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Please Note:
Because of the very active hurricane season 2005,
many festivals have been scaled back or cancelled.

It's especially important that you verify all festival information.

Once affected areas are tidied up and restored, your support
of local events and festivals will be a great way to help
the local economy and our national economy in general.

March 2-5, 2006
Navigation Park,
Fulton, Texas
Entertainment, arts and crafts, oyster eating contest, beer tent, games, festival foods.
Information: Call 361-729-5533

March 2-5, 2006
Dodge Arena,
Hildalgo, Texas
This year the BorderFest theme centers on Carnaval. Expect color, music, parades, arts and crafts, 16 stages of entertainment, cultural displays featuring life in Texas and in Mexico, carnival rides, vehicle shows, drawings for prizes and more.
Further Details: Call 956-843-2302

March 3-12, 2006
Tahoe Snow Festival
various venues,
Tahoe City, California
Polar Bear Swim, Mountain Mardi Gras, Irish stew feed, dog events, bartender contest, entertainment, pool tournament, ski events, parades, theatre, Hip Hop & Hoops, pancake breakasts, snow sculpture contest, ice cream eating contest and more.
Learn More: Call 530-583-7167

March 4, 2006
Santa Barbara Whale Festival
Stearns Wharf,
Santa Barbara, California
In its 11th year the event features a rubber duck race, marine education information and displays, a BBQ and beer garden, arts and crafts, an area for kids, diving demonstrations and entertainment. Hours are from 10am-5pm and there is no admission charge.
Get Details: Call 800-793-7666

March 4-5, 2006
Meet Me Downtown
North Federal Highway,
Boca Raton, Florida
In its 24th year the festival offers arts and crafts, music and other entertainment, festival foods. The event is between Palmetto Park Road and Mizner Blvd. There will also be games for the kids, with most festival events taking place between 10am and 5pm. Proceeds benefit local education.
Additional Info: Call 561-395-4433

March 4-5, 2006
Blossom Days Festival
7th & N Streets,
Sanger, California
The festival celebrates its 18th year with activities for kids, arts and crafts, entertainment, Depot Museum tours, the Blossom Bike Ride, 10K run and 2 mile walk, car show.
Learn More: Call 559-875-4575

March 4-5, 2006
Mendocino Whale Festival
various venues,
Mendocino, California
Whale (and other wildlife) exhibits, chowder tasting, local food products, games for kids, arts and crafts, merchant specials, whale watching walks and boat tours, entertainment.
Questions? Call 707-961-6303

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March 4-5, 2006
Floral City Strawberry Festival
Floral Park on US Hwy. 41,
Floral City, Florida
Pageant, flats of berries for sale, antique car show, berry shortcake, chocolate-covered strawberries, arts and crafts, games, contests. There is an admission charge. The festival is now in its 19th year.
Further Info: Call 352-726-2801

March 4-5, 2006
Mussel Fest
Coupeville Recreation Hall,
Coupeville, Washington
Mussel farm tours, mussel eating contest, wine and beer garden, entertainment, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, strong man competition, Penn Cove Pillow Fight, activities for kids. It's the 20th year for this event.
Learn More: Call 360-678-5434

March 4-5, 2006
Gulf Coast Renaissance Faire
Interstate Fairground,
Pensacola, Florida
Falconry demonstrations, fire breathers, jousting and swordfighting, medieval merchants and other fun. The event runs from 10am-5pm and is strictly alcohol-free. Please do not bring pets, but do come in period costume if you like.
Get Information: Call 877-429-8462 or 850-470-8420

March 8-12, 2006
Ocean Arts Festival
Banyan Tree Park,
Lahaina, Hawaii
Campbell Park also hosts events. Enjoy marine-themed movies, hula demonstrations and Hawaiian music, ocean-themed art for sale, Creature Feature touch pool exhibit, games.There is no admission charge.
Questions? Call 808-667-9193

March 10-11, 2006
Camden Daffodil Festival
various venues,
Camden, Arkansas
Cemetery walk with actors portraying historical figures, Civil War encampment, Daffodil Poker Run, Garden Run, home and museum tours, music, quilt show, garden tours, steak cooking contest, activities for kids, food vendors, martial arts demonstrations, heirloom bulbs and herbs for sale.
Further Details: Call 870-836-0023

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March 10-11, 2006
Ostrich Festival
Tumbleweed Park,
Chandler, Arizona
Strolling and staged entertainment, Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, Kids Zone, parade, exhibits, arts and crafts, food, commercial vendors, games and rides, ostrich races. Enjoy this 18th year of the festival.
Information: Call 480-963-4571

March 10-11, 2006
Buna Redbud Festival
Buna School on Hwy. 62,
Buna, Texas
First, they hold a parade on Main Street. Then the festival fun moves to the school with games, rides, entertainment, vendors, activities for kids, staged entertainment, arts and crafts and festival foods. There is no admission charge. The event is from 10am-5pm.
Additional Details: Call 409-994-5586

March 11-12, 2006
Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival
Drexel Park,
Valdosta, Georgia
Arts and crafts, home tours, International Village, 1 mile run/walk, Azalea Festival Century Bike Ride, vendors, entertainment, Kid Zone, azalea displays, food.
More Information: Call 229-333-1861 or 229-259-3500

March 11-12, 2006
Almond Blossom Festival
George Lane Park,
Quartz Hill, California
This event celebrates its 57th year with games and rides, food (starting with a morning pancake breakfast), a parade, entertainment and arts and crafts.
Further Details: Call 661-722-4811

March 11-12, 2006
Hebron Maple Festival
various venues,
Hebron, Connecticut
Pancake breakfasts, dog sled races, historical school tours, maple cotton candy and other maple treats, roast beef dinner, pony rides for the kids, an ice cream eating contest, gymnastics demonstrations, tours of the sugar houses, chainsaw carving, quilt exhibit and sale, rescue/search dog demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, library book sale, Girl Scout Cookies for sale, arts and crafts. It's the festival's 16th year.
Questions? Call 860-228-9317

March 11-12, 2006
Forsythia Festival
Courthouse Square area,
Forsyth, Georgia
Activities for kids, classic cars, Yellow Dessert Contest, treasure hunt, health fair, used book sale, 5K run, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast, entertainment, horseshoe tournament. A few events take place prior to the main weekend.
Learn More: Call 478-994-9239 or 888-642-4628

March 11-12, 2006
Rattlesnake Roundup
unknown venue(s),
Claxton, Georgia
Turkey calling contest, activities for kids, prizes, festival merchandise, rattlesnake information, pageant, musical entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts.
Get Details: Call 912-739-2281 or 912-739-3820

March 11-12, 2006
Irish Fair & Music Festival
Pomona, California
The festival is now in its 4th year and offers parades, Irish music and dances, corned beef sandwiches and other foods, storytelling, Irish genealogical information, Irish dog demonstrations, games and rides for the kids, Irish sporting competitions. The fun runs from 10am-6pm.
Further Information: Call 213-305-8618

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March 11-12, 2006
Chatanika Days
Chatanika Lodge,
Chatanika, Alaska
The community is a former mining town and has fun looking back at their rugged history with outhouse races and other outdoor competitions, and they do use more modern conveniences as they compete in a snowmachine tug-of-war.
Additional Details: Call 907-389-2164

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March 11-12 & 18-19, 2006
Highland Maple Festival
various venues,
Monterey (and McDowell), Virginia
Pancake breakfast featuring maple syrup, maple syrup making demonstrations, vendors, treats such as hot dogs and maple-flavored doughnuts, dances and music.
Find Out More: Call 540-468-2550

March 12, 2006
Calle Ocho
SW 8th Street,
Miami, Florida
Also called Carnaval Miami, the event is a very big block party in Little Havana. Enjoy Latin music and dance, costumes and folklore. And there are plenty of foods to keep your energy level high. Bring the kids, because there are activities set aside just for them. The festival is from 11am-7pm
Questions? Call 305-644-8888

March 14-19, 2006
Nederland Heritage Festival
1500 Boston Avenue area,
Nederland, Texas
Carnival, pageant, golf tournament, parade, talent show, arts and crafts, chili cooking contest, motorcyle show, treasure hunt, photography show, washer tournament, petting zoo, festival foods and lots of music in many genres.
Further Information: Call 409-724-2269

March 17-18, 2006
St. Patrick's Day Festival
City Park,
Dublin, Texas
Battle of the bands, parade, Irish stew cooking contest, lawnmower pull, food, softball tournament, Irish music and dance, carnival.
Get Details: Call 254-445-3422

March 17-19, 2006
St. Patrick's Day Celebration
various venues,
Shamrock, Texas
Rodeo, classic cars, pageant, dance, arts and crafts, carnival Donegal Beard Contest, food booths, music.
Learn More: Call 806-256-2501

March 17-19, 2006
Washington Catfish Festival
Washington, Louisiana
In its 6th year the festival offers antiques, arts and crafts, Cajun and Zydeco music, Farmers Parade, activities for kids, Civil War reeactments, catfish cooking contest, festival foods.
Further Details: Call 377-826-3627

March 17-19, 2006
Rabbit Festival
City Park,
Iowa, Louisiana
Carnival, Cajun and other music, rabbit cooking competition, arts and crafts, vendors. There is an admission charge.
Info: Call 337-582-3044 or 800-456-7952

March 17-19, 2006
Palm Beach Seafood Festival
Howard Park,
West Palm Beach, Florida
Carnival midway, seafood, arts and crafts, games for kids, entertainment.
Get Details: Call 561-832-6397

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March 17-19, 2006
West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival
Main Street,
Pickens, West Virginia
Pancakes and maple syrup all day, a 5K run/1 mile fun run, tours of a maple syrup camp, maple syrup items for sale, dances, puppet show, music, wine events, arts and crafts, food.
Additional Information: Call 304-924-6288

March 17-26, 2006
International Cherry Blossom Festival
various venues,
Macon, Georgia
300,000 cherry trees bloom this month in Macon. Celebrate this 24th year of the festival with a Balloon Fest & Air Show, Cherry Blossom Riding Tours, classic cars, arts and crafts, international food fair, golf tournament, Childrens Parade, Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, marathon race, pink pancakes, tours of local homes, lantern tours of Ocmulgee National Monument, exhibits, concerts, sales of cherry trees and more. Some activities may require a separate fee or reservations.
Learn More: Call 478-751-7429

March 18, 2006
Azalea Festival
Courthouse Square,
Jasper, Texas
Annual Azalea Trail (tour of blooms), arts and crafts, entertainment, food, games for the kids and more. The event is from 9am-5pm
Questions? Call 409-384-2762

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March 23-April 2, 2006
Chasco Fiesta
various venues,
Port Richey, Florida
Most events take place on the weekend of March 31-April 2. Enjoy fun such as a vehicle show, golf tournament, breakfasts and a BBQ. The event hosts a blood drive, a bicyle tour and mountain bike race, kayak race, talent search, concerts, boat parade and holds drawings for prizes. Proceeds benefit more than 30 nonprofit organizations.
Additional Details: Call 727-842-7651

March 24-25, 2006
Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
Georgia International Horse Park,
Conyers, Georgia
The festival celebrate its 25th year with entertainment on 3 stages, activities for kids, civic and nonprofit displays, food court, pageant, arts and crafts, cherry trees for sale, hot dog and cherry pie eating contests and more. Admission is free but there is a fee for parking. Please do not bring Fido to the grounds.
Learn More: Call 800-266-9377

March 24-25, 2006
Liberty Jubilee
On the Square,
Liberty, Texas
BBQ cookoff, fireworks, sporting events, antiques, entertainment, activities for kids, arts and crafts, food.
Get the Facts: Call 936-336-3684

March 24-25, 2006
Fire Ant Festival
Heritage Park,
Ashburn, Georgia
Photo contest, 80s lip sync contest, pet parade, entertainment, health fair, Fire Ant Walk & 5K Run, arts and crafts, poker run, fire ant calling contest, food vendors, fly-in, carnival, strawberry cooking contest.
Questions? Call 229-567-9696

March 25, 2006
German Sausage Festival
Town Park,
Elberta, Alabama
Sausage and sauerkraut and many other German foods, arts and crafts booths, carnival, polka and German music. Do get there early if you want to buy sausage, because they sell out.
Further Info: Call 251-986-5805

March 25-April 9, 2006
National Cherry Blossom Festival
various venues,
Washington, D.C.
High Tea on the Potomac, sushi and saki celebration, concerts, kite festival, information on flowering trees, geisha art, anime films, food, paddleboat photo excursions, walking tours, Bike the Blossoms, golf tournament, lacrosse, kimono fashion show, fireworks, lantern displays. Pat Sajack is the Grande Marshal of this year's parade.
Find Out Details: Call 202-661-7584

March 31-April 2, 2006
Cypress Sawmill Festival
Kemper Williams Park & Campground,
Patterson, Louisiana
Rock climbing wall, passe partout (2-person saw) contest, softball tournament, poker run, sawmill display, arts and crafts, festival merchandise, Cajun cooking competition, horseshoe tournament, entertainment, antique engine display, food and drink vendors. Please leave those precious pets at home.
Questions? Call 800-256-2931 or 985-395-4905

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

Mar. 3-5 Winthrop Hot Air Balloon Festival, Winthrop, Washington, 888-463-8469
Mar. 3-5 Greek Festival, St. Catherine's at 110 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida, 561-833-6387
Mar. 4 Rosenberg Railroad Festival, 11am-9pm, Roseberg, Texas, 281-633-2848
Mar. 4-5 Oregon Chocolate Festival, Ashland Springs Hotel, Ashland, Oregon, 541-488-1700
Mar. 10-12 World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup, Nolan County Coliseum, Sweetwater, Texas, 325-235-8938
Mar. 11 Fire Fest, Jason Harris Pavilion, Hamilton, Texas, 254-372-3642
Mar. 11 Wild Hog Explosion, Mansfield Park, Bandera, Texas, 830-796-4447
Mar. 11-12 Apollo Beach Manatee Arts Festival, Hwy. 41, Apollo Beach, Florida, 813-645-1366
Mar. 12 (rain date Mar. 13) Maple Sugaring Fest,
                   Beaver Brook Maple Hill Farm, Hollis, New Hampshire, 603-465-7787
Mar. 12 Wistaria Festival, Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, California, 626-306-1150
Mar. 17-19 Danville Heritage Festival, High School, Danville, Kentucky, 859-238-6223
Mar. 17-19 Yuma Crossing River Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, Main Street, Yuma, Arizona, 928-782-5712
Mar. 17-19 Jonquil Festival, Old Washington Historic State Park, Washington, Arkansas, 870-983-2660
Mar. 17-19 Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Expo Center, Washington, Pennsylvania, 301-990-1400
Mar. 17-19 Taste of Solvang, Solvang, California, 800-468-6765
Mar. 17-19 Arts & Crafts Festival, downtown, Fairhope, Alabama, 251-621-8222
Mar. 18 Mud Dauber Festival, Luckenback Dancehall, Luckenbach, Texas, 888-311-8990
Mar. 18-19 An Artisans Festival, Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas, 512-292-4100
Mar. 18-19 Dandelion Days, downtown, Jackson, California, 209-223-1706
Mar. 18-19 Maple Sugar Festival, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 616-381-1574
Mar. 22-26 Festival of Flowers, Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, 251-639-2050 or 877-777-0529
Mar. 24-26 South Texas Polka & Sausage Festival, Knights of Columbus Hall, Hallettsville, Texas, 361-798-2311
Mar. 25 Attapulgus Dogwood Festival, Attapulgus, Georgia, 229-465-3482
Mar. 25 Daffodil Festival, Main Street, Fremont, North Carolina, 919-242-6011 or 919-242-2149
Mar. 25 Festival of Live Oaks, City Park, New Iberia, Louisiana, 337-369-2337
Mar. 25-26 Wild Hog Festival & Craft Fair, City Park, Sabrina, Texas, 830-988-2709
Mar. 30-Apr. 2 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana, 504-581-1144
Mar. 31-Apr. 2 Creole Festival, City Park, Jeanerette, Louisiana, 337-276-3615

Other March 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
Mar. 2-5 Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show, National Western Complex, Denver, Colorado
Mar. 2-5 Lawn & Garden Show, Nashville, Tennessee, 615-876-7680
Mar. 3-5 Gem Faire, County Fair & Expo Center, Costa Mesa, California, 760-747-9215
Mar. 3-5 Rhode Island RV, Camping Show, Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Mar. 3-5 Hostlers Model Railroad Festival, Union Station, Ogden, Utah, 801-394-4952
Mar. 3-5 Central Illinois Recreational Show, Civic Center, Peoria, Illinois
Mar. 4 Staple! Independent Media Expo, Red Oak Ballroom, Austin, Texas, info@staple-austin.org
Mar. 4-5 Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show, 400 Stanton-Christiana Rd., Newark, Delaware
Mar 4-12 Home & Garden Show, Convention Center, Buffalo, New York, 716-631-2266
Mar. 5 Kona Chocolate Festival, 78-6740 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 808-324-4606
Mar. 5 Winter Antiques Show, 60 N. Salem Rd., Cross River, New York, 914-273-4667
Mar. 10-12 Campers World RV Show, Expo Center, York, Pennsylvania
Mar. 10-12 Storytelling Festival, Mariposa, California, 800-903-9936
Mar. 10-12 Antiques & Garden Show, Lexington, Kentucky, 859-253-0362
Mar. 10-12 Gem & Mineral Show, Armory, Sussex, Wisconsin, 262-246-6684
Mar. 10-Apr. 6 Dallas Blooms, Arboretum, Dallas, Texas, 214-515-2006
Mar. 11 Conch Shell Blowing Contest, Key West, Florida, 205-294-9501
Mar. 11 Flower & Garden Show, Courthouse Square, Brenham, Texas, 979-836-3339
Mar. 11-12 Texas Guitar Show,
                   (buy, sell, trade) Crockett Center, Mansfield, Texas, 817-473-6059
Mar. 11-12 Gem, Jewelry & Rock Show, County Fairgrounds, Turlock, California, 209-524-3494
Mar. 11-12 Mid-State Gun & Knife Show, Ag Complex, Sparta, Tennessee, 931-738-8675
Mar. 12 Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-606-1601
Mar. 15 Red Beans & Rice Dinner, Community Center, New Iberia, Louisiana, 337-365-2496
Mar. 16-18 Book Bazaar, LSU Campus, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 225-578-5925
Mar. 16-19 Home & Garden Show, Riverfront Convention Center, New Bern, North Carolina, 252-638-8101
Mar. 17-19 Wizard World, Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, conventions@wizarduniverse.com
Mar. 17-19 Sidewalk Art Festival, Winter Park, Florida, 407-672-6390
Mar. 17-19 All-Con, Sterling Hotel, Dallas, Texas
Mar. 18 Daffodil Day, Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Mar. 18-19 Asian Food Fair & Cultural Show, Old School Square, Delray Beach, Florida, 561-243-7922
Mar. 19 Comic-Con, 10am-4pm, Airport Ramada, Essington, Pennsylvania, 856-782-0817
Mar. 19 Model Railroad Show, Civic Center, West Warwick, Rhode Island
Mar. 19 Chocolate & Coffee Festival, Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, New York, 518-743-1348
Mar. 19-20 Calico Arts & Crafts Show, Spence Field, Moultrie, Georgia, 229-985-1968
Mar. 25 Toy, Doll & Collectible Show, County Fairgrounds, San Jose, California, 408-298-1709
Mar. 25-26 Annual Herb & Garden Fest, unknown venue(s), Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 228-875-4424
Mar. 25-26 Gun Show, County Fair & Expo Center, Costa Mesa, California, 801-544-9125
Mar. 25-26 Home & Garden Show, County Fairgrounds, Chickasha, Oklahoma, 405-224-2031
Mar. 31-Apr. 2 Northern Living Home Show, Carlson Center, Fairbanks, Alaska, 907-474-9082
Mar. 31-Apr. 2 Craftsmen's Classic Arts & Crafts Festival, Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Mar. 31-Apr. 2 Home & Garden Show, Fairgrounds, Stockton, California, 209-941-1880
Mar. 31-Apr. 2 Big Apple Con, Penn Plaza Pavilion, New York, New York, 201-861-1414

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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.
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William Malmskog Ever since William Malmskog and I began a dialogue I've been impressed by his willingness to share openly the details of his life. Most of us hide a lot of our lives from others and present only the parts we can polish and make look acceptable. He isn't afraid to talk about how his difficulties, including physical challenges, have guided him to an increased sense of abilities and possibilities.

I have a special place in my heart for people who allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to show us their pain. But this isn't about being a victim. It's about using adversity as a stepping stone to new challenges and then helping the rest of us do the same. When he sends me welcome updates of what he's been doing I know he's going to bring me something I can bite into and use in my own daily challenges. Please take time to visit his web site and explore the man who calls himself the Crazy Viking.

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There are quite a few help groups for parents who lose a child to death. But what about those of us who have lost a sibling? One good starting place online is The Compassionate Friends Sibling Resources.

While we're busy using the highways our fellow creatures are getting run over by fast vehicles. You might like to know that a portion of your tax dollars do go toward a section of the Federal Highway Administration that maintains Critter Crossings.

Check out the Toy Industry Association's winners of the Toy of the Year awards.
Before we called them flight attendants they were all females and we called them stewardnesses. Cliff Muskiet grew up to be a flight attendent and he has a collection of more than 200 flight attendant uniforms, including many from the days when women ruled the aisles in the air.


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