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October 1, 2006
Lexington Avenue between 42nd St. & 57th St.,
New York, New York
Enjoy entertainment, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, corporate and non-profit displays, German lagers and plenty of food.
Get the Facts: Call 212-809-4900

October 1, 2006
Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival
Germantown Ave. (between Willow
Grove & Park Ave.),
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Arts and crafts from more than 120 participants, 2 stages of musical entertainment, amusement park rides, activities for kids, exhibits, food, merchant specials. There is no admission charge and the festival runs from 11am-5pm. Rain Date: October 8.
Find Out More: Call 215-247-6696

October 5-8, 2006
Louisiana Cattle Festival
Concord Street area, downtown,
Abbeville, Louisiana
Pageants, B.B. gun tournament, beef cooking competition, music, children's parade, fire department water fight, fire department demonstrations, livestock events, food and beverage booths, arts and crafts.
Details: Call 337-893-6328 or 337-652-0646

October 5-8, 2006
Apple Butter Festival
Salem, West Virginia
It's the 22nd year for this festival. Pageants, arts and crafts, quilt displays and competitions, apple butter making competition, Sam Warner 5K Run, bicycle poker run, celebrity auction, car show, petting zoo, bingo, games and activities for kids, fireworks, music.
Further Information: Call 304-782-3585

October 6-7, 2006
Boaz Harvest Festival
Boaz, Alabama
Rod run, arts and crafts, folklife displays, activities for kids, Moon Pie Eating Contest, pageant, food vendors, entertainment. The festival fun is from 8am-5pm and there is no admission charge.
Additional Facts: Call 256-593-8154

October 6-7, 2006
Downtown Courthouse Square,
Sheridan, Arkansas
Pinewood Derby, State Lumberjack Championship, bow shoot, pet show, activities for kids, car show, arts and crafts, parade (Saturday at 10am), Dutch oven cooking contest, 5K run, 2K walk, food vendors, pageant, talent contest.
Details: Call 870-942-3021

October 6-7, 2006
Ozark Black Gold Walnut Festival
Town Square,
Alton, Missouri
Pumpkin carving, BBQ (Friday evening), Christian music, walnut-related events, horseshoe pitching, arts and crafts, walnut baking contest, rides and games, food.
Learn More: Call 417-778-7295

October 6-8, 2006
Way Out West Oktoberfest
Tempe Beach Park,
Tempe, Arizona
Rock climbing wall, carnival, entertainment, Bavarian foods. Hours are 5-11:45pm on Friday, 10am-11:45pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday.
Get The Facts: Call 480-350-8181 or 480-491-FEST

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October 6-8, 2006
Arkansas Apple Festival
Downtown Square,
Lincoln, Arkansas
Parade, square dancing, music, pageant, arts and crafts, apple core throwing competition, festival foods such as kettle corn and turkey legs, activities for kids, lots of apples.
Find Out More: Call 479-824-FEST

October 6-8, 2006
California Avocado Festival
Carpinteria, California
Avocado industry information, 3 stages of entertainment, commercial vendors, lots of guacamole, biggest avocado contest, arts and crafts, Kid's Block Party. The festival runs from 4-9pm on Friday, 10am-9pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday. You can park and use the shuttle service from Carpenteria High School on Foothill Blvd. or from Canalino Elementary School on Linden Ave. Only service dogs are allowed. Please leave pets safely at home.
Further Information: Call 805-684-0038 or 805-684-5479

October 6-8, 2006
Scarecrow Festival
Lincoln Highway,
St. Charles, Illinois
Arts and crafts, entertainment, sponsor give-aways, carnival, activities for kids, food, more than 100 scarecrows on display. It's the festival's 21st year. This is an alcohol-free event.
Questions? Call 630-377-6161 or 800-777-4373

October 6-8, 2006
Warner Fall Foliage Festival
Warner, New Hampshire
Historical Society barn sale, carnival, arts and crafts, exhibits, parade, BBQ, lumberjack events, farmers market, library book sale, flea market, country breakfast (7-9:30am Sat. & Sun.), oxen pull competition, pie eating contest for kids ages 6-12, 5-mile road race, children's parade. There is a 5-dollar charge to park but entrance to the festival is free. It's the event's 59th year.
Details: Call 603-456-9775

October 6-8, 2006
North Carolina Seafood Festival
Crystal Coast Civic Center,
Morehead City, North Carolina
It's the festival's 20th year. Plans are underway for a Blessing of the Fleet (Sunday at 10am), the King Neptune Ball, 8K road race, Southern Outer Banks Boat Show, family fishing contest, arts and crafts, sailing regatta, business expo, Sas Sea's Island Playground for kids, 3 stages of entertainment.
Additional Details: Call 252-726-6273

October 6-8, 2006
Franklin Applefest
various venues,
Franklin, Pennsylvania
Musical comedy, 5K race, food, actitivies for kids, merchant specials, apple cider press demonstrations, porch sale at the Elks Lodge, arts and crafts, antiques, classic cars, farmers market. There are a few events before the main weekend, including a Wednesday book fair and a spaghetti dinner at the Elks Lodge on Thursday (4-7pm). As always, the best plan is to check ahead for details or any possible changes in the schedule.
Questions? Call 814-432-5823 or 888-547-2377

October 6-8, 2006
Apple Festival
Bayfield, Wisconsin
It's the 45th year for this festival and plans include produce, produce displays, hay rides, carnival, apple pie and apple desserts, contests, library book sale, more than 150 arts and crafts booths, food booths, a melodrama, scavenger hunt, Life Flight helicopter display, festival parade, fish boil, apple peeling contest, raffle, exhibits, music.
Find Out More: Call 715-779-3335 or 800-447-4094

October 7, 2006
Madison Street Festival
Main Street area,
Madison, Alabama
In its 26th year the festival is scheduled to have arts and crafts, festival foods, a parade, craft (and other) activities for kids, demonstrations, 3 stages of entertainment. The festival is held rain or shine with no admission charge and hours are from 8:45am-5pm. Try the free shuttle service to and from Bob Jones High School at 650 Hughes Road.
Get The Facts: Call 888-228-5845

October 7, 2006
Apple Harvest Festival
various venues,
Fortuna, California
This festival celebrates its 22nd year with orchard tours, arts and crafts, hayrides, fresh apples, activities for kids, merchant specials, BBQ, an apple pie baking contest, fresh apple pies for sale, vendors, entertainment and a health fair.
Information: Call 707-725-2123 or 707-725-9261

October 7, 2006
Multicultural Harvest Festival
Emma Prusch Farm Park,
San Jose, California
Corn maze, petting zoo, fresh apple cider, pumpkin patch, farm animals on display, 4-H projects, sweet potato fries and sweet potato pie, lion dance, mariachi music, giant pumpkin contest, cooking demonstrations, winter vegetable plants for sale. The park is at 647 S. King Rd. There is no admission charge to the festival and parking is also free. The fun goes from 11am-4:30pm. Enjoy this 10th year as the festival brings more of a variety of cultural touches that reflect the greater Bay Area's population.
Questions? Call 408-926-5555

October 7, 2006
Lumberjack Days
Main Street area,
West Point, California
Lumberjack contests, art gallery, youth art show in the library, presentations at the Blue Mountain Playhouse, food, parade at 11am.
Additional Details: Call 209-293-4395

October 7, 2006
Belleville Autumn Days
Courthouse Square area,
Belleville, Kansas
Arts and crafts, entertainment, festival foods, activities for kids, 10K/2-mile run (race is a benefit for Cystic Fibrosis research).
Learn More: Call 785-527-5524

October 7, 2006
Olde Tyme Apple Festival
Versailles, Missouri
In its 27th year, the festival features a car cruise and sock hop, golf tournament, apple pie contest, 10-K run, 5-K run, 2-mile walk, Fun Zone for kids, pie eating contest, pie contest auction, motocross races, arts and crafts, food, 4 stages of musical entertainment, parade, theatre production, fiddler's competition.
Get The Facts: Call 573-378-4401

October 7, 2006
Apple Harvest Day
Dover, New Hampshire
In its 22nd year the festival features games and rides, arts and crafts, apple pie baking contest, pony rides, food vendors, music, raffles. Festival hours are 9am-4pm.
Questions? Call 603-742-2218

October 7-8, 2006
Johnny Appleseed Days
Terry Ashe Park & Veteran's Memorial Hall,
Paradise, California
Start with a pancake breakfast from 7-11am. Then move on to activities for kids, arts and crafts, apple pie and other apple treats, entertainment and more festival food later when you get the munchies. General festival events are from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday.
Information: Call 530-877-9356

October 7-8, 2006
Galesburg Scarecrow Festival
Standish Park Arboretum,
Galesburg, Illinois
These folks are back for a 3rd year with a scarecrow contest (view and vote for your favorites!). You can also enjoy pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, activities for kids, food and entertainment.
Questions? Call 309-343-2485

October 7-8, 2006
Smicksburg Fall Festival
various venues,
Smicksburg, Pennsylvania
Antique tractor show, Amish farmers market, arts and crafts, craft demonstrations, face painting, pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, pottery demos, musical entertainment, festival foods, quilt displays. There will be plenty of apple treats (including apple pies, dumplings, turnovers and strudel). This is the festival's 17th year and hours are from 10am-5pm Saturday and from noon-5pm on Sunday.
Learn More: Call 724-463-7505 or 814-257-8035

October 7-8, 2006
Katy Rice Festival
Historic Downtown,
Katy, Texas
The festival celebrates 26 years with arts and crafts booths, 3 stages of entertainment, a photography contest, parade, rice cooking contest, pageant, petting zoo, festival foods.
Info: Call 281-828-1100

October 7-8, 2006
Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
Memorial Park area,
Issaquah, Washington
Parade, salmon bake, golf tournament, 5K and 10K runs, tours of the local hatchery, 4 stages of entertainment, Foods of the World, volkswalk, arts and crafts and of course—Salmonchanted Evening. The festival is from 10am-6pm.
Further Details: Call 425-392-0661

October 7-8, 2006
Cranberry Fest
County Fairgrounds,
Eagle River, Wisconsin
In its 27th year the festival is scheduled to have arts and crafts, festival foods, cranberry treats and cranberry products, marsh tours, farmers market, flea market, antiques, fitness events. Hours are 9am-4pm. Be sure to try the cranberry salsa.
Get The Facts: Call 800-359-6315

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October 7-14, 2006
Red River Revel Arts Festival
Riverfront area,
Shreveport, Louisiana
Arts education activities for kids, mock geological dig for kids, 4 stages of entertainment, festival merchandise, climbing wall, food booths, arts and crafts, quilt show, photo scavenger hunt, Sportspectrum Revel Run.
Info: Call 318-424-4000

October 8-9, 2006
Fall Harvest Festival
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Music, food booths, scarecrow contest, fresh produce for sale, arts and crafts.
Find Out More: Call 978-462-6680

October 12-14, 2006
Octoberfest Southern Style
Dillon Park on Haynsworth St.,
Sumter, South Carolina
Now celebrating its 13th year, the festival offers a car show, 3 stages of entertainment, arts and crafts, displays, fireworks (9pm on Sat.), activities for kids, gospel music, kids' entertainment, BBQ contest, chili cooking contest, games. Please—no coolers.
Get The Facts: Call 803-436-2248

October 12-15, 2006
National Shrimp Festival
Main beach area,
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Seafood and other festival foods, sand castle contest, activites for kids at the Children's Art Village, 3 stages of musical entertainment and more. The festival is celebrating its 35th year.
Further Details: Call 251-968-4237

Octobe 12-15, 2006
Suffolk Peanut Festival
S. Executive Airport,
Suffolk, Virginia
Motorcycle rally, World's Largest Peanut Butter Sculpture, masquerade ball, demolition derby, carnival, parade, activities for kids, shrimp feast, bingo, horseshoe tournament, truck and tractor pull, arts and crafts, music. Enjoy this 29th year of the festival.
Get Information: Call 757-539-6751

October 12-15, 2006
Black Walnut Festival
Spencer, West Virginia
Art & photo show, gospel sing, firefighter competitions, flower show, activities for kids, pageant, entertainment, grand parade, exhibits, carnival, band and majorette competitions, festival foods.
Questions? Call 304-927-5616

October 13-14, 2006
Apple Scrapple Festival
various venues,
Birdgeville, Delaware
Music, carnival, street dance, mayor's scrapple sling, scrapple carving, antique tractor pull, car show, trade show, arts and crafts, health and safety fair, scrapple chunkin' contest, fireworks at 7:30pm on Saturday, all-you-can-eat breakfast at the Methodist Church on Laws Street (7-11am on Saturday), food court with festival foods such as BBQ beef, pizza, funnel cakes and apple dumplings. The festival is celebrating its 15th year.
Find Out More: Call 302-629-9582

October 13-14, 2006
Cleveland, Mississippi
Memphis in May BBQ competition, arts and crafts, classic cars, street dance, vendors, food, music, face painting, other activities for kids.
Further Details: Call 662-843-2712 or 800-295-7473

September 13-14, 2006
Watonga Cheese Festival
Downtown, City Hall, Fairgrounds,
Watonga, Oklahoma
10K and 5K Rate Race, 1-mile fun run, Cheese tasting line, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, cookware vendors, fine art show, quilt show, classic cars, cheese food contest, parade (12:30pm on Saturday), entertainment, free tours of the local cheese factory and other buildings.
Questions? Call 580-623-7579 or email

October 13-14, 2006
Beaufort Shrimp Festival
Waterfront Park,
Beaufort, South Carolina
Popcorn Shrimp Run for kids, 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, entertainment, food tastings from area restaurants. Festival hours are 5-8pm on Friday and 8am-9pm on Saturday.
Find Out More: Call 843-986-5400 or 800-638-3525

October 13-15, 2006
Bass Festival
Rio Vista, California
Pancake breakfast Saturday morning, entertainment on 3 stages, commercial booths, arts and crafts, BBQ, carnival, Portuguese Bean Cook-off between the Rotary and Lions Clubs, car show, festival parade, fishing derby, sidewalk sales, fireworks.
Get The Facts: Call 707-374-2700

October 13-15, 2006
Village, plus York Beach,
York, Maine
Enjoy this 22nd year with arts and crafts, activities for kids, fresh apple cider, colonial craft demonstrations, food booths, collectibles, entertainment, ox roast, classic cars, drawings for prizes.
Find Out More: Call 207-363-4422

October 13-15, 2006
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Downtown Square,
Conroe, Texas
Enjoy this 17th year and mingle with up to 40,000 other festival-goers. Plans are in the works for a petting zoo, pony rides for the kids, Cajun and other festival foods, an impressive 6 stages of entertainment, arts and crafts and much more. Find out who wins the Texas State Fiddle Contest. Scheduled entertainment at this writing includes Gabe Rhodes & Will Sexton, Joe Ely, Turdy Lyn and plenty of local talent.
Information: Call 832-298-4161 or 800-324-2604

October 13-15, 2006
City Park,
Cuero, Texas
The town of Cuero and the town of Worthington (up in Minnesota) have a friendly rivalry going and it's all over turkeys. So they hold The Great Gobbler Gallop. This is the festival's 34th year. You can enjoy horseshoe pitching, a tractor show, beer, chili cooking contest, the Turk Olympics, washer pitching, a carnival, festival foods (including some Dutch oven cooking), arts and crafts, music and dances, kiddie tractor pull, children's parade.
Find Out More: Call 361-275-2112

October 14, 2006
Snowflake Harvest Festival
Heritage Park,
Snowflake, Arizona
Wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin pie eating contests, pumpkin carving, arts and crafts, festival foods, entertainment. They pack a lot of festival fun into short hours at this one, which runs from 9am-2pm.
Questions? Call 928-536-4331

October 14, 2006
Arkansas Rice Festival
Rice Festival Bldg,
Weiner, Arkansas
Pageant, musical entertainment and a battle of the bands, parade, arts and crafts, vendors and more.
Further Details: Call 870-684-2389

October 14, 2006
Wild Wonderful Chocolate Festival
Golden Oak Drive (off 41),
Oakhurst, California
Celebrate this 8th year with dessert making contests, cooking and baking contests, chocolate pudding wrestling, a street fair with arts and crafts vendors, pageant, coloring contest, antiques and collectibles, merchant specials and more. The festival is from 9am-4pm.
Additional Information: Call 559-683-1993

October 14, 2006
Turkey Festival
Maple Street area,
Eldon, Missouri
Celebrate this 21st year with a pet show, bed races, music, 5K Turkey Trot, petting zoo, arts and crafts, food vendors and more. Enjoy the fun from 9am-5pm.
Learn More: Call 573-392-3752

October 14, 2006
South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival
Darlington, South Carolina
Pageant, food vendors, arts and crafts, clowns and mimes, music, activities for kids, balloon launch, classic cars. This 24th year's fun runs from 9am-4pm and there is no admission charge.
Get Info: Call 843-395-2940 or 800-427-8720

October 14, 2006
Vinton Fall Festival
Vinton, Virginia
Doggie Pageant with costumes, pancake breakfast at the VFW Hall, 5K run, chili cooking contest, car and tractor show, carriage rides, 2 stages of entertainment, agricultural displays and competitions, food vendors, arts and crafts, activities for the kids. Come and have fun at this 5th year.
Questions? Call 540-343-1364

October 14-15, 2006
Patagonia Fall Festival
Town Park,
Patagonia, Arizona
Children's carnival, more than 140 arts and crafts booths, entertainment, food, library book sale. You can park free and take a shuttle to and from the Patagonia Montessori School. It's the festival's 18th year.
Get The Facts: Call 520-394-0060 or 888-794-0060

October 14-15, 2006
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Main Street,
Half Moon Bay, California
Will Joel Holland tie his record again this year? His winning pumpkin weighed in at 1,229 pounds in 2005. In addition to the contest you can enjoy foot races, a pie eating contest (2 age divisions), pancake breakfast, Pumpkin Parade, scarecrows, arts and crafts, music, festival foods and a costume contest. There is no admission charge. This is the festival's 35th year. Please leave pets comfortably at home when you come to enjoy the weekend's events.
Further Details: Call 650-726-9652

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October 14-15, 2006
Taylorville Square,
Taylorville, Illinois
Magic shows, face painting, 5K Hot to Trot Run/Walk, music and dance, Oldywed Game, pageant, pie eating contest, pet contest, chili cookoff, raffle, car show, beautiful baby contest, salsa contest.
Additional Information: Call 218-824-3395

October 14-15, 2006
Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
Courthouse Square & other venues,
Winterset, Iowa
This year there are plans for a farmers market, arts and crafts, spelling bee, musical entertainment, antiques, classic cars, gospel sing, horseshoe tournament, bus tours of the Madison County bridges, quilt show, food vendors, Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association shows, helicopter rides, tours of John Wayne's birthplace, horse-drawn wagon rides, craft demos.
Learn More: Call 515-462-1185

October 14-15, 2006
Oak Harbor Apple Festival
Oak Harbor, Ohio
Carnival, arts and crafts, parade, contests, entertainment, apple pie and other apple treats, a car show, the Apple Run. There is no admission charge.
Get Details: Call 419-898-0479

October 14-15, 2006
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival
Old Main Street,
Waynesville, Ohio
Musical entertainment, sauerkraut and other festival foods, more than 450 arts and crafts exhibitors, sauerkraut recipe contest, cabbage growing contest. It's the festival's 37th year. Hours are 9am-8pm on Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sunday.
Questions? Call 513-897-8855

October 14-15, 2006
Fireant Festival
Marshall, Texas
Enjoy this 24th year with a chili cook-off, 5K run, ANTsmash Dodgeball, fireant calling contest, IronANT Softball, arts and crafts, the Tour de FireAnt bike tours (100K, 10-mile, 30-mile and 45-mile).
Learn More: Call 903-935-7868

October 14-21, 2006
Maple Leaf Festival
Carthage, Missouri
In its 40th year the festival offers quilt show, arts and crafts, lip-sync contest, Leaf Parade, 5K run/walk, pageant, dog show.
Further Information: Call 417-358-2373

October 20-21, 2006
Pomegranate Festival
Old Logandale School Historical
& Cultural Center,
Logandale, Nevada
In its 10th year the festival offers music, arts and crafts, art activities for kids, demonstrations, festival foods and plenty of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate products. Events are from 10am-5pm.
Get The Details: Call 702-397-2951 or 702-389-7273

October 20-22, 2006
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
Hwy. 58 N. at College Blvd.,
Niceville, Florida
Educational reptile demonstrations, arts and crafts, activities for kids, entertainment, exhibits. There will be no lack of food—try fried mullet, hot apple dumplings, fresh coconut juice beverages. The festival hours are 11am-midnight on Friday, 9am-midnight on Saturday, 10am-7pm on Sunday. Safety and security concerns mean they must ask festival-goers to refrain from bringing coolers or glass containers into the festival site. Please leave pets in the comfort of home while you come and enjoy the festival.
Info: Call 850-729-4008

October 20-22, 2006
Throughout town,
Ogunquit, Maine
Scarecrow contest, horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkins and pumpkin decorating, ghost stories, ghostly tours, costume parade at 11am on Saturday, treasure hunt, festival merchandise, river race. It's the festival's 3rd year.
Find Out More: Call 207-646-2939

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October 20-22, 2006
Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
Expo Center,
Hood River, Oregon
Entertainment, quilt raffle, local fresh produce, food vendors and more than 100 artisans showing and selling their work. Enjoy this 24th year.
Get Details: Call 800-366-3530

October 20-21, 2006
Fall State Craft Festival
Tyler State Park,
Richboro, Pennsylvania
In its 25th year festival plans include activities for kids, Tea Time at Tyler, arts and crafts activities for kids, food vendors, music. There is an admission charge for those over age 12. Festival hours are from 10am-6pm on Friday, 10am-5pm.
Additional Information: Call 215-579-5997

October 20-26, 2006
Independence, Kansas
Pageant, street performers, arts and crafts, food vendors, chili cook-off, bike ride, 5K run/walk, parade, NASCAR displays, marching band festival, pumpkin contest, medallion hunt, contests for kids, carnival, musical theatre presentation of "Beauty and the Beast ", musical entertainment. Among those scheduled to perform this year is Roy Clark.
Questions? Call 620-331-5003

October 21, 2006
Great Delta Bear Affair
Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Wildlife education, 5K run/walk, food vendors, games for kids, fireworks, storytelling, arts and crafts, nature walk, chainsaw woodcarving, music, bike poker run, book signings, raffles, archeological tours of area Indian mounds, Theodore Roosevelt impersonator Case Hicks, information on William Faulkner, who spent quite a bit of time in the area and wrote about it.
Get The Facts: Call 662-873-6261

October 21, 2006
Pumpkin Festival
Main Street,
Keene, New Hampshire
This festival attempts to (and has) set records for the most jack-o-lanterns lit at the same time in one place. If you plan to bring one to be included, you'll need to check in your carving for the official count. There will also be hayrides, music, costumes, games, festival foods, fireworks. The festival runs from 10am-10pm.
Learn Details: Call 603-358-5344

October 21, 2006
Sweet Potato Festival
Jacksonville Park,
Langley, South Carolina
In its 15th year the festival offers fun such as a pie eating contest, musical entertainment, carnival games and rides, a pageant and plenty of festival foods (including sweet potato treats). Festival hours are 11am-7pm.
Questions? Call 803-593-9260

October 21, 2006
Loris Bog-Off Festival
Loris, South Carolina
Car show, arts and crafts, activities for kids, petting zoo, Chicken Bog cooking contest, Chicken Chuckle contest, 3 stages of entertainment, fireworks, antique tractor show. Chicken Bog is a dish that usually combines chicken, sausage, rice and seasonings and is simmered to blend flavors. Festival hours are 9am-5pm and there is no admission charge.
Questions? Call 843-756-6030

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October 21-22, 2006
Brow Park,
Mentone, Alabama
Bonfires and stories with hot chocolate and snacks, parade, music, helicopter rides, classic cars, food. General hours are 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission charge.
Learn More: Call 256-634-4041 or 256-997-9051

October 21-22, 2006
Kentuck Festival of the Arts
Kentuck Park,
Northport, Alabama
Up to 300 artisans are expected to show and sell their work at this event. Enjoy music on 2 stages, craft demos, storytelling, crafts for kids, regional festival foods.
Additional Facts: Call 205-758-1257

October 21-22, 2006
Goleta Lemon Festival
Girsh Park,
Goleta, California
Enjoy this 15th year with a petting zoo, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, activities for kids, Safety Street, 5K run, non-profit displays, pie eating contest and the popular car, motorcyle and street rod show. You won't stay hungry for long with all the festival foods and lemon treats.
Further Info: Call 800-646-5382

October 21-22, 2006
Springville Apple Festival
Springville, California
It's the 26th year for this festival and plans include more than 200 arts and crafts booths, apple baking contests and pie eating contests, activities for kids, music, Apple Run (5K, 10K, Kids' run, 2-mile walk), Fat Tire Classic mountain bike race, festival foods. Try the free shuttle from the Rodeo Grounds. The event is alcohol-free.
Questions? Call 559-539-0619

October 21-22, 2006
Cranberry Festival
Chatsworth, New Jersey
Antiques, arts and crafts, tours of the cranberry bogs, music, info on Chatsworth and the White Horse Inn, quilt display, breakfast at the fire house 6-11am both days. General festival hours are 9am-4:30pm. Don't forget to hunt down the cranberry ice cream. This is the festival's 23rd year.
Details: Call 609-726-1257 or 609-726-9237

October 21-22, 2006
Postoffice Street,
Galveston, Texas
More than 100 artisans show and sell their work on Postoffice Street between 21st and 23rd Streets. A good many of the participants are local artists. You can also enjoy music and festival foods. This is the event's 9th year and there is an admission charge for those age 13 and older. Hours are 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Find Out More: Call 409-762-3617

October 21-22, 2006
San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival
City Park,
San Antonio, Texas
Chicken and beef barbecue (with corn on the cob, ice cream and more). There will also be a flag raising ceremony, petting farm, gopher races, 6-mile run, arts and crafts, antiques, educational wildlife exhibits, turtle races. There is no cost to park and no admission charge to the festival.
Get the Facts: Call 352-588-4444

October 22, 2006
Harvest Festival
El Camino Real (between Maple & Apple Avenues),
Greenfield, California
Car show, arts and crafts, entertainment, food, activities for kids. It's the 7th year for this festival and the hours are 9am-5pm.
Learn Details: Call 831-674-5591 or 831-674-3222

October 25-29, 2006
Louisiana Yambilee Festival
Opelousas, Louisiana
Enjoy this 61st year of the event with an Art Festival (at the Courthouse), diaper derby, auction, style show, sweet potato-related events, carnival, parade, arts and crafts, food vendors, pageant, musical entertainment.
Questions? Call 337-948-8848 or 800-210-5298

October 26-28, 2006
Beanfest & Outhouse Races
Mountain View, Arkansas
Bean and cornbread cooking contest, serving of beans and cornbread to visitors at noontime, Parade of Outhouses, Outhouse Races, Cajun music, gospel music, arts and crafts, festival foods. This is the festival's 24th year.
Further Information: Call 870-269-8068

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October 26-29, 2006
Nevada Day Celebration
various venues,
Carson City, Nevada
Hot air balloons (weather permitting), Kit Carson Trail Ghost Walk, 1864 Grand Ball, beard contest, pancake breakfast, chili feed, foot races, golf tournament, Single Jack Drilling Contest, tours of Governor's Mansion, merchandise booths, Silver State Rumble, musical entertainment, fireworks, art.
Find Out More: Call 866-683-2948

October 27-28, 2006
Festival of Pumpkins
Historic Downtown,
Paris, Texas
In its 6th year the festival offers games and contests, arts and crafts, activities for kids, pumpkin decorating, mechanical bull riding, pumpkin bowling, best bike contest, diaper derby, music, pumpkin golf.
Questions? Call 903-784-9221

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October 27-29, 2006
North Main Street,
Flatonia, Texas
BBQ contest, czhili cooking contest (locals only do the cooking), arts and crafts, music, carnival, pig races, pie auction, pony rides, food booths, rock climbing wall, Backseat Drivin' Mamma Contest, costume contest for kids, car and truck show, biergarten, parade.
Additional Details: 361-865-3920

October 28, 2006
Peanut Butter Festival
Bass House grounds at City Hall,
Brundidge, Alabama
Tours of the Johnston Mill, demonstrations, arts and crafts, George Washington Carver display, making of Alabama's Largest Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich, 5k Peanut Butter Run, Peanut Butter recipe contest, Nutter Butter parade, 2 stages of entertainment, arts and crafts.
Questions? Call 334-735-3125

October 28, 2006
Boll Weevil Festival
Main Street downtown,
Enterprise, Alabama
Car show, pageant, arts and crafts, costume contest for kids, music, festival foods. Festival hours are 9am-3pm and there is no admission charge.
Info: Call 814-275-1718 or 814-275-3929

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October 28, 2006
Opp Fest
Opp, Alabama
It's the 8th year for this event. Enjoy arts and crafts, musical entertainment, festival foods and a show of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Hours are from 9am-6pm.
Get The Facts: Call 334-493-6224 or 800-239-8054

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October 28, 2006
Turning of the Leaves Fall

Palestine, Texas
This festival was formerly called the Hot Pepper Festival. Enjoy music, activities for kids, arts and crafts, quilt show at the First Christian Church (on Crawford Street), BBQ lunch at the Masonic Lodge (corner of Queen & Debard Streets), pancake breakfast to benefit the Chamber of Commerce (8-10am).
More Details: Call 903-729-6066 or 800-659-3484

October 28-29, 2006
Green Tomato Festival
Juliette, Georgia
The movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes", which will be shown during the festival, may have made Juliette famous, but Juliette's locals knew the town was special long before film crews came. This year there will also be a documentary film that chronicles the making of the feature film. Enjoy arts and crafts, music, festival foods (including fried green tomatoes), activities for kids and more. It's the 5th year for this festival.
Further Information: Call 478-974-0716

October 29, 2006
Fall Back Festival
Gaslamp Quarter,
San Diego, California
Puppet shows, horse-drawn wagon rides, craft and historical demonstrations, gold panning, pig calling contest, spaghetti eating contest, ice cream eating contest, music and dance, sand art, costume contest, Wild West shootout demonstration, pony rides, and old-fashioned treats : penny candy, BBQ, lemonade. General hours are 11am-4pm and thers is an admission charge for those age 3 and older.
Learn More: Call 619-233-4692 or 619-233-5008

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

October 1 Calaveras Grape Stomp & Gold Rush Street Faire, Murphys Park, Murphys, California, 209-736-6722
October 1 Arts & Olive Festival, Redwood City, California, 650-306-3428
October 1 Applefest, 7866 Main, Clinton, Ohio, 330-854-6295
October 1 Downtown Grand Affair, 10am-3pm, Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, 715-421-3500
October 1-8 Autumn Leaf Festival, Clarion, Pennsylvania, 814-226-9161
October 1-8 Mountain Color Festival, Richwood, West Virginia, 304-846-6790
October 2-8 Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival, across 7 towns, Cabot, Vermont, 802-639-6379 or 802-748-3678
October 5-7 Hernando Music & Heritage Festival (Fall Festival), Court Square, Hernando, Mississippi, 662-429-9055
October 5-7 East Texas Poultry Festival, Center, Texas, 936-698-3682
October 5-8 Rex Allen Days, Willcox, Arizona, 520-364-2272
October 5-8 Riley Festival, Greenfield, Indiana, 317-462-2141
October 6-7 Dalton Defenders Day, Coffeyville, Kansas, 620-251-2550 or 800-626-3357
October 6-7 Octoberfest, Fourth St. between Broadway & Chestnut Streets, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-583-0333
October 6-7 Kentucky Apple Fest, Downtown, Paintsville, Kentucky, 606-789-4355
October 6-7 Lee County Cotton Festival, Bishopville, South Carolina, 803-484-5145
October 6-8 BayFest, Mobile, Alabama, 251-208-7782
October 6-8 Big Sur Jade Festival, Pacific Valley School, Big Sur, California, 831-659-3857
October 6-8 Autumn Leaf Festival, Veterans Park, Maysville, Georgia, 708-652-2334
October 6-8 Aurora Country Festival, Aurora, Kentucky, 270-703-6060
October 6-8 Red Flannel Festival, Cedar Springs, Michigan, 616-696-8413
October 6-8 Southlake Oktoberfest (5th), Town Square, Southlake, Texas, 817-481-8200
October 6-15 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-821-1000 or 888-422-72777
October 7 Apple Festival, Manton, California, 530-474-1113 or 530-474-4325
October 7 Gold Rush Street Faire & Grape Stomp (13th), Main St., Murphys, California, 209-754-0127
October 7 Governor's Fall Festival, 8:30am-4pm, 151 Kings Highway, Dover, Delaware, 302-739-5656
October 7 Hobo Festival, Gene Clary Park, Laurel Hill, Florida, 850-652-4598 or 850-652-4325
October 7 New Castle Fall Fling, 10am-5pm, New Castle, Kentucky, 502-845-4181
October 7 Fall Fest, Osyka, Mississippi, 601-783-2351
October 7 Fall Festival, Main Street, Charleston, Missouri, 573-683-6509
October 7 Apple Day Festival, Lamar, Missouri, 417-682-3595
October 7 Oktoberfest, Superior, Montana, 406-822-4388
October 7 Oil Patch Jamboree, Whitlock Park (at S. Jones & Lou Allard Dr., Drumright, Oklahoma, 918-352-2204
October 7 Oklahoma Czech Festival, 5th & Cedar, Yukon, Oklahoma, 405-206-8142
October 7 Haverford Township Day, Darby Road, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 610-789-2334
October 7 Sassafras Festival, Burnettown, South Carolina, 803-593-2676
October 7 Aunt Het Festival, Main St., Fountain Inn, S. Carolina, 864-862-2586
October 7 Kiwanis Lobster Festival, Bedford, Virginia
October 7 Fremont Pumpkin Festival, Wolf River Crossings Park, Fremont, Wisconsin, 920-446-3236
October 7 Fall Harvest Festival, Downtown, Phillips, Wisconsin, 888-408-4800
October 7 Pumpkin Festival, CAM-PLEX, Gillette, Wyoming, 307-682-0552 or 307-685-1231
October 7, 12-15 Harvest Homecoming Festival, Downtown, New Albany, Indiana
October 7-8 Gila County Fall Festival, 10am-5pm, County Fairgrounds, Globe, Arizona, 928-425-4344
October 7-8 Pumpkin Fair, Downtown, Manteca, California, 209-824-9555
October 7-8 Harvest Moon Festival, 10-am-5pm, Coverdale Farm on Way Rd., Greenville, Delaware, 302-239-2334
October 7-8 Country Fair, Grant Park on Park Ave., Galena, Illinois, 815-777-0817
October 7-8 GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival (34th), Audubon State Park, Henderson, Kentucky, 270-926-4433
October 7-8 Apple Butter Festival (58th), Century Village Museum, Burton, Ohio, 440-934-1492
October 7-8 Holmes County Antique Festival, Millersburg, Ohio, 330-674-6781
October 7-8 Mt. Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival, Mt. Hood, Oregon, 503-622-4798
October 7-8 Dutch Fall Festival, Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania, 814-349-5597
October 7-8 Pumpkin Festival, Pomeroy Living History Farm, Yacolt, Washington, 360-686-3537
October 7-8 Southern West Virginia Italian Festival (11th), City Auditorium, Bluefield, West Virginia, 304-589-1137
October 7-8 Mount Horeb Fall Festival, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, 88TROLLWAY
October 7-9 Four Kingdoms Renaissance Festival, Camelot KOA Campgrounds, Rock Island, Illinois, 641-357-5177
October 7-14 Tobacco & Heritage Festival, on the square, Russellville, Kentucky, 270-726-2206
October 7-November 19 Carolina Renaissance Festival, Huntersville, North Carolina, 704-896-5555
October 8 Medieval Festival, Fort Tryon Park, New York, New York, 212-795-1600
October 13-15 Quartz, Quiltz & Crafts Festival, County Fairgrounds, Mount Ida, Arkansas, 870-867-2723
October 13-15 Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, Sunset Regional Park, Las Vegas, Nevada, 702-455-8200
October 13-15 Sherman's Valley Heritage Days, Blain Picnic Grounds, Blain, Pennsylvania, 717-536-0025
October 13-15 Algonquin Mill Fall Festival, Mill Farm on SR 332 South, Carrolton, Ohio, 330-627-5910
October 13-15 Cranberrian Fair (85th), Ilwaco, Washington, 360-642-2400 or 800-451-2542
October 13-22 Covered Bridge Festival, county-wide, Parke County, Indiana, 765-569-5226
October 14 Autumn Fest, City Park, Altus, Arkansas, 479-468-4684
October 14 Turkey Testicle Festival (28th), Union Street Station, Byron, Illinois
October 14 Southwest Community Festival, Sun Valley Park, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-368-1196
October 14 Pumpkin Fest, Aurora, Minnesota, 218-229-2245
October 14 South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival, Darlington, South Carolina, 843-395-2940
October 14 Atomic City Festival, New Ellenton, South Carolina, 803-552-2214
October 14-15 Butterfield Overland Stage Days (21st), Lion's Park, Benson, Arizona, 520-586-2842
October 14-15 Pollardville Chicken Festival (15th), 11am-6pm, Stockton, California, 209-931-8168
October 14-15 Fall Festival & Rubber Duck Race, Downtown, Walker, California, 530-495-9666
October 14-15 Fall Foliage Fest, 9am-9:30pm, Mapleside Farms, Burnswick, Ohio, 330-225-5576
October 14-15 Black Walnut Festival, County Fairgrounds, Woodsfield, Ohio, 740-472-5499
October 14-15 Sonestown Heritage Festival, Rt. 220 north of town, Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania, 570-482-2971
October 14-18 Alaska Day Festival, Sitka, Alaska, 907-747-8806
October 18-21 Circleville Pumpkin Show (100th!), Downtown, Circleville, Ohio, 740-474-7000
October 19-21 Pig Pickin' Festival, Kingstree, South Carolina, 843-355-7484
October 19-20 Magnoliafest (10th), Live Oak, Florida, 904-249-7990
October 19-22 Texas Rose Festival, various venues, Tyler, Texas, 903-597-3130
October 20-22 Helldorado Days, Tombstone, Arizona, 888-457-3929
October 20-22 Fall Festival of Leaves, Bainbridge, Ohio, 740-634-3173 or 740-634-2085
October 20-22 Woolly Worm Festival, Main Street, Beattyville, Kentucky, 606-464-2888
October 20-22 Oktoberfest, Rittger's Bay Lodge, Deerwood, Minnesota, 218-678-2885
October 20-22 Lake Eden Arts Festival, Camp Rockmount, Black Mountain, North Carolina, 828-68-MUSIC
October 21 Red Beans & Rice Festival, Downtown, Jackson, Mississippi, 601-353-2759
October 21 Honest Apple Day, Mount Pleasant, Utah, 435-462-9261
October 21 Lake Chicot Fall Festival (10th), Lake Village, Arkansas, 870-265-5997
October 21 Sherwood Fall Festival (30th), Sherwood, Arkanas, 479-394-2912
October 21 Glendale Crossing Festival, Glendale, Kentucky, 270-369-9677
October 21-22 Folsom Renaissance Festival, 10am-5pm, Folsom, California, 916-355-7285
October 21-22 Farmington Renaissance Fair, Rocky Beach Landing, Farmington, New Mexico, 505-599-1174
October 21-22 Cuba Fest, Smith & School Streets, Cuba, Missouri, 877-212-8429
October 21-22 Country Colorfest, Louisiana, Missouri, 573-754-5921
October 21-22 Town Point Virginia, Town Point Park, Norfolk, Virginia, 757-441-2345
October 21-29 Cotswold Renaissance Faire-Fall, 1015 Bloomfield Rd., Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 773-320-8425
October 22 Pumpkin Festival, Town Green, Windsor, California, 707-433-4595
October 28 Syrup Sopping Day, Loachapoka, Alabama, 334-332-0087
October 28 Harvest Festival (21st), Wynn Park, Corning, Arkansas, 870-857-3429 or 870-926-1188
October 28 Fall Festival & Halloween Parade, Locust Street, Centralia, Illinois, 618-533-6789
October 28 Celebrate Hardeeville, 10am-3pm, E. Main St., Hardeeville, South Carolina, 843-784-2231
October 28 Hogeye Festival (19th), Downtown, Elgin, Texas, 512-281-5724
October 28-29 New Hampshire Renaissance Fair, Farmington, New Hampshire, 603-755-9587
October 28-29 Beaumont Blues Festival, Riverfront Park, Beaumont, Texas, 409-833-7747

Other October 2006 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
October 1 Lodi Street Faire, 8am-4pm, Lodi, California, 209-367-7840
October 5-8 Wonderful World of Ohio Mart,
                   10am-5pm, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 Portage Path, Akron, Ohio, 330-836-5533
October 5-8 Pink Palace Crafts Fair (34th), Audubon Park, Memphis, Tennessee, 901-320-6408
October 5-9 Fleet Week, San Francisco, California, 650-599-5057
October 6-8 Fall Home & Garden Show, Convention Center, Tuscon, Arizona, 520-795-3025
October 6-8 Delaware Home Show, Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Delaware, 302-994-2597
October 6-8 St. James Court Art Show, Old Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-635-1842
October 6-8 Paul Bunyan Show, 8am-4:30pm, Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio, 740-753-7017 or 877-462-5464
October 6-8 Moab Century Tour (bike), Moab, Utah, 435-259-2698
October 6-14 Litquake, San Francisco, California, 415-777-7899
October 7 Butterfly Parade & Bazaar, Pacific Grove, California, 831-373-3304
October 7 St. Mary's Chocolate Festival,
                   10am-4pm, St. Mary's School at 118 York St., Aiken, South Carolina, 803-649-2071 or 803-649-4777
October 7-8 Kingman Air & Auto Show, Kingman, Arizona, 928-692-9599
October 7-8 Art in the Park (35th), Veterans Memorial Park, Sierra Vista, Arizona, 520-417-6960 or 520-378-1763
October 7-8 Fall Home Show, County Fairgrounds, Monterey, California, 831-784-6334 or 800-237-0551
October 7-8 Outdoor Arts, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-869-6786 ext. 335
October 7-8 Art in the Park (44th), 9am-5pm, Boulder City, Nevada, 702-294-1611
October 7-8 World Championship Outhouse Races, C Street, Virginia City, Nevada, 775-742-4086
October 7-8 Cottonwood Art Festival, 9am-6pm, Cottonwood Park on Belt Line Rd., Richardson, Texas
October 7-8 Townline Art Fair, Ephraim, Wisconsin, 920-854-4343
October 7-9 Paradise City Arts Festival, Northhampton, Massachusetts, 413-587-0772 or 800-511-9725
October 8 Taste of Lodi (5th), 1-5pm, Wine & Roses Hotel, Lodi, California, 209-365-1195
October 8 Taste of Charleston, 11am-5pm, Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina, 843-577-4030
October 8 Gospel Brunch With A Texas Twist, Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-606-1601
October 13-15 Gateway Miniature Fair Show & Sale, Holiday Inn-Airport North, St. Louis, Missouri, 314-261-7439
October 13-15 Ride for the Roses (bike tour), Austin, Texas, 512-236-8830
October 13-15 Gem & Mineral Show, Moab, Utah, 435-259-8825
October 14 Leaf Peeper's Tour (bike), Elizabeth, Illinois, 815-858-2002
October 14 Oklahoma State Chili Cook-Off, County Fairgrounds, Eufaula, Oklahoma, 918-689-2791
October 14-15 Fall Diddley Craft Show, County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, Illinois, 815-544-0143
October 14-15 Catoctin Colorfest, Inc.,
                   9am-5pm, Arts & Crafts Show, Community park (& other venues), Thurmont, Maryland, 301-271-4432 or 301-271-7313
October 14-15 Fall Festival of the Arts, Red Wing, Minnesota, 651-388-7569 or 800-498-3441
October 14-15 art@park, Park University Chapel lawn, Parkville, Missouri, 816-584-6209
October 14-15 Fall Craft Show (27th), Community Center, Mandan, North Dakota, 701-667-3279
October 14-15 Fall Gift & Craft Show, Omni Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin, 608-781-9566 ext. 203 or 800-873-1901
October 15 Fall Miniature Fair, 10am-4pm, Ethan Allen Hotel on Lake Ave., Danbury, Connecticut, 856-427-7838
October 16-31 Scarecrows on the Square, Town Square, Summerville, South Carolina, 843-873-8535
October 20-22 Morristown Craft Market, National Guard Armory on Western Ave., Morristown, New Jersey, 973-263-8332
October 21 Craft Show, 9am-3pm, Benson High School, Benson, Minnesota, 320-843-3618
October 21-22 Health & Fitness Fair, Western Idaho Fairgrounds, Boise, Idaho, 208-323-4464
October 21-22 Punkin' Chuckin', corner of Allentown & Springfield, Morton, Illinois, 888-765-6588
October 21-22 Yellow Springs Antique Show, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, 610-827-7414 or 717-796-2380
October 22 Antique-Collectible Toy & Doll World Show, County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, Illinois, 773-736-5140
October 26-28 Great Salt Lake Book Festival, Salt Lake City, Utah
October 27-29 Antique Show & Sale, State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi, 662-844-3095 or 662-231-9654
October 27-29 Fall Craft & Fine Art Show (26th), Essex Junction, Vermont, 802-878-4786
October 28 Chicken Soup Supper, Grace Lutheran Church, 1775 Hwy. 35 North, East Dubuque, Illinois, 815-747-3601
October 28 Fallfest Arts & Crafts Show, Tunkhannock Area High School off SR6 West, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, 570-833-2320
October 28 Fall Color Walk, 1-3pm, Table Rock State Park, Greenville, South Carolina, 864-244-5565
October 28-29 Open House & Air Show, Edwards Air Force Base, California, 661-277-3510
October 28-29 Coin Show & Sale, Missouri Entertainment & Event Center, Springfield, Missouri, 417-833-2660
October 28-29 Texas Clay Festival, Gruene, Texas, 830-629-7975
October 28-29 Westmoreland Dollhouse & Miniature Show,
                   10am-5pm Sat. & 11am-5pm Sun., Mountain View Inn, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 724-837-8199
October 29 Fall Miniature Fair, 11am-4pm, Holiday Inn on Rt. 85, Frederick, Maryland, 856-427-7838

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Her design styles range from simple elegance to whimsical fun. Joan does hand-painted stationery, uses spare moments at festivals to paint faces, and entertains children at private parties.
A sample of her work is illustrated online.
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William Malmskog Ever since William Malmskog and I began a dialogue I've been impressed by his willingness to share openly the details of his life. Most of us hide a lot of our lives from others and present only the parts we can polish and make look acceptable. He isn't afraid to talk about how his difficulties, including physical challenges, have guided him to an increased sense of abilities and possibilities.

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

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Halloween costumes can be as simple as a sheet and a few well-placed holes, or as elaborate as a professional, stage-worthy ensemble. If you don't want to make a complicated costume, but you'd like some nicer than a sheet, consider costume rental. Check early to be sure you can get your first choice!

Not all costume rental places are expensive businesses. Los Altos, California has a Costume Bank on State Street. The facility is run as a nonprofit business and has both rental pieces and costumes for sale. See if your area has something similar. And if it doesn't, there's a great idea for your own favorite organization's fundraiser.

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Worried about buying fresh spinach? Try growing some of your own. Since winter is coming, you might even consider growing spinach (and other veggies) inside.
There are already plenty of really frightening, gory things for Halloween, so some of us tend to cater a bit to the really young children, who are much more into the treat than into being scared by strangers in houses they've never been to before. One quick extra touch for the toddlers who come trick-or-treating at your door is candy corn in the bottom of jars with a single candle tucked into the candy of each jar. Autumn tones and candy corn colors scream Halloween without making little ones scream. Homemade scarecrows look great on the porch or in your entryway, and if you make them with a friendly smile you won't run off the wee ones. Make ghosts and jack o'lanterns smile too.


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