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October 1-4, 2009
Banning Stagecoach Days
Dysart Park off 22nd Street South,
Banning, California
It's the festival's 52nd anniversary. Plan to celebrate with music, carnival games and rides, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, blacksmithing demonstrations, parade on Ramsey Street at 10am on Saturday, food, storytelling, petting zoo, rodeo events, Old-West re-enactors, arts and crafts.
Get details: Call 951-922-3242

October 1-4, 2009
Apple Butter Festival
Downtown area,
Salem, West Virginia
Plans for this 25th year include grand parade at noon on Saturday, greased pig contest, pet show-off at 5:30pm on Friday, festival foods, 5K run on Saturday at 9am, apple butter making, apple butter judging, bike poker run, talent contest, pageants, arts and crafts, car show, fireworks Saturday night.
Learn More: Call 304-782-3585

October 2-3, 2009
Boaz Harvest Festival
Boaz, Alabama
Moon Pie Eating Contest, pageants, food vendors, music, classic cars, farmers market, folklife displays, merchant specials, activities for kids. General hours are 8am-5pm.
Questions? Call 256-593-8154

October 2-3, 2009
Downtown Courthouse Square,
Sheridan, Arkansas
The festival celebrates 26 years in 2009. Enjoy a horseshoe tournament, Dutch Oven cooking contest, arts and crafts, classic cars, Guitar Hero competition, 5K run/2-mile walk, Pinewood Derby, commercial vendors, State Lumberjack Championships, talent contest, pet show bow shoot, parade on Saturday at 10am, food vendors, activities for kids. Sports fans can have fun with the Sheridan Punt, Pass, Kick at the football fields across from the Rec Center. That activity is held before the main festival.
Further Information: Call 870-942-3021

October 2-3, 2009
Olde Tyme Apple Festival
Waterfront Park,
Beaufort, South Carolina
Lighted shrimp boats, concert, food and beverage stands, area restaurant foods, entertainment, cooking/recipe contests, Popcorn Shrimp Run for kids ages 7 and younger, arts and crafts. It's the 15th season for this event.
Get The Facts: Call 843-986-5400 or 800-638-3525

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October 2-4, 2009
Way Out West Oktoberfest
Tempe Beach Park,
Tempe, Arizona
The festival celebrates 37 years of fun with activities for kids, Western music, beer and wine, raffle, entertainment, garage band competition, Video Game Truck, polka, Bavarian (and other) foods such as bratwurst and strudel. They seem to be calling it just Oktoberfest most of the time. The local tease is that if you stay past last call at night you have to help clean up the area.
Details: Call 480-350-8181 or 480-491-FEST

October 2-4, 2009
Arkansas Apple Festival
Downtown Square,
Lincoln, Arkansas
Apple core throwing competition, square dancing, arts and crafts, apple dumplings and other apple treats, parade at 10am on Saturday, entertainment, activities for kids, gospel music, talent contest. A pageant is held the week before the main festival.
Questions? Call 479-824-FEST

October 2-4, 2009
California Avocado Festival
Linden Avenue downtown,
Carpinteria, California
Best Dressed Avocado Contest, 30-plus food booths, plenty of avocado treats, entertainment on 3 stages with more than 40 acts participating, arts and crafts, activities for kids, Best Guacamole Contest, commercial vendors. Feel free to park and take the shuttle service to and from Carpenteria High School on Foothill Blvd or at Canalino Elementary School on Linden Avenue. Please leave pets comfortably at home while you enjoy the festival. (Service animals are welcomed at festivals, of course.) General hours are 4-9pm on Friday, 10am-9pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday. It's the 23rd year for this event.
More: Call 805-684-0038 or 805-684-5479

October 2-4, 2009
North Carolina Seafood Festival
Crystal Coast Civic Center,
Morehead City, North Carolina
Fishing tournament, Southern Outer Banks Boat Show and Outdoor Expo, sailing regatta, activities for kids, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, Twin Bridges 8K road race on Saturday at 8am, Flounder Fling, festival foods, festival merchandise, Blessing of the Fleet Sunday at 10am. There will be 3 stages of entertainment. Among those scheduled to perform (at this writing): Quick Silver Cloggers, Fish House Liars, Steve Hardy, Slamming Dixie, BMX Stunt Team. There will be no vendors on Friday night. No pets are allowed at the festival for their own comfort and safety. General festival hours are 5-11pm on Friday, 11am-11pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. This is the event's 23rd year.
Further Info: Call 252-726-6273

October 2-4, 2009
Franklin Applefest
Downtown parks and other venues,
Franklin, Pennsylvania
Daily visits from Johnny Appleseed, musical entertainment, classic cars, the Appley Ever After Wedding, apple cider press demonstrations, farmers market, activities for kids, more than 300 arts and crafts booths, apple pie eating contest, merchant specials and sidewalk sales, food court, apple pie baking contest, 5K Race for Any Pace.
Details: Call 814-432-58232 or 888-547-2377

October 2-4, 2009
Smicksburg Fall Festival
Various venues,
Smicksburg, Pennsylvania
Musical entertainment, arts and crafts, craft demonstrations, festival foods (including apple dumplings and other apple treats), baked goods and more. Hours are 10am-5pm on Friday, 10am-5pm on Saturday and noon-5pm on Sunday. Plenty of fun is planned for this 20th season.
Learn More: Call 814-257-0192

October 2-4, 2009
Historic downtown,
Wellsburg, West Virginia
Apple cider, pony rides, fresh apple butter on Friday and Saturday, apple fritters, candied apples, fresh apples for sale, carnival games and rides, pumpkin decorating contest, apple pie baking contest, drawings for prizes, Asian and Mexican ethnic dishes, Charles Street lined with arts and crafts, vendors. Most events are at Town Square and Charles Street area. 2009 marks the festival's 31st year.
Questions? Call 304-479-2115

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October 2-4, 2009
Apple Festival
Bayfield, Wisconsin
This 48th year the town celebrates with Comedy theatre, a senior social, Apple Dumpling Gang contest, traditional fish boil dinner, orchard booths with fresh apples and apple treats, street performers, cruises of the Apostle Islands, an apple pie eating contest, grand parade on Saturday, music on stage, food booths, drawings for prizes, Native American dance and drumming ceremonies and demonstrations.
Further Details: Call 715-779-3335 or 800-447-4094

October 3, 2009
Madison Street Festival
Main Street area,
Madison, Alabama
Plans for this 29th year include a parade at 8:45am, strolling entertainment, staged entertainment, arts and crafts plus craft demonstrations, car show, SOARS raptor show, craft (and other) activities for kids, ice cream eating contest, raffle of painted chairs (for charity), Stormtroopers milling around. You can dress up your pet (but costume is not required) and be part of the Tail end of the Parade. Among those scheduled to entertain: Lindsey Jones, Eric Vinson. Bring a chair for more comfortable listening/watching.
Additional Facts: Call 888-228-5845

October 3, 2009
Apple Harvest Festival
Various venues,
Fortuna, California
Apple pie contest, varietal apple tasting, apple cider, fresh apples for sale, entertainment, activities for kids, Dutch oven cooking contest, caramel apples, arts and crafts, farmers market, entertainment, festival foods. Hay rides are available from one venue to another. General festival hours are 10am-5pm.
Questions? Call 707-725-2123 or 707-725-9261

October 3, 2009
Multicultural Harvest Festival
Emma Prusch Farm Park,
San Jose, California
German Garden, 4-H Mega Field Day, entertainment, apple juice tasting, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, cooking classes, games, petting zoo, Friendship Forest, giant pumpkins, pony rides, music. General hours are 10am-4pm. This is an alcohol-free event.
Learn More: Call 408-926-5555

October 3, 2009
Lumberjack Days
Main Street area,
West Point, California
Celebrate 35 years of fun with a car show, parade at 11am, art gallery, craft fair, lumberjack contests, gunfighter show, festival foods, entertainment.
Additional Facts: Call 209-293-4325 or 209-236-3700

October 3, 2009
Olde Tyme Apple Festival
Downtown Park,
Versailles, Missouri
Entertainment, parade at 10am, Fun Zone for kids, car show, museum tours, apple pie contest and auction, fiddler's contest, food. General hours are 10am-5pm. 2009 marks the festival's 30th season.
Get Further Details: Call 573-378-4401

October 3, 2009
Apple Harvest Day
Dover, New Hampshire
Decorating contest, Wildlife Encounters, community service displays, fire and rescue demos, arts and crafts, apple pie baking contest, Kiwanis pancake breakfast in the Coheco Courtyard from 8-11am, food booths, petting zoo, fresh apples for sale, raffles, 5K run/walk on First Street at 8:30am, festival merchandise, concert the night before the main festival. General festival hours are 9am-4pm. There is plenty of fun planned for this 25th year.
Learn More: Call 603-742-2218

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October 3-4, 2009
Johnny Appleseed Days
Intermediate School at 5665 Recreation Drive,
Paradise, California
Activities for kids, demonstrations, games, commercial vendors, food vendors, apple pie and other apple treats, stories from (who else?) Johnny Appleseed, arts and crafts. It's the 41st year for this event.
Info: Call 530-877-9356 or 888-845-2789

October 3-4, 2009
Scarecrow Festival
Standish Park Arboretum,
Galesburg, Illinois
Pumpking and gourd painting, scarecrow making plus a chance to vote for your favorite scarecrows, arts and crafts, face painting, flea market, car show on Sunday, festival foods, activities for kids, NASCAR laps gaming system, music. General hours of fun are 9am-5pm.
Learn More: Call 309-343-2485 or 309-343-9181

October 3-4, 2009
Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
Memorial Park area,
Issaquah, Washington
Antiques, salmon hatchery displays and hatchery tours, more than 250 arts and crafts vendors, grand parade Saturday at 10am, 5K and 10K run (and possibly a kids run) on Sunday, pony rides and giant inflatables for kids, Dock Dogs. When you get hungry you can feast on the likes of soba noodles, corn on the cob, BBQ, soft tacos, foot-long corn dogs, nachos, sausages, potstickers, pizza, funnel cakes, fruit dumplings, lemonade, root beer floats, cinnamon-glazed almonds. Enjoy 5 stages of entertainment with these being among those scheduled to perform: The Astro Cats, Groove House, Junkyard Jane, Rainy City Riff Raff, The Rockafellers (a Pink Floyd tribute band), Cascade Mountain Boys, Deadwood, Revival, Jackstraw. Always check before you travel to see a particular act or artist. Schedules can change for many reasons. The festival has its 40th anniversary this year.
Get The Facts: Call 425-392-0661

October 3-4, 2009
Cranberry Fest
County Fairgrounds (and other venues),
Eagle River, Wisconsin
2009 marks the 30th year of fun for this one. Enjoy the World's Largest Cranberry Cheesecake, cranberry pancake breakfast 7-10am, library used book sale, fitness run, festival merchandise, more than 350 arts and crafts booths, festival foods, entertainment, spaghetti dinner, cranberry beer, cranberry salsa, cranberry marsh and winery tours (reservations for tours 800-359-6315), cranberry cookbook sale, antiques, quilt show, dance, cranberry baked goods, fresh cramberries and dried cranberries for sale.
Questions? Call 541-679-0116

October 4, 2009
Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival
Germantown Avenue (between Willow Grove and Park Avenue),
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Exhibits, 150-plus artisans showing and selling their work, activities for kids, merchant specials, music. Parking is five dollars, but there is no admission charge.
Details: Call 215-247-6696

October 8-11, 2009
National Shrimp Festival
Main Beach area,
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Plans for this 38th year include a 10K run on Saturday at 7:30am, Children's Activity Village, commercial vendors, festival foods such as blackened salmon, fried eggplant, fried green tomatoes, pizza, Cajun fries, mahi mahi, turkey legs, seafood sampler platters, friend candy bars, frozen beverages. Two stages provide entertainment from Alabama Blues Machine, Big Muddy, Sugarcane Jane, Postscript Band, Andy Smith Band and LeeAnn Womack.
Further Information: Call 251-968-4237

October 8-11, 2009
Louisiana Cattle Festival
Concord Street area downtown,
Abbeville, Louisiana
Pageants, B.B. gun tournament, arts and crafts, non-proft booths, grand parade Saturday at 1pm, children's parade on Sunday at 2pm, fais dodo, fire department water fights and fire fighting demos on Sunday, livestock events, Cajun and other musical entertainment.
Learn More: Call 337-893-6328 or 337-652-0546

October 8-11, 2009
Suffolk Peanut Festival
S, Executive Airport,
Suffolk, Virginia
It's the 32nd year for this celebration. Plans include a demolition derby Friday evening, Suffolk Swamp Roar Motorcycle Rally, truck and tractor pull, carnival rides and games, arts and crafts, cornhole tournament Sunday, bingo, karaoke contest Saturday evening, fireworks Saturday at 8:30pm, activities for kids, entertainment, activities for seniors, music.
Get the Facts: Call 757-539-6751

October 8-11, 2009
West Virginia Black Walnut Festival
Spencer, West Virginia
Celebrate 55 years with Spencer. Enjoy a band competition, majorette competition, crafts, 5K Nut Run, flower show, chainsaw art, kids' parade, quilt contest and show, black walnut baking contest, art and photo contest and show, exhibits, flea market, pancake breakfast Friday and Saturday 6-11am at St. John Methodist Church, entertainment, festival foods, agricultural displays, 4-H and FFA activities, gospel sing, antiques, antique power show, classic cars, grand parade on Saturday morning.
Questions? Call 304-927-5615

October 9-10, 2009
Apple Scrapple Festival
Bridgeville, Delaware
2009 marks the festival's 18th season. Plans for fun include the Pig Out Bike Ride, trade show, arts and crafts, Mayor's Scrapple Sling, train display, street dance, music, car show, health and safety fair, scrapple breakfast at the Methodist Church fellowship hall on Laws Street from 7-11am on Saturday, carving and wildlife info. The night of the 9th is for the carnival, food booths and dance only. I understand that the Army Band is also scheduled to perform at this event. There will be a Scrapple Chunkin' Contest (separate from the Mayor's event). Other events include games for kids and a tractor pull. Please leave pets comfortably at home while you come to enjoy the festival. No skateboards, bikes or skates, please.
Additional Details: Call 302-629-9582

Octber 9-10, 2009
Cleveland, Mississippi
2009 marks the 27th year for the festival. Enjoy train rides, rock climbing wall, kid's coloring contest, custom and antique car show, face painting, giant inflatables and other activities for the kids, street dance, food vendors, Memphis in May BBQ competition, arts and crafts.
More: Call 662-843-2712 or 800-295-7473

October 9-10, 2009
Watonga Cheese Festival
Watonga, Oklahoma
Staged entertainment, arts and crafts at 3 sites, timed cooking show and cooking demos, quilt show at the fairgrounds, quilt raffle, parade at 12:30pm on Saturday, fine art show plus youth art show, cheese tasting, clowns, face painting, 10K and 5K race on Saturday at 8:30am (plus a 1-mile fun run), classic cars, wine tasting and wine sales. General hours for this 33rd year are 9am-8pm on Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday.
Details: Call 580-623-7579

October 9-11, 2008
Patagonia Fall Festival
Town Park,
Patagonia, Arizona
Have fun this 21st year with quilts and a quilt raffle, specialty foods for sale, used library book sale, festival foods, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, not-for-profit booths, KPUP local broadcasts, rides and games, pet adoption info.
More: Call 520-394-0060 or 888-794-0060

October 9-11, 2009
Bass Festival
Rio Vista, California
Celebrate 62 years of festival fun with music, a bass fishing derby, car show, karaoke contest, motorcycle show, arm wrestling, pancake breakfast on Saturday from 7-11am, soap box derby, food booths, carnival, fireworks on Saturday night.
Further Information: Call 707-374-2700

October 9-11, 2009
Scarecrow Festival
Lincoln Highway,
St. Charles, Illinois
Plans for this 24th season include a chili cooking contest, Segway demos, activities for kids, Radio Disney, Boy Scout small car road rally, Make Your Own Scarecrow, local youth talent showcase, face painting, carnival rides, musical entertainment, petting zoo, arts and crafts, food. There will be more than 100 scarecrows on display.
Get The Facts: Call 304-587-4455

October 9-11, 2009
Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
Courthouse Square and other venues,
Winterset, Iowa
Classic cars, story stops with passport stamps for the kids, guided tours of the bridges, antique tractors on display, antiques, arts and crafts, music, food vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, antique vehicle parade at 2pm on Sunday, storytelling, craft demos, courthouse tours. It's the 40th year for this one.
Info: Call 515-462-1185

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October 9-11, 2009
Warner Fall Foliage Festival
Warner, New Hampshire
Arts and crafts, oxen pulls, parade on Sunday at 1pm, children's parade, face painting, woodsmen's competition, festival foods, country breakfast both days from 7-9am at Unnited Church of Warner, pie eating contest for kids ages 6-12, exhibits, raffle, music, farmers market. It's the festival's 62nd season.
Get Details: Call 603-456-9775

October 9-11, 2009
Oktoberfest Southern Style
Dillon Park, Haysworth Street,
Sumter, South Carolina
Double and triple-check this one before you attend. They ended up having to cancel last year. It seems there were a lack of sponsors. They usually have a car show, arts and crafts, music, activities for kids, food, the Forrest Ray Classic Run/Walk.
Further Facts: Call 803-436-2248

October 9-11, 2008
Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival
Downtown Square,
Conroe, Texas
Celebrate 20 years of fun with a fishing contest, arts and crafts, Small Fry Stage, wine, pony rides and other activities for kids. Festival foods may include stuffed jalapenos, turkey legs, seafood, red beans and rice, corn dogs, roasted corn, Cajun beef and rice, PoBoys, stuffed baked potatoes, Cajun fries, burgers, shaved ice, banana pudding, root beer floats, funnel cakes. The festival features a whopping 6 stages of entertainment. Among those scheduled to perform Bayou Roux, Scooter Brown, Janis on the Rocks, The Champagne Brothers, Cowboy Mouth, Mark Germino with The Gougers, Miss Molly, The Fab 5, The Howdies.
Details: Call 832-298-4161 or 800-324-2604

October 9-11, 2009
City Park,
Cuero, Texas
This is the second heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop, which is part of the fun rivalry between Cuero and the community of Worthington, Minnesota. No turkeys are harmed and they actually seem to enjoy the attention. Ruby Begonia is the local favorite in Cuero and Paycheck is her Minnesota rival. After the race you can enjoy a parade. The carnival opens the evening before the start of the festival (Oct. 8 at 6pm). The festival also offers fun such as a Wild West Show, helicopter rides at the municipal airport, a jalapeno eating contest, Dutch oven dishes, arts and crafts, children's parade, chili cooking contest, Turk Olympics, antique tractor/engine show, music and dancing, BBQ challenge, kiddie tractor pull, antique tractor pull, Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament, lumberjack show, festival food and beverages. 2009 marks the event's 37th season.
Find Out More: Call 361-275-2112

October 10, 2009
Evergreen/Conecuh Sausage Festival
Evergreen, Alabama
Doo Daa Pet Parade, entertainment, activities for kids, arts and crafts, food vendors with sausages and other treats.
Additional Information: Call 251-578-1707

October 10, 2009
Snowflake Harvest Festival
Heritage Park,
Snowflake, Arizona
It's the 8th year for this one. Enjoy tours of historic homes, a corn maze, pumpkin carving, wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin pie, festival foods, arts and crafts and entertainment. They pack a lot of fun between 9am and 2pm, so step lively.
Questions? Call 928-536-4331

October 10, 2009
Vinton Fall Festival
Vinton, Arizona
Farmers market, non-profit booths, carriage rides, 2 stages of entertainment, Doggie Pageant with costumes, police-sponsored safety information, activities for kids, food vendors, pancake breakfast at the VFW, arts and crafts, 5K run/walk.
Details: Call 540-343-1364

October 10, 2009
South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival
Darlington, South Carolina
Pageant, festival foods, arts and crafts, activities for kids, balloon release, classic cars, exhibits, music. Main hours are 9am-4pm. 2009 marks the 27th year for the festival.
Questions? Call 843-395-2947 or 800-427-8720

October 10, 2009
FireAnt Festival
Marshall, Texas
Karaoke, diaper derby, Money in the Hay hunt, pet show, Tour de Fireant bike tours (100K, 45-mile, 30-mile, 10-mile), arts and crafts, Fireant Calling Contest, 5K run, street party, parade at 10am. The festival celebrates 27 years in 2009.
Further Information: Call 903-935-7868

October 10-11, 2009
Oakhurst Fall Chocolate & Wine Festival
Oakhurst Community Park,
Oakhurst, California
Auction, costume parade for kids on Sunday, Corvette club showing on Saturday, chocolate-dipped fruit treats, arts and crafts, food tasting pavilion, wine and chocolate pairings, cooking and baking contests, games for kids, merchant specials, entertainment. The fun goes from 10am-5pm both days.
Find Out Details: Call 559-683-1993 or 559-683-7766

October 10-11, 2009
Fall Festival
Heritage Canyon on North 4th Street,
Fulton, Illinois
Plans for this year include guided historical tours, Beanie Animal Bingo, windmill tours, self-defense demos, beer garden Saturday from 4-10pm at 12th and 4th streets, dance and gymnastic performances, bounce houses for kids, gunny sack races, pumpkin painting, caramel apples, merchant specials, scavenger hunt, hay bale maze, giant inflatables for the kids, public safety and K-9 demos, 2-mile walk/run.
Learn More: Call 815-589-4545

October 10-11, 2009
Oak Harbor Apple Festival
Harbor, Ohio
Talent show, pageant, 5K run, entertainment, contests, parade at 2pm on Saturday, arts and crafts, 3.1 mile Apple Run 2pm on Sunday at Junior High School. It's the event's 31st year.
Get The Festival Facts: Call 419-898-0479

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October 10-11, 2009
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival
Old Main Street,
Waynesville, Ohio
You can buy bulk sauerkraut at this festival, but that's just the beginning. Enjoy the results of the cabbage growing contest, sauerkraut cookbooks, hundreds of arts and crafts exhibitors, music, sauerkraut recipe contest and all sorts of festival foods, including many with sauerkraut. Would you try the sauerkraut fudge? If not, how about cabbage rolls, sauerkraut pizza, soft pretzels, brats, burgers, hot dogs (w/kraut), corn dogs, eggrolls, funnel cakes, pumpkin ice cream? Festival merchandise is also available. Please leave Fido comfortably at home while you come to browse. Also, no skates or skateboards, please. Note that this is an alcohol-free event. It's the festival's 40th year. General hours are 9am-8pm on Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sunday.
Info: Call 513-897-8855

October 10-11, 2009
Katy Rice Harvest Festival
Historic downtown,
Katy, Texas
Photography contest, arts and crafts, rice cooking contest, 2 stages of entertainment, carnival. (Feel free to park at the Outdoor Learning Center on S. Stadium Lane and take the free shuttle service to the festival.) Leashed, well-behaved pets are allowed at this event. No exotic pets, please. Among those scheduled to perform at the festival: The Zydeco Dots, Luther and the Healers, Eder-Mace Band, The Convertibles. Festival foods may include goodies such as roasted corn, BBQ meats, turkey legs, pizza. There is a morning festival parade held one week prior, on October 3.) Hours for this 29th year are 10am-midnight on Saturday and noon-6pm on Sunday.
Questions? Call 281-828-1100

October 10-17, 2009
Maple Leaf Festival
Carthage, Missouri
2009 marks the festival's 43rd year of fun. Enjoy a parade on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 9am, arts and crafts, lip-sync contest, pancake breakfast on Oct 17 from 6-11am (or until food runs out) at 401 W. Chestnut (sponsored by the fire department.) There will also be a car show, marching bands, festival foods, lip-sync contest, petting zoo, wine and beer tasting, gospel sing, bike rodeo. You can expect to encounter approximately 80,000 people in attendance.
More: Call 417-358-2372

October 11-12, 2009
Fall Harvest Festival
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Celebrate 35 years with food booths, arts and crafts, entertainment, scarecrow contest, pony rides, merchant specials, fresh produce for sale, Teddy Bear Parade, activities for kids.
Learn Details: Call 976-462-6680

October 16-18, 2009
Brow Park,
Mentone, Alabama
Bonfires with music and stories at Mentone Inn (plus available hot chocolate and snacks), music and dance entertainment, festival foods, pontoon boat rides at DeSoto Falls. 2009 marks the event's 27th season.
Further Information: Call 256-634-4041

October 16-18, 2009
Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival
Highway 85 North at College Blvd.,
Niceville, Florida
Commercial vendors, pony rides and other activities for the kids, arts and crafts, rock climbing wall, treats such as smoked mullet (plus fried mullet), hot apple dumplings, soft frozen beverages. Entertainment scheduled at this writing: Blake Shelton, Billy Ray Cyrus and others. Please, no pets, coolers or glass containers. The festival is celebrating its 33rd year.
Find Out More: Call 850-729-4008

October 16-18, 2009
Village plus York Beach,
York, Maine
Classic cars, merchant specials, fireworks, arts and crafts at the ball park, activities for kids, sidewalk sales, ox roast, festival foods, Corn Toss Challenge, Native American Pow-Wow gathering, Lobsterfest, Pumpkin Stroll and more. There is plenty to do during this 25th year.
Further Information: Call 207-363-4422

October 16-18, 2009
Hood River Valley Harvest Fest
Expo Center,
Hood River, Oregon
For a second year the event is being held outdoors in big tents. Fun includes face painting, local fresh produce for sale, food and wine, entertainment, more than 100 artisans showing and selling their work, rock climbing wall, a 10K and 5K run plus a 1K family walk on October 17. General hours are 1-7pm on Friday, 10am-7pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Further Facts: Call 800-366-3530

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October 17, 2009
Pumpkin Festival
Main Street,
Keene, New Hampshire
Pumpkin pie eating contest, Community Night with music and more, festival merchandise, bounce houses and other activities for kids, rock climbing wall, pumpkin seed-spitting contest, children's costume parade, pumpkin patch. Each year they try to have the most lit jack o'lanterns at one time. (So far, Boston's "Life is Good" event holds the record, but Keene is going to try to top it.) After the count the pumpkins don't go to waste. They are hauled off to farms for animal feed. It's the festival's 19th season.
Additional Details: Call 603-358-5344

October 17, 2009
Sweet Potato Festival
Jacksonville Park,
Langley, South Carolina
Carnival games and rides, arts and crafts, classic cars, pageant, entertainment, festival foods (including sweet potato dishes), pie eating contest. Hours are 11am-7pm.
Info: Call 803-593-9260

October 21, 2009
Loris Bog-Off Festival
Loris, South Carolina
The Monday before the main festival is Movie Night. The Tuesday before the festival is Game Night. Then Wednesday there is gospel singing. At the festival, check out the Bog, a dish made with chicken, sausage and seasonings that is simmered for hours and then served to hungry festival-goers. You can also enjoy entertainment, activities, arts and crafts, fireworks, Bog cooking competitions, festival foods. It's the festival's 30th year.
Find Out Details: Call 643-756-6030

October 17-18, 2009
Kentuck Festival of the Arts
Kentuck Park,
Northport, Alabama
Up to 300 artisans show and sell their work, plus there are craft demos, craft activities for kids, regional and ethnic foods (try Cajun dishes, vegetarian specialties, gyros, ribs and more). Music genres include Cajun, blues, bluegrass folk, country, classical. Try the convenient shuttle from Northport Civic Center or from downtown Northport.
Questions? Call 205-758-1257

Octber 17-18, 2009
Goleta Lemon Festival
Girsh Park,
Goleta, California
Plans for the 2009 event include the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show, arts and crafts, green business trade show, Safety Street for kids, pony rides for kids, carnival rides for kids, miniature golf, bounce houses, non-profit booths, pie eating contest, commercial vendors, music and dance entertainment, wine tasting. There is free admission and parking for this 18th year.
Find Out Details: Call 800-646-5382

October 17-18, 2009
Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Main Street between Miramontes & Monte Vista,
Half Moon Bay, California
Pumpkin carving contest, Great Pumpkin Parade at noon on Saturday, 250-plus arts and crafts booths, pancake breakfast both days at Mac Dutra Park at 7am, pie eating contest, youth talent show, giant pumpkin contest, 10K & 5K Pumpkin Run/Walk on Coastside Trail, haunted house, 3 stages of entertainment. I'm told that you can get your picture taken with the winning giant pumpkin, but there is a charge for it. Be ready for lots of traffic at certain times of the day as you travel to this festival. With that in mind you'll be ready to stoke up on treats such as turkey legs, artichokes and brussels sprouts, fries, tamales, chicken-pumpkin sausages, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pie, pumpkin breakfast rolls with cream cheese filling and pumpkin cheesecake. The fun goes from 9am-5pm. 2009 marks the festival's 39th season.
Questions? Call 650-726-9652

October 17-18, 2009
Springville Apple Festival
Springville, California
Apple baking contest, apple pie eating contest, Lions breakfast 7-10am both days, lunches beginning at 11am, more than 200 arts and crafts vendors, festival foods, Apple Run (5K, 10K, Kids' Run, 2-mile walk). There are also clowns, face painting, magicians. Try the free shuttle to and from the Rodeo Grounds. Enjoy this 29th year. Note that the event is alcohol-free.
Further Information: Call 559-539-0619

October 17-18, 2009
Country Pumpkinfest
Ukiah, California
Pet costume contest, games and activities for kids, scarecrow contest, Scout O' Rama, parade on Saturday at 10am, fiddle contest, arts and crafts, pumpkin pie baking contest, food vendors, beer and wine tasting, 3-on-3 basketball, haunted house, giant pumpkin contest on Saturday from 10am-1pm in the Safeway parking lot, festival foods.
Get The Facts: Call 707-463-6712 or 707-462-6789

October 17-18, 2009
Taylorville Square,
Taylorville, Illinois
Music on 2 stages, ponytail contest, baby contest, tractor show, arts and crafts, food vendors, scarecrows on display, pumpking contest, chili cooking contest, 5K race.
Find Out Details: Call 218-824-3395

October 17-18, 2009
Cranberry Festival
Chatsworth, New Jersey
Antiques, info on Chatsworth White Horse Innnn, breakfast at the fire house both days from 6-11am, craft demos, arts and crafts booths, music, festival merchandise, quilt display, festival foods. (Try the cranberry ice cream.) There will be no bog tours this year. Festival hours are 9am-4pm.
More: Call 609-726-1257 or 609-726-9327

October 17-18, 2009
Fall Fine Craft Festival
Montgomery County Community College,
Bluebell, Pennsylvania
Kids' crafting, craft demonstrations, arts and crafts booths, music, wine tasting, festival foods.
Find Out Details: Call 215-579-5997

October 17-18, 2009
San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival
City Park,
San Antonio, Texas
Chili cooking contest, pageant, reptile show, fish dinners, Western Wear Contest, arts and crafts, gopher races, corn toss tournament, 5-mile Rattlesnake Run on Saturday at 8am, music. The event celebrates 42 years of fun in 2009.
Learn Information: Call 352-588-4444

October 17-18, 2009
Postoffice Street,
Galveston, Texas
Rock climbing wall, raffles, more than 125 artisans showing and selling their work on Postoffice St. between 21st and 23rd, festival foods such as sausages and German potato salad, music. Ages 12 and younger get in free of charge when with an adult. The festival celebrates 12 seasons in 2009.
Questions? Call 409-762-3617

October 18, 2009
Harvest Festival
El Camino Real Road between Maple & Apple Avenue,
Greenfield, California
Arts and crafts, car show, music (and other) entertainment, festival foods. The festival celebrates 10 seasons of fun this year.
Get Details: Call 831-674-5591 or 831-674-3222

October 21-25, 2009
Louisiana Yambilee Festival
various venues,
Opelousas, Louisiana
Parade down Landry on Sunday at 1pm, arts and crafts, cooked yam competition, Yam-i-nal competition for decorated yams, musical entertainment, festival foods. There is a pre-festival pageant. It's the Yambilee's 64th year.
Learn More: Call 337-948-8848

October 23-25, 2009
Ogunquit Fest
Throughout town,
Ogunquit, Maine
It's the festival's 6th anniversary. Enjoy the Bridge to Bridge Bed Race, pumpkin decorating, pony rides and a cornstalk maze for the small children, festival merchandise, horse-drawn wagon rides, flashlight (bring your own) tours for a fee (begin at Winn House on Friday evening), cookie decorating for the kids, costume parade at 11:30am on Sunday, arts and crafts, high heel races, casino night, classic cars, storytelling.
Find Out The Facts: Call 207-646-2939

October 23-25, 2009
North Main Street
Flatonia, Texas
Back seat driving contest, arts and crafts, car and truck show, egg toss, 5K fun run, mechanical bull, model train exhibit, carnival, jalapeno eating contest, petting zoo, pie auction, food vendors, chili cooking contest (for locals only), music, washer pitching tournament, biergarten. Free admission Friday and Sunday. (Saturday, admission is free only to those age 12 and younger.) 2009 marks the festival's 37th season of fun.
Details: Call 361-865-3920

October 23-31, 2009
Independence, Kansas
Pumpkin contest, marching band festival, pageant, dessert contest, chili cooking contest, medallion hunt, Kiddie Parade, Grand Parade, Doo-Dah Parade, entertainment, 3 performances of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie", festival merchandise, 5K run/1-mile run/1-mile walk. When you seek food you can enjoy cinnammon rolls (stand is open 24/7 during the festival), corn on the cob, turkey legs, fried pickles, Philly steak sandwiches and much more. (Neewollah came into being as a more positive way to celebrate Halloween and to provide activities that would help funnel energy into fun rather than mischief-making.)
Learn More: Call 620-331-5003

October 24, 2009
Boll Weevil Festival
Main Street downtown,
Enterprise, Alabama
Music, arts and crafts, car show, merchant specials, children's costume contest for ages 12 and younger. Hours are 9am-3pm.
Questions? Call 334-347-0581

October 24, 2009
Great Delta Bear Affair
Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Bike ride, rock climbing wall, storytelling, Indian Mound tours, nature walks and bird walks, kid's 1-mile fun run, chainsaw carver, fireworks, 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, festival foods, music, book signings by Mississippi authors.
Get The Facts: Call 662-873-6261

October 29-31, 2009
Beanfest & Outhouse Races
Mountain View, Arkansas
2009 marks the festival's 27th season of fun. Enjoy Best Beans cooking competition, open house at Ozark Folk Center, cornbread cooking contest, Beanie Weenie Dog Show, arts and crafts, music, talent contest, commercial vendors, festival foods, open hours at Blanchard Springs Cavern. At noontime there are servings of pinto beans and cornbread to visitors.
Further Details: Call 870-269-8068 or 888-679-2859

October 29-November 1, 2009
Nevada Day Celebration
Various venues,
Carson City, Nevada
Most events are on Carson Street or at Mills Park. The parade moves down Carson Street Oct. 31 at 10am. Other events include a chili feed, tours of the Governor's Mansion, carnival games and rides, balloon launch (weather permitting), arts and crafts, festival foods, beard contest, entertainment and more.
Get The Facts: Call 775-687-4680

October 31, 2009
Peanut Butter Festival
Bass House grounds,
Brundidge, Alabama
Parade, arts and crafts, 2 stages of entertainment, fried peanuts and other festival foods, Peanut Butter Recipe Contest, making of Alabama's biggest peanut butter and jelly sandwich, 5K Peanut Butter Run, tours of the Johnston Mill. The fun begins at 9am. This is the festival's 18th year.
Questions? Call 334-735-3125

October 31, 2009
Opp Fest
Opp, Alabama
Sidewalk sales, student art, festival foods, arts and crafts, activities for kids, tractor show, fine art show, music plus a show of cars, trucks and motorcycles.
More: Call 334-493-6224 or 800-348-0095

October 31, 2009
Wonderfall Oktoberfest
Downtown and Old Town,
Palestine, Texas
Food booths, parade, arts and crafts, activities for kids, 3 stages of entertainment, a showing of "Mouse Trap" at Texas Theater.
Information: Call 903-729-6066

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

Oct. 1-3 Sassafras Festival (15th), Sassafras Park, Burnettown, South Carolina, 803-593-2676
Oct. 1-3 East Texas Poultry Festival, Center, Texas, 936-698-3682
Oct. 1-4 Rex Allen Days (58th), Willcox, Arizona, 520-364-2272
Oct. 1-4 Orange County Pumpkin Festival, downtown, French Lick, Indiana, 812-936-2405
Oct. 1-4 Riley Festival (40th), Downtown and 4-H Fairgrounds, Greenfield, Indiana, 317-462-2141
Oct. 2-3 Kentucky Apple Fest (47th), Downtown, Paintsville, Kentucky, 606-789-4355
Oct. 2-3 Red Flannel Festival (70th), Cedar Springs, Michigan, 616-695-5413
Oct. 2-3 Southern West Virginia Italian Festival, City Auditorium, Bluefield, West Virginia, 304-589-3317
Oct. 2-4 BayFest (15th), Downtown, Mobile, Alabama, 251-208-7782
Oct. 2-4 Autumn Leaf Festival, Veterans Park, Maysville, Georgia, 708-652-2234
Oct. 2-4 Westville Pumpkin Festival,
                   Prairie Meadows Park at US Highways 6 & 421, Westville, Indiana, 219-785-7019 or 219-879-8280
Oct. 2-4 Pumpkin Days, Guttenberg, Iowa, 563-252-2323
Oct. 2-4 Dalton Defenders Days, downtown, Coffeyville, Kansas, 620-251-2550 or 800-626-3357
Oct. 2-4 Aurora Country Festival, Aurora, Kentucky, 270-703-6060
Oct. 3 Apple Festival, 9am-4pm, Manton School, Manton, California, 530-474-4325 or 530-474-1113
Oct. 3 Calaveras Grape Stomp & Gold Rush Street Faire (16th), 9:30am-5pm, Murphys Park, Murphys, California, 209-736-6722
Oct. 3 New Castle Fall Fling (10th), courthouse area, New Castle, Kentucky, 502-845-4181
Oct. 3 Fall Fest (29th), Osyka, Mississippi, 601-783-2351
Oct. 3 Apple Days, Historic Square downtown, Lamar, Missouri, 417-682-3595
Oct. 3 Pumpkin Daze, 8am-4pm, Main Street downtown, Republic, Missouri, 417-732-8233
Oct. 3 Chile Pepper Fiesta, noon-6pm, Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York, 718-623-7200
Oct. 3 Oil Patch Jamboree, Whitlock Park at S. Hones & Lou Alard Dr., Drumwright, Oklahoma, 918-352-2204
Oct. 3 Oklahoma Czech Festival, 5th & Cedar, Yukon, Oklahoma, 405-206-8142
Oct. 3 Haverford Township Day (15th), Darby Road, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 610-789-2334
Oct. 3 Aunt Het Festival (26th), 9am-5pm, Main Street, Fountain Inn, South Carolina, 864-862-2586
Oct. 3 Chicken & Bread Days, downtown, Bowie, Texas, 940-872-6248
Oct. 3 Habitat for Humanity Pumpkin Festival, 10am-4pm, CAM-PLEX, Gillette, Wyoming, 307-682-0552 or 307-685-1231
Oct. 3-4 Pumpkin Fair (25th), downtown, Manteca, California, 209-834-9555
Oct. 3-4 Jay Peanut Festival (20th), Gabbert Farm, Galena, Illinois, 815-777-0817
Oct. 3-4 GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival (37th), 10-5/10-4, Audubon State Park, Henderson, Kentucky, 270-926-4433
Oct. 3-4 Hilton Apple Fest, Community Center, Hilton, New York, 585-234-3378
Oct. 3-4 Central New York Great Pumpkin Fest, East Park, Oswego, New York, 315-343-7681
Oct. 3-4 Mt. Hood Salmon & Mushroom Festival (18th), Mt. Hood, Oregon, 503-622-4798
Oct. 3-4 Pumpkin Festival, Pomeroy Living History Farm, Yacolt, Washington, 360-622-4798
Oct. 3-4 Mount Horeb Fall Heritage Festival (28th),
                   9-5/10-4, Main Street, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, 608-437-5914 or 88TROLLWAY
Oct. 3-4, 10-11 Apple Harvest Festival, S. Mountain Fairgrounds, Arendtsville, Pennsylvania
Oct. 3-10 Tobacco & Heritage Festival (28th), On the Square, Russellville, Kentucky, 270-726-2206
Oct. 3-11 Harvest Homecoming Festival (42nd), downtown, New Albany, Indiana, 812-944-8572
Oct. 3-11 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 505-821-1000 or 888-423-7277
Oct. 4 Arts & Olive Festival, Canada College Campus, Redwood City, California, 650-306-3428
Oct. 8-10 Texas Rose Festival, various venues, Tyler, Texas, 903-592-1661
Oct. 9-11 Quartz, Quilts, Crafts Festival, County fairgrounds, Mount Ida, Arkansas, 870-867-2723
Oct. 9-11 Big Sur Jade Festival (18th), Pacific Valley School, Big Sur, California, 831-659-3857
Oct. 9-11 Bridge City Gumbo Festival, Gumbo Festival Park on Angel Square, Bridge City, Louisiana, 504-438-4881
Oct. 9-11 Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, Sunset Park, Las Vegas, Nevada, 702-455-8200
Oct. 9-11 Fall Foliage Fest Mapleside Farms, Brunswick, Ohio, 330-225-5576
Oct. 9-11 Algonquin Mill Fall Festival (39th), Mill Farm on SR 332 South, Carrolton, Ohio, 330-627-5910
Oct. 9-11 Sherman's Valley Heritage Days (24th), Blain Picnic Grounds, Blain, Pennsylvania, 717-636-0025
Oct. 9-11 Southlake Oktoberfest (8th), Town Park, Southlake, Texas, 817-481-8200
Oct. 9-18 Alaska Day Festival, Sitka, Alaska, 907-747-8806
Oct. 9-18 Covered Bridge Festival,
                   County-wide (headquartered in Rockville), Parke County, Indiana, 765-569-5226
Oct. 10-11 Hobo Festival (8th), Gene Clary Park, Laurel Hill, Florida, 850-652-4325
Oct. 10-11 Southwest Community Festival, 9-5, Sun Valley Park, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-368-1196
Oct. 10-11 Pumpkin Fest, Community Center, Aurora, Minnesota, 218-229-2245
Oct. 10 Hard Times Festival, downtown, Hartshorne, Oklahoma, 918-297-3651
Oct. 10-11 Butterfield Overland Stage Days, Lion's Park, Benson, Arizona, 520-586-2842
Oct. 10-11 Country Fair, Grant Park on Park Avenue, Galena, Illinois, 815-777-0817
Oct. 10-11 Wild Turkey Days, City Park, Spencer, Nebraska, 402-569-9072 or 402-569-1300
Oct. 10-11 Great Italian Festival (28th), Eldorado Hotel, Reno, Nevada, 800-648-5966
Oct. 10-11 Apple Butter Festival (61st), 10-5, Century Village, Burton, Ohio, 440-834-1492
Oct. 10-11 Black Walnut Festival, Monroe County Fairgrounds, Woodsfield, Ohio, 740-472-5499
Oct. 10-11 Sonestown Heritage Festival, Rt. 220 north of town, Muncy Valley, Pennsylvania,
Oct. 10-11 Cranberrian Fair (88th), Ilwaco, Washington, 360-642-2400 or 800-451-2542
Oct. 10-Nov. 22(weekends) Carolina Renaissance Festival, 10-5:30, Huntersville, North Carolina, 877-896-5544
Oct. 14-17 Lake Eden Arts Festival, Camp Rockmount, Black Mountain, North Carolina, 828-68-MUSIC
Oct. 15-17 Pig Pickin' Festival, Kingstree, South Carolina, 843-465-7484
Oct. 16-17 Oktoberfest (28th), Convention Center on Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico, 505-257-6171
Oct. 16-17 Lee County Cotton Festival (32nd), Main Street area, Bishopville, South Carolina, 803-454-5145
Oct. 16-18 Helldorado Days (80th), Tombstone, Arizona, 888-457-3939
Oct. 16-18 Oktoberfest, Ritger's Bay Lodge, Deerwood, Minnesota, 218-678-2885
Oct. 16-18 Fall Festival of Leaves (42nd), Bainbridge, Ohio, 740-634-2085 or 740-634-2997
Oct. 16-18 Glendale Crossing Festival, Glendale, Kentucky, 270-369-9677
Oct. 17-18 Folsom Renaissance Festival (17th), Lake Village, Arkansas, 870-265-5997
Oct. 17-18 Clam Festival (63rd), Pismo Beach, California
Oct. 17-18 Cuba Fest, Recklein Common at Smith & School Streets, Cuba, Missouri, 877-212-8429
Oct. 17-18 Country Colorfest (25th), Louisiana, Missouri, 573-754-5921
Oct. 17-18 Missouri Day Festival, Oklahoma Avenue, Trenton, Missouri, 660-359-4324
Oct. 17-18 Town Point Virginia Wine Festival (22nd), 11-6, Town Point Park, Norfolk, Virginia, 757-664-6620
Oct. 18 Pumpkin Festival (8th), Town Green, Windsor, California, 707-433-4595
Oct. 21-24 Circleville Pumpkin Show, downtown, Circleville, Ohio, 740-474-7000
Oct. 22-25 Magnoliafest (13th), Suwanee Music Park, Live Oak, Florida, 904-249-7990
Oct. 24 Syrup Sopping Day, Loachapoka, Alabama, 334-887-7683
Oct. 24 Harvest Festival, 9-5, Wynn Park, Corning, Arkansas, 870-857-3429 or 870-925-1188
Oct. 24 Emma Crawford Festival, downtown, Manitou Springs, Colorado, 719-685-5089 or 800-642-2567
Oct. 24 Deep Roots Festival (formerly called Sweetwater), downtown, Milledgeville, Georgia, 478-414-4014
Oct. 24 Autumn Days, downtown, Ada, Oklahoma, 580-436-1600
Oct. 24 Hogeye Festival (22nd), 10-6, downtown, Elgin, Texas, 512-281-5724
Oct. 24-25 Green Tomato Festival (9th), downtown, Juliette, Georgia, 478-994-1335
Oct. 25 Golf Cart Parade, El Paseo area, Palm Desert, California, 760-346-6111
Oct. 30-Nov. 8 National Peanut Festival, fairgrounds on Hwy. 231 S., Dothan, Alabama, 334-793-4323
Oct. 30-Nov. 8 Wurstfest, Landa Park and other county venues, New Braunfels, Texas, 830-625-9157 or 800-221-4369
Oct. 31 Fall Festival & Halloween Parade, Locust Street, Centralia, Illinois, 618-533-6789
Oct. 31 Great Pumpkin Fest, 9am-dusk, Newcastle, Oklahoma, 405-387-3232

Other October 2009 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may also be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
Oct. 1-4 Wonderful World of Ohio Mart,
                   10-5 (10-4 on Sun.), Stan Hywet Hall/Gardens at 714 Portage Path, Akron, Ohio, 330-320-5533
Oct. 1-4 Pink Palace Crafts Fair (37th), Audubon Park, Memphis, Tennessee, 901-320-6408
Oct. 2-3 Harvest Moon Festival, Shadow Rock Park on Anthony Way, Forsyth, Missouri, 417-546-2741
Oct. 2-4 Pacific Pinball Exposition, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California, 510-205-9793
Oct. 2-4 Antique Auto Hill Climb (100th), Newport, Indiana, 765-492-4220
Oct. 2-4 James Court Art show, 10-6/10-6/10-5, Old Louisville, Kentucky, 582-635-1842
Oct. 2-4 Gateway Miniature Fair Show & Sale, 10-5/10-4, Doubletree Hotel on Swingley Ridge Rd., St. Louis, Missouri, 314-832-7790
Oct. 2-4 South Dakota Festival of Books, various venues, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 605-688-6113
Oct. 3 Butterfly Parade & Bazaar, 10:30-1:30, Pacific Grove, California, 831-373-3304 or 831-646-6548
Oct. 3 Antiques & Collectibles Fair Day, Historic District, Cameron, North Carolina, 910-245-7701
Oct. 3 St. Mary's Chocolate Festival (21st),
                   10-4, St. Mary's School (118 York St.), Aiken, South Carolina, 803-649-2071 or 803-649-4777
Oct. 3-4 Art in the Park (38th), Veterans Memorial Park, Sierra Vista, Arizona, 520-417-6960 or 520-378-1763
Oct. 3-4 Art in the Park (47th), 9-5, Wilbur Square (plus Bicentennial Park & Escalante Park), Boulder City, Nevada, 702-294-1611
Oct. 3-4 World Championship Outhouse Races, C Street, Virginia City, Nevada, 775-742-4086
Oct. 3-4 Autumn Craft Festival (11th), Mill Falls Marketplace on Rt. 3, Meredith, New Hampshire, 603-332-2616
Oct. 3-4 Mid-Ohio-Con, Convention Center Exhibit Hall E, Columbus, Ohio, 203-724-1698
Oct. 3-4 Cottonwood Art Festival, 9-6, Cottonwood Park on Belt Line Rd., Richardson, Texas, 972-744-4580
Oct. 4 Lodi Street Faire, 8-4, Lodi, California, 209-367-7840
Oct. 4 Mt Kisco Fall Dollhouse Show, 10-4, Holiday Inn, Mt. Kisco, New York, 732-651-2162
Oct. 8-13 Fleet Week, San Francisco, California, 650-599-5057
Oct. 9-11 Old Town Clovis Antique & Collectible Fair, 8-4, downtown, Clovis, California, 559-298-5774
Oct. 9-11 Scarecrow Festival Arts & Crafts Show, downtown, St. Charles, Illinois, 630-377-6161
Oct. 9-11 Taste of Charleston, 10-5, Boone Hall Plantationn, Charleston, South Carolina, 843-577-4030
Oct. 9-17 Litquake, San Francisco, California, 415-777-7899
Oct. 10-11 The Hollywood Show, Burbank Airport Marriott, Burbank, California, 818-843-6000
Oct. 10-11 Fall Diddley Craft Show, County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, Illinois, 815-544-0143 or 815-385-5745
Oct. 10-11 Cactoctin Colorfest, Inc. Arts & Show (46th),
                   9-5, Community Park plus Guardian Rose Co. Activity Grounds, Thurmont, Maryland, 301-271-4432
Oct. 10-11 Festival of the Arts (43rd), Red Wing, Minnesota, 651-388-7569 or 800-498-3441
Oct. 10-11 Fall Gift & Craft Show, Three County Fairgrounds, Northampton, Massachusetts, 413-587-0772 or 888-511-9725
Oct. 10-11 Gem & Mineral Show, Old Spanish Trail Arena on S. Hwy. 191, Moab, Utah, 435-259-8825
Oct. 10-11 Townline Art Fair, Fine Line Designs at 10376 N. Hwy. 42, Ephraim, Wisconsin, 920-854-4343
Oct. 10-11 Fall Gift & Craft Show, Omni Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin, 608-781-9566 ext. 203 or 800-873-1901
Oct. 10-25 Open Studios, various locations, San Francisco, California, 415-861-9838
Oct. 11 Outdoor Arts, 10-5, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-869-6786 ext. 335
Oct. 11 Antique Postcard & Paper Americana Show & Sale, La Quinto Inn, Joplin, Missouri, 417-781-0500
Oct. 15-17 Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival, Highways 279 & 340, Bella Vista, Arkansas, 479-855-2064
Oct. 16-18 Pomona Home Improvement & Remodeling Show
                   Fairplex on McKinley Ave., Pomona, California, 909-623-3111 or 800-358-7469
Oct. 16-18 Antique Show & Sale, Arlington Park Racetrack, Arlington, Illinois, 708-366-2710 or 954-563-6747
Oct. 16-18 Morristown Craft Market (33rd), National Guard Armory on Western Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey, 973-263-8332
Oct. 16-18 Fall Book Sale, Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy, Ohio, 937-339-0502
Oct. 17-18 Fall Delaware Home Show, Chase Center, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-994-2597
Oct. 17-18 Health & Fitness Fair (7th), 10-5/10-4, Expo Idaho, Boise, Idaho, 208-323-4464
Oct. 17-18 Punkin' Chunkin', corner of Allentown & Springfield, Morton, Illinois, 888-765-6588
Oct. 17-19 Book Sale, Community Center on 4th, Media, Pennsylvania, 610-566-1918
Oct. 17-31 Scarecrows on the Square, Town Square, Summerville, South Carolina, 843-673-8535
Oct. 18 Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market, 8-2, Veterans Stadium, Long Beach, California, 323-655-5703
Oct. 18 Dollhouse & Miniature Fair, 11-4, Independent Hose Co. Fire Station, Frederick, Maryland, 301-662-8025
Oct. 21-24 Library Book Sale, Zauel Memorial Library on Center Rd., Saginaw, Michigan, 989-799-2772
Oct. 23-25 Bagwell Antique Fall Show & Sale, State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi, 662-844-3095
Oct. 23-25 Fall Craft & Fine Arts Show (28th), Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Junction, Vermont, 802-878-4786
Oct. 24-25 Harvest Artwalk Weekend, downtown, Ventura, California, 805-677-3911
Oct. 24-25 Westmoreland Dollhouse & Miniature Show,
                   10-5/11-5, Garden & Civic Center on Old Salem Rd., Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 724-837-6618 or 724-537-7761
Oct. 24-25 Texas Clay Festival (17th), Gruene, Texas, 830-829-7975

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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.

A Little Browsing...
Simple instructions for making cornhusk dolls for your fall decorations.

Homestead Farm Winter Squash Recipes

Can a Google algorithm predict species extinction?.
Have someone in your group who thinks brainstorming is silly and of no practical use? They may just be the very kind of thinker who will turn out to be good at it. Brainstorming is often used to come up with new solutions for a problem, think in new ways or just free up the mind to move forward on projects. Some wild ideas may come up if done freely, but these can be then be honed into workable ideas that can get an organization, or an individual, out of a slump or a difficulty and on to successes previously thought impossible. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an excellent handout on brainstorming that may even appeal to people who don't usually see merit in brainstorming. It addresses a variety of techniques, at least one of which is bound to appeal to people who present a lot of skepticism and resistance to this type of problem-solving. The handout suggests a variety of ways to approach brainstorming and explains it in such a way that it doesn't sound like a waste of time to the extremely organized, critical thinker.


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