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April 30-May 2, 2009
Armadillo Festival
Downtown Square,
Hamburg, Arkansas
The festival celebrates 39 years with an armadillo weigh-in and armadillo race, crawfish boil, pageant (earlier in the week), arts and crafts, Fiesta Night on Thursday, Freeze Off ice cream making contest, street dance, pancake breakfast May 2 from 6:30-9:30am, pie throwing contest, 5K run/1-mile walk, commercial booths, pet show, flower show, limbo contest, sack races, carnival rides, frog jumping contest, festival foods, lawnmower races, musical entertainment.
Learn More: Call 870-853-8345

April 30-May 3, 2009
North Carolina Strawberry Festival
Festival Grounds (corner of Strawberry Blvd. & Brown St.),
Chadbourn, North Carolina
This is the festival's 76th year of fun. Enjoy a parade, strawberry luncheon, variety show, NASA exhibit, strawberry shortcake, entertainment, arts and crafts, CBA Bike Show, festival parade on May 1 at 2pm, scholarship pageant, hot air balloons, strawberry spitting contest and more.
Details: Call 910-654-3518 or 910-640-8034

April 30-May 3, 2009
Trinity Park,
Fort Worth, Texas
Now in its 37th year, the festival offers fun such as canoes and paddleboats, a haunted house, 6 stages of entertainment, battle of the bands, food vendors, arts and crafts, 10K/5K/1K run on Saturday, artist demonstrations, mechanical bull challenge, rock climbing wall, non-profit booths, festival merchandise, face painting and temporary air brush tattoos, giant inflatables, Senior Day.
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May 1-2, 2009
Mushroom Festival
Town Square (and other venues),
Richmond, Virginia
5K FUNgus Run, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, motorcycle show, MoCHIP Child Identification Service, pedal tractor pull, State Championship Bar-B-Q Coof-Off, car show, crafts, food vendors, fine art show, fresh morel mushrooms for sale (if crop permits), mushroom hunt, games for kids, Christian music show, talent contest, youth tractor pull, skateboard contest, karate demos, parade Saturday at 1pm, Largest Morel Contest, dance exhibition, celebrity dunk tank, Mud Run, carnival and more. It's the festival's 29th year of fun.
Get The Facts: Call 816-776-6916

May 1-2, 2009
Santa Fe Plaza,
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
Brick throwing contest, Wolverine Day at The Toy and Action Figure Museum, Hot Wheels Double Dog Dare Derby, bull riding, Guns of Oklahoma Cowboy Show, arts and crafts booths, musical entertainment, non-profit booths, pie eating contest, activities for the kids.
More: Call 405-238-2555

May 1-3, 2009
Cherry Blossom Festival
Block 7 area downtown plus Anna Park,
Barberton, Ohio
5K run (plus Kids Romp), festival foods, pancake breakfast at St. Augustine's Church on Saturday, parade at 10am on Saturday, carnival rides, activities for kids. General hours are 5-10pm on Friday, noon-10pm on Saturday and noon-7pm on Sunday.
Questions? Call 330-753-4093

May 2, 2009
Tortoise Festivus (Turtle Days) Street Fair
Farmers Market area downtown,
Joshua Tree, California
Fire department demonstrations, music, morning parade, food and beverage vendors, activities for children.
Learn More: Call 760-366-3723

May 2, 2009
Prague Kolache Festival
City Park & Main Street,
Prague, Oklahoma
Kolache eating contest, United Freestyle Stunt Team (and other entertainment), fireworks, 2-hour parade at 11am, merchant specials, wine pavilion, street dance (complete with Chicken Dance), kolache baking contests, bread baking contests, wine making, Czech costume contest, food booths, carnival games and rides, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, plenty of kolache pastries on hand for this 50th anniversary.
Questions? Call 405-567-4866

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May 2, 2009
Fried Onion Burger Day
Downtown area,
El Reno, Oklahoma
For a 21st year you can enjoy fun such as the Bike Show and Walk Around Poker Run, Bun Run, arts and crafts, entertainment, festival foods, burger eating contest, classic cars and a 750-pound burger that will be cooked up and served to the waiting crowd. There is no admission charge to the event.
Further Details: Call 405-262-8888

May 2-3, 2009
Snellville Days
Briscoe Park,
Snellville, Georgia
Celebrate 36 years with helicopter rides, aerial demos Saturday at 6pm, rides and other activities for the kids, Dog & Disc Championships, parade on Saturday at 10am, music on 2 stages, arts and crafts, food vendors. The car show has been cancelled for 2009.
Additional Facts: Call 770-985-3535

May 2-3, 2009
Spring Jamboree
Bicentennial Park,
Boulder City, Nevada
Quilt displays, student art, 3-on-3 basketball, model car show, Bark in the Park, karate for kids, 5K run, music and dance, car show, car parade, collectibles, face painting and temporary tattoos, antiques, festival foods and beverages.
Learn More: Call 702-293-2034

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May 2-9, 2009
Tulip Time
Various venues,
Holland, Michigan
Music from the 60s (and other concerts, including an organ concert), town crier competition, Klompen dancers, classic cars, Dutch storytelling, beer tent, fireworks May 1 and May 9, Tulip Time Run (5K and 1K plus kids) on May 2, carnvial at the Civic Center, quilt show, arts and crafts, Tulip Trolley Tour, 2 parades, food, streetscrubbers, food, more.
Info: Call 616-306-4221 or 800-822-2770

May 3-9, 2009
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Area parks and other venues,
Humboldt, Tennessee
Celebrate a 72nd year with a horse show, car show, Christian concert, praise celebration, prayer breakfast, pet parade, antique tractors, strawberry recipe contest, grand parade, BBQ cooking competition, music, arts and crafts, checker tournament.
Get The Facts: Call 318-435-7607

May 7-9, 2009
Strawberry Homefest
Berry Sheds on Hwy. 367,
Bald Knob, Arkansas
Car show, arts and crafts, entertainment, parade on Saturday, strawberry shortcake and other festival foods. It's the festival's 22nd anniversary.
Questions? Call 501-724-3140

May 7-9, 2009
Pella Tulip Time
Various venues,
Pella, Iowa
Antique farm implement display, old fire station tour, pancake breakfast Saturday at the municipal airport from 7-10am, children's art show, quilt show, historical home tours, tractor rodeo, kids' fun run, Clompen Klassic 5K Run/Walk, antique autos, lighted volks parade, street scrubbers and Dutch dancers, royal court, dense paintings of tulips in bloom (Mother Nature cooperating), Kids Corner, museum displays, ethnic foods, giant grocery cart on display, tulip bulbs for sale. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to view parades. This is the event's 74th season.
Details: Call 641-628-4311

May 7-9, 2009
Poke Salad Festival
Blanchard, Louisiana
Plans for this 35th year include a kid's tent, arts and crafts, treasure hunt, carnival rides and games, parade on Saturday, vendors, music and dance, pet parade and costume contest..
Further Information: Call 318-929-7574

May 7-10, 2009
Wild Turkey Festival
McArthur, Ohio
Carnival, arts and crafts, turkey calling contest, quilt show, pageant, food vendors, car show, parade on Saturday at 6pm. The festival celebrates 25 years in 2009.
Learn More: Call 740-596-8506 or 740-591-1118

May 7-10, 2009
Rooster Days Festival
Central Park on South Main Street,
Arrow, Oklahoma
Parade on Saturday at 10am, carnival games and rides, Miss Chick Contest, petting zoo, entertainment, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, festival foods such as corn dogs and fried ice cream. It's the 78th year for this one.
Get the Facts: Call 916-251-1518

May 8-9, 2009
Whistlestop Festival
Ashdown, Arkansas
With the festival in its 13th year there are plans for a catfish and hush puppy cooking contest, musical entertainment, activities for children, arts and crafts, antique cars, Hookem & Cookem Katfish Cookoff, catfish fishing tournament, antiques.
Questions? Call 870-898-2758

May 8-9, 2009
Free State of Yell Fest
Riverfront Park,
Dardenelle, Arkansas
Commercial vendors, yelling contest, arts and crafts, festival foods, activities for kids, carnival, horseshoe tournament, music. The festival logs 20 years in 2009.
Additional Details: Call 479-229-3328

May 8-9, 2008
Rough & Ready Days/Rhythm & Roots
McCloy Park,
Monticello, Arkansas
Bide ride, egg drop and other activities for kids, car show, carnival rides, 5K run, music, festival foods and dinners, chicken cook-off. The festival marks 13 seasons this year.
More: Call 504-522-6730 or800-673-5725

May 8-9, 2009
Apple Blossom Festival
Elkhorn City, Kentucky
Parade, gospel sing, arts and crafts, festival foods, entertainment, carnival.
Get The Facts: Call 606-754-5810

May 8-9, 2009
International Bar-B-Q Fest
Owensboro, Kentucky
Pageants (pre-festival), Burgoo Relay, BBQ competition, beer plaza, classic cars, Cooking Team Balloon Toss, horseshoe pitching tournament, festival merchandise, carnival (beginning at 5pm on May 7), pie eating contest, arts and crafts, several stages of entertainment, non-profit booths, keg toss competition, Mutton Glutton, cruise-in and sock hop, 5K run/walk.
Info: Call 270-926-6938 or 800-489-1131

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May 8-10, 2009
Taste Addison
Addison Circle Park,
Addison, Texas
More than 50 area restaurants participate to present food and wine tastings plus cooking demos. Enjoy specialty food displays and music on 3 stages. Hank, the Cowdog is also presented as musical entertainment and the firefighters will sponsor Fill the Boot for Jerry's Kids. Bring blankets to concerts if you like, but please do not bring chairs, skateboards, outside coolers or pets. (Service animals are welcome.) General hours are 5pm-midnight on Friday, noon-midnight on Saturday and noon-6pm on Sunday.
Get Details: Call 972-450-2851

May 8-10, 2009
Apple Blossom Festival
Downtown on Wapato Way,
Manson, Washington
For an 89th year you can celebrate with the Edible Apple Contest, music, arts and crafts, Car & Harley Show, fun run, Kiwanis pancake breakfast, parade on Saturday at 10am, merchant specials, chicken noodle dinner, rock and gem displays, food vendors.
Further Facts: Call 509-687-3833

May 8-16, 2008
Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Portland, Tennessee
Carnival (May 11-16), 4-person golf scramble, inflatables and a rock climbing wall for kids, pancake breakfast on May 10 from 7-11:30am at the middle school, Choir Night on May 13 at Portland High School, arts and crafts, festival foods, more. (Many events are crunched together during the period from May 15-16.) If you travel Hwy. 52 on May 15 and 16 you can get in on the bargains at the Hwy. 52 sale, with 80 miles of sale fun. (For info on yard sale only call 931-243-3338.)
Further Information: Call 615-325-9032

May 9, 2009
Glennville Sweet Onion Festival
Farmers Market,
Glennville, Georgia
Some of the fun planned for this 33rd year: Arts and crafts, parade, Onion Run, activities for kids, festival foods and beverages, staged entertainment.
Find Out More: Call 912-654-2515 or 912-654-3332

May 9, 2009
Nettie Davenport Day
Main & Broadway area,
Davenport, Oklahoma
Celebrate 33 seasons with drawings for prizes, games, high school class reunions, music, food. Their unique parade travels down the brick-lined Broadway Avenue, then makes a U-turn and goes down the same road in the opposite direction so that those in the parade get to see the other entries. General festival hours are 9am-3pm.
Additional Information: Call 918-377-2355

May 9, 2009
Strawberry Festival
Stilwell, Oklahoma
All-school reunion, arts and crafts, growers' competition and auction, fresh strawberries and ice cream, parade at 10am, 5K fun run at 7:30am, non-profit booths. It's the 62nd year for this event.
Questions? Call 918-696-7735 or 918-696-7845

May 9-16, 2009
Strawberry Festival
Adairville, Kentucky
For a 63rd year you can enjoy a gospel sing, pageants, baby show, strawberry ice cream, auction, 5K run/walk plus 1-milk plus 1-mile fun run for kids at 8am, pasta dinner, quilt show, strawberry shortcake, food booths, Jackson-Dickinson duel reenactment, auction, plus you can enjoy a car, truck and tractor show on May 9.
Details: Call 270-529-2080 or 270-847-7246

May 13-17, 2009
Iris Festival
River Road between Clagett Street and Chernawa Road,
Keizer, Oregon
Half marathon and 10K run, pet parade, classic car show, garden tours, charity bingo games, pancake breakfast, volkswalk, parade on Saturday at 10:30am, Geo Cash Challenge, golf tournament, WineGarten, Hold 'em Tournament, BBQ chicken dinner, carnival and midway.
Questions? Call 888-218-4747

May 14-16, 2009
Mayhaw Festival
Mayhaw Grounds at Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 109,
Starks, Louisiana
Music, food vendors, arts and crafts, activities for kids. Watch the mayhaw jelly being made and then stock up on that and other treats.
Further Information: Call 337-743-6297 or 800-456-7952

May 14-17, 2009
Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
Angels Camp, California
Frog jumping competitions, rodeo events, destruction derby, BBQ competition, festival merchandise, Children's Parade, idol competition, woodwork demos, commerical exhibits, storytelling, carnival, livestock events and home arts contests and exhibits, activities for kids, music, logging show.
Find Out Details: Call 209-736-2561 or 800-225-3754

May 14-17, 2009
Rabbit Fest
City Park,
Copperas Cove, Texas
Carnival and midway by Crabtree Amusements, softball tournament, Rabbit Run For Hope, Old West Shows by Brazos Bottom Cow'ographers, parade on Saturday at 10am, food vendors, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, activities for kids, entertainment, rabbit show. More than 100,000 are expected to show up for this one.
Learn More: Call 254-547-7571

May 14-17, 2009
Chesapeake Jubilee
City Park on Greenbrier Parkway,
Pasadena, Texas
BBQ cooking contest, shrimp feast, carnival, fireworks at 9pm on Saturday, 4-H events, festival foods, community booths and non-profit displays, music. The Smithereens are scheduled to perform at this writing.
Get The Festival Facts: Call 405-270-4848

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May 15-16, 2009
Atkins, Arkansas
Arts and crafts, antique tractor pull, commercial vendors, pickle juice drinking contest, pickle eating contest, activities for kids, parade, rodeo, games, entertainment, food vendors with treats such as deep-fried dill pickles. It's the festival's 18th anniversary.
Info: Call 479-641-1147 or 479-858-1320

May 15-16, 2009
Magnolia Blossom Festival
Downtown Square,
Magnolia, Arkansas
In its 21st year the festival offers fun such as a treasure hunt, classic cars and trucks, sidewalk art show, parade on Saturday at 10am, dog show Saturday at 8:30am, fishing tournament, World Championship Steak Cook-Off and steak dinners, food court, festival merchandise, 5K race plus 1-mile fun run, arts and crafts, gospel sing, 100 Bird NSCA Sporting Clays Shoot, music from Aaron Tippin..
Questions? Call 870-234-4352

May 15-16, 2009
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival
Various venues,
Fruita, Colorado
Chick Olympics Games Booth with egg toss, Peep eating contest and wing eating contest, Good Egg Awards for community helpers, car show, lawn mower races, food booths, pancake breakfast Saturday 7-10am at the IOOF Hall, chicken dance contest, Mike Store, music. Mike was the hapless chicken who supposedly survived for some time after a beheading. But wouldn't Mike have been a rooster? If you go to the festival you're sure to find out more of Mike's secrets.
Learn Details: Call 970-858-3663

May 15-16, 2009
Swedish Festival
Swedish Village,
Kingsburg, California
It's the event's 44th year. Have fun with music and folk dancing, arts and crafts, Dala Trot 10K run plus a 2-mile walk at 7am on Saturday, Smorgasbord, Swedish pancake breakfast on Saturday at Coffee Pot Park, Viking Bed Races on the evening of May 16, Swedish pancake eating contest, parade, food booths, entertainment.
Find Out More: Call 559-897-1111

May 15-17, 2009
Rhododendron Festival
Various venues,
Florence, Oregon
Davis Carnival, plant and pie sale, floral parade, classic cars, Y-Marina Boat Show, Show and Shine, arts and crafts on 16th & 17th at Siuslaw Middle School Gym, 5K & 10K run (with a new course this year). The festival celebrates 102 seasons this year.
Further Information: Call 541-997-3128

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May 15-17, 2009
Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Fairgrounds on Fairmont Parkway,
Pasadena, Texas
The festival celebrates its 36th year with a pre-festival bike ride, parade on May 9, arts and crafts, Star Family Circus, trick rope entertainment, a huge strawberry shortcake, activities for kids, racing pigs, helicopter rides, Strawberry Idol. Among those scheduled to provide music as of this writing: Aaron Watson, Jamie Richards, Keith McCoy & CEO Band.
Further Facts: Call 261-991-9500

May 15-17, 2009
Main Street Days
Main Street area downtown,
Grapevine, Texas
Four stages of musical entertainment, festival foods, arts and crafts, 10K walk/run, quad bungee jumping, kayaking, fishing tank, trampoline show, wine area, winery tours, rock climbing wall, carnival and midway and more. This year marks the festival's 25th season.
Find Out Details: Call 817-410-3185

May 16, 2009
Red Suspenders Day
Gridley, California
Former firefighters encampment, quilt raffle, activities for kids, pancake breakfast 7-11am in Daddow Park, bed races at 9:30am down Virginia Street, fire department water games, parade at 11am, vendors, games, fire equipment display. The community also holds Unjustice Day just before the festival. You can have your favorite local official or community member arrested and held, where they'll be given food and drink but they have to raise money for charity. It's all part of the fun they pack into friendly Gridley.
Questions? Call 530-846-3142

May 16, 2009
Watermelon Festival
Canterbury Equestrian Showplace at 23100 W. Newberry Rd.,
Newberry, Florida
Plans for this 64th year include a watermelon eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, hog calling contest, melon grower competition, arts and crafts, music, baking contests and more. The carnival usually opens the evening before the main festival.
Find Out Details: Call 352-316-6628

May 16, 2009
Wash Pot Weekend
Garfield, Georgia
Lawn mower pull, activities for the kids, arts and crafts, music and dance. The food is cooked up in great big iron pots like the old-fashioned washing pots. You can enjoy dishes like creamed corn, Brunswick stew, chicken and dumplings, beans and even sweet potatoes boiled in a sweet resin syrup. There will also be a parade in the morning and displays of antique cars and tractors.
Questions? Call 478-763-2211

May 16, 2009
Turkey Creek Festival
Antioch Park,
Merriam, Kansas
Now in its 24th year, the festival features fun such as a parade at 11am, One Less Hill of a Run 5K run/walk, festival foods, pancake breakfast, arts and crafts booths, music.
Further Information: Call 913-322-5557

May 16, 2009
North Carolina Potato Festival
Along the Waterfront,
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
5K run, power boat races, face painting, street dance, cornhole tournament, duck race, beer garden, potato peeling contests, festival foods, arts and crafts, activities for kids, Blackbeard encampment, plus music from Further Adieu and others in this 9th year.
Get The Facts: Call 252-338-4104

May 16, 2009
Foxtrot Festival
Marion, South Carolina
International food court, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, pony rides and a petting zoo, helicopter rides, parade at 10am, classic cars, pageant, tractor show, music and a street dance. It's the event's 17th anniversary.
Find Out Details: Call 843-423-6900

May 16, 2009
Stagecoach Days
Various venues,
Marshall, Texas
Balloon glow, petting zoo, commercial vendors, Stampede 5K run, pie eating contest, car show and cruise-in the night before, parade at 10am, motorcycle rally, train depot tour, stagecoach and carriage rides, domino tournament, carnival rides (open Friday), arts and crafts, activities for kids, food, entertainment. 2009 marks the festival's 37th season.
More: Call 903-835-7868

May 16, 2009
Moonlight Jubilee
Downtown & Caldwell Park,
Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Poker run and bike show, Championship Outhouse Races, golf tournament, arts and crafts, games and other activities for kids, music, food and more.
Find Out Details: Call 903-572-8567

May 16-17, 2009
Artichoke Festival
Castroville, California
California Wine Expo, parade on Merritt Street Sunday at 9:45am, festival merchandise, farmers market, classic cars, arts and crafts, agro art contest and display, ethnic specialty foods, cooking demos, tours of artichoke fields. Enjoy grilled artichokes, pickled artichokes, creamed artichoke soup, deep-fried artichokes and other treats. Enjoy music from Average White Band, Los Lobos, Second Wine and others. Please do not bring pets to the event. Hours are 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday. (The week before, the PAL 10K & 5K run/walk is held.) 2009 marks the festival's 50th year.
Learn Information: Call 831-633-2465

May 16-17, 2009
Strawberry Festival
Veteran's Field,
Galt, California
Have fun during this 14th year with a car and bike show, Kid Zone for entertainment, music, food booths, arts and crafts, wine tasting, commercial vendors.
Questions? Call 209-745-2529

May 16-17, 2009
Chocolate Festival
Wood Park at Hwy. 120 & 108,
Oakdale, California
Entertainment, agricultural displays, games, Spirits of the Old West show, chef demonstrations, activities for kids, classic cars on display, arts and crafts. Stroll down Chocolate Avenue with chocolate funnel cakes, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate ice cream and more. There are about 50 food booths and each one will have at least one chocolate treat. There's also a 5K/1-mile fun run that weekend. It's the 17th year for this one.
Get Details: Call 209-647-2344

May 16-17, 2009
California Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Meadows of College Park (on Rose Avenue),
Oxnard, California
Celebrate 26 years with more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, festival merchandise, Strawberryland for the kids, henna art, rock climbing wall, trampoline bouncer, make-your-own-candle area, recipe contest, Star Berry Hunt, fresh berries for sale, Strawberry Tart Toss, Build Your Own Strawberry Shortcake tent, youth art. You can try a strawberry funnel cake or some strawberry flan, strawberry kabobs or strawberry nachos. Most of the fun ramps up about 10 in the morning. Please, no pets, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, chair, tables, coolers or non-festival food or drink. Enjoy entertainment on 2 stages.
Learn More: Call 888-288-9242

May 16-17, 2009
Blue Crab Festival
Little River, South Caroina
Motorcycle poker run, golf cart raffle, arts and crafts, activities for kids, festival merchandise, community booths, festival foods, music from Sea Cruz and others, business booths, 5K run before the main festival. It's the 28th year for this event.
Find Out The Facts: Call 643-385-3180

May 16-17, 2009
Live Oak Festival
Courthouse Square,
Columbus, Texas
Classic cars, variety of music and dance, dinner theatre, activities for kids, arts and crafts, parade, food vendors.
Details: Call 979-732-8385 or 979-732-0540

May 17, 2009
Oregon Fest
Dustin Road,
Oregon, Ohio
Kite flying contest, parade at 3pm, arts and crafts, Mud Hen Mascots visiting, non-profit booths, entertainment, activities for kids, classic cars, plus plenty of festival foods such as burgers and popcorn.
Learn More: Call 419-691-7060

May 17, 2009
Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival
Mount Rogers Fire Hall at 51 Firehouse Rd. (U.S. 58),
Whitetop, Virginia
Arts and crafts, games, dancing, bluegrass and mountain music, BBQ chickenn dinner with fried potatoes and ramps, ramp eating contest at 5pm. General hours are 11am-6pm. If you've never tasted ramps, think of leeks. They're similar.
Questions? Call 276-733-3711 or 276-388-3422

May 21-24, 2009
Mudbug Madness
Festival Place,
Shreveport, Louisiana
Celebrate this 26th year with Karaoke Idol for kids, arts and crafts, festival merchandise, Crawfish Calling Contest, Mudbug Madness 5K race, storytelling, Crawfish Eating Contest, festival foods (including Cajun and Creole treats), music. Among those scheduled to perform at this writing are Black Water, Cajun Nation and The Blues Brokers. Please, no pets, ice chests, backpacks, outside food/beverages.
Learn More: Call 316-222-7403

May 21-24, 2009
Festival of Flags
Aetna Park,
Oak Hill, Ohio
Youth fishing tournament, pageant, corn toss tournament, gospel music, 5K run, activities for children, karaoke contest, quilt show, carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, classic cars. There are colorful banners and American flags throughout the town during the festival.
Find Out The Facts: Call 740-682-7292 or 740-682-7057

May 21-25, 2009
Crab Festival
Various venues,
Kodiak, Alasla
Arts and crafts, food, music and more. The event celebrates 51 seasons this year.
Details: Call 907-486-4782

May 21-25, 2009
Port Clinton Walleye Festival
Waterworks Park,
Port Clinton, Ohio
Parade at 1pm on Saturday, kids' fishing tournament, carnival, walleye and plenty of other festival foods, educational programs, arts and crafts. It's the 29th year for this festival.
Questions? Call 419-573-9370 or 419-734-7600

May 21-25, 2009
Moonshine Festival
Main Street,
New Straitsille, Ohio
Two parades, carnival games and rides, working moonshine display (for educational purposes only), festival souvenirs and merchandise, cruise-in, music, moonshine burgers, moonshine pie (no alcohol), car and truck show, flea market.
Learn Information: Call 740-394-2838 or 740-394-3425

May 22-23, 2009
Camas Festival
Mini Park,
Weippe, Idaho
For a 9th year you can enjoy breakfast at the Community Center Hall on Sunday from 7-10am, a melodrama, pony rides for the kids, music, Native American stories, silent auction, horseshoe tournament, fun run/walk, arts and crafts on B Street, Dutch Oven cook-off, vendors.
Find Out More: Call 208-435-4362 or 208-435-4406

May 22-24, 2009
Iris Festival
Swan Lake area,
Sumter, South Carolina
Quilt show, golf tournament, arts and crafts, pet show, health screenings, food court, flower show, diaper derby, Shriner's Day Parade on May 23 at 10am from Alice Drive to Sumter Fairgrounds, food tasting, music.
Further Details: Call 803-346-2540 or 800-688-4748

May 22-24, 2009
Lisbon Lilace Tree Festival
Main Street,
Lisbon, Ohio
Have fun this 28th year with a parade on Saturday at 11am, arts and crafts, classic cars, fireworks, carnival (usually opens a day early), flea market, entertainment.
Questions? Call 603-838-2200

May 22-25, 2009
Horned Toad Derby
Olsen Park,
Coalinga, California
Carnival rides, tribute to Elvis, BBQ, softball tournament, parade down Elm Street, music, horned toad races, food.
Information: Call 559-935-2948

May 22-25, 2009
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Village Green,
Garden Grove, California
Giant strawberry cake (slices will be served), carnival rides and games, food vendors, pageants, Red Head Roundup Contest, Strawberry Idol Karoke Contest, parade at 10am on Saturday with an autograph signing party following from 11:30am-12:30pm, entertainment. Cloris Leachman is this year's Celebrity Grand Marshall. Others on hand for the parade and signing include Kate Linder, Max Carver and Chris Warren, Jr. (always double-check final guest lists before traveling to a festival.) It's the event's 51st year of fun.
More: Call 714-638-0981

May 22-25, 2009
Chesterton Tea Party
Chesterton, Maryland
Sneaker Creeper foot race for kids ages 2-11, Beaten Biscuit Contest, storytelling and folk songs for kids, cocktail reception on Friday night, 10-mile run plus 5K walk/run on Saturday, reenactment of the 1774 dumping of British tea, Colonial craft demonstrations, activities for children, arts and crafts for sale, food, Celtic (and other) music by choirs, walking tours, portrayals of historic figures by actors.
Have Questions? Call 410-776-2662

May 22-25, 2009
Azalea Festival
Various venues,
Brookings, Oregon
BBQ, quilt show, seafood and other festival foods, flowers, parade, arts and crafts, Airport Day on Sunday (or rain date of Monday). It's the 70th season for this event in 2009.
Get Details: Call 541-469-3181

May 22-25, 2009
Chocolate Festival
Maryland Avenue of Highway 36,
Burlington, Wisconsin
The theme for this 23rd year is "Alice in Chocolateland". Enjoy a Chocolate Festival Geocache treasure hunt, chocolate mural, chocolate baking contests, fireworks, wine & cheese tasting, chocolate truffle making demo, chocolate soup with hazelnut dumplings cooking demo, arts and crafts, festival parade, chocolate vendors, chocolate samples, chocolate chip cookies, candy bar eating contest (sponsored by a local dentist!). There is also the Project Yum Way Candy Wrapper Fashion Design Contest and plenty of entertainment.
Further Information: Call 262-763-3300

May 23-24, 2009
Strawberry Festival
Downtown On The Green,
Arroyo Grande, California
Celebrate 26 years with strawberry shortcake, juried arts and crafts, fresh berries for sale, Strawberry Stampede 5K/10K run and 5K walk Sunday morning, strawberry pancake breakfast, commercial vendors, entertainment, non-profit booths, strawberry funnel cakes and other festival foods.
More: Call 831-633-2465

May 23-24, 2009
Grubstake Days
Various venues,
Yucca Valley, California
Table tennis tournament, music, vendors, activities for kids, 10K/5K/2K run on Sunday, parade on Saturday at 10am, festival merchandise. It's the festival's 59th anniversary.
Get Details: Call 760-365-6323

May 23-24, 2009
Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Sky Meadows State Park on U.S. Route 17,
Delaplane, Virginia
Fresh berries for sale, raffles, raptor educational show, strawberry pies and other baked goods for sale, drawings for prizes, exhibits, classic cars, bagpipes, National Strawberry Eating Championship, clowns, arts and crafts, 4-H petting farm, pony rides and other activities for kids. Well-behaved, leashed pets are allowed at the festival but are not permitted in the petting farm or near the pony rides. In addition to the strawberry treats you can enjoy festival foods such as egg rolls, burgers and brats with sauerkraut. Games at the event include sack races, hay maze, milk bottle toss and tug of war. Get your face painted for a little festival glamour. General hours are 10am-5pm for this 16th year.
Learn Information: Call 479-229-3328

May 23-24, 2009
Pungo Strawberry Festival
Princess Anne & Indian River Roads,
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Pie eating contest, military displays, youth art show, music, arts and crafts, pig races, carnival, parade and more. This event celebrates 26 years in 2009.
Further Info: Call 757-721-6001

May 23-25, 2009
Wyatt Earp Days
Allen Street area,
Tombstone, Arizona
Gunfight reenactments, 1880s fashion show, food, Wyatt Earp Look-alike Contest, Old West stunts and skits, chili cooking competition. Just remember that you're in a Western-themed town and go with the atmosphere and fun of it all.
Questions? Call 520-457-3291

May 23-25, 2009
Blue Crab Festival
Palatka, Florida
Memorial Day Parade down St. John's Avenue at 11am and a ceremony at the amphitheatre on Monday, special kick-off party on May 22, Disc-Connected K9s Frisbee Dogs, seafood cook-off, festival foods, entertainment, antiques, arts and crafts. 2009 marks the festival's 21st season.
Further Details: Call 386-325-4406

May 22-25, 2009
Horned Toad Derby
Olsen Park,
Coalinga, California
Carnival rides, tribute to Elvis, BBQ, softball tournament, parade down Elm Street, music, horned toad races, food.
More: Call 559-935-2948

May 29-31, 2009
Apricot Fiesta
Various venues,
Patterson, California
Patterson gathers for a 39th year and invites you to join in for BBQ, festival foods, a parade, student art, games and other activities for kids, music, possibly hot air balloons (weather can always affect such things).
Learn Details: Call 209-892-3118

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

Apr. 29-May 3 Raisin Festival, Lincoln Park at McCall & Rose, Selma, California, 559-891-2236
Apr. 30-May 3 Thibodaux Fireman's Fair, Fireman's Fairgrounds, Thibodaux, Louisiana, 985-447-1966
Apr. 30-May 3 Homecoming (44th), Lexington, Texas, 979-773-4337
May 1-2 Smokey Bear Days, Capitan, New Mexico, 505-354-2748
May 1-3 Toad Suck Days (28th), Downtown, Conway, Arkansas, 501-327-7788
May 1-3 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival (46th), Fernandina Beach, Florida, 866-426-3542 or 904-261-3248
May 1-3 Apple Blossom Festival, various venues, St. Joseph, Missouri, 816-261-0422 or 816-294-9517
May 1-3 Okeene Rattlesnake Roundup, Downtown, Okeene, Oklahoma, 580-822-3005 or 580-822-3101
May 2 Springtime Gala (31st), City Park, Altus, Arkansas, 479-468-4684
May 2 Basque Festival, Rancho Vista del Rio, Madera, California, 559-226-7499
May 2 Wein & Saengerfest (6th), Noon-10pm, Downtown, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-221-4000 or 830-221-4090
May 2-3 Elk Grove Western Festival (52nd), Regional Park, Elk Grove, California, 916-695-5475
May 2-3 May-retta Daze, 10am-6pm, Glover Park, Marietta, Georgia, 770-794-5609
May 2-3 Emmet Kelly Days, Downtown, Houston, Missouri, 417-967-2220
May 2-3 Frog Fest, City Park, Waynesville, Missouri, 573-774-8171
May 2-3 Ham & Yam Festival (25th), Downtown, Smithfield, North Carolina, 919-934-0887
May 2-9 Feather Fiesta Days, Bird & Meyers Street area, Oroville, California, 530-534-7690
May 2-10 Irrigation Festival (114th), Sequim, Washington, 360-683-6197 or Email info@irrigationfestival.com
May 6-10 Dogwood Festival, Mullens, West Virginia, 304-732-8000
May 7-10 Cochon de Lait Festival, Cochon de Lait Pavilion, Mansura, Louisiana, 318-964-2132
May 8-9 King Kat Tournament & Festival, various venues, New Madrid, Missouri, 573-748-5300
May 8-9 Perryville Mayfest (24th), On The Square, Perryville, Missouri, 573-547-6062
May 8-10 Ione Homecoming (133rd), Ione, California, 877-868-7262
May 8-10 Pan American Festival, Mayfair Park, Lakewood, California, 562-866-9771
May 8-10 Cotee River Seafood Festival & Boat Show, Downtown, New Richey, Florida, 727-842-8066
May 9 Cherry Blossom Festival (27th), Logan Park, Cherryvale, Kansas, 620-891-0072
May 9 Oak Street Festival (12th),
                   9am-5pm, Downtown, Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, 570-339-2930 or 570-672-9450
May 9-10 Old Timers Day, Main Street, Van Buren, Arkansas, 479-474-5155
May 9-10 Artfest, 10am-5pm, Water Street, Henderson, Nevada, 888-278-3378
May 10 Pearl River Family Fest, Town Hall, Pearl River, Louisiana, 985-863-9495
May 13-16 Homecoming Festival, Downtown, Dillsboro, Indiana, 812-432-5450
May 13-17 West Virginia Strawberry Festival (68th), Downtown, Buckhannon, West Virginia, 304-472-9036
May 14-17 Tulsa International Mayfest, Downtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 916-582-6435
May 15-16 Dermott Crawfish Festival (26th), Dermott, Arkansas, 870-538-5656
May 15-16 Little River Days, Little River Park, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 270-987-4290 or 800-909-9016
May 15-16 Seafood Festival (22nd), Engelhard, North Carolina, 252-925-3719
May 15-17 Rhododendron Festival, 9-5, Brow Park, Mentone, Alabama, 256-634-8339
May 15-17 Crawdad Days (19th), Main Street Square & Lake Harrison, Harrison, Arkansas, 870-741-2659 or 800-880-6295
May 15-17 Greek Food Festival (25th), 1100 Napa Valley Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-221-5300
May 15-17 Maifest (30th), MainStrausse Village, Covington, Kentucky, 859-491-0458
May 15-17 Cankton Wagon Festival & Trail Ride, Cankton, Louisiana, 337-896-5509 or 337-668-4671
May 15-17 Plumb Nellie Days (36th), Commercial Street, Branson, Missouri, 417-334-1548
May 15-17 Maize Days (7th), Town Hall Campus, Santee, South Carolina, 803-854-2152
May 15-17 Mayfest (27th), Strasburg, Virginia, 540-465-3187
May 15-June 14 Moose Mania, various venues, Greenville, Maine, 207-695-2702 or 888-878-2778
May 16 Fair on the Square, 10am-4pm, Town Square, Buchanan, Georgia, 770-646-3081
May 16 Pimiento Festival, 10am-4pm, Downtown, Zebulon, Georgia, 770-567-2029
May 16 Riverboat Festival, Downtown, Columbia, Louisiana, 318-649-0726 or 318-649-2138
May 16 Spring Festival, 9am-6pm, Elementary School grounds at 201 E. Third St., Peculiar, Missouri, 816-758-4388
May 16 Roanoke-Chowan Pork Fest, Jefcoat Museum of Americana on High Street, Murfreesboro, North Carolina
May 16 Local Colors Festival (19th), Elmwood Park, Roanoke, Virginia, 540-342-2640
May 16 Strawberry Festival, 10-4, The Depot on South Main, Stuart, Virginia, 276-694-3811
May 16-17 A La Carte and Art, Castro Street (between Church & Evelyn), Mountain View, California, 650-964-3395
May 16-17 Italian Festival (38th), Expo & Fairgrounds, Mcalester, Oklahoma, 918-426-2066
May 16-17 Iris Festival (15th), Greenville, Tennessee, 423-638-4111
May 17 Street Faire, Grand Avenue downtown, Escondido, California, 760-745-8877 or 760-945-9288
May 21-25 Festival in the Park, Elmwood Park, Roanoke, Virginia, 540-342-2640
May 22-23 Jubilee CityFest, Riverfront area, Montgomery, Alabama, 870-285-3131
May 22-23 Buffalo Days (37th), Town Square, Greenfield, Missouri, 417-637-2040 or 888-637-2040
May 22-23 Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts, Market St., Shamokin, Pennsylvania, 570-648-6772
May 23 Hillbilly Daze (22nd), Community Park, Witts Springs, Arkansas, 870-496-2342
May 22-24 Riverfest (32nd), Riverfront Park, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-255-3378
May 22-24 Wildquack Duck Festival (20th), Village Park, Jackson, New Hampshire, 603-383-9356
May 22-24 Gullah Festival, Water Front Park, Beaufort, South Carolina, 843-525-0628
May 22-24 National Polka Festival (43rd), Ennis, Texas, 888-366-4748
May 22-25 Greek Festival, 12362 Spotswood Furnace Rd., Fredericksburg, Virginia, 543-898-3250 or 800-678-4748
May 23 Happy Valley Strawberry Festival, Happy Valley Elementary School, Anderson, California, 530-357-5449
May 23 Yellow Brick Road Festival, Downtown, Sedan, Kansas, 620-725-4022 or 620-725-5797
May 23 Country Memories Day, Downtown, McVeytown, Pennsylvania, 717-899-7998
May 23 Plumb Alley Day (27th), Main & Valley St. downtown, Abingdon, Virginia, 276-676-2282 or 800-435-3440
May 23 Virgilina Summerfest, 11am-11pm, Virgilina, Virginia, 434-585-2657
May 23-24 Santa Cruz Blues Festival (17th), Aptos Village Park, Aptos, California, Email info@santacruzbluesfestival.com
May 23-24 Mushroom Mardi Gras (30th), Outdoor Community Center/amphitheatre, Morgan Hill, California, 408-778-1786
May 23-24 Carnaval San Francisco, Harrison Street between 16th & 24th Streets, San Francisco, California, 415-920-0122
May 23-24 Moab Arts Festival (16th), 10-8/10-6, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah, 435-259-2742
May 23-25 Boulder Creek Art, Wine & Music Festival, Noon-6, Downtown, Boulder Creek, California, 831-338-2578
May 27-30 Deercreek Dam Days Festival, along the banks, Williamsport, Ohio, 740-986-5863 or 740-986-5451
May 28-30 Memphis Italian Festival, Marquette Park, Memphis, Texas, 901-767-6949
May 29-30 Diamond Festival (36th), Courthouse Square, Murfreesboro, Arkansas, 870-285-3131
May 29-30 Magnolia Festival of Oklahoma, Downtown, Durant, Oklahoma, 580-924-1550 or 580-924-0848
May 29-30 Haskell Fest, Haskell, Oklahoma, 918-482-1245
May 29-31 Texas Crab Festival/Stingaree Music Festival (24th),
                   Gregory Park, Crystal Beach, Texas, 409-684-5940 or 800-386-7863

Other May 2009 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 1-3 Devils Triangle Bike Rally, Briceville, Tennessee, 423-324-9653
May 2 Endless Summer Classic Car Show,
                   10-3, Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach, California, 213-952-3173
May 2 Town-Wide Yard Sale, 8-3, throughout town, Oriental, North Carolina, 252-249-7281
May 2 Carolina Virginia Coin Show, 10-6, 223 S. Seales St., Reidsville, North Carolina, 336-342-6770
May 8-10 Dogwood Festival (74th),
                   Greenfield Hill Congregational Church on Old Acadmey Rd., Fairfield, Connecticut, 203-259-5596
May 8-10 Gem & Mineral Show , County Civic Center, Marietta, Georgia, 770-986-0822
May 9-10 Art in the Park, Hollywood Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 501-321-6871
May 14-16 Salute to American Graffiti (4th), Downtown, Petaluma, California, 707-762-3394
May 15-17 Mobicon, Best Western Ashbury Hotel, Mobile, Alabama, Email secretary@mobicon.org
May 15-17 Motor City Comic Con,
                   Rock Financial Showplace (46100 Grand River Ave.), Novi, Michigan, 248-428-8059, Email jeff@motorcitycomics.com
May 15-17 Middlecreek Valley Antique Association Antique Show,
                   Show Grounds on Old Colony Road, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 570-837-1237
May 16 Luther Burbank Rose Parade, 10am (begins at E St. & Sonoma Ave.),
                   Santa Rosa, California, 707-542-7673
May 16 Community Yard Sale, 9-4, throughout town, Meredith, New Hampshire, 603-273-6121
May 16 International Street Fair, 10-4, Court Street, Athens, Ohio, 740-593-4330
May 16-17 Super-Con, South Hall of Convention Center, San Jose, California, Email supercon@super-con.com
May 16 McLean Day, 11-5, Lewinsville Park, McLean, Virginia, 703-790-0123
May 16 Spring Festival, 9-4, Main Street, Warrenton, Virginia, 540-347-4414
May 16-17 Planes of Fame Air Show, Airport, Chino, California, 909-597-3722
May 17 Bay to Breakers (foot race), San Francisco, California
May 23-25 Marcon (Multiple Alternate Realities Convention, Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio
May 22-24 Roanoke Valley Spring Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show (18th),
                   Civic Center, Salem, Virginia, 540-372-5277
May 22-24 Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show, Community Airport, Watsonville, California, 831-763-5600
May 22-25 Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (36th),
                   Oldtown plus Downtown & West Sacramento, Sacramento, California, 916-372-5277
May 22-25 MisCon, Ruby's Inn, Missoula, Montana, 406-544-7083
May 23 Kinetic Sculpture Race, Arcata to Ferndale, Arcata, California, 707-499-0543
May 23 Strawberry Festival, 9-3, St. Stephens Church, Heathsville, Virginia, 804-580-4555
May 23-24 Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show, County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, Illinois, 630-377-0197
May 23-24 Art in the Park, Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, Virginia, 540-885-2028
May 23-25 Taste of Cincinnati, Fifth Street from Race to Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio, 513-579-3187
May 29-30 Greater York Antique Show & Sale, 11-7/11-5, Fairgrounds on Market St., York, Pennsylvania, 703-914-1258

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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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I haven't had it, but I'm told that Kells Irish Restaurant and Bar, 530 Jackson Street, San Francisco, is a good place to get chicken pot pie. Their phone number is 415-641-7773.

Another restaurant I've been told does pot pie well is Moffet's Family Restaurant, 1409 South Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, California, phone 626-447-4670.

In the Midwest, one of the recommended places for chicken pot pie is Meg's Cafe, 317 Park Avenue, Glencoe, Illinois, phone 847-835-2620.

If you're in the Eastern U.S., or you travel there, I have two other recommendations. Try Marathon on the Square, 1839 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, phone 215-731-0800. The second place is Sobo Cafe, 6 West Cross Street, Baltimore, Maryland, phone 410-752-1518.

One of the things to be careful of is the fact that chicken pot pie does not mean the same thing to all diners. You might get a two-crust pie crust, a top crust done deep-dish style, a biscuit topping, a cobbler-type topping or, particularly in Pennsylvania Dutch country, a flat noodle topping. Try them all, and enjoy!


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