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May 1, 2010
Prague Kolache Festival
City Park & Main Street,
Prague, Oklahoma
Czech costume contest, merchant specials, entertainment, kolache eating contest, street dance (complete with Chicken Dance), wine pavilion, 2-hour parade at 11am, kolache baking contests, bread baking contests, carnival games and rides, wine making, food booths, folk and Czech dancers, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, plenty of kolache pastries.
Learn More: Call 405-567-4866

May 1, 2010
Fried Onion Burger Day
Downtown area,
El Reno, Oklahoma
Burger eating contest, activities for kids, arts and crafts, entertainment, games, motorcycle show, classic cars, beer garden, battle of the bands winners, festival foods, 750-pound burger cooked and served to the waiting crowd. General hours for this 22nd year are 10am-7pm.
Get details: Call 405-262-8888

May 1-2, 2010
Snellville Days
Briscoe Park,
Snellville, Georgia
It's the 37th anniversary for the festival. Plans include entertainment on 2 stages, martial arts demos, rides and other activities for the kids, Dog & Disc Championships, parade on Saturday at 10am, arts and crafts, food vendors, dance demos, car show and special guest Donna Douglas, who played Ellie Mae Clampett on TV once upon a time.
Questions? Call 770-985-3536

May 1-2, 2010
Spring Jamboree
Bicentennial Park,
Boulder City, Nevada
Raffle, karate for kids, Chamber Business Expo, 5K run, frog games, car show, antiques, student art, 3-on-3 basketball, model car show, Bark in the Park, face painting and temporary tattoos, carnival rides, arts and crafts.
Further Information: Call 702-293-2034

May 1-8, 2010
Tulip Time
Various venues,
Holland, Michigan
Dutch Heritage Show, 3 parades, flower gardens, Wooden Shoe-Be-Doo, theatre, 3-on-3 basketball, town crier competition, Tulip Time Run (5K and 1K plus kids run on May 1), Dutch Markplaats, streetscrubbers, quilt show, arts and crafts, Tulip Trolley Tours, fireworks May 1 at 10pm, festival foods, Klompen dancers.
Get The Facts: Call 616-306-4221 or 800-822-2770

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May 2-8, 2010
West Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Area parks and other venues,
Humboldt, Tennessee
For a 73rd year the festival offers fun such as a checker tournament, prayer breakfast, arts and crafts, choirs, tractor show, 5K/10K run, car show, horse show, Christian concert, art exhibit, pet parade, strawberry recipe contest, grand parade, BBQ cooking demonstration, Kids Berryland.
Questions? Call 318-435-7607

May 6-8, 2010
Strawberry Homefest
Berry Sheds on Hwy. 367,
Bald Knob, Arkansas
The festival marks its 23rd season in 2010. Enjoy a carnival, silent auction, strawberry shortcake and other festival foods, entertainment, arts and crafts, car show, school reunions, cake walk.
Details: Call 501-724-3140

May 6-8, 2010
Pella Tulip Time Festival
Various venues,
Pella, Iowa
Plans for this 75th year include a tractor rodeo, Vermeer Museum tours, antique farm implement display, tours of historic homes, pancake breakfast Saturday at the municipal airport from 7-10am, flower show, business window displays, Dutch parade, praise service, antique autos, kids' fun run, quilt show, dense paintings of tulips in bloom, Clompen Klassic 5K Run/Walk, Kids Corner, street scrubbers and Dutch dancers, old fire station tours, music, theatre organ concert, craft market.
More: Call 641-628-4311

May 6-8, 2010
Poke Salad Festival
Blanchard, Louisiana
Treasure hunt, carnival rides and games, parade on Saturday, vendors, karaoke, arts and crafts, activities for kids, tailgate party, music, pet parade, costume contest. It's the event's 36th year of fun.
Further Info: Call 318-929-7674

May 6-9, 2010
Wild Turkey Festival
Mcarthur, Ohio
Turkey calling contest, arts and crafts, carnival, pageant, quilt show, car show, food vendors. 2010 marks the festival's 26th season.
Details: Call 740-596-8506 or 740-591-1118

May 6-9, 2010
Rooster Days Festival
Central Park on South Main Street,
Arrow, Oklahoma
Enjoy the 79th year of celebration with entertainment, petting zoo, arts and crafts, parade on Saturday at 10am, carnival games and rides, commercial vendors plus festival foods such as corn dogs and fried ice cream.
Learn More: Call 916-251-1518

May 7-8, 2010
Free State of Yell Fest
Riverfront Park,
Dardanelle, Arkansas
Horseshoe tournament, music, 5K run/walk, festival foods, yelling contest, Ugly Dog Contest, commercial vendors, activities for kids, fireworks, carnival.
Questions? Call 479-229-3328

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May 7-8, 2010
Rough & Ready Days/Rhythm & Roots
McCloy Park,
Monticello, Arkansas
Now in its 14th year, this event offers fun such as Face painting, a youth fishing derby, arts and crafts, pony rides and other activities for kids, games, chicken races, music, 5K run, chicken cooking competition, festival foods and community dinners.
Further Details: Call 870-367-6741

May 7-8, 2010
International Bar-B-Q Fest
Owensboro, Kentucky
Burgoo Relay, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, horseshoe pitching tournament, carnival, BBQ competition, beer garden, several stages of entertainment, keg toss competition, 5K run/walk, car show, Cooking Team Balloon Toss, pie eating contest, cruise-in and sock hop.
Questions? Call 270-926-6938 or 800-489-1131

May 8, 2010
Apple Blossom Festival
Downtown on Wapato Way,
Manson, Washington
Student art, rock and gem displays, parade at 11am on Saturday (one hour later than last year), chicken noodle dinner, Edible Apple Contest, arts and crafts, Car & Harley Show, Kiwanis pancake breakfast, merchant specials, food vendors. It's the 90th year for this one.
Additional Facts: Call 509-667-3833

May 8, 2010
Glennville Sweet Onion Festival
Farmers Market,
Glenville, Georgia
Parade at 10am, festival foods and beverages, gospel sing, turtle races, Onion Run at 8am, arts and crafts, staged entertainment, activities for kids. The festival celebrates 34 years in 2010.
Further Details: Call 912-654-2515 or 912-654-3332

May 8, 2010
Nettie Davenport Day
Main & Broadway area,
Davenport, Oklahoma
Banquet, bike and trike races, arts and crafts, music, food, games, drawings for prizes. The most unique feature of this event is the parade, which travels down brick-lined Broadway Avenue and then makes a U-turn and goes down the same road in the opposite direction, giving those in the parade a chance to see all the other entries. There will also be a scholarship award ceremony.
Learn More: Call 916-377-2355

May 8, 2010
Strawberry Festival
Stilwell, Oklahoma
For a 63rd year this festival offers fun such as a carnival (begins early), rodeo events, quilting contest, entertainment, pageant, parade at 10am, 5K fun run at 7:30am, arts and crafts, all-school reunion.
Additional Facts: Call 918-696-7735 or 918-696-7845

May 8-15, 2010
Strawberry Festival
Adairville, Kentucky
Strawberry shortcake, carnival, pageants, baby show, food booths, 5K run/walk, steak dinner and auction, gospel sing, Crafts on the Square, quilt show, entertainment, Pets and Kids Parade, art show. There will also be a car, truck and tractor show.
Questions? Call 270-529-2080 or 270-847-7246

May 8-15, 2010
Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival
Portland, Tennessee
Street dance, carnival, pre-festival pageants, Choir Night May 12 at First Baptist Church, storytelling, Mother-Daughter Tea for a Cure, festival foods, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast May 15 from 7-11:30am at the middle school, Strawberry Stride Run (5K, 1-mile and kids fun run), games, strawberry eating contest, activities for kids, Merchant Scavenger Hunt May 10, 4-person golf scramble. It's the festival's 69th anniversary. And don't forget the big Hwy. 52 Yard Sale, with 80 miles of bargains (check http://www.tn52.com/tn52_yard_sale.htm for info on the sale.)
Get Further Details: Call 615-325-9032

May 9, 2010
Whistlestop Festival
Ashdown, Arkansas
2010 marks the event's 14th anniversary. enjoy a chili cooking competition, catfish tournament, catfish and hush puppy cooking contests, musical entertainment, petting zoo, car show, festival foods, activities for kids, arts and crafts, antique cars, 5K run/walk.
Learn More: Call 870-898-2758 or 870-898-9080

May 13-15, 2010
Mayhaw Festival
Mayhaw Grounds at Hwy. 12 & Hwy. 109,
Starks, Louisiana
Mayhaw jelly made fresh and sold, carnival rides and other activities for kids, arts and crafts, food vendors, music. Early on Saturday morning you can get biscuits with mayhaw jelly and fresh-churned butter. General festival hours are 4-10pm Thursday and Friday and 8:30am-10pm on Saturday. There is no admission charge.
Info: Call 337-743-6297 or 800-456-7952

May 13-16, 2010
Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
Angels Camp, California
Tom and Becky Costume Contest, Mark Twain Liar's Contest, Mark Twain Photo Contest, logging show, frog jumping competitions, destruction derby, festival merchandise, Children's Parade, livestock events and home arts contests and exhibits, activities for kids, woodwork demos, commercial exhibits, music.
Further Details: Call 209-736-2581 or 800-225-3754

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May 13-16, 2010
Rabbit Festival
City Park,
Copperas Cove, Texas
Parade on Saturday morning, carnival and midway by Crabtree Amusements, arts and crafts, car show, activities for kids, entertainment, rabbit show, food vendors. More than 100,000 are expected to show up and join the fun.
Get The Facts: Call 254-547-7571

May 14-15, 2010
Magnolia Blossom Festival
Downtown Square,
Magnolia, Arkansas
Plans for this 22nd year include a craft show and sale, treasure hunt, motorcycle show, music from KingBilly, gospel sing, parade on Saturday at 10am, dog show, fishing tournament, world Championship Steak Cook-Off and steak dinners, food court, festival merchandise, 5K run/walk, 100 Bird NSCA Sporting Clays Shoot.
Questions? Call 870-234-4352

May 14-15, 2010
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival
Various venues,
Fruita, Colorado
The story goes that Mike was a chicken that was beheaded in 1945, but miraculously survived for awhile. (Why it was a Mike instead of a Michelle still seems to be a mystery.) The festival celebrates Mike's spirit with (ahem) a wing eating contest, chicken dance contest, the Mike Store, 80s Big Hair Contest, quilting competition, Good Egg Awards for community helpers, 5K run, car show, food booths, lawnmower races. You can enjoy entertainment from Ralph Dinosaur, Flat Top Reed, Low Flying Knobs, Pineapple Crackers and others. General festival hours are 4-10pm on Friday and 9am-10pm on Saturday.
Details: Call 970-858-3663

May 14-15, 2010
Swedish Festival
Draper Street area, Swedish Village,
Kingsburg, California
For a 45th year you can enjoy fun such as a Pre-72 Car Show, merchant specials, church concert, Swedish pancake breakfast on Saturday at Coffee Pot Park, arts and crafts, music and folk dancing, Maypole, Dala Trot 10K run plus a 2-mile walk at 7am on Saturday, Smorgasbord, food booths, parade, Viking Bed Races on the evening of May 15.
Additional Facts: Call 559-897-1111

May 14-15, 2010
Wash Pot Weekend
Garfield, Georgia
Parade, auction, arts and crafts, activities for the kids, lawnmower pull, 5K and 1-mile potty run. The food is cooked up on Saturday in large iron pots that are like the old-fashioned wash pots and is served at lunchtime. Be there early to enjoy dishes like chicken and dumplings, beans, collards, Brunswick stew, creamed corn and sweet potatoes cooked in sweet syrup.
Further Information: Call 478-763-2211

May 14-16, 2010
Pasadena Strawberry Festival
Fairgrounds on Fairmont Parkway,
Pasadena, Texas
Celebrate 37 years with arts and crafts, washer pitching contest, mud volleyball tournament, kickball tournament, trick roping, activities for kids, cooking contest, pre-festival parade a week earlier, magic show, racing pigs, helicopter rides, huge strawberry shortcake.
Learn More: Call 261-991-9500

May 15, 2010
Strawberry Festival
Veteran's Field,
Galt, California
It's the 15th year for this one and plans include classic cars, a pageant, arts and crafts, wine tasting, custom bikes, commercial vendors, music, food booths, 5K run/walk at Galt Market Grounds, activities for kids.
Get the Facts: Call 209-745-2529

May 15, 2010
Red Suspenders Day
Gridley, California
Bounce houses and other activities for kids, trike races, bed races at 9am down Virginia Street, fire department water games, parade at 11am, vendors, games, pancake breakfast 7-11am in Daddow Park, fire equipment display, talent show, car show, Guns vs. Hoses Softball Game on Friday. Also on Friday is Unjustice Day, when you can have your favorite local official or community member arrested and held, where they will be given food and drink and be forced to raise money for charity. It's all in good fun and they do get more than bread and water to eat during their incarceration. I hear that pizza is usually available.
Questions? Call 530-846-3142

May 15, 2010
Watermelon Festival
Canterbury Equestrian Showplace at 23100 W. Newberry Road,
Newberry, Florida
2010 marks the festival's 65th year of fun. Enjoy a watermelon eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, hog calling contest, melon grower competition, baking contests, crafts, music, a carnival that usually opens before the main day of the festival.
Details: Call 352-316-6628

May 15, 2010
Turkey Creek Festival
Antioch Park,
Merriam, Kansas
Now celebrating its 25th year, the festival offers activities for kids, festival foods, vendors, a pancake breakfast, 5K run/walk at 8am at Irene B. French Community Center, parade at 11am, arts and crafts booths, music.
Questions? Call 913-322-5557

May 15, 2010
North Carolina Potato Festival
Along the Waterfront,
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
5K and 3K run, Lucky Duck Derby at 2pm, Moth Boat Race at 10am, National Potato Peeling Contest at 10:30am at Main and Poindexter, cornhole tournament, Anything But Fries Restaurant Challenge, Little Miss Tater Tot, activities for kids, arts and crafts, festival foods, potato sack races, plus plenty of musical entertainment.
More: Call 253-338-4104

May 15, 2010
Foxtrot Festival
Courthouse Square area Downtown,
Marion, South Carolina
You might think of music first, but the festival is actually spending an 18th year celebrating the Swamp Fox. Plans include a parade at 10am, pony rides and petting zoo, fireworks (the night before, May 14), Revolutionary War reenactors, arts and crafts, international food court, festival merchandise, classic cars, music and a street dance.
Info: Call 843-423-6900

May 15, 2010
Stagecoach Days
Various venues,
Marshall, Texas
It's the 38th year for this one. Enjoy a tractor show, commercial vendors, Texas Music Awards, a carnival that opens the night before on May 14, activities for kids, entertainment, karaoke, pony rides, Stampede 5K run at 8am, pie eating contest, the popular Bull Plop and there is usually a parade.
Learn More: Call 903-835-7868

May 15, 2010
Moonlight Jubilee
Downtown and Caldwell Park,
Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Golf tournament (the evening before) at the country club, Championship Outhouse Races, Hula Hoop Contest, sack races, activities for kids, music, food.
Details: Call 903-572-8567

May 15-16, 2010
Artichoke Festival
Castroville, California
Face painting and other activities for kids, arts and crafts, classic cars, farmers market, wine tasting, tours of artichoke fields, ethnic specialty foods, agro art contest and display, California Wine Expo, parade on Merritt Street Sunday at 9:45am, festival merchandise, PAL run (1 week prior to the main festival), plus grilled artichokes, pickled artichokes, creamed artichoke soup, deep-fried artichokes, and other festival foods. There will be music from the Joe Sharino Band, Berta Olivia y su Mariachi Mexicanismo, Chicano All Stars Band, Extra Large, The Sledge Grits and others. 2010 marks the event's 51st anniversary.
Get the Facts: Call 831-633-2465

May 15-16, 2010
Chocolate Festival
Wood Park at Hwy. 120 and Hwy. 106,
Oakdale, California
It's the festival's 18th year. Plans include games, entertainment on 2 stages, agricultural displays, commercial vendors, Western area, chef demos, activities for kids, classic cars on display, mascots, arts and crafts, 5K/1-mile run. Get rid of hunger with sausage, onion rings, hot dogs, Chinese dishes and the treats available on Choclate Avenue (chocolate funnel cakes, chocolate cheesecake, truffles, chocolate ice cream and much more). Please, no bikes, skateboards or skates. General hours are 9am-7pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday.
Questions? Call 209-847-2244

May 15-16, 2010
California Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Meadows of College Park (on Rose Avenue),
Oxnard, California
The festival clebrates 27 years with fresh berries for sale, chef demos, Star Berry Hunt, 200 arts and crafts booths, Strawberryland for kids, Strawberry Shortcake character on the grounds, recipe contest, entertainment on 2 stages, Strawberry Tart Toss. Food? Of course. How about strawberry funnel cakes, strawberry kabobs, strawberry nachos, flan, strawberry beer, strawberry cotton candy and other festival foods.
Further Information: Call 888-288-9242

May 15-16, 2010
Apple Blossom Festival
Elkhorn City, Kentucky
Carnival, activities for kids, parade, gospel sing, festival foods, arts and crafts.
Learn More: Call 606-754-5810 or 606-438-5063

May 15-16, 2010
Blue Crab Festival
Little River, South Carolina
The festival celebrates 29 seasons this year. Enjoy arts and crafts, activities for kids, community booths, festival foods, business booths, entertainment from the Craig Woolard Band and others, festival merchandise. One week prior to the main festival they hold the 5K run/1-mile walk and have a gathering of classic car owners. General hours of the main festival are 9am-8pm on Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sunday.
Questions? Call 643-385-3180

May 15-16, 2010
Live Oak Festival
Courthouse Square,
Columbus, Texas
Sidewalk sales, activities for kids, tours of historic homes, variety of music and dance, arts and crafts, antiques, beer garden, entertainment, food vendors.
Details: Call 979-732-8385 or 976-732-0540

May 16, 2010
Oregon Fest
Dustin Road,
Oregon, Ohio
Entertainment, non-profit booths, rides and other activities for kids, classic cars, arts and crfts, parade at 4pm, plus festival foods such as Chinese dishes, burgers, popcorn and ice cream floats. Most events take place between noon and 6pm.
Further Info: Call 419-691-7060

May 16, 2010
Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival
Mount Rogers Fire Hall at 51 Firehouse Road (US 58),
Whitetop, Virginia
BBQ chicken dinner with fried potatoes and ramps, ramp eating contest at 5pm, arts and crafts, games, dancing, bluegrass and mountain music. If you've never eaten ramps, just think of the great flavor of leeks and you'll have a good idea of what ramps taste like. General hours for the festival are 11am-6pm.
Get the Facts: Call 276-733-3711 or 276-388-3422

May 20-23, 2010
Iris Festival
River Road between Clagett Street and Chernawa Road,
Keizer, Oregon
Family bike rally, Christian music jamboree, Civil War encampment, half-marathon and 10K run, 5K run/walk and kids 3K run, Geocache challenge, wine garden, golf tournament, pancake breakfast, library book sale (May 21-23) at the Lions Club, farmers market, festival foods, BBQ chicken dinner, carnival rides and midway, garden tours, pet parade, parade on Saturday at 10:30am.
Questions? Call 888-218-4747

May 20-23, 2010
Chesapeake Jubilee
City Park on Greenbriar Parkway,
Pasadena, Texas
Carnival, armed forces exhibit, festival foods, face painting, balloons, fireworks at 9pm on Saturday, 4-H events, community booths and non-profit displays, BBQ cooking contest, shrimp feast, music from Tonic and others.
Additional Info: Call 405-270-4848

May 21-23, 2010
Rhododendron Festival
Various venues,
Florence, Oregon
It's the 103rd year for this one. Enjoy arts and crafts May 22-23 at Siuslaw Middle School Gym from 10am-4pm, classic cars, fun run, food and more.
Get the Facts: Call 541-997-3128

May 21-23, 2010
Cherry Blossom Festival
Block 7 area Downtown, plus Anna Park,
Barberton, Ohio
5K run plus Kids Romp on May 22nd with a pancake breakfast following at St. Augustine's Church, parade at 10am on Saturday, entertainment, carnival games and rides, activities for kids and more.
Questions? Call 330-753-4093

May 21-23, 2010
Taste Addison
Addison Circle Park,
Addison, Texas
Chef demos, bartending exhibition, specialty food vendors, arts and crafts, carnival, musical entertainment on 3 stages (do bring blankets, but please, no chairs, skateboards, outside coolers or pets). Service animals are welcome, of course. More than 55 restaurants participate to present food and wine tastings. There is free parking at the corner of Dallas Parkway and Arapaho Road.
Get Details: Call 972-450-2851

May 21-23, 2010
Main Street Days
Main Street area Downtown,
Grapevine, Texas
This is also called Maine Street Outdoor Adventure. 10K walk/run at Lake Grapevine, bungee jumping, grilling competition, BMX stunts, gunfighter shows, carnival rides and midway, festival foods, 5 stages of entertainment, arts and crafts, trampoline show. It's the festival's 26th year.
Further Information: Call 817-410-3185

May 27-30, 2010
Mudbug Madness
Festival Place,
Shreveport, Louisiana
Crawfish Calling Contest, karaoke for kids, arts and crafts, storytelling, festival merchandise, Crawfish Eating Contest, festival foods (including Cajun and Creole), music from Dusty Rose Band, Caravan, Gypsy Mountain, Brandon Moreau and Pain Perdue. Please, no pets, ice chests, backpacks or outside food/beverages. The festival celebrates 27 years in 2010.
More: Call 316-222-7403

May 27-30, 2010
Festival of Flags
Aetna Park,
Oak Hill, Ohio
Music from Phil Dirt and The Dozers, patriotic parade, festival foods, activities, quilt show, carnival rides and games, youth fishing tournament, classic cars, arts and crafts. There are colorful flags and banners placed throughout town.
Questions? Call 740-682-7292 or 740-682-7057

May 27-31, 2010
Crab Festival
Various venues,
Kodiak, Alaska
It's the 52nd year for the Crab Festival. Enjoy a parade on May 29 at 10am, sawdust pile with money hidden for the kids, a carnival, table tennis tournament, library book sale, museum exhibits, chess tournament, blessing of the fleet at Pier 2 on Monday, rubber duck race, poetry readings, arm wrestling, art show, music. There will be a 4-H sponsored sourdough pancake breakfast on May 31 from 9am-noon at the Elks Lodge (admission is eight dollars for adults, five dollars for seniors, five dollars for ages 4-12, ages 3 and younger free). For breakfast info only you can call 907-486-6248. If you're not tired yet, the festival also offers bed races on Sunday at 1:30pm, a frog jumping contest, seafood cooking competition, bike rides, fisherman's memorial service.
Further Details: Call 907-486-4782

May 27-31, 2010
Port Clinton Walleye Festival
Waterworks Park,
Port Clinton, Ohio
Walleye and plenty of other festival foods, carnival (beginning May 27, 5-11pm with no other festival events that night), kids' fishing derby, parade at 1pm on Saturday, arts and crafts, helicopter rides, plus music from The British Invasion, Marcella Mowell, Class Trendz, The Hard Tackers. The festival marks 30 seasons this year.
Get the Facts: Call 419-734-5502

May 27-31, 2010
Moonshine Festival
Main Street,
New Straitsville, Vermont
Grand Ole Opry show, museum displays, two parades, carnival games and rides, talent show, working moonshine still (for educational purposes only), festival souvenirs and merchandise, moonshine burgers, flea market, cruise-in, music, moonshine pie (non-alcoholic).
Learn More: Call 740-394-2838

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May 28-30, 2010
Camas Festival
Mini Park,
Weippe, Idaho
2010 marks the festival's 10th year. Get read for the Idaho Spud Toss, school reunions, food vendors, music and jam session, photo contests, atlatl throw, silent auction, breakfast at the Community Center on Saturday from 7-10:30am, melodrama, Dutch Oven cooking contest 3pm on Friday, 5K run/3-mile walk, 10K run, arts and crafts on B Street, vintage crafts demonstrations, muzzleloaders demonstrations.
Get The Facts: Call 208-435-4362

May 28-30, 2010
Iris Festival
Swan Lake area,
Sumter, South Carolina
Chalk art competition, gospel music, food court, Shriner's Day Parade on May 29 at 9am (Alice Drive to Sumter Fairgrounds), pet show, arts and crafts, martial arts demo, tennis clinic, diaper derby and parade, flower show.
Info: Call 803-346-2540 or 800-688-4748

May 28-30, 2010
Lisbon Lilac Tree Festival
Main Street,
Lisbon, Ohio
For a 29th year the folks in Lisbon celebrate with festival foods, classic cars, arts and crafts, lilac shrubs for sale, Parade of Lights, a church lunch, carnival (usually opens a day early), parade on Saturday at 11am, musical entertainment.There are colorful flags and banners placed throughout town.
Get Details: Call 603-838-2200

May 28-31, 2010
Horned Toad Derby
Olsen Park at Jayne Avenue and Garfield Street,
Coalinga, California
Firemen's pancake breakfast and water fights, parade down Elm Street, horned toad races, food, music, softball tournament, carnival, BBQ. You're invited to help celebrate this 74th year.
Questions? Call 559-935-2948

May 28-31, 2010
Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Village Green,
Garden Grove, California
Talent contest, giant strawberry shortcake served, food vendors, pageants, Red Head Roundup Contest, carnival rides and games from Butler Amusements, karaoke contest. There will be a parade at 10am on Saturday with an autograph signing party afterward from 11:30am-2:30pm. Special guests include Kate Linder from Young and the Restless, KOCE news anchor Ed Arnold, Peggy McKay from Days of Our Lives and pianist Roger Williams. It's the festival's 52nd year.
Further Information: Call 714-638-0981

May 28-31, 2010
Blue Crab Festival
Palatka, Florida
Antiques, arts and crafts, festival foods, Memorial Day Parade down St. John's Avenue at 10am May 31 and a ceremony following at the amphitheatre, special kick-off party on May 28, seafood cooking competition, entertainment. This marks the festival's 22nd season.
Get The Facts: Call 386-325-4406

May 28-31, 2010
Chesterton Teas Pary
Chesterton, Maryland
Theatre, swordmasters display, raft race, Toss The Tory, Sneaker Creeper foot race for kids ages 2-11 on Sunday, 100-voice choir, Colonial Parade, walking tours, Colonial craft demonstrations, reenactment of the 1774 dumping of British tea, activities for kids, crafts for sale, 10-mile run plus 5K walk/run on Saturday, portrayals of historic figures by actors. Please leave dogs at home. (Service animals are welcome.)
Learn More: Call 410-776-2662

May 28-31, 2010
Azalea Festival
Various venues,
Brookings, Oregon
Airport Day on Sunday (or rain date of Monday), car show, flowers, parade, arts and crafts, quilt show, BBQ, seafood and other festival foods. 2010 marks the festival's 71st season of fun.
Additional Info: Call 541-469-3181 or 800-535-9469

May 28-31, 2010
Chocolate Festival
Maryland Avenue of Highway 36,
Burlington, Wisconsin
Chocolate sculpting, ice cream eating contest, Geocache Treasure Hunt, coloring contest, carnival, activities for kids, chef demos, wine events, Project Yum Way Candy Wrapper Fashion Contest, entertainment, fireworks, chocolate baking contests, chocolate vendors, chocolate chip cookies, festival parade, chocolate samples, Chocolate Pictionary. It's the event's 24th year.
Questions? Call 262-763-3300

May 29-30, 2010
Strawberry Festival
Downtown On The Green,
Arroyo Grande, California
Strawberry Stampede 5K/10K run and 5K walk on May 30 with refreshments and awards, commercial vendors, arts and crafts, food booths, rides and games, music, strawberry funnel cakes, fresh berries for sale and more. 2010 marks the festival's 27th anniversary.
Further Details: Call 831-633-2465

May 29-30, 2010
Grubstake Days
Various venues,
Yucca Valley, California
Check out the Home, Garden and Craft Show or see who won the beard contest. There will be festival merchandise, activities for kids, a parade on Saturday at 10am, music, festival foods. It's the festival's 60th year.
More Info: Call 760-365-6323

May 29-30, 2010
Delaplane Strawberry Festival
Sky Meadows State Park on U.S. Route 17,
Delaplane, Virginia
Puppet shows, strolling entertainment, sack races, fresh berries for sale, raffles, raptor educational show, strawberry pies and other baked goods for sale, pony rides and other activities for kids, hay rides, 5K run/walk, 4-H petting farm, classic cars, National Strawberry Eating Championship, arts and crafts, clowns, exhibits, staged entertainment, festival foods such as egg rolls, burgers, brats with sauerkraut. The festival celebrates 17 years in 2010.
Get The Facts: 479-229-3328

May 29-30, 2010
Pongo Strawberry Festival
Princess Anne and Indian River Roads,
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Strawberry baking contest, carnival, pig races, youth art show, military displays, pie eating contest, parade, arts and crafts. 120,000 are expected to join in the fun of this 27th year.
Questions? Call 757-721-6001

May 29-31, 2010
Wyatt Earp Days
Allen Street area,
Tombstone, Arizona
Old West stunts and skits, chili cooking competition, food, 1880s fashion show, gunfighter reenactments and more fun in this Western-themed town.
Learn More: Call 520-457-3291

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

May 1 Springtime Gala (32nd), City Park, Altus, Arkansas, 470-468-4684
May 1 Basque Festival (33rd), Rancho Vista del Rio, Madera, California, 559-226-7499
May 1 Apple Blossom Festival, various venues, St. Joseph, Missouri, 816-294-9517
May 1 Wein & Saengerfest (7th), Noon-10pm, Downtown, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-221-4000 or 830-221-4090
May 1-2 Elk Grove Western Festival (53rd), Regional Park, Elk Grove, California, 916-695-5475
May 1-2 May-retta Daze, 10am-6pm, Glover Park, Marietta, Georgia, 770-794-5609
May 1-2 Ham & Yam Festival (26th), Downtown, Smithfield, North Carolina, 919-934-0887
May 1-8 Feather Fiesta Days, Bird & Meyers Street area, Oroville, California, 530-534-7690 or 530-538-2542
May 1-9 Irrigation Festival (115th), Sequim, Washington, 360-683-6197
May 5-8 Dogwood Festival, Mullens, West Virginia, 304-732-8000
May 6-9 Cochon de Lait Festival, Cochon de Lait Pavilion, Mansura, Louisiana, 310-964-2132 or 318-964-2887
May 7-8 Ione Homecoming (134th), Ione, California, 877-868-7268
May 7-0 Perryville Mayfest (25th), On The Square, Perryville, Missouri, 573-547-6062
May 7-8 Smokey Bear Days (7th), Capitan, New Mexico, 575-354-2748
May 7-9 Old Timers Day, Main Street, Van Buren, Arkansas, 479-474-5155
May. 7-9 Pan American Festival, Mayfair Park, Lakewood, California, 562-866-9771
May 7-9 Coffee River Seafood Festival & Boat Show, Downtown, New Richey, Florida, 727-842-8066
May 8 Cherry Blossom Festival, Logan Park, Cherryvale, Kansas, 620-891-0072
May 8 Oak Street Festival (13th),
                   9am-5pm, Downtown, Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, 570-339-2930 or 570-672-9450
May 8-9 Artfest, 10-5, Water Street, Henderson, Nevada, 888-278-3378
May 8-9 Albany Tulip Festival (62nd), Albany, New York, 518-434-2032
May 12-16 West Virginia Strawberry Festival (69th), various venues, Buchannon, West Virginia, 304-472-9036
May 13-16 Little River Days, Little River Park, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 270-987-4290 or 800-909-9016
May 13-16 Tulsa International Mayfest, Downtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 916-582-6435
May 14-15 Dermott Crawfish Festival (27th), Dermott, Arkansas, 870-539-5656
May 14-15 Crawdad Days (20th), Main Street Sqaure & Lake Harrison, Harrison, Arkansas, 870-741-2659 or 800-880-6295
May 14-15 Seafood Festival (23rd), Engelhard, North Carolina, 252-925-3719
May 14-16 Maifest (31st), MainStrausse Village, Covington, Kentucky, 859-491-0458
May 14-16 Mayfest (28th), Strasburg, Virginia, 540-465-3187
May 14-23 Lilac Festival, Rochester, New York, 585-546-3070 or 800-677-7282
May 15 Spring Fair on the Square, Town Square, Buchanan, Georgia, 770-646-3081
May 15 Pimiento Festival, 10-4, Downtown, Zebulon, Georgia, 770-567-2029
May 15 Riverboat Festival, 9-5, Downtown, Columbia, Louisiana, 318-649-0726 or 318-649-2138
May 15 Pearl River Family Fest, Town Hall, Pearl River, Louisiana, 985-863-9495
May 15 Frog Fest, City Park on Olive St., Waynesville, Missouri, 573-774-8171 or 573-774-3050
May 15 Roanoke-Chowan Pork Fest , Jefcoat Museum of Americana on High Street, Murfreesboro, North Carolina
May 15 Local Colors Festival (20th), 11-8, Elmwood Park, Roanoke, Virginia, 540-342-2640
May 15 Strawberry Festival, 10-4, The Depot on South Main, Stuart, Virginia, 276-694-3811
May 15-16 A La Carte and Art, 10-6, Castro Street between Evelyn & Church, Mountain View, California, 650-964-3395
May 15-16 Iris Festival (16th), Greenville, Tennessee, 423-638-4111
May 15-June 12 Moose Mainea, various venues, Greenville, Maine, 207-695-2702 or 888-878-2778
May 21-23 Greek Food Festival (26th), 1100 Napa Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-221-6300
May 21-23 Plumb Nellie Days (50th), Commercial Street, Branson, Missouri, 417-334-1548
May 22-23 Italian Festival (40th), Expo & Fairgrounds, Mcalester, Oklahoma, 918-426-2066
May 22-29 Jubilee CityFest, (weekend days), Riverfront area, Montgomery, Alabama, 870-285-3131
May 24 Happy Valley Strawberry Festival, Happy Valley Elementary School, Anderson, California, 530-357-5449
May 27-31 Dandelion Festival, Downtown, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, 304-536-5060
May 28-29 Buffalo Days (38th), Town Square, Greenfield, Missouri, 417-637-2040 or 888-637-2040
May 28-29 Haskell Fest, Downtown, Haskell, Oklahoma, 918-482-1245
May 28-29 Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts, Market Street, Shamokin, Pennsylvania, 570-648-6772
May 28-30 Riverfest (33rd), Riverfront Park, Little Rock, Arkansas, 501-255-3378
May 28-30 Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival (36th), Festival Grounds at 4253 W. Ponkan Rd., Zellwood, Florida, 407-886-0014
May 28-30 Gullah Festival (24th), Waterfront Park, Beaufort, South Carolina, 843-525-0628
May 28-30 National Polka Festival (44th), Ennis, Texas, 888-366-4748
May 28-31 Festival in the Park, Elmwood Park, Roanoke, Virginia, 540-342-2640
May 28-31 Greek Festival, 12362 Spotswood Furnace Rd., Fredericksburg, Virginia, 543-898-3250 or 800-678-4748
May 29 Hillbilly Daze (23rd), Community Park, Witts Springs, Arkansas, 870-496-2342
May 29 Yellow Brick Road Festival, Downtown, Sedan, Kansas, 620-725-4022 or 620-725-5797
May 29 Country Memories Day, Downtown, McVeytown, Pennsylvania, 717-899-7998
May 29 Plumb Alley Day (28th),
                   9am-3pm, Main & Valley Street, Abingdon, Virginia, 276-676-2282 or 800-435-3440
May 29 Virgilina Summerfest, 11am-9pm, Virgilina, Virginia, 434-585-2657
May 29-30 Santa Cruz Blues Festival (18th), Aptos Village Park, Aptos, California, Email info@santacruzbluesfestival.com
May 29-30 Mushroom Mardi Gras (31st), Outdoor Community Center/amphitheatre, Morgan Hill, California, 408-778-1786
May 29-30 San Francisco Carnaval, Harrison Street between 16th & 24th Streets, San Francisco, California, 415-920-0122
May 20-30 Moab Arts Festival, 10-8/10-6, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah, 435-259-2742
May 30 Wildquack Duck River Festival (21st), Village Park, Jackson, New Hampshire, 603-383-9356

Other May 2010 Events You Might Enjoy
May 1 Endless Summer Classic Car Show,
                   10-3, Pier Plaza, Hermosa Beach, California, 213-952-3173
May 1 Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race, Waterfront area parks/streets, Baltimore, Maryland, 410-244-1900
May 1 Town-wide Yard Sale, 8am-1pm, throughout town, Oriental, North Carolina, 252-249-7281
May 7-9 Dogwood Festival (75th),
                   Greenfield Hill Congregational Church on Old Acadmey Rd., Fairfield, Connecticut, 203-259-5596
May 7-9 Gem & Mineral Show, County Civic Center, Marietta, Georgia, 770-986-0822
May 8-9 Art in the Park, Hollywood Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 501-321-6871
May 13-15 Salute to American Graffiti (5th), Downtown, Petaluma, California, 707-762-3394
May 14-16 Mobicon (13th), Best Western Ashbury Hotel, Mobile, Alabama, Email secretary@mobicon.org
May 14-16 Motor City Comic Conn,
                   Rock Financial Showplace (46100 Grand River Ave.), Novi, Michigan, 248-428-8059 or or Email jeff@motorcitycomics.com
May 14-16 Middlecreek Valley Antique Association Antique Show
                   Show Grounds on Old Colony Road, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 570-837-1237
May 15 Luther Burbank Rose Parade, 10am,
                   begins at E St. & Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, California, 707-542-7873
May 15 International Street Fair, 10-4, Court Street, Athens, Ohio, 740-593-4330
May 15 McLean Day, 11-5, Lewinsville Park, McLean, Virginia, 703-790-0123
May 15 Spring Festival, 9-4, Main Street, Warrenton, Virginia, 540-347-4414
May 15-16 Planes of Fame Chino Air Show, Airport, Chino, California, 909-597-3722
May 15-16 WonderFest Convention (movie and model fans) (21st), Crown Plaza Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky
May 16 Bay to Breakers (foot race), San Francisco, California
May 16 Woofstock West (Spring Dog Festival), 10-3, Soquel High School, Soquel, California, 888-682-6972
May 21-22 Greter York Antiques Show & Sale,
                   11-7/11-5, Fairgrounds on Market Street, York, Pennsylvania, 703-914-1258
May 22 Police Explorer Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser, 6-10pm, Marina Community Center on Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, California, 510-577-0647
May 22 Community Yard Sale, throughout town, Meredith, New Hampshire, 603-273-6121
Nay 28-30 Marcon (Multiple Alternate Realities Convention), Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio
May 28-30 Roanoke Valley Spring Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show (19th), Civic Center, Salem, Virginia, 540-372-5277
May 28-31 Sacramento Jazz Festival & Jubilee (37th),
                   Oldtown plus Downtown & West Sacramento, Sacramento, California, 916-372-6277
May 28-31 MisCon, Ruby's Inn, Missoula, Montana, 406-544-7083
May 29 Strawberry Festival, 9-3, St. Stephens Church, Heathsville, Virginia, 804-580-4555
May 29-30 Gem, Jewelry, Fossil & Mineral Show, County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, Illinois, 630-483-2363
May 29-30 Taste of Cincinnati, Fifth Street from Broadway to Race, Cincinnati, Ohio, 513-579-3187
May 29-30 Memorial Day Longboard Contest (26th), Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California, 831-234-2278
May 29-30 Art in the Park, Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, Virginia, 540-885-2028
May 29-31 Grand Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race, Arcata to Ferndale, Ferndale, California, 707-499-0543
May 30 Corralitos Padres Lumberjack Breakfast, 7am-noon, Community Center, Corralitos, California

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

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and it's been great fun to say that in a very public way.

A Little Browsing...
If the budget's tight for this year's summer fun, you may be able to spice things up a bit with a free plane ride. EAA Young Eagles arranges free flights for kids ages 8-17. Check the website or call your local airfield to find out where the nearest participating pilots are.

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When you're traveling and have been enjoying the ease of fast food, but are concerned about the high fat content, consider sushi as an alternative. Many sushi restaurants are casual and provide fresh ingredients. And most kids will give sushi a try. You may even find they'll ask for more later. Here are two sushi restaurants in California and one in Texas. (We'll have more later.)

Tokai Sushi 2279 Eagle Glen PK #107, Corona CA 951-340-0443
At the time of the research, they were also offering an all-you-can-eat option (always double-check)
Sushi Choo Choo, 12149 FM 1960 Rd, Houston, TX (281) 955-2888 (Sushi comes by on a conveyor belt. They also have teriyaki and made-to-order items)

Botan Sushi 2827 Zinfandel Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 916-852-1988


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