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June 1-4, 2011
Steamboat Days
Riverfront Park,
Des Arc, Arkansas
Celebrate 26 years with a talent show, Grand Ol' Opry, 5K run/walk on Saturday, car show, crawfish eating contest on Saturday, Captain's Ball, music from Riverbilly (and others), arts and crafts along Main Street, chili cooking competition, motorcycle poker run, horseshoe pitching contest, festival merchandise, games for kids.
Learn More: Call 870-256-5289

June 2-5, 2011
Opelousas Spice and Music Festival
Various locations,
Opelousas, Louisiana
Cajun and Creole cooking demos, fiddle jam and workshop, Cajun and Zydeco dance contest, pepper eating contest, food vendors, Bar-B-Que Cook-off, carnival, arts and crafts, plenty of music from Don Fontenot and Les Amis, Chubby Carriere and the Bayou Swamp Band, Patrick Henry and The Liberation Band.
Details: Call 337-946-5227

June 3-4, 2011
Lum 'n Abner Festival
Jameson Park & Country Fairgrounds,
Mena, Arkansas
For a 34th year you can enjoy a lumberjack show, crafts, 5K run, Great Lum and Abner Meltdown, Firefighter Challenge, festival foods, 3-on-3 basketball, baby crawling contest, activities for kids, entertainment, plus a car, truck and motorcycle show on Saturday.
Questions? Call 379-394-8355

June 3-4, 2011
Georgia Blueberry Festival
First Baptist Church and Goldwassar Park,
Alma, Georgia
Rides and games, Civil War reenactments, festival foods, 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run on Saturday, vendors, blueberry cooking contest, classic cars. This event celebrates 37 great years in 2011.
Get The Facts: Call 912-632-5859

June 3-4, 2011
Riverless Festival
Various venues downtown,
Phillipsburg, Kansas
It's the festival's 27th season. Enjoy a car and motorcycle show, turtle races, pageant, food booths, 2-mile walk/fun run, KKAN/KQMA live remote broadcasting, music and other entertainment, men's softball tournament, activities for kids, arts and crafts, senior golf 2-man scramble, men's softball tournament, games, games, flea market, horse show (Saturday).
Further Information: Call 785-543-2321

June 3-5, 2011
Church Point Buggy Festival
City Park,
Church Point, Louisiana
For a 29th year Ashdown celebrates with an accordion playing contest, music and dance, carnival rides Buggy Parade on Church Boulevard at 1pm on Sunday, buggy displays, accordion jam, Cajun (and other) festival foods, pageant.
Questions? Call 337-684-2739

June 3-5, 2011
Festa Italiana
Zona Rosa Town Square,
Kansas City, Missouri
Italian music and dance, activities for kids, festival foods, beer garden, chef demos, entertainment from Malena Marcase, The Gumbas, Joseph Vincelli. Plus, Deana Martin does a musical tribute to her father, Dean Martin. It's the festival's 34th anniversary.
Details: Call 816-174-8444 or 816-587-8180

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June 3-5, 2011
Fairport Canal Days
Fairport Junction,
Fairport, New York
Fun planned for this 34th year includes more than 40 food booths, more than 200 arts and crafts booths Saturday and Sunday, activities for kids, plus a battle of the bands and entertainment from Bow ties, Coda Combo, Dan Nitsch, local high school jazz performers, The Clockmen, Tommy Brunett and others.
Questions? Call 585-234-4323

June 3-5, 2011
Columbus Arts Festival
Discovery District downtown,
Columbus, Ohio
Rhythm and blues musical artists, art demos, visual artists and craftspeople showing and selling their work, music from The Salty Caramels, festival foods, hands-on art, spoken word poetry, music from Incline District, The Randys and others. The festival celebrates an impressive 50 years in 2011.
Learn More: Call 614-234-2606

June 3-5, 2011
Hog Wild Days
Island Days, Oregon
Fun run, food vendors, Pig Train, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, parades, activities for kids, flea market, entertainment, plus a quilt show the same weekend at the The Place (on Buchanan Lane).
Get the Facts: Call 541-963-3540

June 3-5, 2011
Alley Fest
Longview, Texas
2011 marks this event's 33rd anniversary. Get ready for Kids on Stage, classic cars, entertainment, magic and face painting (and other activities) for the kids, 10K/5K/1-mile Alley Run on Saturday, festival foods, Alley Art. Planned music includes Wade Bowen, Matthew Davidson Band, Back in Black and Guns 4 Roses.
Find Out More: Call 903-237-4040

June 3-5, 2011
Strolling of the Heifers
Brattlesboro, Vermont
Film festival, library book sale, Ultimate New England Sandwich Competition, Live Green Expo, self-guided farm tours, Big Organic Breakfast Bar, Dairy Godmother Bovine Fortune Telling, pre-parade entertainment Saturday from 9-10am, parade down Main Street at 10am Saturday. Friday is Gallery Walk Night with a street dance. Musical talent includes Happy Dan the Music Man, Brattlesboro Buzzard Brass Band, Tony Duncan and Groove Shoes. It's the 10th year for this event.
Details: Call 318-435-7607

June 3-5, 2011
Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival
Doyle Park,
Little Chute, Wisconsin
Plans for this 23rd season include cheese carving, wine tasting, cheese curd eating contest, Cheddar Chase Walk/Run, cheesecake making contest, Big Cheese Breakfast Sunday at the Little Chute Civic Center, Text Team Scavenger Hunt, balloon creations, golf chipping, Big Cheese Parade on Saturday, rides and other activities for children, cheese tasting, petting zoo.
Learn More: Call 920-786-7390 or 920-786-7380

June 4-5, 2011
Maine Fiber Frolic
Windsor Fairgrounds on Route 32,
Windsor, Maine
There's plenty of fun planned for this 11th year. Get ready for festival foods, wool spinning, Dan Grady Marionette Show, activities for children, animals on display, marketplace, workshops on fiber and fabric work, sheepdog demos and more.
Additional Information: Call 207-832-5162

June 4-5, 2011
Strawberry Festival
Various locations downtown,
Troy, Ohio
Celebrate 35 years with chocolate-covered strawberries, Strawberry Stampede 10K Run, pageants, games and contests, arts and crafts, parade on Saturday, strawberry pie, softball tournament, strawberry doughnuts, car show, strawberry shortcake, strawberry burritos, strawberry sushi, strawberry funnel cakes, Prouty Plaza fountain water changing from clear to red, strawberry pie-eating contest, firefighter water fights, Berry Beach Volleyball, strawberry salsa, strawberry kabobs, NASA Exploration Experience, 3 stages of entertainment on the Levee.
Get the Facts: Call 937-339-7714

June 4-11, 2011
Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival
Historic Square and other venues,
Warren, Arkansas
This 55th season brings with it a quilt show, arts and crafts, fish fry, baby contest, open house at local banks, 5K run/walk, music from Joe Diffie, Gospel Jamboree, golf tournament, carnival, all-tomato luncheon, Cutest Dog Contest, festival merchandise, street dance, diaper dash, mobile aquarium, turtle races, tomato packing contest, softball tournament, fireworks Saturday at 10pm.
Questions? Call 870-226-5225

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June 8-11, 2011
Bushwhacker Days
Town Square,
Nevada, Missouri
It's the 47th year for this one. Plans include arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, living history reenactments, storytellers and cowboy poetry, BBQ, car cruise-in, flag ceremony, firefighter water games, horseshoe pitching contest, ice cream social, dog show, National Anthem Saturday at 6pm followed by the festival parade at 6:05pm.
Additional Info: Call 417-667-5300

June 8-11, 2011
Jubilee Day
Warsaw, Missouri
Parade on Saturday morning, fiddlers; contest, rides and games, arts and crafts, car show. (The addition of a beer tent is under consideration.) There will also be turtle races plus music from T-Marv and Hammer Down. The festival celebrates 45 years in 2011.
Details: Call 660-438-5184 or 660-438-5922

June 9-11, 2011
Boomtown Days
Landreth Park on North Main Street,
Joplin, Missouri
(Please note: I'm including this event, but I don't currently know the status of things following the tornado devastation in Joplin. Check on them, please. If there is a festival going on I would urge you all to attend and give your support to the great people of Joplin. They'll need a lot of love and tourist dollars to help rebuild their community.)

Happy Tails Dog Show, pig races, music from Diamond Rio plus Blues Traveler, cake dive contest, chili cooking contest, game arcade, appearance by Captain America, fireworks display, food and beverage vendors, Boomtown Half Marathon, military displays.
Get the Facts: Please call ahead! 417-624-4150 or 417-625-4789

June 9-11, 2011
Party in the Pines
Main Street,
Whitmire, South Carolina
It's the event's 24th anniversary. Parade Saturday at 4pm, festival foods, bicycle ride, arts and crafts, motorcyle poker run, carnival, music, street dance. General hours are 6-11pm Thursday, 6pm-midnight Friday and 4pm-midnight on Saturday (all evening hours).
Learn More: Call 803-694-3003 or 803-694-3797

June 9-12, 2011
Depot Days
City Park and Downtown,
Stevenson, Alabama
Pre-festival yard sale on June 4, bass tournament, ice cream social, concerts, Bug Blast Volkswagon Parade, pro lawnmower racing, Depot Museum tours, storytelling, street dance, Pioneer Breakfast.
Questions? Call 256-437-3012

June 9-12, 2011
Kolach Days
Various locations,
Verdigre, Nebraska
The event marks its 43rd anniversary this year. Enjoy a street dance, tractor pull, beer garden, 10K/5K run/walk, pool party, kolach eating contest, turtle races, poker run, scavenger hunt to benefit Relay for Life, kiddie parade for kids (followed by a sand dig with money and other prizes), youth dance, polka mass on Sunday, grand parade on Sunday at 1:30pm, antique tractor rides, duck races, 4-wheeler pull, variety show on Thursday, Verdigre High School Alumni Banquet on Saturday, book signing, traveling silent auction, luncheons at several churches plus sales of kolache pastries singly or by the dozen (you might choose from among poppy, cherry, cheese and apricot).
Get The Facts: Call 402-668-2681 or 402-668-2305

June 9-12, 2011
Sparta Butterfest
Comeford Park and other venues,
Sparta, Wisconsin
Car show, pageant, flea market, parade at Sunday, petting zoo, quilt show at Maplewood School, children's pedal pull, bean bag tournament, softball tournament, senior men's hockey tournament, arts and crafts, lip sync contest, A&P Carnival, antiques, 3-person golf tournament, timber show, firefighter water fights, motorcyle poker run, kid's bike decorating contest, face painting, milking contest, festival foods such as pizza, burgers, hot dogs, cheese curds and ice cream. 2011 marks the event's 27th anniversary.
Further Information: Call 608-269-4123

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June 9-12, 2011
Hometown Days
Community Park,
Verona, Wisconsin
Fun run/walk on Sunday morning, sandbox coin dig for kids age 10 and younger, pony rides, Spin the Wheel, balloon sculptures, caricature artist, festival foods, beer tent, car show, bingo, softball tournament, activities for kids, fireworks Thursday at 9:30pm. (The event opens at 5pm on Thursday.) There will be entertainment from Pat McCurdy, Cherry Pie and others.
Get Details: Call 608-845-9333

June 10-11, 2011
9-1-1 Festival
Downtown Mall,
Haleyville, Alabama
BBQ cooking competition, historical displays, arts and crafts, festival foods, car show, street dance, activities for kids, parade, rescue and fire information. Haleyville is home to the first official 9-1-1 call made in February of 1968.
Information: Call 205-486-4611 or 205-486-3121

June 10-11, 2011
Ice Cream Social
Public Square,
Berryville, Arkansas
It's the festival's 26th season. Get ready for contests, games for kids, train rides, fishing derby for the kids on Saturday, arts and crafts, gospel and bluegrass music, classic cars, 5K run, ice cream and other festival foods, appearance by Carroll County Community Orchestra.
Get The Facts: Call 870-423-3704

June 10-11, 2011
Banana Split Festival
Denver Williams Memorial Park,
Wilmington, Ohio
Make-Your-Own-Banana-Split booth (where you can choose scoops from varieties of ice cream and then choose 3 toppings), dunking booth, youth baseball tournament, pro chefs in banana split building contest, commercial booths, giant inflatables and other activities for kids, banana split eating contest with 3 age divisions, classic cars, souvenirs, arts and crafts. Among those scheduled to provide entertainment during this 17th year: Full House, Roz and Lynn, Blue Steel.
Learn More: Call 877-426-4748

June 10-12, 2011
Tremont Turkey Festival
Tremont Park,
Tremont, Illinois
Strawberry shortcake eating contest, musical entertainment, Country Store, parad at 4pm on Sunday (and buy those turkey sandwiches before the parade or they may run out before you can get yours), pancake breakfast Saturday morning, festival merchandise, lip sync contest, carnival, car show, free shuttle from the high school to the park, strawberry smoothies and other festival foods, arts and crafts, antiques. The festival celebrates 46 seasons in 2011.
Find Out Details: Call 306-925-5269

June 10-12, 2011
Louisiana Corn Festival
Bunkie, Louisiana
Plans this year include a talent contest, balloon launch, children's parade, lizard races, food vendors, 5K run/walk on Saturday, parade down Main Street at 11am on Saturday, Mitchell Bros. Carnival, arts and crafts, games, corn shucking contest, softball tournament, corn eating contest.
Questions? Call 318-346-2575

June 10-12, 2011
Carson City Rendezvous
Mills Park on Highway 50 East,
Carson City, Nevada
Trick ropers, Cowboy Stunt Show, blacksmithing competition, camel rides, opening ceremonies, old-time traders, Kid's Stick Horse Rodeo (for ages 2-13), 1860s fashion show, food court, activities for kids, Civil War period ball, stagecoach rides, gunfighter shows, Pony Express re-rides, Native American dances and demonstrations, music, Mountain Men encampment and demonstrations. It's the festival's 28th year of fun.
Learn More: Call 775-846-1130 or 800-NEVADA-1

June 10-12, 2011
Versailles Poultry Days
Various venues,
Versailles, Ohio
Celebrate 60 years with carnival games and rides, kiddie tractor pull, Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, grand parade Thursday at 11am, cake contest, egg exhibit, flower show, photography show, antique cars and trucks, golf scramble, Historical Society displays, 5K run/walk/1-mile fun run, arts and crafts, library book sale, bean bag tournament, pageant, bingo, woodcarvers, 2-on-2 basketball, music from Karma's Pawn and others.
Information: Call 937-626-3294

June 10-19, 2011
Marysville Strawberry Festival
Various locations,
Marysville, Washington
Berry Run, car show June 18 10am-3pm at Asbery Field, carnival, strawberry shortcake, activities for kids, car show, parade at 7:45pm on Saturday followed by fireworks, berry sales, festival foods. Those scheduled to perform this year include Chance McKinney, Background Noise, No Rules, Callie Cash, Magazine Band. 2011 marks the 80th season for this event.
Further Details: Call 903-572-8567

June 11, 2011
Blueberry Jubilee
Poplarville, Mississippi
1-mile run/walk at 8am with a 5K run at 8:30am, food vendors, blueberry products, storytelling, car and truck show, pageant (the week prior to the main festival), baby crawl, arts and crafts, recipe contest, entertainment from Jeff Hodnet, Natalie Kirk and Company, Liberty Road, PRCC Jazz Cats. General hours are 8am-4pm.
Details: Call 601-795-0651 or 601-795-8377

June 11, 2011
Tomato Festival
Commerce Street and Austin Street area Downtown,
Jacksonville, Texas
It's the festival's 27th season. Enjoy tomato shed tours, non-profit booths, tennis tournament, fishing tournament, Top Tomato, health screenings, street dance, tomato mashing, auction, arts and crafts, salsa contest, Best Home-grown Tomato Contest, classic cars, soccer tournament, entertainment, tomato peeling contest, gospel concert, hay ride.
Learn More: Call 903-586-2217 or 800-378-2217

June 11, 2011
Texas Blueberry Festival
Various locations,
Nacogdoches, Texas
Celebrate 22 years with a quilt show, Deja Blue Classic Car Show, pancake breakfast 8am (until the food is gone) at Downtown Square, blueberry ice cream making contest, storytelling, blueberry pie eating contest, blueberry cobbler making contest, art activities for kids, blueberry pie, arts and crafts, blueberry grower sales and tours, food vendors, petting zoo, giant inflatables and other activities for kids, Blue Threads Costume Contest, Honda Goldwing Motorcycle Show, Big Blue Murals, Paul Hendrick Memorial 42 Tournament, True Blue Pet Parade, Run for the Blueberries for ages 12 and younger, Blueberry Hill Soda and Sweet Shoppe at Regions Bank, entertainment on 3 stages. Amnong those scheduled to perform: Last Call Outlaws, Ally Fuller, Fish Police, Zay Santos, Season Ammons.
Get The Facts: Call 936-564-7351 or 936-560-5533

June 11-12, 2011
Heritage Days Festival
Cumberland, Maryland
Civil War encampments, sidewalk sales, art in the library lobby, walking tours, crafts, ethnic foods, photo ops with selected zoo animals, petting zoo, activities for kids, canal boat replica, juried art, breakfast at the Methodist Church, exhibits. General hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. There is also music planned from Arion Band, Rick Krause. When the munchies hit you can choose treats such as turkey legs, bruschetta, burgers, nachos, funnel cakes, ice cream and candied apples. This year the festival celebrates 43 seasons.
Questions? Call 301-722-0037

June 11-12, 2011
French Heritage Festival
Historical District,
St. Genevieve, Missouri
St. Genevieve gives a nod to their beginnings with Colonial architecture walking tours, music and dance, living history demonstrations, wine tasting, French cuisine, period costumes, lectures, French folk dancing demonstrations, historic reenactments.
Further Information: Call 800-373-7007

June 13-19, 2011
Butter Festival
Nishan Park at Viking Drive,
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Chicken BBQ, beer garden, demolition derby, tractor pull, carnival midway, kids' pedal tractor pull, parade at 10:30am on Saturday, Run for the Butter at 8am on Saturday, Tough Trucks and ATV racing, activities for children, pageant, Big Wheel races, Catch a Pig Contest, arts and crafts.
Additional Details: Call 608-524-3206 or 800-844-3507

June 15-18, 2011
Ice Cream Days
County Fairgrounds, Olson Cultural Center and other locations,
Le Mars, Iowa
Art and educational activities for children, cruise-in, Grill 'n' Chill, Smile Contest, parade at 9am on Saturday, golf ball drop, outdoor movie at Olson Cultural Center, grand opening of a new Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor on Central Avenue, Splash Dance swim party, ice cream socials, festival foods, arts and crafts, entertainment, toy auction, genealogical research assistance, Ice Cream Flavor Creation Contest at Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor on 5th Avenue, band concert, 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
Get The Facts: Call 712-546-8821

June 15-18, 2011
Community Days
Markey Park,
Belton, Missouri
Fireworks, games, carnival, contests, parade Saturday at 10am, festival foods, arts and crafts, commercial vendors.
Learn More: Call 816-331-2420

June 15-18, 2011
Mighty Moo Festival
Various venues,
Cowpens, South Carolina
For a 34th year the festival honors the men and women of the USS Cowpens Aircraft Carrier CVL 25 and the Cowpens Aegis Guided Missile Cruiser CG-63. There are reunion activities, but also many events that include the general community. Enjoy a street dance, high school reunions, carnival games and rides, pageant, community gospel sing on Wednesday, festival foods, arts and crafts, golf tournament and more.
Further Information: Call 854-463-2129

June 16-18, 2011
Steamboat Sports Festival
Riverfront Festival Park,
Peoria, Illinois
Bags Under the Bridge Tournament, Musical entertainment, Steamboat Star Search, foot races, Proctor Cycling Classic, motorcycle stunt shows, activities for kids, volleyball tournament, carnival. General hours are 4-11pm on Thursday, noon-midnight on Friday and 8am-midnight on Saturday.
Questions? Call 309-681-0696

June 16-18, 2011
International Washboard Festival
Worthington Park,
Logan, Ohio
Antique tractors and engines on display, vintage clothing exhibit, parade on Saturday at 6pm, activities for kids, festival foods, factory tours of Columbus Washboard Company (where you can still buy working washboards or musical washboards), puppeteer Grandpa Cratchett, arts and crafts, quilt show at The Bowen House. Enjoy music from Arnett Howard and his band, Skeedaddle, Kaye Wade, Sister Jean and Kenan, Michael and Rebecca, Buffalo ridge Jazz Band.
Get the Facts: Call 740-380-3828

June 16-18, 2011
Peach Jamboree & Rodeo
Various locations,
Stonewall, Texas
Plans for the Jamboree's 50th anniversary include a peach show and judging, washer pitching tournament, wild cow milking, fun run, rodeo events, arts and crafts, food vendors, dance, parade on Saturday at 10am, baking and preserves contest, pageant, Peach Patch with activities for kids, Peach Pit Spitting Contest, Cowboy Breakfast on Saturday at the Chamber Grounds from 6:30-10am.
Details: Call 830-644-2735

June 16-19, 2011
Hog Wild Days
Guthridge Park,
Hiawatha, Iowa
Lions Club free vision screening for children age 5 months to 4 years old, parade Saturday at 10:30am, after-parade party, game tent, 5K run/walk, ping pong drop for kids 12 and younger, flea market, Boy Scout dunk tank, pinewood derby races, festival foods, carnival, tug-of-war, breakfast at Hope Church Tent Saturday and Sunday, bowling pin toss, raffle, music, fireworks at 10pm on Sunday, bingo.
Further Information: Email hogwilddays@hotmail.com

June 17-18, 2011
Fulton Street Fair
Fulton, Missouri
It's the festival's 8th season. Enjoy an ice cream social on the courthouse lawn, drawings for prizes, arts and crafts, beer garden, 5K run/walk (plus kid's mile fun for those in 8th grade or younger), carnival, fireworks at 10pm Saturday, commercial vendors, washer pitching tournament, grand parade Saturday at 5pm. The Mule Derby is on Court Street between 4th and 5th. Teams build mules that race along cables. (No actaul mules are harmed or exploited at all).
Details: Call 573-642-4841

June 17-18, 2011
Strawberry Festival
Owego, New York
Enjoy a Friday night block party, arts and crafts, rock climbing wall, Tom Knight Puppets, homemade strawberry pie baking contest, wine tasting, Poochie Dog Show Contest, Straw Dogs Strut Their Stuff Contest, auto display, fireworks at 10pm Friday at Draper Park, fresh berries for sale, chicken BBQ, rubber duckie derby, festival foods and plenty of strawberry treats. Among those scheduled to provide musical entertaniment: Spelunkers, Dirt Farm, Dixie Cats. It's the festival's 31st season of fun.
Details: Call 607-687-2556

June 17-18, 2011
Strawberry Fest
Waupaca, Wisconsin
Tours of historical areas, scale model contest, model railroad show (June 18-19), entertainment, arts and crafts, strawberry shortcake, fresh berries for sale, activities for kids.
Details: Call 715-258-7343 or 888-417-4040

June 17-18, 2011
International Bayfest
Leicht Memorial Park,
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Celebrate the festival's 31st season with contests, a world market, talent showcase, 3 stages of entertainment with Katie Herzig, ventriloquist Wayne Francis, Orpheus, Rob Anthony and others. Food choices might include taco salad, turkey legs, roasted sweet corn, Italian dishes, Greek specialties, burgers, funnel cakes. You can also enjoy fireworks Friday evening, arts and crafts, educational and cultural displays, activities for kids.
Questions? Call 920-435-5220

June 17-19, 2011
Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival
Veteran's Memorial Park on Detroit Road,
Avon, Ohio
Games and rides, magician Bobby Maverick, Disney Radio, arts and crafts, parade on Saturday at 10am (with floats decorated in colorful duct tape), duct tape art and sculpture, beer tent, Kiss Tribute, festival foods.
Questions? Call 865-818-1118

June 17-19, 2011
Oahe Days Art Festival
Steamboat Park,
Pierre, South Dakota
Food vendors, activities for kids, State Cornhole Championships, mechanical bull, family run/walk, Scout Scramble, Dakota Duck Derby, non-profit booths, arts and crafts, music from The Tinder Box, The Plainsfolk and others.
Questions? Call 605-224-7361 or 605-280-9808

June 17-19, 2011
Quechee Hot Air Balloon & Craft Festival
Village Green,
Quechee, Vermont
Arts and crafts, giant inflatable houses and other activities for kids, commercial vendors, beer and wine garden, balloon glows in the evenings, balloon rides (and do book ahead), early morning balloon launches, music and other entertainment. (All balloon activities are subject to weather conditions.) It's the festival's 32nd anniversary.
Questions? Call 602-295-7900 or 800-295-5451

June 17-19, 2011
Edmonds Arts Festival
Downtown at Dayton and Main Street area,
Edmonds, Washington
More than 450 artisans apply and more than 200 are chosen to show and sell their works. You can also enjoy student art, art activities for kids, a wine bar and also entertainment from Stargrass, Sno-King Community Chorale, Olympic Ballet Theatre, Easy Company, The Whole Bolivian Army. Festival foods may include pizza, teriyaki skewers, smoked sausages, brats, burgers, BBQ, roasted almonds, waffle cones, shaved ice, chocolate-dipped berries. General hours are 11am-9pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday.
Additional Details: Call 425-771-6412

June 17-19, 2011
Polish Fest
Summerfest Grounds,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
For a 30th year you can enjoy fun such as cooking demos, arts and crafts, travel info, a Polish marketplace, vodka tastings, polka lessons, Cultural Village, pierogi, roasted corn, Chopin Youth Piano Competition, folk music and dance, Polish Catholic Mass, Easter Seals Walk on Saturday morning, polish beer, plus entertainment this year from Polish Falcons Tumbling Troop, Ludowa Nuta, Accompany of Kids and others.
Get the Facts: Call 414-529-2140

June 17-23, 2011
Greenville Chautauqua
Centre Stage Theatre, Greenville Tech, other venues,
Greenville, South Carolina
Literary festival in which actors study figures from history and then portray them before the public. There are both free and for-a-fee shows. Call to get specifics. This year you can meet Albert Einstein (Larry Bounds), W.E.B. Du Bois (Charles Everett Pace), John Muir (Lee Stetson), Frances Perkins (Caroline McIntyre) and Mark Twain (George Frein).
Further Information: Call 854-608-5812

June 18, 2011
Alabama Blueberry Festival
Burnt Corn Creek Park,
Brewton, Alabama
Food court, fresh blueberries, petting zoo, face painting, entertainment, blueberry ice cream, classic cars, blueberry bushes for sale, motorcycle rally and show, giant inflatables and other activities for the kids, arts and crafts, blueberry festival cookbooks for sale. They pack a lot of this fun between the hours of 8am-3pm. The event celebrates its 31st anniversary this year.
Details: Call 251-867-3224

June 18, 2011
RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival
Town Square,
Bell Buckle, Tennessee
RC Moon Pie 10-mile Run at 7am, Moon Pie Parade at 11am, festival foods, arts and crafts, pageant, Moon Pie games, music.
Questions? Call 931-389-9663

June 18-19, 2011
High Rolls Cherry Festival
High Rolls Mountain Park,
High Rolls, New Mexico
This festival celebrates 46 seasons in 2011. Get ready for fresh Bing cherries, cherry products, arts and crafts, activities for children, cherry pie, cherry cider. General hours are 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday.
Learn More: Call 505-692-1151

June 18-19, 2011
Northwest Garlic Festival
Wilson Field on Sandridge Road,
Ocean Park, Washington
Clove Brothers mascots on hand for the fun, food court with plenty of garlic-laden dishes such as deep-fried garlic and even chocolate-dipped garlic, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, music from Double J and the Boys (and lawn chairs are permitted), garlic-themed products, wine and brews. Hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. The festival marks its 30th anniversary in 2011.
Questions? Call 360-642-2400 or 800-451-2543

June 18-21, 2011
Hampton County Watermelon Festival
Various venues,
Hampton, South Carolina
This festival celebrates an impressive 69 seasons in 2011. Plans include teacher recognition, fishing contests, crafts, pageants, festival foods, street dance, silent auction, gospel concert, watermelon judging, door decorating contest, watermelon eating contest, art contest and exhibit, 5K run, youth parade, music, Michael's Carnival, pet show, Taste of Hampton June 21. There will not be a quilt display this year.
Learn More: Call 803-943-4876

June 20-26, 2011
Lorain International Festival
DeLuca's Place in the Park, Palace Civic Center, Black River Landing,
Lorain, Ohio
Plans for this 45th anniversary include a band concert at Veteran's Park, parad on Sunday at 11:30am, arts and crafts, activities for kids, more than 100 ethnic food vendors, world-wide tour of sacred music on June 21 at Palace Civic Theatre at 7:15pm (with free admittance), classic cars, music from Fossil Creek Band, Stigma Greek Band, Jump Drive.
Additional Information: Call 440-244-8808

June 22-26, 2011
Lompoc Valley Flower Festival
Ryon Park,
Lompoc, California
For a 59th year festival-goers gather in Lompoc to enjoy a flower show at Veteran's Memorial Building (100 E. Locust) Saturday from noon-6pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm, arts and crafts, food, carnival, pageants, entertainment.
Questions? Call 805-735-8511

June 22-26, 2011
Little Bighorn Days
Hardin, Montana
1870s period costume ball (and you can get the dance lessons ahead of time), activities for kids, several church-sponsored meals, arts and crafts, food vendors with Indian tacos and other great tastes, entertainment, Custer's Last Stand reeactment outside town, art exhibits at Big Horn County Historical Museum (and other venues).
Info: Call 406-665-1672

June 22-26, 2011
Old Fashioned Days
High School Complex at 3553 Center Road,
Brunswick, Ohio
This is the festival's 21st anniversary. Plans include a parade on Sunday, contests, fireworks on Thursday night, pageant on Wednesday, Bates Brothers Amusements carnival, musical entertainment.
Get The Facts: Call 330-273-4492

June 23-25, 2011
Malvern City Park,
Malvern, Arkansas
Sand sculpture, dog show, brick car derby, 5K run on Saturday at 7:30am, BBQ competition, activities for kids, arts and crafts, baby contest, domino tournament, motorcyle show, car show. There's plenty of fun planned for this 31st year.
Further Details: Call 757-721-6001

June 23-25, 2011
London Strawberry Festival
Village Park,
London, Ohio
Chocolate-dipped strawberries, London AC Cobra Car Show (to benefits Cystic Fibrosis research), largest homegrown strawberry contest, shoebox float contest, commercial vendors, arts and crafts, parades, fresh berries for sale, rides and games, coloring contest, kiddie tractor pull, strawberry shortcake. 2011 marks 29 years of festival fun.
Additional Info: Call 740-852-1582 or 614-879-5728

June 23-26, 2011
Helen Keller Festival
Spring Park,
Tuscumbia, Alabama
Imagine Station and other activities for kids, parade down Main Street on Thursday at 6pm, family bike ride, golf tournament, 5-mile/1-mile run Saturday at 8am, water shows nightly, car and truck show Saturday 8am-2pm, guide walking tours, Railroad Depot Museum exhibits and activities, performances of The Miracle Worker, cemetery tours, music from Lenny Leblanc, The Shooters, the Wildwood Ruminators, 3 Lanes Crossing (and others).
Questions? Call 256-383-0783 or 800-344-0783

June 23-26, 2011
Dan Patch Days
Community Park,
Savage, Minnesota
Savage Fire Department-sponsored pancake breakfast Sunday 7:30-11:30am (at the new Fire Department 60 at City Hall Complex), pie eating contest, bingo, grand parade Sunday at 1pm, men's softball tournament, music and other entertainment, strong man competition, Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin' Challenge, 5K race and 1-mile fun run, fireworks Saturday at 10:15pm, giant inflatables and other activities for kids, game show and raffle sponsored by the Historical Society, petting zoo, Taste of Savage, beer and wine tasting fundraiser.
Details: Call 952-440-6255

June 24-25, 2011
Purplehull Pea Festival
Emerson High School area,
Emerson, Arkansas
This 22nd year you can enjoy fireworks Friday night, Senior Walk for World Peace, Silver Hair Choir, arts and crafts, tractor show, Million Tiller Parade Saturday at 1pm, World Champsionship Rotary Tiller Race on Saturday at 1pm, basketball tournament, auction, pea shelling competition, street dance, pea lunches (free to seniors), Kids' Fishing Derby earlier in the month, entertainment.
Learn More: Call 879-547-2707

June 24-25, 2011
Mudtown Days
McClure Park,
Lowell, Arkansas
Classic cars, petting zoo, activities for kids, Daisy BBB Gun Gallery, carnival, festival foods, stagecoach rides and maybe even a "staged" robbery, fireworks, scavenger hunt, fishing derby, parade Saturday at 9am, opening ceremony, music, tribute to the troops, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, BMX race. 2011 marks the festival's 35th season.
Get the Facts: Call 479-770-2185

June 24-25, 2011
Grantsville Days
Grantsville Park,
Grantsville, Maryland
The festival celebrates its 34th anniversay this year. Plans include a parade, entertainment, games for the kids, Lions Club chicken BBQ, local foods, fireworks and more fun.
Additional Information: Call 301-895-5387

June 24-25, 2011
Clinton Oklahoma Route 66 Festival
Various locations,
Clinton, Oklahoma
Cruise on Old 66 Downtown Friday night, burnout, concert, free hot dogs, entertainment, vendors, poker run, Wiener National Dachshund Dog Races. General hours are 7-9pm on Friday and 8am-8pm on Saturday.
Learn More: Call 580-323-2222

June 24-26, 2011
Michigan Challenge Balloonfest
Howell High School,
Howell, Michigan
For a 27th year you can enjoy comedy and magic shows, farmers market (opening at 9am) on Sunday, skydiving team show, Family Fun Tent, basketball tournament, Wade Show Carnival (opening Thursday at 2pm), balloon glows, arts and crafts, games and other activities for kids, frisbee catching dogs, fireworks Friday night, music. Blankets and low lawn chairs are permitted for enjoying the music, but no pets, alcohol or smoking, please.
Questions? Call 517-545-3820

June 24-July 3, 2011
Taste of Chicago
Grant Park, Michigan Avenue and Congress Street
Chicago, Illinois
Humana Race to Taste 5K run/2-mile walk through Grant Park on June 26, chef demos, Target's Giant Sandbox, Midnight Circus' Circo Urbano, games, arts and crafts, Family Pavilion. You buy tasting tickets and turn them in for treats from local restaurants. How about these? Fried Ravioli from Tutto Italiano, Tomatillo Potatoes from Vermilion, Chicken and Waffles from Lagniappe Creole Cajun Joint, Sweet Potato Hash Browns from Hashbrown, Fried Okra from Harold's Chicken, Pineapple Bites from Cubby Bear, Pad Thai Noodles from Star of Siam, Irish Egg Rolls from Abbey Pub. And those are just a few of the dishes being offered. Entertainment scheduled for the event includes Evan Dando, Black Bear Combo, Black Slang, Angel d' Cuba, The Brown Sisters, KTP Band, Funkadesi, Marrakesh Express.
Learn More: Call 312-744-3370

June 25, 2011
Jubilee in June
City Park,
Hatfield, Arkansas
Arts and crafts, 3-on-3 basketball, arts and crafts, food, sack races and other games, BBQ competition, fireworks at 8:30pm, parade at 10am.
Learn More: Call 870-389-6611 or 870-389-6911

June 25-26, 2011
Cherry Blossom Festival
19th to 20th Street, from Larimer to Lawrence,
Denver, Colorado
Martial arts demos, Japanese festival foods such as teriyaki dishes and sushi, Japanese street dance, beer garden, ikebana exhibits, drum performances, arts and crafts, Asian marketplace, festival merchandise, calligraphy.
Learn More: Call 303-380-8972

June 25-26, 2011
Strawberry Festival
Historic District,
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Quilt Day on the Farm exhibit at the museum, Strawberry Pancake Breakfast 8-11am on Sunday on Cedar Creek (with musical entertainment), tractor hayride shuttle, strawberry bubble gum blowing contest, strawberry crepes, food courts, Cedar Quacker 500 duck races Saturday/Sunday at 1pm, Plein Air Painting Competition, strawberry cooking demos, strawberry shortcake eating contest, strawberry bratwurst, strawberry pie, Strawberry Blush Wine, games and contests with strawberries, chocolate-covered berries, 5K walk/run, pony rides, petting zoo. Please, no pets and no carry-ins. The festival celebrates 26 years in 2011.
Learn More: Call 262-377-9620 or 888-894-4001

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Brief, bare-boned last-minute festival listings:

June 1-4 Deercreek Dam Days Festival, along the banks, Williamsport, Ohio, 740-986-5863 or 740-986-5451
June 2-3 Memphis Italian Festival, Marquette Park, Memphis, Tennessee, 901-767-6949
June 2-5 Ithaca Festival, Stewart Park Ithaca Commons, Ithaca, New York, 607-273-3646
June 2-5 Vermont Dairy Festival (55th), Enosburg Falls, Vermont, 802-933-2513
June 3-6 Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival (56th), Beach Landing, Fort Walton, Florida, 850-242-8191
June 3-4 Wellborn Blueberry Festival (18th), Andrews Square, Wellborn, Florida, 386-362-3071 or 386-963-5002
June 3-4 Route 66 Summerfest, Rolla, Missouri, 573-364-3577
June 3-4 Magnolia Festival, Downtown, Durant, Oklahoma, 580-924-1550 or 580-924-0848
June 3-4 Shannon Street Blues & Heritage Festival, West Tennessee Farmer's Market, Jackson, Tennessee, 731-427-7573
June 3-4 Deseret Peak Stampede Days (11th), Deseret Peak Complex, Tooele, Utah, 425-241-0037
June 3-5 Elvis Presley Festival, Main Street, Tupelo, Mississippi, 800-533-0611
June 3-5 Sun Fun Festival, Grand Park, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 843-916-7239 or 843-625-7444
June 3-5 Fish Days, Main Street, Lake Andes, South Dakota, 605-487-7545 or 605-491-2159
June 3-5 Scottish Festival & Highland Games (25th), Maverick Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 800-363-7288
June 3-12 Three Rivers Art Festival, Downtown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 412-262-6723
June 4 Frontier Days (6th), Downtown, Double Springs, Alabama, 205-489-3534
June 4 Chicken & Egg Festival (24th), City Park, Prescott, Arizona, 870-887-2101
June 4 Chiefland Watermelon Festival, Chiefland, Florida, 352-493-1849
June 4 West Cape May Strawberry Festival
                   9-5, Wilbraham Park, West Cape May, New Jersey, 609-894-8382 or 609-864-9352
June 4-5 Apricot Festival, Patterson, California, 209-892-3118
June 9-12 Superman Celebration (33rd), Metropolis, Illinois, 800-949-5470
June 9-12 Salisbury Steak Festival, Salisbury, Missouri, 660-388-5030
June 9-12 River Festival, Island Park, Ronceverte, West Virginia, 304-647-3825
June 10-11 Old Home Days, West Paris, Maine, 207-674-2701 or 207-674-3576
June 10-11 Pork Rind Heritage Festival, Harrod, Ohio, 419-648-5091
June 10-12 Montana Mule Days, County Fairgrounds, Hamilton, Montana, 406-777-2331 or 406-846-1943
June 10-12 Hot Air Balloon Festival, County Fairgrounds, Coshocton, Onio, 740-622-65111
June 10-18 Riverbend Festival, Riverfront, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 423-756-2211
June 10-19 Gettysburg Festival, various locations, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 717-334-0853
June 11 Margaretta Day Festival, 10-3, Machias, Maine, 207-255-4402 or 207-255-8961
June 11 Yellow Springs Street Fair, 9-5, Downtown, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 937-767-2686
June 11-12 Winnemucca Basque Festival, Nixon Lawn, Winnemucca, Nevada, 800-962-2638
June 11-12 Allentown Art Festival (54th), 11-6, Delaware Avenue area, Buffalo, New York, 716-881-4269
June 12 Old Port Festival (38th), 11-5, Downtown, Portland, Maine, 207-772-6826
June 12-19 St. Anthony's Italian Festival, 901 N. DuPont St., Wilmington, Delaware, 302-421-3790 or 302-983-3200
June 12-July 24 Freedom Festival, Various venues, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 319-365-6313
June 15-18 Old Town Festival, Tennyson Park, Smackover, Arkansas, 870-725-3521
June 15-18 Nebraskaland Days, North Platte, Nebraska, 308-532-7839
June 16-18 Black Gold Days (33rd), Black Gold Park, Glenpool, Oklahoma, 916-322-3505
June 16-19 Boardwalk Art Show & Festival, Boardwalk, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 757-425-0000 or 800-822-3224
June 17-18 The New Old Town Picnic (renamed) (42nd), Old Town & Lone Wolff Parks, St. Peters, Missouri, 636-286-3236
June 17-18 Grovefest (24th), 3-7/9-7, Community Center & Civic Center, Grove, Oklahoma, 918-786-9079
June 17-18 Berry Jam Festival (16th), Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, Pennsylvania, 717-768-8261 or 800-732-3538
June 17-19 Festival of the Fish, Victory Park, Vermilion, Ohio, 440-967-4477
June 18 North Carolina Blueberry Festival, Historic Downtown, Burgaw, North Carolina, 910-259-9817
June 18-19 West Boulevard Summer Festival (32nd), Wilson Park, Rapid City, South Dakota, 605-348-9438
June 20-25 Western Days (42nd), Elgin, Texas, 512-285-4515
June 22-26 AthFest, Athens, Georgia, 706-548-1973
June 23-25 New Melle Festival, New Melle, Missouri, 635-828-5158
June 23-26 Cheese Curd Festival (10th), Country Fairgrounds, Ellsworth, Wisconsin, 715-273-6442
June 24-25 Liberty Day (26th), Columbiana, Alabama, 205-669-5808
June 24-25 Anthracite Heritage Festival, Festival of the Arts, Market Street, Shamokin, Pennsylvania, 570-648-6772
June 24-25 Buffalo River Elk Festival (14th), Town Square, Jasper, Arkansas, 870-445-2455
June 24-25 Red, White & Blue Festival (21st), Mountain Home, Arkansas, 870-421-7341
June 24-26 Italian-American Festival, Old New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, New Jersey, 609-729-4533 or 609-522-2955
June 25 Strawberry Festival, 9-4, Central School Grounds on Main St., South Berwick, Maine, 207-384-2822
June 25 Whitesbog Blueberry Festival (28th), 10-4, Whitesbog Village, Browns Mills, New Jersey, 609-893-4646
June 25-26 Boise Rec Fest, Ann Morrison Park, Boise, Idaho
June 25-26 Outdoors Arts & Crafts Festival (36th), 11-5, Main Street, Lockport, New York, 715-433-0813
June 25-26 Gene Autry Days (18th), 11-7/11-6, County Fairgrounds, Kenton, Ohio, 419-673-4131
June 25-26 Manayunk Arts Festival (22nd), Main Street, Manayunk, Pennsylvania, 215-482-9585
June 27-July 4 Sweet Corn Festival (37th),
                   Downtown, East Prairie, Missouri, 573-649-5243 or 573-637-2040

Other June 2011 Events You Might Enjoy
June 2-4 Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectible Expo,
                   Convention Center, Long Beach, California, 805-952-9636
June 3-5 Heroes Convention, Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, 704-375-7462
June 4-5 Crazy Horse Volksmarch (26th), Crazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse, South Dakota, 605-873-4681
June 4-5 Heirloom's Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival,
                   10-5/11-4, 1305 Memorial Ave., New Springfield, Massachusetts, 413-737-2443
June 4-5 Art in the Park (53rd), Stephens Lake Park, Columbia, Missouri, 573-443-8838 or 573-443-2131
June 10-12 Contemporary Crafts Market, 106, Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, 323-936-1447
June 10-12 Contagion: Outbreak (science fiction and pop culture convention),
                   Qwest Center, Omaha, Nebraska
June 10-12 Bead & Button Show/Marketplace (public days), Frontier Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 11 Sun Prairie Taste of the Arts Fair, 9-6,
                   Sheehan Park on Linnerud Drive, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, 506-837-4547 or 800-400-6162
June 11-12 Art in the Park (41st), 10-5, Washington Park, Burlingame, California, 650-556-7300
June 11-12 Art by the Falls, 10-7/11-5, Riverside Park, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 440-247-7507
June 16-18 National Quilting Association Quilt Show (42nd), Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, 614-488-8520
June 17-18 Washington Homeschool Organization Convention, Fair & Events Center, Puyallup, Washington
June 17-19 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 18-19 Father's Day Fly-in, 8-5, Columbia Airport, Columbia, California, 209-533-5685
June 18-19 Kids Read Comics, Chelsea District Library (and other locations), Chelsea, Michigan, Website
June 19-23 National Marbles Tournament, Ringer Stadium, Wildwood, New Jersey, Email Beri Fox
June 24-26 Salida Art Walk (19th), Historic Downtown, Salida, Colorado, 719-539-2068 or 877-772-5432
June 24-26 & June 30-July 3 Boston Mills Artfest, Bostom Mills Ski Resort, Peninsula, Ohio, 800-875-4241
June 25-26 Crosby Festival of the Arts (46th), Botanical Garden, Toledo, Ohio, 419-936-2986 or 419-936-2490

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

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Joan Garnand
creates from her home in Tennessee.
Her design styles range from simple elegance to whimsical fun. Joan does hand-painted stationery, uses spare moments at festivals to paint faces, and entertains children at private parties.
A sample of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!

Michael Parks' CD is no longer available.
I admire his music and film work tremendously
and it's been great fun to say that in a very public way.

A Little Browsing...
Beartooth Highway in Montana and Wyoming celebrates its 75th anniversary this month. Cook City, Montana will celebrate the anniversary and feature the city's mining history. Cody, Wyoming shares that history and will be showing off its own mining exhibits. Red Lodge, Montana will host a BBQ and hold a parade. The fun happens June 10-12 and everyone is invited to take part. You can find out more about the fun (and learn about the accompanying photo contest) at Beartooth Highway 75th Anniversary.

Tornado safety help:
FEMA: Building a safe room for your home or small business.

Just getting started in boating and other water activities? Be sure to stop by the US Coast Guard
Boating Safety Resource Center
is coming.

There are all kinds of truck stops in the US, but one of the more unique is in Belfield, North Dakota.
Trapper's KettleTrapper's Kettle offers trucker amenities in a rustic setting. If you're not squeamish about taxidermy you can view the large collection of preserved wildlife native to the area and check out the antique trapping gear. There's Rendezvous Lounge, a real saloon for the grown-ups with a waterfall behind the bar. They also have an inn plus cabins. The restaurant offers a Sunday buffet and serves buffalo burgers, among other fare. Be sure you try the deep-fried scones. And if you happen to be hauling a trailer with a horse, there's a place to hitch your horse and let it relax.


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