882-0450

July 22-30, 2006
Medina Apple Festival
Medina, Texas
Apple picking, arts and crafts, games for the kids, agricultural displays, petting zoo, entertainment, cooking demos, auction, cold apple cider and fresh apple pie.
Get Details: Call 830-589-7224 or 800-596-9484

July 26-29, 2006
Paducah Summer Festival
unknown venue(s),
Paducah, Kentucky
Photo and art exhibits, photo competition, crafts, entertainment, food vendors, flea market, hot air balloon glow, parade, activities for kids, talent show, Big Wheel Race, greased pole contest, doughnut eating contest, Oreo stacking contest, library book sale, fireworks, sidewalk chalk art contest and more.
Learn More: Call 800-PADUCAH

July 26-29, 2006
Violet Festival
Victory Park,
Pickerington, Ohio
Parade (Friday at 7pm), 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, pageant, car show, bike show, carnival, community vendors. Lou Gramm is among those on the entertainment schedule. Bring chairs and blankets to help you enjoy the music in comfort. It's the 9th year for this festival.
Information: Call 614-834-2717 or Email

July 27-29, 2006
Great Texas Mosquito Festival
Municipal Park,
Clute, Texas
Mr. & Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, horseshoe pitching tournament, washer pitching tournament, haystack dive, Mosquito Chase 5K Run, arts and crafts, goat roping competition, senior bingo, Mosquito Calling Contest, BBQ & fajita cook-off, carnival, food, entertainment. Among those scheduled to perform are Tracy Lawrence and Badlandz. It's the 26th year for this festival.
Questions? Call 979-265-8392 or 800-371-2971

July 27-30, 2006
Munger Potato Festival
Community Park,
Munger, Michigan
Parade, potato sack races, entertainment, demolition derby, food, bingo, Mr. Potato Head Contest, children's pedal pull contest, pancake breakfast, teen dance, free potatoes.
Get The Facts: Call 989-659-2571 or 989-659-2496

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July 27-30, 2006
Turkey Days
unknown venue(s),
Frazee, Minnesota
This is the festival's 52nd year, and plans include a parade on Sunday at 2pm, flea market, crafts, food vendors, turkey luncheon on Sunday, activities for kids, street dance, pageant, demolition derby and more. This is a year of transition for the festival's focus, so it's a great time to go and let them know what you enjoy about current activities.
Details: Call 800-407-2488

July 28-29, 2006
Louisiana Watermelon Festival
unknown venue(s),
Farmerville, Louisiana
Celebrate this 43rd year of the festival with watermelon grower contests, arts and crafts, a treasure hunt, pageant, parade and more.
Further Information: Call 318-368-0044

July 28-29, 2006
Covington Days
various venues,
Covington, Washington
Fireworks, arts and crafts, classic cars, parade (10am on Saturday), watermelon seed spitting contest, food booths, carnival, quilt show, entertainment. The festival is celebrating its 21st year.
Questions? Call 253-639-6666 or 253-372-7081

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July 28-30, 2006
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Christmas Hill Park,
Gilroy, California
The 28th year of this festival will feature more than 100 arts and crafts booths, a pageant, activities for kids, a recipe contest, festival merchandise and music from Sha-Boom, Los High Tops, Joint Chiefs and Silver Spurs. Gourmet Alley gives you the chance to munch garlic-stuffed mushrooms, garlic chicken stir-fry, garlic bread, veggie wraps, garlic and Parmesan potato chips and much more. There is an admission charge. If you go, plan for the climate's probably high temperatures and take your sunscreen and hats. And go with a hearty appetitie. All that heat makes good garlic even better.
Learn More: Call 408-842-1625

July 28-30, 2006
Pierogi Fest
119th Street area downtown,
Whiting, Indiana
Pierogi eating contest, polka bands, Kids Kourt, arts and crafts, beer garden, pierogi toss competition, pageant, polka parade. Enjoy entertainment from the Babushka Brigade and the Pieroguettes—a precision song and dance team. When hunger hits you can indulge in fried green tomatoes, stuffed peppers and lots of pierogi.
Get Details: Call 877-659-0292

July 28-30, 2006
Hot Dog Festival
Frankfort, Indiana
Arts and crafts, 5K Bun Walk and Run, Bowser Bash Auto Extravaganza, Puppy Park (for the kids), entertainment, sidewalk sales and more.
Additional Details: Call 765-654-4081

July 28-30, 2006
Blueberry Art Festival
Whiteside Park,
Ely, Minnesota
More than 300 total booths with arts and crafts and festival foods will be at this 26th festival. Mingle with more than 40,000 visitors, attend the pancake breakfasts, listen to music and let the kids enjoy their own area. Chromatones and Blue Drifters are among those scheduled to perform. There is no admission charge. Hours are noon-7pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.
Information: Call 218-365-6123

July 28-30, 2006
Blueberry Festival
various venues,
Lake George, Minnesota
Blueberry pancake breakfast, gospel music, and more. Events were still being finalized at this writing. It's the 23rd year for the festival.
Learn More: Call 218-256-3977 or 218-266-2915

July 28-30, 2006
Bele Chere
Ashville, North Carolina
Two food courts, 6 stages of entertainment with more than 80 bands participating, the return of Bele Chere Urban Boot Camp Challenge, some 200 arts and crafts and commercial booths, non-profit booths, activities for children. Among those scheduled to perform at this writing: The Sigmon Stringers, Mystic Vibrations, Strut, Ann Rabson, Lee Whitaker, Steep Canyon Rangers and Hollywood Red.
Get Info: Call 828-259-5800

July 28-30, 2006
Tour de Terrace Festival
56th Avenue between 220th and 224th,
Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Parade, pancake breakfast, car show, arts and crafts, beer garden, carnival, miniature golf, music, fireworks.
Get Details: Call 425-776-7331

July 28-30, 2006
Derby Days
Cory Park,
Dousman, Wisconsin
This event celebrates its 51st year in 2006. Enjoy a softball tournament, fireworks, Derby Dash, bingo, State Championship Frog Jump, Firefighter Olympics, a parade, chicken BBQ, carnival, entertainment.
Details: Call 262-965-3128

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July 28-August 6, 2006
Coast Guard Festival
Waterfront area,
Grand Haven, Michigan
Pancake breakfast, Coast Guard sporting events, kids' parade, street dance, arts and crafts, grand parade, teen movie night, pet expo, quilt show, fireworks, entertainment, tributes to the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Get Info: Call 616-846-5940 or 888-207-2434

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July 29, 2006
Lambtown USA Festival
May Fair grounds,
Dixon, California
Cooking contest, raffle, livestock shows, arts and crafts, sheepdog demonstrations, sheepdog trials, petting zoo, pony rides, shearing competition, fiber booths, food vendors. Festival hours are from 9am-10pm.
Further Details: Call 707-678-7386

July 29, 2006
Blueberry Festival
Fruitland Township Park,
Whitehall, Michigan
Blueberry pancake breakfast, tours of White River Light Station, arts and crafts, activities for kids and more.
Questions? Call 231-766-3208

July 29, 2006
Blackberry Festival
Lenoir, North Carolina
Fresh blackberries, music, activities for kids, arts and crafts, festival foods. The event is from 10am-3pm.
Get Details: Call 828-728-06116

July 29-30, 2006
Salsa Festival
Plaza Park,
Oxnard, California
In its 13th year the festival offers Latin and Salsa music, the Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge, salsa tasting tent, salsa dance lessons, dance contests, 2 food courts, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, activities for kids. There is no admission charge. Please—no pets or coolers.
More Information: Call 805-247-0197

July 30, 2006
Pear Fair
Courtland, California
Activities for kids, music and other entertainment, classic cars, parade at noon, pear smoothies and fritters and other pear treats. There will also be a beer and wine garden. A portion of the proceeds form this event benefit the Courtland Volunteer Fire Department and help provide educational scholarships. Hours for this 34th year are from 9am-7pm.
Get the facts: Call 916-775-2000

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

July 1 Sweetcorn Festival, Downtown, East Prairie, Missouri, 573-649-5243
July 1-2 Rockland Harborfest, 9am-6pm, Buoy Park, Rockland, Maine, 207-596-0376
July 1-4 Smokey Bear Stampede, Capitan, New Mexico, 505-354-2273
July 2-8 Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival, Barclay Square, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 800-752-PHIL
July 6-9 Caribou Fest, Downtown, Caribou, Maine, 800-722-7648
July 7-8 Batesville BerryFest, Batesville, Indiana, 812-934-3101
July 7-8 Michigan Elvisfest, Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 734-480-3974 ext. 2
July 7-8 Chicken Show & Henoween, State College Campus, Wayne, Nebraska, 402-375-2240
July 7-9 Louisiana Catfish Festival, St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Des Allemands, Louisiana, 985-758-0249
July 7-9 Greek Heritage Festival, 186 Bradley, Saco, Maine, 207-284-5651
July 7-9 Dairy Festival, Elsie, Michigan, 989-862-5210
July 7-9 Italian-American Festival,
                   County Fairgrounds, Canton, Ohio, 330-494-0886
July 8 Hanover Tomato Festival, 8:30am-4pm, Pole Green Park, Hanover, Virginia, 804-365-4695
July 8-9 Moose Dropping Festival, Talkeetna, Alaska, 907-733-2487
July 8-9 International Mango Festival,
                   9:30am-4:40pm, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables, Florida, 305-667-1651
July 8-9 Sugar Creek Arts Festival, Downtown, Normal, Illinois, 309-454-9557
July 8-9 Wheaton Fine Art Fair, Downtown, Wheaton, Illinois, 630-682-0633
July 8-9 Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Arts Festival, Haddonfield, New Jersey, 856-216-7253
July 8-9 Come Home to Salamanca, various venues, Salamanca, New York, 716-945-2034
July 8-9 Meet Me in Mill Creek Festival, 11am-6pm, Main Street, Mill Creek, Washington, 425-745-1891
July 12-15 Crawford County Fair, Hood Park, Cuba, Missouri, 573-885-4141
July 12-16 Bear Paw Festival, Eagle River, Alaska, 907-694-47022
July 12-16 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the arts,
                   Penn State University Campus & Downtown, State College, Pennsylvania, 814-237-3682
July 13-14 Truckers Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa
July 13-16 Sorrento Cheese Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival,
                   Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, New York, 716-874-6133 ext. 17
July 14-15 Paw Paw Days, Downtown, Paw Paw, Michigan, 269-657-5395
July 14-16 Flamingo Festival, Southwest Harbor, Maine, 207-244-3713
July 14-16 Grease Pole Festival, 261 Swan Street, Buffalo, New York, 716-852-1648
July 14-16 Machias Summerfest, various venues, Machias, New York, 716-353-8109
July 14-16 (Visitors: Call to confirm dates) Westmoreland Rib, Wing & Funfest,
                   Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant (near Greenburg), Pennsylvania, 724-373-3860 or 800-864-9190
July 14-16 Lavender Festival, Sequim, Washington, 877-681-3035
July 15 Gold Digger Days, Greenville, California, 530-284-6633
July 15 Farmers Day Festival, Main Street, China Grove, North Carolina, 704-857-8811
July 15-16 Oatka Festival, Main Street, LeRoy, New York, 585-768-7433
July 20-22 Polish Festival, Bronson, Michigan, 517-369-7334 or 800-968-9333
July 20-23 Iron Heritage Festival, various venues, Danville, Pennsylvania, 570-275-6700
July 21-22 Riverfest, Haworth Park, Bellevue, Nebraska, 402-898-3000
July 21-23 Rib Fest, Dreamcatcher Park, Cass Lake, Minnesota, 218-335-2250 or 800-356-8615
July 21-23 Stir-Up Days, Ashland, Nebraska, 402-944-3613
July 21-23 Downtown Days Festival, Marion, Virginia, 276-783-4190
July 22-23 Geneva Arts Fair, S. Third St., Geneva, Ilinois
July 22-23 Centennial Days, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 541-882-1501 or 800-445-6728
July 23 WWISSCA Food Festival, County Convention Center, Greenville, Mississippi, 662-378-8663 or 800-820-8204
July 25-30 Feast of Lanterns, Pacific Grove, California, 831-649-8737
July 26-29 East Rochester Fire Department Carnival, High School Grounds, East Rochester, New York
July 27-29 Swiss Days, Berne, Indiana, 260-589-8080
July 27-30 Barre Homecoming Days, various venues, Barre, Vermont, 802-476-1812
July 27-30 Washburn Homecoming Washburn, Wisconsin, 715-373-5017 or 800-253-4495
July 28-29 Altus Grape Festival, City Park, Altus, Arkansas, 479-468-4684
July 28-29 Wells Fargo Street Festival 2nd Street area, Davenport, Iowa, 563-823-3694
July 28-29 Dutch Festival, Hanover, Pennsylvania, 717-637-6130
July 28-30 Bologna Festival, Downtown, Yale, Michigan, 810-387-9253
July 28-30 Lebanese Festival, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, New York, 716-634-0669
July 28-30 Italian Festival, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 412-829-7397
July 29-30 Old Olcott Days, Lakeview Village Shoppes, Olcott, New York, 716-735-7489
July 29-30 Town & Country Jamboree, City Park, Moulton, Texas, 361-596-7205
July 30 Watermelon Festival, Chapman Park, Stanley, Wisconsin, 715-644-5880

Other July 2006 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
July 1 World's Largest Salmon Barbecue, 11am-6pm, Fort Bragg, California, 707-964-1228
July 1 Burklyn Arts Council Summer Craft Fair, 10am-4pm, Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, Vermont, 802-626-5836
July 1-4 International Food Festival, Lower Harbor Park, Marquette, Michigan, 906-475-5945
July 1-4 Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, Harrison County Fairgrounds, Lyman, Mississippi, 228-863-2713
July 3 High Sierra Beard & Mustache Championships, Olympic Valley, California, 530-581-3940
July 7-9 Monclair Village Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival, Mountain Blvd., Oakland, California, 510-339-1000
July 7-9 Shore Leave, Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, Maryland, 410-496-4456
July 7-9 Art in the Park, Kellogg Park, Plymouth, Michigan, 734-454-1314
July 7-9 CONvergence 2006, Sheraton South Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota, 651-647-3487
July 8 Be Cool Car Show, Downtown, Bay City, Michigan, 989-892-2567
July 8 Charlevoix Craft Show, East Park, Charlvoix, Michigan
July 8-9 California Extreme (pinball/classic video games show), Parkside Hall, San Jose, California, 408-390-PINS
July 8-9 Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Festival, Crescent Park School, Bethel, Maine, 207-743-8729
July 8-9 Bridal Show, 10am-5pm, Dallas Market, Dallas, Texas
July 8-9 RAVE Car Show State Fairgrounds, Rutland, Vermont, 802-265-8026
July 9 Northeast Nebraska Toy Show, Lifelong Learning Center, San Diego, California, 619-491-2475
July 13-16 Crooksville-Roseville Pottery Sale, Roseville, Ohio, 740-697-7021 or 800-752-2604
July 14-16 ConMisterio, Austin, Texas, lillian@conmisterio.org
July 14-16 Great Texas Balloon Race, County Airport, Longview, Texas, 903-237-4000
July 14-16, 21-23 Summer Boat Show, Market Hall, Dallas, Texas, 469-549-0673
July 15 Wings & Strings Buffalo Wing Cookoff, Pack Square, Asheville, North Carolina, 828-627-1461
July 15 Shipwreck Day, Downtown, Anacortes, Washington, 360-293-7911
July 15-16 Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show,
                   Burbank Airport Hilton & Convention Center, Burbank, California, 818-843-6000
July 15-16 North Shore Art Festival, Westfield (Old Orchard Mall), Skokie, Illinois, 847-673-0240
July 16 Daylily Festival & Sale, 9am-3pm, Devon Point Farm, Orwell, Vermont, 802-948-2398
July 20 House & Garden Tour Day, Camden, Maine, 207-236-6375
July 19-22 Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 800-888-9497
July 20-23 California Rodeo Salinas, Salinas, California, 831-775-3100 or 800-771-8807
July 20-23 Comic-Con International, Convention Center, San Diego, California, 619-491-2475
July 21-23 Fortuna Redwood AutoXpo, Fortuna, California, 707-725-3916
July 21-23 U.S. Grand Prix, Laguna Seca, Salinas, California, 831-242-8201
July 21-30 Cheyenne Frontier Days, Frontier Park, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 800-227-6336
July 22 Rose Parade (It's back!), 2pm, Newark, New York, 315-573-4067
July 22 Mutt Strutt, Jackson Arena, Stowe Village, Vermont, 802-888-5065 ext. 110
July 22-August 6 Art on the Mountain, Dover, Vermont, 802-464-2110
July 23 Wharf-to-Wharf Race, Santa Cruz, California, 831-475-2196
July 27-29 Nebraska's Big Sky Rodeo, Junction of Hwys. 91 & 11, Burwell, Nebraska, 308-346-5010 or 888-328-7935
July 27-30 Maine Quilts 2006 Show, Civic Center, Augusta, Maine, 207-577-0648
July 28-30 Grand Prix, Downtown, San Jose, California, 408-277-9470
July 28-30 Flashback Weekend, Crown Plaza Chicago O' Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, flashbackweekend@ameritech.net
July 28-30 European Motorcycle Meet, Jordan Grand Hotel, Bethel, Maine, 207-836-2208
July 28-30 State Craft Fair,
                   Franklin & Marshall College: Alumni Sports & Fitness Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 215-579-5997
July 28-30 LibertyCon, Comfort Inn at 6710 Ringgold Rd., Chattanooga, Tennessee, uncletimmy@libertycon.org
July 28-30 North Kitsap Arts & Crafts Festival, Port Gamble, Washington, 360-842-6100 or 360-297-3555
July 29 Henry County Harvest Showcase, Fairgrounds, New Castle, Kentucky, 502-845-0806
July 29 Fun in the Sun Car & Truck Show, Madison, North Carolina, 336-427-8543
July 29-30 High Country Arts & Crafts Festival, Taos, New Mexico
July 29-30 Pittsburgh Toy, Comic & Childhood Collectibles Show , Expo Mart, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, 814-467-1500
July 29-30 Mountain Market for Arts & Crafts, Hannah Pickett Memorial Park, Monteagle, Tennessee
July 30 Moss Landing Antique Street Fair, 8am-5pm, Moss Landing, California, 831-633-4501
July 30 Art in the Park, City Park, Appleton, Wisconsin, 920-733-4089

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Vegetarian food in Kansas City, one of the barbecue capitals of the world? Of course! How about a sweet potato burrito or egg salad bruschetta at Eden Alley Cafe? They have a kids' menu too. Cafe Rumi has plenty of Middle Eastern specialties without meat. McCoy's has vegan wraps and Black Bean Veggie Burgers and a colorful Moroccan Veggie Stir-Fry. For more meatless choices, try Thai Place, Thai Orchid, Waldo Pizza, Chipotle and P.F. Chang's China Bistro.

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