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May 1-3, 2008
Pella Tulip Time
Various venues,
Pella, Iowa
Quilt show, historical home tours, organ concert, kids fun run, Klompen Klassic 5K Run/Walk, antique autos, Dutch craft market, flower show, tractor rodeo, Kids Corner, volks parade, cheese market, royal court, street scrubbers and Dutch dancers, lighted volks parade, children's art show, dense plantings of tulips on display, pancake breakfast on Saturday at the municipal airport from 7-10am, antique farm implements on display, festival foods.
Questions? Call 641-628-4311

May 1-4, 2008
North Carolina Strawberry Festival
Festival grounds (corner of Strawberry Blvd. & Brown St.),
Chadbourn, North Carolina
Hot air balloons, arts and crafts, CBA Bike Show, entertainment, carnival rides and games, festival parade May 3 at 2pm, scholarship pageant, strawberry spitting contest. The carnival opens early and some other events are held prior to the main weekend festival.
Further Information: Call 910-654-3518 or 910-640-8034

May 1-4, 2008
Wild Turkey Festival
McArthur, Ohio
Turkey calling contest, arts and crafts, music, car show, food vendors, carnival, pageant, quilt show, parade on Saturday at 6pm. The festival is celebrating its 24th year.
Get Details: Call 740-596-8506 or 740-591-1118

May 1-4, 2008
Trinity Park,
Fort Worth, Texas
Celebrate this 36th year with laser shows, arts and crafts, Riverbank area with Aqua Golf (plus kayaks, canoes and paddleboats), a mechanical bull challenge, rock climbing wall, 10K/5K/1K run on Saturday, artist demonstrations, Tom Thumb Children's Area, a whopping 7 stages of entertainment, non-profit booths, Euro Bungee, H2 HippoSlide, food vendors, festival merchandise, paintball, petting zoo, pony rides, battle of the bands. There is an admission charge for those age 6 and older.
Find Out More: Call 817-332-1055

May 2-3, 2008
Mushroom Festival
Town Square (and other venues),
Richmond, Missouri
Quilt show, games for kids, arts and crafts, parade, talent show, Mud Run, dance, 5K fun run, biggest morel contest, 3-on-3 basketball, golf tournament, carnival, Christian music show, bike/tractor show, Bar-B-Q cooking contest. The building where they usually do a bank robbery reenactment was gutted by fire in March, so that event will be altered, if not cancelled. Please call before traveling in hopes of enjoying any particular festival, because plans can change up to the last moment. In 2008 the festival celebrates its 28th year of fun.
Get The Facts: Call 816-776-6916

May 2-3, 2008
Santa Fe Plaza,
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
Activities for kids, 3-on-3 basketball, games, brick throwing contest, non-profit booths, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, car show, musical entertainment.
Questions? Call 405-238-2555

May 2-4, 2008
Armadillo Festival
Downtown Square,
Hamburg, Arkansas
Pageant (earlier in the week), crawfish boil, armadillo weigh-in and armadillo races, pancake breakfast May 3 from 6:30-9:30am, arts & crafts, 5k run/1-mile walk, dirty sneakers contest, bubblegum blowing contest, festival foods, frog jumping contest, lawnmower races, commercial booths, pet show, flower show, gospel singing on Sunday. 2008 marks the festival's 38th year.
Further Information: Call 870-853-8345

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May 2-4, 2008
Cherry Blossom Festival
Block 7 area downtown plus Anna Park,
Barberton, Ohio
Carnival rides, activities for kids, parade at 10am on Saturday, 5K run (plus Kids Romp) 8am on Saturday, festival foods.
Additional Details: Call 330-753-4093

May 3, 2008
Turtle Days Street Fair
Community Center downtown,
Joshua Tree, California
Morning parade, food and beverage vendors, activities for kids, musical entertainment, Chaparral Artists Craft Fair. Hours are 10am-4pm.
Learn More: Call 760-366-3723

May 3, 2008
Ozark Days Festival
Main Street,
Eminence, Missouri
It's the festival's 19th year. Enjoy a car show, chamber benefit auction, National Wild Turkey Hunters Federation wild turkey calling contest, canoe races, music, arts and crafts, activities for kids, games, festival foods.
Information: Call 573-226-3318

May 3, 2008
Fried Onion Burger Day
Downtown area,
El Reno, Oklahoma
A burger weighing in at more than 759 pounds will be cooked and served during this 20th year. You can also enjoy other festival foods, a burger eating contest, motorcycle show, classic cars, arts and crafts, entertainment and the famous Bun Run. Hours are 10am-5pm and there is no admission charge.
Further Details: Call 405-262-8888

May 3, 2008
Prague Kolache Festival
City Park & Main Street,
Prague, Oklahoma
Plans for this 49th year include a 2-hour parade at 11am, wine pavilion, merchant specials, street dance (complete with Chicken Dance), kolache baking contests, bread baking contests, wine making competition, carnival games and rides, food booths, tractor show, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, Beseda dance, Christian music concert, Czech costume contest, pageant, kolache eating contest, plus plenty of kolache pastries on hand to enjoy.
Learn More: Call 405-567-4866

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May 3-4, 2008
Snellville Days
Briscoe Park,
Snellville, Georgia
For a 35th year you can enjoy music on 2 stages, arts and crafts, activities for kids, food vendors, Dog & Disc Championships, parade on Saturday at 10am, 1970s costume contest, 5K race, a dance contest, plus the popular Orphan Vehicle Celebration featuring Packards, Kaisers, Fiats and other oldies.
Details: Call 770-985-3535

May 3-4, 2008
Spring Jamboree
Bicentennial Park,
Boulder City, Nevada
Bark in the Park, karate for kids, pageant, 5K run, music and dance, model car show, arts and crafs, face painting and temporary tattoos, carnival rides, business expo, Pan Draggers Rod Run Car Show, antiques, games for kids, festival foods and beverages.
Further Information: Call 702-293-2034

May 3-4, 2008
Apple Blossom Festival
S. Mountain Fairgounds on on Rt. 234,
Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
The orchards are full of blossoms this time of year, so enjoy their show and check out arts and crafts, classic cars and festival foods. There are activities for kids plus entertainment for everyone. It's the festival's 53rd season.
Get The Facts: Call 717-677-7444 or 717-334-6274

May 3-10, 2008
Tulip Time
Various venues,
Holland, Michigan
The festival offers such fun as Kinderplaats 3-on-3 basketball, Dutch storytelling, the Tulip time run on May 3, carnival, quilt show, arts and crafts, fireworks, Klompen dancers. Enjoy concerts from Jonny Lang, Tony Orlando and Ronnie Milsap, take the Tulip Trolley Tour, visit the Bier & Muziek Fest. There are 2 parades and the area is filled with museums, gift shops and cafes.
Questions? Call 616-396-42221 or 800-822-2770

May 4-10, 2008
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Area parks and other venues,
Humboldt, Tennessee
Celebrate 71 years of festival fun with a junior parade, car show, horse show, kid's pedal tractor pull, antique tractor show, strawberry recipe contest, fireworks, checker tournament, arts and crafts, grand parade, BBQ cook-off, 5k & 10K run, musical entertainment.
Learn More: Call 318-435-7607

May 8-10, 2008
Strawberry Homefest
Berry Sheds on Hwy. 367,
Bald Knob, Arkansas
Parade on Saturday at 10am, fresh strawberries for sale, strawberry shortcake, arts and crafts, carnival, entertainment, festival foods. This is the event's 21st year.
Further Details: Call 501-724-3140

May 8-10, 2008
Poke Salad Festival
Blanchard, Louisiana
For a 34th year folks in Blanchard invite you to celebrate with a parade on Saturday, festival foods, arts and crafts, a treasure hunt, carnival rides and games, music and dance, vendors, kid's tent. (As an interesting aside, the pokeweed plant is being researched for its properties in the hope that it will lead to a cure for leukemia.)
Additional Facts: Call 318-929-7574

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May 8-11, 2008
Rooster Days Festival
Central Park,
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Enjoy this 77th year with a Miss Chick Contest, parade on Saturday at 10am, carnival games and rides, Kit Car Show, petting zoo, entertainment on 2 stages, festival foods, arts and crafts, commercial vendors. 100,000 are expected to get in on the fun. Please do not bring outside coolers and do leave pets safely at home.
Info: Call 916-251-1518

May 9-10, 2008
Whistlestop Festival
Ashdown, Arkansas
In its 12th year the festival will feature a street dance on Friday night. Enjoy the Hookers n Kookers Katfish Cookoff, a youth art show, antiques, museum exhibits, activities for children, music and more.
Learn More: Call 318-435-7607

May 9-10, 2008
Free State of Yell Fest
Riverfront Park,
Dardenelle, Arkansas
Arts and crafts, festival foods, activities for kids, Ugly Dog Contest, yelling contest, carnival, horseshoe tournament, fireworks on Saturday night at 9:30, 5K run/walk, classic cars.
Get The Facts: Call 479-229-3328

May 9-10, 2008
Rough & Ready Days
McCloy Park,
Monticello, Arkansas
ABATE bike show, egg drop and other activities for kids, fishing derby, entertainment, auction, car show, arts and crafts, carnival rides, 5K run, food vendors, chicken cook-off, festival foods and dinners, pancake breakfast. It's the festival's 12th season.
Questions? Call 870-367-6741

May 9-10, 2008
Apple Blossom Festival
Elkhorn City, Kentucky
Gospel sing, arts and crafts, parade, festival foods, carnival, musical entertainment.
Details: Call 606-754-5810 or 606-754-5000

May 9-10, 2008
International Bar-B-Q Fest
Owensboro, Kentucky
Carnival (beginning at 5pm a day early on May 8), festival merchandise, pie eating contest, pageants, golf scramble, 5K run/walk, Mutton Glutton, cruise-in and sock hop, bench press competition, keg toss competition, horseshoe pitching, arts and crafts, several stages of entertainment, non-profit booths, face painting, Classic Cook-Off.
More: Call 270-926-6938 or 800-489-1131

May 9-10, 2008
Apple Blossom Festival
Downtown on Wapato Way,
Manson, Washington
It's the festival's 88th anniversary. Plan to help celebrate with a pancake breakfast at the Grange Hall on Saturday from 6-9am, a parade on Saturday at 10am, merchant specials, pageant, chicken noodle dinner, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, Nostalgia Night on Friday evening, Manson Idol competition, food vendors and more.
Get The Facts: Call 509-687-3833

May 9-11, 2008
Taste Addison
Addison Circle Park,
Addison, Texas
More than 50 area restaurants participate to bring you food and wine tasting plus cooking demos. Take a look at specialty food displays, listen to music on 3 stages, find out what happens when a girl eats too many cupcakes in Pinkalicious: The Musical. Hours are 5pm-midnight on Friday, noon-midnight on Saturday and noon-6pm on Sunday. There is free parking at the corner of Dallas Parkway and Arapo Road. You're free to bring blankets to the concerts, but please do not bring chairs, outside coolers or pets to the festival. (Service animals are welcome, of course.)
Info: Call 972-450-2851

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May 9-17, 2008
Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Portland, Tennessee
It's the 67th year for this one, and though events take place over a number of days there is a crunch of activity on May 16-17. There is a golf tournament May 13 and a Church Choir Night on May 14 (at Portland High School). The carnival is May 13-17. The last two days of the festival you can enjoy drawings for prizes, the Strawberry Stride 5K/1-mile race (plus a Kids Fun Run), arts and crafts, festival foods, a pancake breakfast May 17 from 7-10am at Portland High School, a Kiddie Parade at 2pm on May 17. If you travel Hwy. 52 on May 16 and 17 you can get in on the Hwy. 52 sale with 80 miles of sale items. (For info on the yard sale only call 931-243-3338.)
Get Details: Call 615-325-9032

May 10, 2008
Glennville Sweet Onion Festival
Farmers Market,
Glenville, Georgia
Staged entertainment, activities for kids, food booths, arts and crafts, parade at 10am, Onion Run (1-mile run and walk plus 5K run). There will be plenty of goodies such as onion rings and other onion dishes.
Find Out More: Call 912-654-2515 or 912-654-3332

May 10, 2008
Nettie Davenport Day
Main & Broadway area,
Davenport, Oklahoma
The festival celebrates its 32nd year with high school class reunions, banquets, arts and crafts, children's trike races, music, recognition of oldest and youngest present (plus the couple married longest). They wil also have their traditional parade, which travels down brick-lined Broadway Avenue and then makes a U-turn and goes down the road in the opposite direction so that those in the parade get to see one another's entries. So don't run off after the parade passes by, because you can see it all again as it goes in the opposite direction!
Further Facts: Call 918-377-2355

May 10, 2008
Strawberry Festival
Stilwell, Oklahoma
5K fun run at 7:30am, non-profit booths, growers' competition and auction, free strawberries and ice cream at 3pm, parade at 10am, entertainment. The festival is celebrating its 61st season.
Additional Information: Call 918-696-7735 or 918-696-7845

May 10, 2008
Strawberry Festival
Adairville, Kentucky
In its 62nd year festival-goers can celebrate with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, a flower show, arts and crafts, quilt show, carnival rides, art show, activities for kids, food booths, strawberry shortcake, raffle, auction, 5K run/walk plus 1-mile fun run, entertainment. There is also a car, truck and tractor show on May 10.
Questions? Call 270-529-2080 or 270-847-7246

May 14-18, 2008
Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
Angels Camp, California
Storytelling, carnival, livestock events and home arts contests, Idol competition, rodeo events, Children's Parade, Heritage Day (May 16), frog-jumping competitions.
Further Details: Call 209-736-2561 or 800-225-3754

May 15-17, 2008
Mayhaw Festival
Mayhaw Grounds at Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 109,
Starks, Louisiana
Food vendors, arts and crafts, activities for kids, gospel music, country music. Watch the mayhaw jelly being made and see who wins the jelly-making contest Then get your fill of fresh jelly and other treats.
Info: Call 337-743-6297 or 800-456-7952

May 15-18, 2008
Rabbit Fest
City Park,
Copperas Cove, Texas
Petting zoo, mechanical bull challenge, food vendors, arts and crafts, activities for kids, rabbit costume competition, entertainment, rabbit show, Fest Parade on Saturday, BBQ cook-off. The festival is celebrating its 28th year and more than 100,000 people are expected to attend.
More: Call 254-547-7571

May 15-18, 2008
Festival of Greece
St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church on Eldridge Parkway,
Houston, Texas
For a 13th year you can enjoy a Greek marketplace, gyro eating contest, activities for kids, Greek foods for sale, cooking demonstrations, music, wine, carnival games.
Get Details: Call 281-679-5395

May 15-18, 2008
Chesapeake Jubilee
City Park on Greenbrier Parkway,
Pasadena, Texas
Carnival, musical entertainment, shrimp fest, arts and crafts in 3 tents, BBQ cook-off, volleyball tournament, 4-H events, festival foods, fireworks at 9pm on Saturday, community and non-profit displays. Lawn chairs are OK to bring, but please don't bring backpacks, coolers, bicycles or pets to the event. It's the festival's 26th year.
Further Information: Call 405-270-4848

May 16-17, 2008
Atkins, Alabama
Celebrate this 17th year with a parade, rodeo, activities for kids, petting zoon, pony rides, arts and crafts, tractor pull, pickle juice drinking contest, pickle eating contest, entertainment, games, food vendors with treats such as deep-fried dill pickles.
Learn More: Call 479-641-1147 or 479-641-1993

May 16-17, 2008
Magnolia Blossom Festival
Downtown Square,
Magnolia, Arkansas
Parade on Saturday at 10am, dog show Saturday at 8:30am, sidewalk art show, fishing tournament, motorcycle show, 5K race plus 1-mile fun run, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, food court, carnival, World Championship Steak Cook-Off, plus music from Mark Chestnut, Ed Crawford & the Mystery Men and more. It's the event's 20th anniversary.
Get The Facts: Call 870-234-4352

May 16-17, 2008
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival
Various venues,
Fruita, Colorado
Most of you know the story by know. Mike supposedly survived a beheading for some time after the incident, so the community fondly remembers Mike with a festival. There's a Mike Movie Tent, egg drop contest, arts and crafts, car show, 5K Run Like a Headless Chicken, music, lawn mower races, food booths, pancake breakfast (Sat. 7-10am at the IOOF Hall), chicken recipe contest, chicken dance contest, the Mike Store and more.
Find Out Details: Call 970-858-3663

May 16-18, 2008
Strawberry Festival
Veteran's Field,
Galt, California
Arts and crafts, Strawberry Jam 5K Run/Walk, food booths, wine tasting, retail vendors, car show, music and other entertainment, activities for kids, fresh produce. The festival is 3 days long this year and celebrates its 13th season.
Further Information: Call 209-745-2529

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May 16-18, 2008
Swedish Festival
Swedish Village,
Kingsburg, California
Now in its 43rd year, the festival offers fun such as Horse Trot 10K plus 2-mile run, Swedish pancakes Saturday 7-10am at Coffee Pot Park, Swedish pancake eating contest (also on Saturday in Coffee Pot Park at 9:30am), parade, arts and crafts, food booths, entertainment and more.
Get The Facts: Call 559-897-1111

May 16-18, 2008
Rhododendron Festival
Various venues,
Florence, Oregon
Flower show, arts and crafts, Show & Shine with classic cars, carnival, floral parade and more. The festival celebrates an impressive 101 years in 2008.
Questions? Call 541-997-3128

May 16-18, 2008
Iris Festival
River Road (between Clagett Street. & Chernawa Road),
Keizer, Oregon
Parade on Saturday at 10:30am, golf tournament, fashion show, library book sale, Iris Fest 5K Run/Walk, food, garden tours, music, Fun Center with carnival, Cascade Surge Soccer Game, Parrot Head Tent Party, dance for youth ages 12-15, Kids & Pets One Mile Walk, family bike ride.
Learn Details: Call 888-218-4747

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May 16-18, 2008
Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Fairgrounds on Fairmont Parkway,
Pasadena, Texas
The Strawberry Festival Parade is held one week earlier, on May 10. Then the main weekend of May 16-18 you can enjoy Zoo Dynamics, Strawberry Idol, Star Family Circus, arts and crafts, BMX stunt show, BBQ cook-off, racing pigs, clowns, pageant, activities for kids, State Mud Volleyball Championship, trick rope entertainment, carnival games and rides, washer pitching tournament, helicopter rides, petting zoo, music. There is an admission charge for those age 5 and older. Please leave Fido safely at home and do not bring outside coolers to this event. It's the festival's 34th year.
Further Information: Call 261-991-9500

May 16-18, 2008
Main Street Days
Main Street area Downtown,
Grapevine, Texas
Fishing tank, BMX stunt bike show, 10K trail walk, arts and crafts, kayaking, scuba diving demonstrations, Heritage Gunfighters show, street dances, rides on the Grapevine Village Railroad, four stages of musical entertainment, festival foods. Hours are 10am-11:30pm on Friday, 10am-11:30pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday. There is an admission charge for those age 6 and older, but I'm told that if you come between 10am and 5pm on Friday you get in free at any age! The festival celebrates 24 great years in 2008.
Find Out Details: Call 817-410-3185

May 17, 2008
Red Suspenders Day
Gridley, California
Entertainment, Clown Alley, trike races, pine wood derby, festival foods, arts and crafts, bed races, pancake breakfast (7-11am in Daddow Park), parade at 11am, activities for kids, vendors, pie baking contest, face painting, talent show, pie eating contest, fire department water games. And Gridley has one more bit of fundraising fun on May 16, the day before the festival. That day is Unjustice Day, when you can have your favorite local official or community member "arrested" and held to make them raise money for charity in Unjustice Court. Court this year will be in the Rite Aid parking lot on Hwy. 39.
Get The Facts: Call 530-846-3142

May 17, 2008
Watermelon Festival
Canterbury Equestrian Showplace, 23100 W. Newberry Rd.
Newberry, Florida
Before the main day, the carnival is open 6-10pm on both Thursday and Friday. Then on Saturday you can enjoy food vendors, a watermelon eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, melon grower competition and auction, arts and crafts, entertainment, hog calling contest, parade at 9am, baking contests, watermelon roll for children age 5 and younger. Help celebrate 63 great seasons of fun this year.
Further Information: Call 352-316-6628

May 17, 2008
Wash Pot Weekend
Garfield, Georgia
Music and dance, a parade in the morning, activities for the kids, lawn mower pull, arts and crafts, plenty of comfort food cooked up in giant cast iron pots.
Questions? Call 478-763-2211

May 17, 2008
Turkey Creek Festival
Antioch Park,
Merriam, Kansas
Pony rides and other activities for children, petting zoo, parade at 11am, pancake breakfast frm 7am-noon, arts and crafts booths, One Hill of a Run 5K run/walk, music, festival foods. It's the festival's 23rd year.
Learn More: Call 913-322-5550

May 17, 2008
Albemarle Potato Festival
Along the Waterfront,
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
The schedule is being finalized at this writing, but plan on a parade, potato peeling contests, potato sack races, festival foods, arts and crafts, music, activities for kids.
Find Out Details: Call 252-338-4104

May 17, 2008
Foxtrot Festival
Marion, South Carolina
Celebrate 16 years of festival fun with a horse show, helicopter rides, fireworks, festival merchandise, movie showing, international food court, arts and crafts, pony rides and camel rides, music and a street dance, activities for kids, classic cars, tractor show, pageant and more.
Further Information: Call 843-423-6900

May 17, 2008
Stagecoach Days
Various venues,
Marshall, Texas
Car show and cruise-in the night before, parade, stagecoach and carriage rides, arts and crafts, entertainment, food, activities for kids.
Get The Facts: Call 903-835-7868

May 17, 2008
Moonlight Jubilee
Downtown & Caldwell Park,
Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Golf tournament, tamale cook-off, pancake breakfast from 6-10am, arts and crafts, Lil' Buns Fun Run and other activities for kids, lots of music, motorcycle poker run, 5K run/walk/roll at 7:30am, Howl at the Moon Contest, Championship Outhouse Races at 6pm, salsa making competition, food vendors and more.
Questions? Call 903-572-8567

May 17-18 2008
Artichoke Festival
Castroville, California
Farmers market, classic cars, arts and crafts, festival merchandise, Agro art contest and display, parade on Sunday at 9:45am, tours of artichoke fields, cooking demos, ethnic specialty foods, festival foods, wine tasting, entertainment (including the Marshall Tucker Band). Enjoy creamed artichoke soup, deep-fried artichokes, grilled artichokes, pickled artichokes and other treats. (The week before the PAL 10K & 5K run/walk is held.) Please do not bring pets to the festival. Hours are 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. It's the event's 49th year.
Learn More: Call 831-633-2465

May 17-18, 2008
Fruit & Nut Festival
Hughson, California
Toy Drive Car Show and Canned Food Drive, breakfast 7am-1pm on Sunday, festival merchandise, 4x4 tractor pull, arts and crafts, entertainment, activities for kids, farmers market, non-profit and commercial booths, food, parade on Saturday at 11am, carnival (opens a day early most festival years). Celebrate 20 seasons of fun this spring.
Find Out Details: Call 209-883-2800

May 17-18, 2008
Chocolate Festival
Wood Park,
Oakdale, California
Hershey may not be keeping a presence in Oakdale, but the folks there still love chocolate and they're still celebrating. This year's theme is Cowboys N' Chocolate. Enjoy arts and crafts, a Western area and be sure to hit Chocolate Avenue, lined with chocolate funnel cakes, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate ice cream and other treats. There's a 5K/1-mile fun run on Saturday, chef demonstrations, activities for kids, entertainment, agricultural displays. Choose from among more than 50 food booths, each of which contains at least one item featuring chocolate. Classic cars will be on display. There is an admission charge for those 13 and older. You'll have a great time at this 16th year of chocolate fun.
Get The Facts: Call 209-647-2344

May 17-18, 2008
California Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Meadows of College Park (on Rose Avenue),
Oxnard, California
Now in its 25th year, the festival offers fun such as strawberry-centered games, strawberry pie eating contest, berry cooking exhibit, Strawberryland for the kids, entertainment, 300-plus arts and crafts vendors, Star Berry Hunt, festival merchandise, recipe contest, climbing wall, fresh berries for sale and treats such as strawberry nachos, strawberry flan, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a build-your-own-strawberry-shortcake station. Hours are 10am-7pm on Saturday and 10am-6:30pm on Sunday. Please, no pets, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, chairs, tables, coolers or non-festival food and drinks. There is an admission charge for those age 5 and older.
Further Information: Call 888-288-9242

May 17-18, 2008
Blue Crab Festival
Little River, South Carolina
Celebrate 27 years of fun with festival foods, business booths, community booths, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, activities for kids, plus music from Sea Cruz, Coastline Band and others. (There's a 5K run the Saturday before the main festival.)
Questions? Call 643-385-3180

May 17-18, 2008
Live Oak Festival
Courthouse Square,
Columbus, Texas
Parade, hot air balloons, sidewalk sales, food vendors, home tours, music and dance, arts and crafts, activities for kids and more. 2008 marks the event's 53rd year.
Learn More: Call 979-732-8385

May 18, 2008
Oregon Fest
Dustin Road,
Oregon, Ohio
Mud Hen mascots visiting, softball speed pitch contest, parade at 3pm, Civil War reenactments and encampments, festival foods, arts and crafts, activities for kids, non-profit booths, entertainment. There is no admission fee and events are held rain or shine.
Info: Call 419-691-7060

May 18, 2008
Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival
Mount Rogers Fire Hall at 51 Firehouse Rd. (U.S. 58),
Whitetop, Virginia
Bluegrass and mountain music, BBQ chicken dinner with fried potatoes and ramps, ramp eating contest (they taste a lot like leeks) at 5pm, dancing, games, arts and crafts. Hours are 11am-6pm and there is no admission charge.
Additional Details: Call 276-733-3711 or 276-388-3422

May 22-25, 2008
Mudbug Madness
Festival Plaza,
Shreveport, Louisiana
Blues, jazz, rock Cajun and country music (on 3 stages), doughnut eating contest for kids, Mudbug Madness 5K race, festival merchandise, storytelling, Crawfish Eating Contest, festival foods (including Cajun and Creole favorites). Admission is free from 11am-6pm on the 22nd. (under age 12 always free with a paying adult). It's the festival's 25th year.
Find Out More: Call 316-222-7403

May 22-25, 2008
Festival of Flags
Aetna Park,
Oak Hill, Ohio
Quilt show, food concessions, corn toss tournament, karaoke contest, gospel music, parade, classic car show, dog show, activities for children, carnival, arts and crafts, tribute artists, steak dinner Sunday at Oak Hill Elementary School on SR 93, pageant, 5K run on the 24th, plus colorful flags and banners throughout town.
Questions? Call 740-682-7292 or 740-682-7057

May 22-25, 2008
Iris Festival
Swan Lake area,
Sumter, South Carolina
Golf tournament, Shriner's Day Parade May 24 at 10am, children's art, chalk art competition, flower show, arts and crafts, pet show, Taste of the Gardens, Swan Lake Diaper Parade & Derby, Italian street painting, food court, gospel music, commercial vendors.
Further Information: Call 803-346-2540 or 800-688-4748

May 22-25, 2008
Pound Heritage Days
Town Hall and its parking lot,
Pound, Virginia
The venue was changed due to bridge construction, but the fun goes on! Enjoy a car show on May 24, arts and crafts, Kid's Night May 22, festival foods, carnival, entertainment, street dance.
Learn More: Call 276-679-0961 or 276-796-4941

May 22-26, 2008
Crab Festival
Various venues,
Kodiak, Alaska
Parade, food, games and contests, arts and crafts, fire fighter events, arm wrestling competition and much more. It's the festival's 50th anniversary.
Get The Facts: Call 907-486-4782

May 22-26, 2008
Moonshine Festival
Main Street,
New Straitsville, Ohio
No servings will be forthcoming, but you can view a working moonshine display for educational putposes. There will be carnival games and rides, a cruise-in, music, festival souvenirs and merchandise, flea market, car and truck show, Grand Parade on Memorial Day, plus plenty of festival treats such as moonshine burgers and even moonshine pie (with no alcohol, the pie is actually a lot like old-fashioned molasses pie.)
Additional Details: Call 740-394-2838 or 740-394-3425

May 22-26 2008
Walleye Festival
Waterworks Park,
Port Clinton, Ohio
Kids' fishing derby, parade at 1pm on Saturday, educational programs, arts and crafts, carnival, activities for kids, walleye and plenty of other festival foods. It's the event's 28th year. The festival will be in honor of John Blatt, who passed away earlier this year. Mr. Blatt gave heart and soul, time and money, to the festival and to the kids' activities in particular. So go and have fun and enjoy Mr. Blatt's legacy to the community.
Further Information: Call 419-573-9370 or 419-734-7600

May 23-25, 2008
Camais Festival
Mini Park,
Weippe, Idaho
Now in its 8th season, the festival offers fun such as breakfast at the Community Center Hall on Sunday from 7-10am, a silent auction, horseshoe tournament, music, fun run/walk, arts and crafts on B Street, music, Dutch Oven cook-off, Native American stories, sand art demos, buffalo chip throw, atlatl throw, vendors.
More: Call 208-435-4362 or 208-435-4406

May 23-25 2008
Lilac Festival
Main Street,
Lisbon, New Hampshire
It's the event's 27th year and plans include fireworks, carnival rides and games (carnival usually opens a day early), flea market, entertainment, golf tournament, vendors.
Details: Call 603-838-6336 or 603-838-2362

May 23-26, 2008
Horned Toad Derby
Olsen Park,
Coalinga, California
Pageant, horned toad races, softball tournament, Fireman's Club Pancake Breakfast at 7am on Saturday (food will be served at Fire House, 300 W. Elm.) In addition, enjoy the Derby Parade at 10am on Saturday, musical entertainment, 4-H livestock events, karate demos, celebrity goat milking, tricycle races for the grown-ups. Hours are 3-11pm on Friday, noon-11pm on Thursday, noon-11pm on Sunday and 9am-4pm on Monday. It's the event's 72nd year.
Get The Facts: Call 559-935-2948 or 800-854-3885

May 23-26 2008
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Village Green,
Garden Grove, California
This one celebrates its Golden Anniversary this year. Enjoy a giant strawberry cake, carnival rides and games, Mexican folk dancing and other entertainment, Strawberry Idol Karaoke Contest, Red Head Roundup Contest, pageants, food vendors, drawings for prizes. There is a parade at 10am on Saturday, with Grand Marshall Martin Landau, plus other celebrities on hand for both the parade and a follow-up autograph signing party from 11:30am-2:30pm. Scheduled guests at this writing include Kate Linder from The Young and The Restless, Alison Arngrim from Little House on the Prairie and Masiela Lusha and Luis Armand Garcia from The George Lopez Show.
Learn More: Call 714-638-0981

May 23-26, 2008
Chestertown Tea Party
Chestertown, Maryland
Colonial Parade on High Street Monday at 10am, Sneaker Creeper foot races for kids ages 2-11, a reenactment of the 1774 dumping of British tea, Colonial craft demonstrations, activities for kids, cocktail reception on Friday night, 10-mile run plus 5K walk/run at 8am on Saturday, portrayals of historic figures by actors, walking tours, arts and crafts, Colonial swordmasters demonstrations and lessons, puppet show, storytelling, Colonial medical and surgical demonstrations, food, plus Celtic (and other folk) music by choirs and other entertainers.
Questions? Call 410-776-2662

May 23-26, 2008
Azalea Festival
Various venues,
Brookings, Oregon
Celebrate 69 years with this year's theme, "Seasons by the Sea". Arts and crafts, parade, flowers, seafood and other festival foods, more.
Additional Details: Call 541-469-3181

May 23-26 2008
Chocolate Festival
Maryland Avenue off Hwy. 35/83,
Burlington, Wisconsin
Chocolate Festival Geocache treasure hunt, farmers market, antique tractor show, Project Your-Way Candy Wrapper Fashion Design Contest. Entertainment includes Bob Hamm's Wild West Show, Granpa Cratchett, Katie Todd, The Toys. There will be chocolate baking contests, a candy bar eating contest (sponsored by a local dentist!), demonstrations on making White Chocolate Cheesecake and a Valrhona Intense Chocolate Brownie, BMX bikes, kiddie parade, Chocolate Olympics, chocolate carving contest, arts and crafts, festival parade, chocolate vendors, chocolate samples, chocolate chip cookies.
Further Information: Call 262-763-3300

May 24-25, 2008
Strawberry Festival
Downtown, On the Green,
Arroyo Grande, California
Celebrate 25 years with juried arts and crafts, festival T-shirts, strawberry funnel cakes and other strawberry treats, petting zoo, pony rides, fresh berries for sale, non-profit booths, strawberry pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday from 8am-noon, cooking contest, commercial vendors, Kiddie Carnival and other activities for kids, Strawberry Stampede 5K/10K run and 5K walk Sunday morning.
Questions? Call 831-633-2465

May 24-25 2008
Grubsteak Days
Various venues,
Yucca Valley, California
Parade (Deer Tail to Hwy. 274 at 10am on Saturday), festival merchandise, music, vendors, activities for kids, 10K/5K/2K run on Sunday and more. It's the festival's 58th year.
Learn More: Call 760-365-6323

May 24-25, 2008
Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival
Festival Grounds at 4253 W. Ponkan Road,
Zellwood, Florida
Corn husking contest on Saturday, corn eating contest on Sunday, antique tractor show, lots of fresh corn cooked in the big old cooker they call Big Bertha, arts and crafts, festival merchandise, fresh corn for sale to take home, festival foods, music. Among those scheduled to perform at this writing: Blake Shelton, Steven Curtis Chapman, Margo Rochelle and Rodeo Drive. Lawn chairs and blankets can be brought in, but please do not bring outside coolers or pets to the festival. There is free parking for this event and festival-goers under age 13 get in free when accompanied by a paying adult. The festival is 35 years young in 2008.
Get The Facts: Call 407-886-0014

May 24-25 2008
Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Sky Meadows State Park on U.S. Rt. 17,
Delaplane, Virginia
4-H petting zoo, face painting and other activities for kids (and kids at heart), raptor educational show, quilt raffle, strawberry pies and other baked goods for sale, music, historical exhibits, bagpipes, calssic cars, drawings for prizes, 5K run/walk, hayrides, National Strawberry Eating Championship May 24. Well-behaved, leashed pets are allowed at the festival but are not permitted in either the hayride area or the petting zoo.
More Details: Call 479-229-3328

May 24-25 2008
Pungo Strawberry Festival
Princess Anne & Indian River Roads,
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Pie eating contest, strawberry baking contest, carnival, youth art show, parade, arts and crafts, pig races, 3 stages of musical entertainment, livestock show and sale. Please leave pets comfortably at home while you come to enjoy this 25th year of fun. Note that the festival is an alcohol-free event.
Questions? Call 757-721-6001

May 24-26 2008
Wyatt Earp Days
Allen Street area,
Tombstone, Arizona
Just remember that this is a Western-themed town with a show kind of attitude and you'll have a great time with gunfight reenactments, various Old West stunts and skits, a Wyatt Earp Look-alike Contest, food and more.
Further Information: Call 520-457-3291

May 24-26, 2008
Blue Crab Festival
Palatka, Florida
Arts and crafts, Memorial Day Parade (10am) and Ceremony (11am) on Monday, festival foods, entertainment, antiques, Seafood Cook-off and more. The festival celebrates 20 seasons this spring.
Learn More: Call 386-325-4406

May 29-June 8, 2008
Portland Rose Festival
Various venues,
Portland, Oregon
The festival is celebrating an impressive 101 years in 2008. Enjoy the Keybank Grand Floral Parade, rose show, Fleet Week (June 4-8), Grand Floral Walk, Character Clown Corps, Daddy of all Dance-offs, junior parade on June 4 at 1pm, Starlight Parade and Starlight Run, dragon boat races, fireworks, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain tall ships in harbor on display.
Get The Facts: Call 503-227-2681

May 30-June 1, 2008
Apricot Fiesta
Various venues,
Patterson, California
It's the 38th year for this one. Enjoy student art, games and other activities for kids, BBQ and other festival foods, parade, Poetry and Prose writing Contest, bike ride, hot air balloons.
Questions? Call 209-892-3118

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

May 1-4 Raisin Festival, Lincoln Park at McCall & Rose, Selma, California, 559-891-2235
May 1-4 Thibodaux Fireman's Fair, Fireman's Fairgounds, Thibodaux, Louisiana, 985-447-1966
May 1-4 Homecoming, Lexington, Texas, 979-773-4337
May 2-3 Smokey Bear Days, Capitan, New Mexico, 505-354-2748
May 2-4 Toad Suck Days (27th), Downtown, Conway, Arkansas, 501-327-7788
May 2-4 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival (45th), Fernandina Beach, Florida, 866-426-3542 or 904-261-3248
May 2-4 Azalea Festival, Fredericktown, Missouri, 573-783-3581
May 2-4 Okeene Rattlesnake Roundup, Downtown, Okeene, Oklahoma, 580-822-3005 or 580-822-3101
May 3 Springtime Gala (30th), City Park, Altus, Arkansas, 479-468-4684
May 3 Basque Festival, Madera, California, 559-226-7499
May 3 Apple Blossom Festival, Various venues, St. Joseph, Missouri, 816-261-0422
May 3 Wein & Saengerfest, Noon-10pm, Downtown, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-221-4000 or 830-221-4090
May 3-4 Elk Grove Western Festival (51st), Regional Park, Elk Grove, California, 916-695-5475
May 3-4 May-retta Daze, 10am-5pm, Glover Park, Marietta, Georgia, 770-794-5609
May 3-4 Emmett Kelly Days, Downtown, Houston, Missouri, 417-967-2220
May 3-4 Frog Fest, City Park, Waynesville, Missouri, 573-774-8171
May 3-4 Ham & Yam Festival, Downtown, Smithfield, North Carolina, 919-934-0887
May 3-11 Irrigation Festival (113th), Sequim, Washington, 360-683-6197 or Email info@irrigationfestival.com
May 4-14 Feather Fiesta Days (main day is May 13), Bird & Meyers St. area, Oroville, California, 530-534-7690
May 7-10 Perryville Mayfest, On the Square, Perryville, Missouri, 573-547-6062
May 7-11 Dogwood Festival, Mullens, West Virginia, 304-732-8000
May 8-11 Cochon de Lait Festival, Cochon de Lait Pavilion, Mansura, Louisiana, 318-964-2152
May 9-11 Ione Homecoming, Ione, California, 877-868-7262
May 9-11 Coffee River Seafood Festival & Boat Show, Downtown, New Richey, Florida, 727-842-8066
May 9-11 Texas Crab Festival (23rd), Gregory Park, Crystal Beach, Texas, 409-684-5940 or 800-386-7863
May 10 Pine Tree Festival, Downtown, Swainsboro, Georgia, 478-237-6426
May 10 Cherry Blossom Festival (26th), Logan Park, Cherryvale, Kansas, 620-891-0072
May 10 May Daze, Downtown, Plymouth, North Carolina, 252-797-4852
May 10 Oak Street Festival (11th), 9am-5pm, Downtown, Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, 570-339-2930 or 570-672-9450
May 10-11 Pan American Fiesta, Mayfair Park, Lakewood, California, 562-866-9771
May 10-11 Old Timer's Day, Main Street, Van Buren, Arkansas, 479-474-4392
May 10-11 Artfest, Water Street, Henderson, Nevada, 888-278-3378
May 14-17 Homecoming Festival, Downtown, Dillsboro, Indiana, 812-432-5450
May 14-18 West Virginia Strawberry Festival (67th), Downtown, Buckhannon, West Virginia, 304-472-9036
May 15-18 Tulsa International Mayfest, Downtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 916-582-6435
May 16-17 Dermott Crawfish Festival (25th), Dermott, Arkansas, 870-538-5656
May 16-17 Little River Days, Little River Park, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 270-987-4290 or 800-909-9016
May 16-17 Seafood Festival (21st), Engelhard, North Carolina, 252-925-3719
May 16-17 Italian Festival (38th), Expo & Fairgrounds, Mcalester, Oklahoma, 918-426-2066
May 16-18 Crawdad Days (18th), Main Street Square & Lake Harrison, Harrison, Arkansas, 870-741-2659 or 800-880-6295
May 16-18 Greek Food Festival, 1100 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-221-5300
May 16-18 Maifest (29th), MainStrasse Village, Covinton, Kentucky, 859-491-0458
May 16-18 Plumb Nellie Days, Downtown parking lot on Commercial Street, Branson, Missouri, 417-334-1548
May 16-18 Mayfest (26th), Strasburg, Virginia, 540-465-3187
May 16-18 Maize Days, Town Hall Campus, Santee, South Carolina, 866-272-6833
May 17 Coyote Howl & Car Show (23rd),
                   9am-10pm, Main Street & County Park on Hwy. 4, Coulterville, California, 209-878-3015
May 17 Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival Parade 10am (begins at corner of Sonoma & Santa Rosa Avenues),
                   Festival at Downtown Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, 707-542-7673
May 17 Fair on the Square, Town Square, Buchanan, Georgia, 770-646-3081
May 17 Pimiento Festival (3rd), Downtown, Zebulon, Georgia, 770-567-2029
May 17 Riverbend Festival (17th), Downtown, Columbia, Louisiana, 318-649-0726 or 318-649-2138
May 17 Liberty Heritage Festival, Downtown, Liberty, Missouri, 816-580-1711
May 17 Spring Festival, 10am-9pm, Elementary School grounds at 201 E. Third St., Peculiar, Missouri, 816-758-4388
May 17 Roanoke-Chowan Pork Fest, Jefcoat Museum of Americana on High St., Murfreesboro, North Carolina
May 17 Strawberry Festival, 10-4, The Depot on S. Main, Stuart, Virginia, 276-694-3811
May 17 Local Colors Festival, Elmwood Park, Roanoke, Virginia, 540-342-2640
May 17-18 Rhododendron Festival, 9-5, Brow Park, Mentone, Alabama, 256-634-8339
May 17-18 A La Carte and Art, Castro Street (between Church & Evelyn), Mountain View, California, 650-964-3395
May 17-June 14 Moose Mania, Various venues, Greenville, Maine, 207-695-2702 or 888-876-2778
May 18 Street Faire, Downtown, Escondido, California, 760-745-8877 or 760-945-9288
May 22-26 Festival in the Park, Elmwood Park, Roanoke, Virginia, 540-342-2640
May 23-24 Jubilee CityFest, Riverfront area, Montgomery, Alabama, Email cityfest@jubileecityfest.org
May 23-24 Diamond Festival (35th), Courthouse Square, Murfreesboro, Arkansas, 870-648-6772
May 23-24 Buffalo Days, Town Square, Greenfield, Missouri, 417-637-2040 or 888-637-2040
May 23-25 Riverfest (31st), Riverfront Park, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-255-3378
May 23-25 Farmington Invitational Balloon Festival, Farmington, New Mexico, 800-448-1240
May 23-25 Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts, Market Street, Shamokin, Pennsylvania, 570-648-6772
May 23-25 Gullah Festival, Waterfront Park, Beaufort, South Carolina, 843-525-0628
May 23-25 Iris Festival, Greenville, Tennessee, 423-638-4111
May 23-25 National Polka Festival (42nd), Ennis, Texas, 888-366-4748
May 23-26 Horse & Buggy Days, Tecumseh, Nebraska, 402-335-5900
May 23-26 Greek Festival, 12362 Spotswood Furnace Rd., Fredericksburg, Virginia, 540-898-3250 or 800-678-4748
May 24 Happy Valley Strawberry Festival, Happy Valley Elementary School, Anderson, California, 530-357-5449
May 24 Yellow Brick Road Festival, Downtown, Sedan, Kansas, 620-725-4022 or 620-725-5797
May 24 Country Memories Day, Downtown, McVeytown, Pennsylvania, 717-899-7998
May 24 Plumb Alley Day, 9-4, Main & Valley St. downtown, Abingdon, Virginia, 276-676-2282 or 800-435-3440
May 24 Virgilina Summerfest, 11am-11pm, Virgilina, Virginia, 434-585-2657
May 24-25 Carnaval San Francisco, Harrison Street between 16th & 24th streets, San Francisco, California, 415-920-01222
May 24-25 Santa Cruz Blues Festival (16th), Aptos Village Park, Aptos, California, Email info@santacruzbluesfestival.com
May 24-25 Mushroom Mardi Gras (29th), Morgan Hill, California, 408-778-1786
May 24-25 Moab Arts Festival (15th), Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah, 435-259-2742
May 24-26 Boulder Creek Art, Wine & Music Festival, Noon-6pm, Downtown, Boulder Creek, California, 831-338-2578
May 25 Wildquack Duck Festival (19th), Village Park, Jackson, New Hampshire, 603-383-9356
May 29-31 Memphis Italian Festival, Marquette Park, Memphis, Texas, 901-767-6949
May 29-June 1 Aztec Fiesta Days, Miriam Park & Downtown, Aztec, New Mexico, 505-334-9551
May 30-31 KingKat Tournament & Festival, Various venues, New Madrid, Missouri, 573-748-5300
May 30-31 Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma, Durant, Oklahoma, 580-924-1550 or 580-924-0848
May 30-31 Haskell Fest, Haskell, Oklahoma, 918-482-1245
May 31 Hillbilly Daze (21st), Community Park, Witts Springs, Arkansas, 870-496-2342
May 31-June 3 Deercreek Dam Days Festival, along the banks, Williamsport, Ohio, 740-986-5863 or 740-986-5451

Other May 2008 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may also be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
May 3 Classic Car Show, 10am, Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach, California, 310-318-0280
May 3 Town-Wide Yard Sale, throughout town, Oriental, North Carolina, 252-249-7281
May 3 Carolina Virginia Coin Show, 10am-6pm, 223 S. Seales St., Reidsville, North Carolina, 336-342-6770
May 3-4 Art in the Park, Fulwood Park, Tifton, Georgia, 229-391-4820
May 4 Coin Show (49th), 9am-4pm, City Auditorium, Fremont, Nebraska, 402-737-1531
May 9-11 Dogwood Festival (73rd),
                   Greenfield Hill Congregational Church on Old Academy Road, Fairfield, Connecticut, 203-259-5596
May 9-11 Gem & Mineral Show, County Civic Center, Marietta, Georgia, 770-986-0822
May 10 Charlotte Comicon,
                   10am-4pm, Crowne Plaza on S. McDowell St., Charlotte, North Carolina, 704-424-3453 or 805-547-3995
May 10-11 Art in the Park, Hollywood Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 501-321-6871
May 15-17 Salute to American Graffiti (3rd), Downtown, Petaluma, California, 707-762-3394
May 16-17 Soul Food Festival (9th), La Villita Historic Arts Village, San Antonio, Texas, 210-207-8618 or 210-414-4394
May 16-18 Mobicon XI, Best Western Ashbury Hotel, Mobile, Alabama, Email micsteel@comcast.net
May 16-18 Gourd Festival/Art Show, Spencer County Elementary School, Taylorsville, Kentucky, 502-477-8543
May 16-18 Motor City Comic Con,
                   Rock Financial Showplace at 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, Michigan, 248-426-8059 or Email info@motorcitycomics.com
May 16-18 Middlecreek Valley Antique Association Antique Show,
                   Show Ground on Old Colony Road, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 570-837-1237
May 17 Community Yard Sale, 9-4, throughout town, Meredith, New Hampshire, 603-279-6121
May 17 International Street Fair, 10-4, Court Street, Athens, Ohio, 740-593-4330
May 17 McLean Day, Lewinsville Park, McLean, Virginia, 703-790-0123
May 17 Spring Festival, 9-4, Main Street, Warrenton, Virginia, 540-347-4414
May 17-18 Planes of Fame Air Show, Airport, Chino, California, 909-597-3722
May 17-18 Vintage Paper Fair (30th), 10-6 & 10-4, Centre Concord at 5298 Clayton Rd., Concord, California
May 17-18 Super-Con South Hall of San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California, Email supercon@super-con.com
May 17-18 Tow Rodeo, Hampton Beach State Park, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, 603-863-4206
May 18 Bay to Breakers (foot race), San Francisco, California
May 19 History Meets the Arts, Various venues, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 717-337-3491 or 800-237-5015
May 23-25 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (35th),
                   Oldtown plus Downtown & West Sacramento, Sacramento, California, 916-372-5277
May 23-25 Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show, Community Airport, Watsonville, California, 831-763-5600
May 23-25 Marcon, Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio
May 23-25 CONduit XVIII, Radisson, Salt Lake City, Utah, Email info@conduit.sfcon.org
May 23-25 Spring Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show (17th), Civic Center, Salem, Virginia, 540-372-5277
May 23-26 BayCon V2008, San Mateo Marriott, San Mateo, California, Eail info@baycon.org
May 23-26 Balticon 42, Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, Maryland, 410-563-2737
May 23-26 MisCon 22, Ruby's Inn, Missoula, Montana, 406-544-7083
May 23-26 Memorial Day Arts & Crafts Show, River Walk Extension, San Antonio, Texas, 210-227-4262
May 24-25 Grass Valley Llama Show, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, California, 530-432-5246
May 24-25 Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show, County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, Illinois, 630-377-0197
May 24-25 Riverbend Art Fair (43rd), Downtown Mall, Atchinson, Kansas, 913-367-4278
May 24-25 Art in the Park, Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, Virginia, 540-885-2028
May 24-26 Kinetic Sculpture Race (40th), Arcata to Ferndale, Arcata, California, 707-499-0643
May 24-26 Taste of Cincinnati, Fifth Street Downtown, Cincinnati, Ohio, 5113-579-3187
May 25 Antiques Fair (23rd), 10-5, Lasdon Park & Arboretum on Rt. 35, Katonah, New York, 914-273-4667
May 26 Crimestoppers Band Concert, Martin Dies State Park, Jasper, Texas, 409-364-5231
May 29-31 LB Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, Convention Center, Long Beach, California, 805-962-9636
May 30-31 Greater York Antiques Show & Sale, 11am-7pm & 11am-5pm, Toyota Arena, York, Pennsylvania, 703-914-1258
May 31 Strawberry Festival, 9-3, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Heathsville, Virginia, 804-580-4555

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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.
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A Little Browsing...
Cajun and soul food in Fresno, California? Why not. Check out Marsol, 3075 Maroa Avenue. Dip into goodies such as collard greens and candied sweet potatoes. Call ahead to make sure they're open: 866-684-2524
The Old Homestead Steakhouse just opened a new location at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City. They've alreay been serving at 56 Ninth Avenue (Manhattan) in New York (212-242-9040). Their specialty is beef, but they're upscale in their prices. The Classic Homestead Burger ran about fifteen dollars when I last checked. A Kobe Beef Burger will run you more than forty dollars. If you're a vegetarian, this is not the place for you in Manhattan. If you want to try upscale vegetarin cuisine you might try Blossom for goodies such as Dancing Curry with tofu and roasted root veggies or the Stuffed Portabello stuffed and served with a Cashew sauce. Add a side of mashed potatoes or save room for for the Chocolate Ganache. They're at 187 Ninth Avenue. Give them a call at 212-627-1144. (There's also the new Cafe Blossom at 466 Columbus Avenue.)
You might not expect to find great falafel in Kansas, but you'll get it if you go to Holy Land Cafe. They have kabobs, shawarma plates, gyros, and combo plates. They're at 12275 W. 87 Parkway in Lenexa. You can reach them by phone at 913-310-9911. I'm told they don't do breakfast though, so if you're in the mood for an early meal, maybe La Peep at 7936 Quivera Road can satisfy you. It's popular. so watch out for a wait, but you can get everything from Eggs Benedict to Biscuits and Gravy to light omelettes to a bagel selection called a Breakfast Banana Split. The hazelnut coffee is a local favorite. They open at 6:30am on weekdays and at 7am on weekends. Call them at 913-492-6644. And one last note on Lenexa must include a mention of the Pie Lady Coffeehouse. Reviews on their coffee are mixed, but everyone says the pies are perfection. They're at 13408 Santa Fe Trail Drive and their phone number is 913-438-7200.

There are a zillion places for brides to get information and ideas. How about one for the future husband? Check out Groom and Best Man Wedding Information.

Print and assemble papercraft Rare Animals of the World from Yamaha Motor's web site.
Have you seen the information on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Here's hoping we find ways to make plastic less abundant in our oceans.


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