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October 2-5, 2008
Banning Stagecoach Days
Dysart Park off 22nd Street South,
Banning, California
The festival celebrates 51 years with a parade on Ramsey Street at 10am on Saturday, arts and crafts, music, carnival games and rides, a dance, Old-West re-enactors, rodeo events, beverage garden, barbecue.
Learn More: Call 951-922-3242

October 2-5, 2008
Apple Butter Festival
Downtown area,
Salem, West Virginia
Plans for this 24th year include a pet parade at 5:30pm on Friday, grand parade at noon on Saturday, greased pig contest, entertainment, arts and crafts, pageants, festival foods, 5K run on Saturday at 9am, bicycle poker run, activities for kids, quilt show, apple butter making and judging, talent contest, car show, fireworks.
Details: Call 304-782-3585

October 3-4, 2008
Boaz Harvest Festival
Boaz, Alabama
Boaz celebrates 44 years of festival fun with classic cars, folklife displays, Moon Pie Eating Contest, pageants, food vendors, music on 2 stages, farmers market, arts and crafts, merchant specials, activities for the children, rod run. General hours are 8am-5pm.
Further Information: Call 256-593-8154

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October 3-4, 2008
Downtown Courthouse Square,
Sheridan, Arkansas
It's the 25th big year for this one. Enjoy a talent contest, State Lumberjack Championships, commercial vendors, classic cars, Pinewood Derby, pet show, bow shoot, parade on Saturday at 10am, horseshoe tournament, food vendors, Dutch oven cooking contest, arts and crafts, activities for kids. And you sports fans will enjoy the Sheridan Punt, Pass, Kick at the football fields across from the Rec Center, held just before the main festival.
Get The Facts: Call 870-942-3021

October 3-4, 2008
Beaufort Shrimp Festival
Waterfront Park,
Beaufort, South Carolina
Food and beverage stands, shrimp peeling contest, arts and crafts, 5K run/walk on Saturday morning, entertainment, Popcorn Shrimp Run for kids ages 7 and younger, area restaurant foods.
More: Call 843-986-5400 or 800-638-3525

October 3-4, 2008
Olde Tyme Apple Festival
Versailles, Missouri
The festival celebrates 29 years this season. Enjoy an apple pie contest, apple peeling contest, a 10K run (plus a 5K run and a 2-mile walk), car cruise-in and sock hop on Friday evening, fiddlers' contest, food, arts and crafts, Fun Zone for the kids, parade, entertainment.
Questions? Call 573-378-4401

October 3-5, 2008
Way Out West Oktoberfest
Tempe Beach Park,
Tempe, Arizona
Entertainment on 3 stages, arts and crafts, strudel eating contest, bull ride, Western music, beer and wine, Bavarian foods, gift vendors, raffle, silent auction, interactive exhibits, Parade of Flags on Mill Avenue, activities for kids, carnival, rock climbing wall, polka and chicken dancing. It's the event's 36th year.
Learn More: Call 480-350-8181 or 480-491-FEST

October 3-5, 2008
Arkansas Apple Festival
Downtown Square,
Lincoln, Arkansas
Enjoy Square dancing, arts and crafts, apple dumplings, Cajun (and other) foods, parade at 10am on Saturday, apple core throwing competition, entertainment, activities for kids, gospel music. A pageant is held the week before the main festival.
Further Details: Call 479-824-FEST

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October 3-5, 2008
California Avocado Festival
Linden Avenue downtown,
Carpinteria, California
Help celebrate this 22nd year with a Best Dressed Avocado Contest, Best Guacamole Contest, entertainment on 3 stages, commercial vendors, avocado industry information, 30-plus food booths (including guacamole), Kid's Block Pary, rock climbing wall, Biggest Avocado Contest, You can park and take the shuttle service from Carpenteria High School on Foothill Blvd. or at Canalino Elementary School on Linden Ave. Festiva hours are 4-9pm on Friday, 10am-9pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday. There is no admission charge. Please leave pets comfortably at home.
Additional Facts: Call 805-684-0038 or 805-684-5479

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October 3-5, 2008
North Carolina Seafood Festival
Crystal Coast Civic Center,
Morehead City, North Carolina
Sailing regatta, Twin Bridges 8K road race on Saturday, fireworks, fishing tournament, Southern Outer Banks Boat Show, Cooking with the Chefs, festival merchandise, Blessing of the Fleet Sunday at 10am, Sas Sea's Island Playground for kids, 3 stages of entertainment, festival foods, commercial vendors, arts and crafts. Admission and parking are free. It's the event's 22nd year.
Learn More: Call 252-726-6273

October 3-5, 2008
Franklin Applefest
Downtown parks (and other venues),
Franklin, Pennsylvania
Apple pie eating contest, daily visits from Johnny Appleseed, more than 300 arts and crafts booths, music, Tiffany window tours, classic cars, merchant specials and sidewalk sales, food court, apple cider press demonstrations, farmers market, activities for kids, book fair, apple pancake breakfast from 5am-noon on Friday at First United Methodist Church on Liberty Street, and another breakfast Sunday from 7-11am at the Elks Lodge (13th and Buffalo), apple pie baking contest, duck races.
Info: Call 814-432-5823 or 888-547-2377

October 3-5, 2008
Smicksburg Fall Festival
Various venues,
Smicksburg, Pennsylvania
Amish baked goods and an Amish farmers market, antique tractor show, musical entertainment, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts (plus craft demonstrations), festival foods (including apple dumplings and other treats), foliage tours on horse-drawn wagons. There should be plenty to do during this 19th year.
Get The Facts: Call 814-257-0192

October 3-5, 2008
Historic downtown,
Wellsburg, West Virginia
Have fun this 30th year with carnival games and rides, a pumpkin decorating contest at the library, apple pie baking contest, pumpkin carving contest on the Town Square, entertainment, fresh apples for sale, chainsaw carving, fresh apple butter on Friday and Saturday, drawings for prizes, Asian and Mexican ethnic dishes, Charles Street lined with arts and crafts vendors, food vendors.
Questions? Call 304-479-2115

October 3-5, 2008
Apple Festival
Bayfield, Wisconsin
Now in its 47th year, the festival offers orchard booths with fresh apples and apple treats for sale, senior social, Apple Dumpling Gang contest, hay rides, Venetian Boat Parade Saturday evening, arts and crafts, food booths, drawings for prizes, music, wine tasting, apple peeling contest, fish dinner, street performers, cruises of The Apostle Islands, kids' carnival, Maritime Museum exhibits, grand parade on Sunday.
Details: Call 715-779-3335 or 800-447-4094

October 4, 2008
Madison Street Festival
Main Street area,
Madison, Alabama
Arts and crafts, craft demonstrations, parade at 8:45am, craft (and other) activities for kids, 3 stages of entertainment, games. When you get hungry you can choose from among such goodies as red beans & rice, burgers, corn dogs, ribbon fries, nachos, baked goods and cotton candy. It's the festival's 28th year and the fun goes on rain or shine.
More: Call 888-228-5644

October 4, 2008
Apple Harvest Festival
Various venues,
Fortuna, California
It's the Festival's 23rd anniversary. Plan to help celebrate with an apple pie contest, health fair, BBQ, free hayrides, pancake breakfast in Rohner Park from 8-10:30am, Dutch oven cooking contest, arts and crafts, caramel apples, varietal apple tasting, free apple cider, fresh apples for sale, activities for kids, entertainment, farmers market. General festival hours are 10am-5pm.
Get The Facts: Call 707-725-2123 or 707-725-9261

October 4, 2008
Multicultural Harvest Festival
Emma Prusch Farm Park,
San Jose, California
Celebrate 15 years with a pumpkin patch, cooking classes, games, petting zoo, 4-H projects on display, entertainment, apple juice tasting, hay wagon rides, vegetable plants for sale, pony rides, music, giant pumpkins, fresh apple cider, tamales, sweet potato fries. Hours are 9am-4:30pm and there is no admission charge. This is an alcohol-free event.
Info: Call 913-541-8592 or 913-541-0209

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October 4, 2008
Lumberjack Days
Main Street area,
West Point, California
It's the 34th year for this one. Plans include a craft fair, lumberjack contests, soap box derby, car show, bratwurst sandwiches, entertainment, gunfighter show, horseshoe hunt, quilt exhibit, festival foods, parade at 11am, art gallery.
Get Details: Call 209-293-4325 or 209-236-3700

October 4, 2008
Bellville Autumn Days
Courthouse Square area,
Bellville, Kansas
Evening street dance, arts and crafts, festival foods, 10K/2-mile run (a benefit for Cystic Fibrosis research), entertainment, activities for the kids, library book sale, beer garden. It's the festival's 8th anniversary.
Further Facts: Call 785-527-5524

October 4, 2008
Apple Harvest Day
Dover, New Hampshire
In this 24th year you can expect fun such as carnival games and rides, Traveling Barn Yard & Wildlife Encounters, community service displays, arts and crafts, fire and rescue demos, music, raffles, apple pie baking contest, Kiwanis pancake breakfast in the Coheco Courtyard from 8-11am, festival merchandise. The festival goes from 9am-4pm.
Find Out More: Call 603-742-2218

October 4, 2008
Kauger Park & Community Center,
Colony, Oklahoma
General hours for this 23rd year are 8am-5pm. Enjoy a rock climbing wall, auction, farm equipment displays, arts and crafts, morning parade, activities for children, classic cars, roasted peanuts and other festival foods.
Additional Information: Call 405-929-7210

October 4, 2008
Old Town Festival
McAlester, Oklahoma
Classic cars, walking and bus tours of historic sites, food vendors, street dance, carnival, gun fight re-enactments and bank robbery re-enactments, other entertainment. Hours are 9am-8pm.
Questions? Call 918-329-9434

October 4-5, 2008
Johnny Appleseed Days
Terry Ashe Park & Veterans Memorial Hall,
Paradise, California
Enjoy arts and crafts, stories from Johnny Appleseed, activities for children, apple pie and other apple treats, pancake breakfast from 7-11 am, food vendors, entertainment, games, commercial vendors, demonstrations. It's the 40th year for this one.
Find Out Details: Call 530-877-9356 or 888-845-2789

October 4-5, 2008
Scarecrow Festival
Standish Park Arboretum,
Galesburg, Illinois
Scarecrow making plus a chance to vote for your favorites in a contest, face painting, pumpkin and gourd painting, arts and crafts, flea market, car show on Sunday, activities for kids, festival foods, entertainment. Keep an eye out for Abe & Mary Lincoln! General hours are 9am-5pm.
Further Details: Call 309-343-2485 or 309-343-9181

October 4-5, 2008
Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
Memorial Park area,
Issaquah, Washington
Salmon hatchery displays and tours, grand parade on Saturday at 10am, 5K and 10K runs plus a kids 1K run on Sunday, golf tournament, 4 stages of entertainment, 300-plus arts and crafts vendors, Kid's Carnival, giant inflatables, spin art, pony rides, puppets. Salmon Enchanted Evening is held just before the main festival. General festival hours are 10am-6pm.
Get Details: Call 425-392-0661

October 4-5, 2008
Cranberry Fest
County Fairgrounds (and other venues),
Eagle River, Wisconsin
It's the 29th year for this event. Plan on fun such as the World's Largest Cranberry Cheesecake, fitness events, flea market, festival foods, festival merchandise, arts and crafts, library used book sale, Bog Bridge Tournament at the Masonic Temple, fresh cranberies and Craisins for sale, farmers market, cranberry bratwurst, cranberry beer and soda, cranberry baked goods, cranberry marsh and winer tours (reservations for tours: 800-359-6315).
Further Information: Call 541-679-0116

October 9-12, 2008
National Shrimp Festival
Main Beach area,
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Help celebrate this 37th year with 2 stages of entertainment, commercial vendors, 10K run on Saturday at 7:30am, Children's Activity Village sand sculpting and lots of food, including Cajun fries, mahi mahi fried green tomatoes, fried eggplant, kraut dogs, turkey legs, seafood sampler platters, fried pickles, nachos, fried candy bars and apple dumplings with ice cream.
Learn More: Call 251-968-4237

October 9-12, 2008
Louisiana Cattle Festival
Concord Street area downtown,
Abbeville, Louisiana
Children's parade on Sunday at 2pm, grand parade at 1pm on Saturday, non-profit booths, pageants, B.B. gun tournament, arts and crafts, beef cooking competition, livestock events, fais dodo, fire department water fights and fire fighting demos, plenty of musical entertainment.
Get The Festival Facts: Call 337-893-6328 or 337-652-0546

October 9-12, 2008
Suffolk Peanut Festival
S. Executive Airport,
Suffolk, Virginia
Arts and crafts, horseshoe pitching, flea circus, bingo, demolition derby, Suffolk Swamp Roar Motorcycle Rally, truck and tractor pull, carnival rides and games, entertainment, activities for kids, fireworks, karaoke contest, AYYA Yo-Yo Contest, sidewalk art contest, cooking contest, shrimp feed, food concessions. It's the festival's 31st anniversary.
Find Out Details: Call 757-539-6751

October 9-12, 2008
Black Walnut Festival
Spencer, West Virginia
Come and help celebrate 54 years with chainsaw art, kids parade, quilt show, black walnut baking contest, art & photo show, gospel sing, 4-H events, pancake breakfast Friday and Saturday from 6-11am at St. John Methodist Church, entertainment, flea market, exhibits, golf scramble, Nut Run, agricultural displays, novelty shoot, festival foods, grand parade on Saturday morning, classic car show.
Further Information: Call 304-927-5615

October 10-11, 2008
Apple Scrapple Festival
Bridgeville, Delaware
Now in its 17th year, the festival offers fun such as a carnival on the 10th (to start things off) and then the 5K Hog Jog, Country Idol, Scrapple Chunkin' Contest, trade show, arts and crafts, Mayor's Scrapple Sling, street dance, car show, music, health and safety fair. There will also be breakfast at the Methodist Church fellowship hall on Laws Street from 7-11am on Saturday. (The food court is open Friday evening and on Saturday.) Please, no pets, skateboards, inline skates or bikes.
Get The Facts: Call 302-629-9582

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October 10-11, 2008
Cleveland, Mississippi
It's the 26th year for this event. Enjoy a street dance, custom car show, train rides, rock climbing wall, face painting, giant inflatables for the kids, arts and crafts, Memphis in May BBQ competition, food vendors.
Questions? Call 662-843-2712 or 800-295-7473

October 10-11, 2008
Oak Harbor Apple Festival
Harbor, Ohio
Youth football, arts and crafts, parade, apple pie and other apple treats, talent show, pageant, 5K run, contests, entertainment, tractor pull. It's the festival's 30th anniversary.
Learn Details: Call 419-898-0479

October 10-11, 2008
Watonga Cheese Festival
Watonga, Oklahoma
Timed cooking show and cooking demonstrations, entertainment, arts and crafts at 3 sites, parade at 12:30pm on Saturday, fine art show plus youth art show, quilt show and raffle, cheese tasting, 10K and 5K race on Saturday at 8:30am (plus a 1-mile fun run), clowns, face painting, chainsaw art, classic cars, cheese food contest. General hours are 9am-5pm and there is an admission charge. You'll be helping celebrate 32 years of festival fun.
Further Information: Call 580-623-7579

October 10-12, 2008
Patagonia Fall Festival
Town Park,
Patagonia, Arizona
This one celebrates 20 years with musical entertainment, specialty food sales, arts and crafts, festival food booths, Children's Carnival, bungee jumping, KPUP local broadcasts, not-for-profit booths.
More: Call 520-394-0060 or 888-794-0060

October 10-12, 2008
Bass Festival
Rio Vista, California
For a 61st year you can celebrate with a lighted boat parade, pancake breakfast, car show, barbecues, fishing derby, fireworks on Saturday night, food booths, carnival, soap box derby, parade at noon on Saturday, arts and crafts. This year the festival will be more like the festival folks remember from the 50s and 60s.
Find Out Details: Call 707-374-2700

October 10-12, 2008
Scarecrow Festival
Lincoln Highway,
St. Charles, Illinois
This year marks the festival's 23rd season. Plans include a Corvette Club show, local youth talent, Harley motorcycle exhibit, model railroad exhibit, Make Your Own Scarecrow, paddlewheel riverboat cruises (extra fee), petting zoo, arts and crafts, face painting, carnival rides, music, storytelling, children's carnival, outdoor market, more than 100 handmade scarecrows on display, food.
Get The Facts: Call 630-377-6161 or 800-777-4373

October 10-12, 2008
Octoberfest Southern Style
Dillon Park Haysworth Street,
Sumter, South Carolina
Forrest Ray Classic Run/Walk on Saturday at 9am, arts and crafts, entertainment, activities for the children, car show, festival foods and more. It's the 15th year for this one.
Further Information: Call 803-436-2248

October 10-12, 2008
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Downtown Square,
Conroe, Texas
Arts and crafts, activities for kids, Small Fry Stage, fishing contest, a whopping 6 stages of musical entertainment, wine. When you get hungry you can indulge in Cajun fries, roasted corn, stuffed jalapenos, turkey legs, wings, seafood, red beans & rice, corn dogs, lemonade and more.
Learn More: Call 832-298-4161 or 800-324-2604

October 10-12, 2008
City Park,
Cuero, Texas
This one has the second heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop as part of a friendly rivalry with folks in Worthington, Minnesota. Catch video of a past race in Cuero here. (No turkeys are harmed. The paddles you see in the video actually keep the turkeys safer by keeping them from veering off the race path.) After you see whether Paycheck or local favorite Ruby Begonia win the race you can catch the parade. The festival also hosts a chili cooking contest, washer pitching tournament, jalapeno eating contest, tractor show, horseshoe pitching, arts and crafts, children's parade, kiddie tractor pull, Turk Olympics, petting zoo, BBQ challenges, music and dancing, Dutch oven dishes and other festival foods. 2008 marks the festival's 36th year.
Questions? Call 361-275-2112

October 11, 2008
Evergreen/Conecuh Sausage Festival
Evergreen, Alabama
Doo Daa Pet Parade, activities for kids, food vendors with sausage and other treats, arts and crafts, entertainment.
Find Out Details: Call 251-578-1707

October 11, 2008
Snowflake Harvest Festival
Heritage Park,
Snowflake, Arizona
The festival is celebrating its 7th season. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. Enjoy pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie eating contests, festival foods, arts and crafts, entertainment.
Further Information: Call 928-536-4331

October 11, 2008
Scandinavian Festival Atlanta
Ogelthorpe University Campus,
Atlanta, Georgia
Join in the fun this 14th year with Viking encampments, storytelling, brass bands and folkdancing troupes, games for kids, cultural information, soccer tournament, arts and crafts, raffle, a very early appearance by Santa Claus. General hours are 10am-6pm. There is no admission charge for those age 12 and younger.
Get The Facts: Call 678-315-4997

October 11, 2008
Turkey Festival
Downtown & Rock Island Park,
Eldon, Missouri
Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble 5K Run/Walk, food vendors, parade, turkey-related games, arts and crafts, food. Hours are 9am-5pm and there is no admission charge. This year marks the 23rd season of the event.
Questions? Call 573-392-3752

October 11, 2008
South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival
Darlington, South Carolina
Raffle, exhibits, classic cars, balloon release, activities for kids, arts and crafts, music, festival foods. Hours are 9am-4pm. It's the event's 26th year.
Learn More: Call 843-395-2947 or 800-427-8720

October 11, 2008
Vinton Fall Festival
Vinton, Arizona
Safety awareness exhibit (try on the DUI Goggles), farmers market, carriage rides, 2 stages of entertainment, Doggie Pageant with costumes, pancake breakfast at the VFW from 7-11am, food vendors, 5K run/walk, activities for kids, agricultural displays and competitions, arts and crafts.
Find Out Details: Call 540-343-1364

October 11-12, 2008
Oakhurst Fall Chocolate & Wine Festival
Oakhurst Community Park,
Oakhurst, California
Food tasting pavilion, wine and chocolate pairings, arts and crafts, silent auction, Corvette club showing on Saturday, cooking and baking contests, games for kids, dessert making contests, merchant specials. Those age 12 and younger get in free.
Further Information: Call 559-683-1993 or 559-683-7766

October 11-12, 2008
Fall Festival
Heritage canyon on North 4th Street,
Fulton, Illinois
Wheelbarrow races, decorated wheelbarrows, guided historical walks, buggy rides, dance and gymnastics performances, bounce houses for kids, gunny sack races, apple bobbing, pumpking painting, alpaca display, windmill tours, merchant specials, scavenger hunt, hay bale maze, bake sale, fire department open house on Saturday, 2-mile run/walk on Saturday, caramel apples. General hours are 10am-4pm.
Questions? Call 815-589-4545

October 11-12, 2008
Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
Courthouse Square & other venues,
Winterset, Iowa
This 39th season brings antiques, antique tractors on display, antique vehicle parade, guided tours of the bridges, storytelling, belt buckle auction, arts and crafts, quilt show, music, tours of John Wayne's birthplace, craft demos, food vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, farmers market.
Learn More: Call 515-462-1185

October 11-12, 2008
Warner Fall Foliage Festival
Warner, New Hampshire
Farmers market, carnival rides (also open the evening of October 10), woodsmen's competition, 5-mile road race, arts and crafts, oxen pulls, parade on Sunday at 1pm, exhibits, music, pie eating contest for kids ages 6-12, book and bake sale, festival foods, country breakfast both days from 7-9am at United Church of Warner, BBQ. It costs five dollars to park, but festival entrance is free. It's the festival's 61st year.
Info: Call 603-456-9775

October 11-12, 2008
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival
Old Main Street,
Waynesville, Ohio
Auction, music, more than 450 arts and crafts exhibitors, cabbage growing contest, sauerkraut cookbooks for sale, sauerkraut recipe contest, sauerkraut pizza, cabbage rolls and other festival foods. 2008 marks the festival's 39th season.
Additional Details: Call 513-897-8855

October 11-12, 2008
Katy Rice Harvest Festival
Historic downtown,
Katy, Texas
Rice cooking contest, arts and crafts, 2 stages of entertainment, pageant, festival foods, photography contest, carnival, parade on Saturday at 10am, fun run.
Find Out More: Call 281-828-1100

October 11-12, 2008
FireAnt Festival
Marshall, Texas
In its 26th year the festival offers fun such as a parade at 9am on Saturday, rubber chicken chunking contest, domino tournament, fireant calling contest, food vendors, 5K Six Feet on the Street, Tour de FireAnt bike tours (100K, 101-mile and 45-mile), arts and crafts.
Questions? Call 903-935-7868

October 11-18, 2008
Maple Leaf Festival
Carthage, Missouri
Auto show, dog show, pageants, festival foods, parade, arts and crafts, lip-sync contest. It's the festival's 42nd year of fun.
Further Information: Call 417-358-2372

October 12, 2008
Chestnut Hills Fall for the Arts Festival
Germantown Avenue (between Willow Grove & Park Avenue),
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
For a 24th year Philadelphia celebrates with more than 150 artisans showing and selling their wares, music, activities for kids, food, exhibits, merchant specials and more. Hours are 11am-5pm. Parking is five dollars but there is no admission charge. (Rain date is October 19.)
Learn More: Call 215-247-6696

October 12-13, 2008
Fall Harvest Festival
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Merchant specials, pony rides, entertainment, scarecrow contest, fresh produce for sale, food booths, arts and crafts. Hours are 10am-5pm. It's the festival's 34th season.
Get The Facts: Call 976-462-6680

October 17-19, 2008
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
Highway 85 North at College Blvd.,
Niceville, Florida
Pony rides and other activities for kids, arts and crafts, entertainment, commercial vendors, exhibits, plus plenty of festival foods such as smoked mullet, fried mullet, hot apple dumplings and soft frozen beverages. October 19 is Family Day with no alcohol served.
More: Call 850-729-4008

October 17-19, 2008
Village, plus York Beach,
York, Maine
The festival celebrates 24 years in 2008. Have fun with trolley tours, arts and crafts at the ball park, activities for kids, entertainment, merchant specials, Native American Pow-Wow, festival foods, Corn Toss Challenge, Pumpkin Stroll and more.
Additional Details: Call 207-363-4422

October 17-19 2008
Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
Expo Center,
Hood River, Oregon
Quilt raffle, entertainment, more than 100 artisans showing and selling their work, local fresh produce for sale, food and wine. It's the festival's 26th season.
Further Information: Call 800-366-3530

October 17-19, 2008
Fall Fine Craft Festival
Montgomery County Community College,
Richboro, Pennsylvania
Arts and crafts, craft demonstrations, music, wine tasting, Sweet potato fries, burgers, chicken and other festival foods. The festival has moved to a new venue for this year. (City is also listed as Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.)
More: Call 215-579-5997

October 17-25, 2008
Independence, Kansas
This festival started as an alternative to the negative mischief that was often a part of Halloween in the community. (If you look at the festival name backwards, you see the idea of reversal.) Terri Clark is among those scheduled to provide music this year. You can also enjoy the Doo-Dah Parade on October 23, a bike ride on October 17, Kiddie Parade on the 24th at 4pm, Grand Parade on October 25 at 11am, pageant, carnival, arts and crafts, 5K run/1-mile run and 1-mile walk, marching band festival, chili cook-off, festival merchandise, pumpkin contest, medallion hunt, musical theatre presentation of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". When you get hungry you can buy fried pickles, Indian tacos, Philly steak sandwiches, funnel cakes and more. The cinnamon roll stand is available 24/7 during the festival!
Details: Call 620-331-5003

October 18, 2008
Sweet Potato Festival
Jacksonville Park,
Langley, South Carolina
Classic cars, pageant, entertainment, pie eating contest, arts and crafts, carnival games and rides, festival foods (including sweet potato dishes). General hours are 11am-7pm.
Get The Facts: Call 803-593-9260

October 18, 2008
Loris Bog-Off Festival
Loris, South Carolina
The festival is back for a 29th year with the chicken Bog Cooking Contest, fireworks, entertainment, activities for kids, gospel singing, arts and crafts and food. The Bog is a dish made with chicken, sausage and seasonings that is simmered for hours and then served to hungry festival-goers. Festival hours are 9am-5pm.
Get The Facts: Call 643-756-6030

October 18-19, 2008
Brow Park,
Mentone, Alabama
Music and dance entertainment, bonfires and stories with hot chocolate and snacks available, arts and crafts, parade, festival foods. There is no admission charge.
Further Information: Call 256-634-4041 or 256-993-9051

October 18-19, 2008
Kentuck Festival of the Arts
Kentuck Park
Northport, Alabama
Music on 2 stages, up to 300 artisans showing (and selling) their wares, craft demos, craft activities for children, stories, plenty of regional foods (including vegetarian and Cajun dishes). There is an admission charge for those age 12 and older.
Learn More: Call 205-758-1257

October 18-19, 2008
Goleta Lemon Festival
Girsh Park,
Goleta, California
In its 17th year the festival offers funs such as laser tag, pony rides, miniature golf, Safety Street, non-profit booths, music, arts and crafts, carnival rides, petting zoo, pie eating contest, commercial vendors, plus plenty of festival foods and lemon treats. You can also enjoy the Fall Classic Car, Motorcycle & Street Rod Show.
Questions? Call 800-646-5382

October 18-19, 2008
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Main Street (between Miramontes & Monte Vista,
Half Moon Bay, California
Scarecrow contest, pie eating contest, Great Pumpkin Parade at noon on Saturday, youth talent show, arts and crafts, pancake breakfast on Sunday at Mac Dutra Park at 7am, Pumpkin Run/Walk on Coastside Trail, costume contest and the giant pumpkin contest. Among those scheduled to share their music are Daniel Castro, Mama Pacho, Dub FX and The Megatones. When you need some personal fuel you can feast on pumpkin rolls with cream cheese filling, chicken-pumpkin sausages, burgers, fries, tamales, Portabello mushroom sandwiches, pumpkin pie, white chocolate pumpkin fudge and more. Last year's giant pumpkin weighed in at more than 1520 pounds. There will also be an award for the most beautiful pumpkin. Cast your vote!
Additional Details: Call 650-726-9652

October 18-19, 2008
Springville Apple Festival
Springville, California
Celebrate this 28th year with a pie eating contest, Lions breakfast 7-10am both days and lunches (beginning at 11am), more than 200 arts and crafts booths, apple pies for sale, clowns, music, Fat Tire Classic mountain bike race, festival foods, Apple Run (5K, 10K, Kids' Run, 2-mile walk). You can take the free shuttle to and from the Rodeo Grounds. This is an alcohol-free event.
Further Information: Call 559-539-0619

October 18-19, 2008
Country Pumpkinfest
Ukiah, California
Fiddle contest, arts and crafts, parade on Saturday at 10am, giant pumpkin contest on Saturday from 10am-1pm in the Safeway parking lot, haunted house, 3-on-3 basketball, pumpkin pie baking contest, food vendors, beer and wine tasting, pet costume contest, activities for kids (including a coloring contest).
Questions? Call 707-463-6231 or 707-463-6712

October 18-19, 2008
Taylorville Square,
Taylorville, Illinois
Scarecrow building (extra fee), tractor show, arts and crafts, food vendors, chili cooking contests, music, baby contest.
Learn More: Call 218-824-3395

October 18-19, 2008
Cranberry Festival
Chatsworth, New Jersey
Music, arts and crafts, craft demos, classic cars, festival merchandise, quilt display, antiques, info on Chatsworth White Horse Inn, breakfast at the fire house both days from 6-11am, festival foods (including cranberry ice cream.) There is no admission charge and general festival hours are 9am-4:30pm. This is the festival's 25th season.
Get The Facts: Call 609-726-1257 or 609-726-9327

October 18-19, 2008
San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival
City Park,
San Antonio, Texas
During this 41st season you can enjoy the 5-mile Rattlesnake Run on Saturday at 8am, a Western Wear Contest, arts and crafts, classic cars (on Sunday), flag raising ceremony at the festival opening, gopher races, chicken and beef barbecue (with corn on the cob and ice cream), wildlife exhibits, music, antiques.
More Details: Call 352-588-4444

October 19, 2008
Harvest Festival
El Camino Real Road between Maple & Apple Ave.),
Greenfield, California
Arts and crafts booths, musical entertainment, activities for kids, festival foods, plus the car, truck & cycle show. It's the festival's 9th season and general hours are 10am-5pm.
Questions? Call 831-674-5591 or 831-674-3222

October 23-25, 2008
Beanfest & Outhouse Races
Mountain View, Arkansas
Celebrate 26 years of fun with the Beanie Weenie Dog Show, square dancing, Best Beans cooking competition, commercial vendors, open house at Ozark Folk Center, cornbread cooking contest, gospel music, games for kids, Outhouse Race, Cajun music, arts and crafts, talent contest, festival foods, open hours at Blanchard Springs Cavern. At noontime there are servings of pinto beans and cornbread to visitors.
Further Information: Call 870-269-8068

October 24-26, 2008
Louisiana Yambilee Festival
Various venues,
Opelousas, Louisiana
Yam-i-nal competition (to decorate yams), cooked yam competition, parade on Sunday at 1pm, Yam Idol, arts and crafts, festival foods, battle of the bands and more. There is also a pre-festival Casino Carnival and a pageant.
Get The Facts: Call 337-948-8848 or 800-210-5298

October 24-26, 2008
Ogunquit Fest
throughout town,
Ogunquit, Maine
The festival is back for a 5th year with a costume parade at 11:30am on Sunday, bed races, horse-drawn wagon rides, miniature golf on the beach, festival merchandise, commercial vendors, flashlight (BYOF) tours (begin at Winn house on Friday evening and tours have extra fee), cookie decorating for the kids, pumpkin decorating, Painted Pumpkin Pursuit (tracking of painted pumpkins), arts and crafts, ghost stories.
Details: Call 207-646-2939

October 24-26, 2008
North Main Street,
Flatonia, Texas
Petting zoo, golf scramble, jalapeno eating contest, back seat driving contest, egg toss, pie baking contest, car and truck show, comedy, biergarten, pie auction, music, food vendors, carnival domino tournament, parade, chili cooking contest (locals only), BBQ competition. Friday and Sunday there is free admission. On Saturday, admission is free only to those age 12 and younger.
Learn More: Call 361-865-3920

October 25, 2008
Peanut Butter Festival
Bass House grounds,
Brundidge, Alabama
Making of Alabama's biggest peanut butter & jelly sandwich, tours of the Johnston Mill, arts and crafts booths, 2 stages of entertainment, Peanut Butter Recipe Contest, 5K Peanut Butter Run, peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches, fried peanuts and other festival treats. Hours are 9am-5pm. It's the festival's 17th season.
Questions? Call 334-735-3125 or 334-670-6302

October 25, 2008
Boll Weevil Festival
Main Street downtown,
Enterprise, Alabama
Car show, farmers market, music, arts and crafts, merchant specials, children's costume contest, food vendors. There is no admission charge.
Get The Facts: Call 334-347-0581

October 25, 2008
Opp Fest
Opp, Alabama
From 9am-7pm you can enjoy student art, fine art show, arts and crafts, festival foods, music, sidewalk sales plus a show of cars, trucks and motorcyles.
Learn Details: Call 334-493-6224, 800-239-8054 or 800-348-0095

October 25, 2008
Great Delta Bear Affair
Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Indian Mound tours, nature walks, wildlife education, bird walks, activities for kids and for teens, games, pony rides, arts and crafts, bike poker run, music, fireworks, storytelling, 5K run/walk, chainsaw carving, Theodore Roosevelt impersonator Case Hicks, book signings, festival foods.
Further Information: Call 662-873-6281

October 25, 2008
Pumpkin Festival
Main Street,
Keene, New Hampshire
Pie eating contest, fireworks, children's costume parade, bounce houses and other activities for kids, 3 stages of entertainment, pumpkin seed-spitting contest, arts and crafts, pumpkin patch, and this year's attempt to set records for the most jack-o-lanterns lit at the same time. (Boston's "Life is Good" event still holds that record.)
Learn More: Call 603-358-5344

October 25, 2008
Fall Oktoberfest
Downtown and Old Town,
Palestine, Texas
3 stages of entertainment, activities for kids, theatre, arts and crafts, food booths.
Questions? Call 903-729-6066

October 25-26, 2008
Postoffice Street,
Galveston, Texas
(Check before you travel! Hurricane Ike has devastated parts of Galveston Island.) Music, rock climbing wall, petting zoo, face painting, raffles, games, more than 100 artisans showing their work on Postoffice between 21st and 23rd, festival foods such as wurstfest and German potato salad.
Details: Call 409-762-3617

October 31-November 2, 2008
Nevada Day Celebration
various venues,
Carson City, Nevada
This year's theme is "Hollywood in Nevada-Movies and Television". Enjoy a pinewood derby, Rock Drilling contest, 8K/2-mile run and 2-mile walk, beard contest, Mad-Hatter Ball, music, Silver State Rumble, merchandise booths, fireworks, tours of the Governor's Mansion, RSVP Carnival, chili feed, balloon launch (weather permitting), flyovers, parade, band march and concert.
Further Information: Call 866-683-2948

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

Oct. 2-4 East Texas Poultry Festival, Center, Texas, 936-698-3682
Oct. 2-5 Rex Allen Days, Willcox, Arizona, 520-364-2272
Oct. 2-5 Riley Festival, Downtown & 4-H Fairgrounds, Greenfield, Indiana, 317-462-2141
Oct. 3-4 Autumn Leaf Festival, Veterans Park, Maysville, Georgia, 708-652-2234
Oct. 3-4 Dalton Defenders Days, Coffeyville, Kansas, 620-251-2550 or 800-626-3357
Oct. 3-4 Kentucky Apple Fest (46th), Downtown, Paintsville, Kentucky, 606-789-4355
Oct. 3-4 Red Flannel Festival, Cedar Springs, Michigan, 616-696-5413
Oct. 3-4 Southern West Virginia Italian Festival (13th), City Auditorium, Bluefield, West Virginia, 304-589-3317
Oct. 3-5 BayFest (14th), Downtown, Mobile, Alabama, 251-208-7782
Oct. 3-5 Westville Pumpkin Festival,
                   Prairie Meadows Park at US Highways 6 & 421, Westville, Indiana, 219-785-7019 or 219-785-4567
Oct. 3-5 Pumpkin Days, Guttenberg, Iowa, 563-252-2323
Oct. 3-5 Aurora Country Festival (31st), Aurora, Kentucky, 270-703-6060
Oct. 3-5 Southlake Oktoberfest (7th), Town Park, Southlake, Texas, 817-481-8200
Oct. 4 Apple Festival, 9am-4pm, Manton School, Manton, California, 530-474-4325 or 530-474-1113
Oct. 4 Calaveras Grape Stomp & Gold Rush Street Faire, Murphys Park, Murphys, California, 209-736-6722
Oct. 4 Governor's Fall Festival, 10-4, 151 Kingshighway, Dover, Delaware, 302-739-5656
Oct. 4 New Castle Fall Fling, 10-5, New Castle, Kentucky, 502-845-4181
Oct. 4 Fall Fest (28th), 9-5, Osyka, MIssissippi, 601-783-2351
Oct. 4 Apple Days, Downtown Historic Square, Lamar, Missouri, 417-682-3595
Oct. 4 Pumpkin Daze, 8-4, Republic, Missouri
Oct. 4 Oil Patch Jamboree, Whitlock Park (at S. Hones & Lou Alard Dr.), Drumwright, Oklahoma, 918-352-2204
Oct. 4 Oklahoma Czech Festival, 8-5, 5th & Cedar, Yukon, Oklahoma, 405-206-8142
Oct. 4 Haverford Township Day (14th), Darby Road, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 610-789-2334
Oct. 4 Sassafras Festival, Sassafras Park, Burnettown, South Carolina, 803-593-2676
Oct. 4 Aunt Het Festival (25th), Main Street, Fountain Inn, South Carolina, 864-862-2586
Oct. 4 Habitat for Humanity Pumpkin Festival, CAM-PLEX, Gillette, Wyoming, 307-682-0552 or 307-685-1231
Oct. 4-5 Gila County Fall Festival, 9-5, County Fairgrounds, Globe, Arizona, 928-425-4344
Oct. 4-5 Pumpkin Fair (24th), Downtown, Manteca, California, 209-834-9555
Oct. 4-5 Jay Peanut Festival, 9-6, Gabbert Farm, Galena, Illinois, 815-777-0817
Oct. 4-5 GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival (36th), Audubon State Park, Henderson, Kentucky, 270-926-4433
Oct. 4-5 Hilton Apple Fest, Community Center, Hilton, New York, 585-234-3378
Oct. 4-5 Central New York Great Pumpkin Fest, East Park, Oswego, New York, 315-343-7681
Oct. 4-5 Holmes County Antique Festival, Millersburg, Ohio, 330-674-6781
Oct. 4-5 Mt. Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival (17th), Mount Hood, Oregon, 503-622-4798
Oct. 4-5 Pumpkin Festival, Pomeroy Living History Farm, Yacolt, Washington, 360-622-4798
Oct. 4-5 Mount Horeb Fall Heritage Festival (27th),
                   9-5 & 10-4, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, 608-437-5914 or 88TROLLWAY
Oct. 4-11 Tobacco & Heritage Festival (27th), On the Square, Russelville, Kentucky, 270-726-2206
Oct. 4-12 Harvest Homecoming Festival, downtown, New Albany, Indiana
Oct. 4-12 Albuquerque Balloon Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-821-1000 or 888-422-7277
Oct. 4-November 16 (weekends only) Carolina Renaissance Festival, Huntersville, North Carolina, 704-896-5544 or 877-896-5544
Oct. 5 Arts & Olive Festival, Canada College Campus, Redwood City, California, 650-306-3428
Oct. 10 Centennial Celebration, 5-9pm, Yuba City, California, 530-822-4798
Oct. 10-11 Oktoberfest/Oktoberfeast, Fourth Street between Broadway & Chestnut, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-583-0333
Oct. 10-12 Quartz, Quilts, Crafts Festival, County Fairgrounds, Mount Ida, Arkansas, 870-867-2723
Oct. 10-12 Big Sur Jade Festival (17th), Pacific Valley School, Big Sur, California, 831-659-3857
Oct. 10-12 Bridge City Gumbo Festival, Gumbo Festival Park on Angel Square, Bridge City, Louisiana, 504-438-4881
Oct. 10-12 Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, Sunset Regional Park, Las Vegas, Nevada, 702-455-8200
Oct. 10-12 Fall Foliage Fest, 9am-9:30pm, Mapleside Farms, Brunswick, Ohio, 330-225-5576
Oct. 10-12 Algonquin Mill Fall Festival, Mill Farm on SR 332 South, Carrolton, Ohio, 330-627-5910
Oct. 10-12 Sherman's Valley Heritage Days (23rd), Blain Picnic Grounds, Blain, Pennsylvania, 717-636-0025
Oct. 10-12 Cranberrian Fair (87th), Ilwaco, Washington, 360-642-2400 or 800-451-2542
Oct. 10-18 Alaska Day Festival, Sitka, Alaska, 907-747-8806
Oct. 10-19 Covered Bridge Festival,
                   County-wide (headquartered in Rockville), Parke County, Indiana, 765-569-5226
Oct. 11 Butterfield Overland Stage Days, Lion's Park, Benson, Arizona, 520-586-2842
Oct. 11 Autumn Fest & Car Show, City Park, Altus, Arkansas, 479-468-4684
Oct. 11 Hobo Festival, Gene Clary Park, Laurel Hill, Florida, 850-652-4325
Oct. 11 Southwest Community Festival, Sun Valley Park, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-368-1196
Oct. 11 Pumpkin Fest, 10-3, Community Center, Aurora, Minnesota, 218-229-2245
Oct. 11 Hard Times Festival, downtown, Hartshome, Oklahoma, 918-297-3651
Oct. 11-12 Country Fair, Grant Park on Park Avenue, Galena, Illinois, 815-777-0817
Oct. 11-12 Wild Turkey Days, City Park, Spencer, Nebraska, 402-569-9072 or 402-569-1300
Oct. 11-12 Italian Festival (27th), Eldorado Hotel, Reno, Nevada, 800-648-5966
Oct. 11-12 Apple Butter Festival (60th), Century Village Museum, Burton, Ohio, 440-934-1492
Oct. 11-12 Black Walnut Festival, Monroe County Fairgrounds, Woodsfield, Ohio, 740-472-5499
Oct. 11-12 Apple Harvest Festival,, Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania
Oct. 11-12 Sonestown Heritage Festival, Rt. 220 (north of town), Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania, 570-482-2971
Oct. 16-18 Circleville Pumpkin Show, downtown, Circleville, Ohio, 740-474-7000
Oct. 16-18 Pig Pickin' Festival, Kingstree, South Carolina, 843-465-7484
Oct. 16-19 Texas Rose Festival, various venues, Tyler, Texas, 903-592-1661
Oct. 17-18 Oktoberfest (27th), Convention Center on Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico, 505-257-6171
Oct. 17-18 Lee County Cotton Festival (31st), Main Street area, Bishopville, South Carolina, 803-484-5145
Oct. 17-19 Helldorado Days, Tombstone, Arizona, 888-457-3939
Oct. 17-19 Oktoberfest, Ritger's Bay Lodge, Deerwood, Minnesota, 218-678-2885
Oct. 17-19 Lake Eden Arts Festival, Camp Rockmount, Black Mountain, North Carolina, 828-68-MUSIC
Oct. 17-19 Fall Festival of Leaves (41st), Bainbridge, Ohio, 740-634-2085 or 740-634-2997
Oct. 18 Glendale Crossing Festival, Glendale, Kentucky, 270-369-9677
Oct. 18 Red Beans & Rice Festival, 11am-5pm, downtown, Jackson, Mississippi, 601-353-2759
Oct. 18-19 Folsom Renaissance Festival, Lake Village, Arkansas, 870-265-5997
Oct. 18-19 Clam Festival (62nd), Pismo Beach, California
Oct. 18-19 Cuba Fest, Smith & School Streets, Cuba, Missouri, 877-212-8429
Oct. 18-19 Country Colorfest, Louisiana, Missouri, 573-754-5921
Oct. 18-19 Missouri Day Festival, Oklahoma Avenue, Trenton, Missouri, 660-359-4324
Oct. 18-19 Farmington Renaissance Festival, Rocky Beach Landing, Farmington, New Mexico, 505-599-1174
Oct. 18-19 Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Town Point Park, Norfolk, Virginia
Oct. 19 Pumpkin Festival (7th), Town Green, Windsor, California, 707-433-4595
Oct. 22-25 Kudzu Festival, Town Square, Holly Springs, Mississippi, 662-252-2515 or 888-637-4765
Oct. 23-26 Magnoliafest, Suwanee Music Park, Live Oak, Florida, 904-249-7990
Oct. 24-26 Celebrate Hardeeville, East Main Street, Hardeeville, South Carolina, 843-784-2231
Oct. 25 Syrup Sopping Day, Loachapoka, Alabama, 334-332-0087
Oct. 25 Harvest Festival (23rd), 9-5, Wynn Park, Corning, Arkansas, 870-857-3429 or 870-925-1188
Oct. 25 Emma Crawford Festival, downtown, Manitou Springs, Colorado, 719-685-5089 or 800-642-2567
Oct. 25 Fall Festival & Halloween Parade, Locust Street, Centralia, Illinois, 618-533-6789
Oct. 25 Great Pumpkin Fest, Newcastle, Oklahoma, 405-387-3232
Oct. 25 Hogeye Festival (21st), 10-6, downtown, Elgin, Texas, 512-281-5724
Oct. 25-26 Green Tomato Festival, downtown, Juliette, Georgia, 478-974-0716
Oct. 25-26 New Hampshire Renaissance Fair, Farmington, New Hampshire, 603-755-9587
Oct. 26 Golf Cart Parade, El Paseo area, Palm Desert, California, 760-346-6111
Oct. 31-November 9 Wurstfest, Landa Park and other county venues, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-625-9167 or 800-221-4369

Other October 2008 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may also be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
Oct. 2-5 Wonderful World of Ohio Mart,
                   10-5 (10-4 on Sun.), Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens at 714 Portage Path, Akron, Ohio, 330-836-5533
Oct. 2-5 Pink Palace Crafts Fair (36th), Audubon Park, Memphis, Tennessee, 901-320-6408
Oct. 3-5 Antique Auto Hill Climb, Newport, Indiana, 765-492-4220
Oct. 3-5 St. James Court Art Show, 10-6, 10-6 & 10-5, Old Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-635-1842
Oct. 3-5 Pelican Festival, Community Center lawn, Grove, Oklahoma, 918-786-2289 or 866-688-4726
Oct. 3-11 Litquake, San Francisco, California, 415-777-7899
Oct. 4 Butterfly Parade & Bazaar, Pacific Grove, California, 831-373-3304 or 831-646-6548
Oct. 4 Antiques & Collectibles Fair Day, Historic District, Cameron, North Carolina, 910-245-7701
Oct. 4 St. Mary's Chocolate Festival (20th),
                   10-4, St. Mary School (118 York St.), Aiken, South Carolina, 803-649-2071 or 803-649-4777
Oct. 4-5 Art in the Park (37th), Veterans Memorial Park, Sierra Vista, Arizona, 520-417-6960 or 520-378-1763
Oct. 4-5 Art in the Park (46th), 9-5, Wilbur Square (plus Bicentennial Park & Escalante Park), Boulder City, Nevada, 702-294-1611
Oct. 4-5 World Championship Outhouse Races, C Street, Virginia City, Nevada, 775-742-4086
Oct. 4-5 Autumn Craft Festival, Mill Falls Marketplace on Rt. 3, Meredith, New Hampshire, 603-332-2616
Oct. 4-5 Cottonwood Art Festival, 9-6, Cottonwood Park on Belt Line Rd., Richardson, Texas
Oct. 5 Lodi Street Faire, 8am-4pm, Lodi, California, 209-367-7840
Oct. 9-14 Fleet Week, San Francisco, California, 650-599-5057
Oct. 10-12 Pomona Home Improvement & Remodeling Show,
                   Fairplex on McKinley Ave., Pomona, California, 909-623-3111 or 800-358-7469
Oct. 10-12 Gateway Miniature Fair Show & Sale, Doubletree Hotel on Swingley Ridge Rd., St. Louis, Missouri, 314-832-7790
Oct. 10-12 Gem & Mineral Show, Moab, Utah, 435-259-8825
Oct. 11-12 Fall Diddley Craft Show, County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, Illinois, 815-544-0143 or 815-385-5745
Oct. 11-12 Catoctin Colorfest, Inc. Arts & Show (45th),
                   9-5, Community Park plus Guardian Hose Co. Activity Grounds, Thurmont, Maryland, 301-271-4432 or 301-2271-7313
Oct. 11-12 Fall Festival of the Arts (42nd), Red Wing, Minnesota, 651-388-7569 or 800-498-3441
Oct. 11-12 Harvest Moon Festival, Shadow Rock Park on Anthony Way, Forsyth, Missouri, 417-546-2741
Oct. 11-12 art@park, 10-6 & 10-4, Park University (English Landing Park), Parkville, Missouri, 816-584-6209
Oct. 11-12 Townline Art Fair, Ephraim, Wisconsin, 920-854-4343
Oct. 11-12 Fall Gift & Craft Show, Omni Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin, 608-781-9565 ext. 203 or 800-873-1901
Oct. 11-13 Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton, Massachusetts, 413-587-0772 or 888-511-9725
Oct. 12 Outdoor Arts, 10-5, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-869-6786 ext. 335
Oct. 12 Taste of Charleston, 10-5, Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina, 843-577-4030
Oct. 12 Gospel Brunch with a Texas Twist, 10:30-noon, Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-608-1601 or 830-6229-5077
Oct. 17-19 Morristown Craft Market (32nd), National Guard Armory on Western Ave., Morristown, New Jersey, 973-263-8332
Oct. 17-19 Fall Book Sale, County Fairgrounds, Troy, Ohio, 937-339-0502
Oct. 17-19 Yellow Springs Antique Show (30th), Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, 610-827-7414 or 717-796-2380
Oct. 18-19 Fall Delaware Home Show, Chase Center, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-994-2597
Oct. 18-19 Health & Fitness Fair (6th), Expo Idaho, Boise, Idaho, 208-323-4464
Oct. 18-19 Punkin' Chuckin', corner of Allentown & Springfield, Morton, Illinois, 888-765-6588
Oct. 18-19 Westmoreland Dollhouse & Miniature Show,
                   10-5 Sat. & 11-5 on Sun., Mountain View Inn, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 724-837-8199
Oct. 18-20 Book Sale, Community Center on 4th, Media, Pennsylvania, 610-566-1918
Oct. 18-Nov. 2 Scarecrows on the Square, Town Square, Summerville, South Carolina, 843-873-8535
Oct. 19 Miniature Fair, 10-4, Ethan Allen Hotel on Lake Ave., Danbury, Connecticut, 856-427-7838
Oct. 19-21 Moab Century Tour (bike), Moab, Utah, 435-259-2598
Oct. 24-26 Bagwell Antique Fall Show & Sale, State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi, 662-844-3095
Oct. 24-26 Dallas Comicon, Plano Centre, Plano, Texas, 972-420-8839
Oct. 24-26 Fall Craft & Fine Arts Show (27th), Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont, 802-878-4786
Oct. 25 Fall Fest Arts & Crafts Show, 10-3, Tunkhammock Area High School, Tunkhammock, Pennsylvania, 570-833-2320
Oct. 25-26 Texas Clay Festival (16th), Gruene, Texas, 830-829-7975
Oct. 26 Antique-Collectible toy & Doll World Show, County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, Illinois, 773-736-5140
Oct. 26 Fall Miniature Fair, 11-4, Holiday Inn on Rt. 85, Frederick, Maryland, 856-437-7838

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