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September Events
Festivals For September Travelers

September 2-6, 2003
Harvest Festival
unknown venue(s),
Steelville, Missouri.
Rodeo, music, queen pageant and more.
Additional Details: Call 573-775-5533.
Note: I grew up in this general area, and can tell you that Steelville used to be the epitome of small town rural life. I haven't been there in many years, but it used to be the kind of place where local gentlemen spent much of their day in town sitting outside the local businesses playing checkers or just visiting. It's also the County Seat for Crawford County, so if you do any genealogy, the court house is a great place to visit. And people come from all over the world to fish in the spring-fed rivers in the area. Somewhere along the way, Steelville got a reputation for being a hillbilly town, but here's a slightly different perspective.

September 2-6, 2003
Wellston Coal Fest
Wellston, Ohio.
Tours of working mine, 5K run, 4 on 4 basketball, Coal Dust Sundae eating contest, lawn mower races, rides, entertainment, Coal Miner Olympics, crafts, food.
More Information: Call 740-384-6669.

September 3-6, 2003
Concordia Fall Festival
Concordia, Missouri.
This German Festival is more than 100 years old, and this year's event include 3 parades, a carnival, quilt exhibits, German foods and more.
Further Details: Call 660-463-2454.

September 3-6, 2003
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival
Civic Park on Daugherty Drive,
Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Parade, pageant, tomato exhibits, largest tomato contest, arts and crafts, tallest tomato plant contest, community tent, cruise-in, motorcyle cruise, pooch parade, and more. This is the festival's 38th year.
More Information: Call 614-866-2861.

September 4-6, 2003
Marion Popcorn Festival
Marion, Ohio.
Arts and crafts, 5K Run, Popcorn 100 bike tour, popcorn sculptures, pageant.
For Details: Call 740-387-8919.

September 5-6, 2003
Grape and Fall Festival
Historic Downing Street,
Hollister, Missouri.
Music and dance shows, storytelling, arts and crafts, martial arts demonstration, classic car show, Miss Grapefest.
Additional Details: Call 417-334-3050.

September 5-6, 2003
Schell City Fall Festival
Main Street,
Schell City, Missouri.
Music, games, street dance, food, tractor pull.
More: Call 417-432-3220.

September 5-7, 2003
Defeat Of Jesse James Days
various venues,
Northfield, Minnesota.
Car show, kiddie parade, pedal tractor pull, Jesse James Bike Tour, Dr. Visty's Elixir Medicine Show, arts and crafts, steak fry, 5K non-competitive walk, square dance, 5K and 15K races, bingo, bank raid reenactment, carnival, horseshoe hunt.
Learn More: Call 507-645-5604.

September 5-7, 2003
Posen Potato Festival
various venues,
Posen, Michigan.
This is the event's 52nd year. There will be a demolition derby, polka dance, potato displays, bingo, kiddie parade, festival dinner, arts and crafts, flea market, potato pancake breakfast, grist mill tours, and more.
Further Information: Call 989-766-8128.

September 5-7, 2003
Boxelder Bug Days
various venues,
Minneota, Minnesota.
Races, parade, arts and crafts, dancing, storytelling, sports competitions and more.
More: Call 507-872-6790.

September 5-7, 2003
Mantua Potato Festival
Buchert Park,
Mantua, Ohio.
Crafts, Bucket Brigade, food, rides, entertainment, pageant, 1-mile fun run, 15K Potato Stomp.
Further Information: Call 330-274-0770.

September 5-7, 2003
Broom Corn Festival
Main Street,
Arcola, Illinois.
Parade, flea market, helicopter rides, 5K and 10K races, craft demonstrations, children's tractor pull, music by Steve Azar, and more.
Additional Details: Call 800-336-5456.

September 5-7, 2003
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
Valparaiso, Indiana.
This is the festival's 25th year. Popcorn Parade, more than 500 food and crafts booths, games for kids, rides, 5-mile Popcorn Panic run, entertainment, German Fest dinner, balloon fest, and more. Please--no pets, skates, skateboards or bikes.
More: Call 219-464-8332.

September 5-7, 2003
Canal Days
Cambridge City, Indiana.
Arts and crafts, baby contest, fishing contest, kiddie land, Firefighter 5K Run, music, street vendors, art exhibit, Dress Your Pet Contest, Civil War Encampment, Batman Show, and more .
Details: Call 765-478-4689.

September 5-7, 2003
Huckleberry Festival
unknown venue(s),
Bingen, Washington.
Carnival, parade, Northwest Brewers Fest, entertainment, food vendors.
Information: Call (sorry--unknown contact phone number).

September 5-7, 2003
various venues,
Moorhead, Minnesota.
Safety Fair, bed races, Power Bowl, car show, fly-in, golf scramble, 8K Run/5K Walk/Youth Run.
Further Details: Call 218-299-5340.

September 5-7, 2003
St. Louis Art Festival
Clayton Business District,
St. Louis, Missouri.
Artisans, entertainment, and foods from local restaurants (try an Indian Salad Wrap, Kosher Hot Dogs, Cajun Red Beans & Rice or Coconut & Mango Sorbet). Kids can enjoy the Creative Castle while everyone browses the artists' work in mediums such as ceramics, pastels, mixed media and jewelry.
More Information: Call 314-863-0278.

September 5-7, 2003
Maryland Seafood Festival
Sandy Point State Park,
Annapolis, Maryland.
Arts and crafts, seafood, entertainment.
More Details: Call 410-268-7682.

September 5-7, 2003
Niagara County Peach Festival
Academy Park,
Lewiston, New York.
Rides, pageant, games, crafts, entertainment, food.
Further Information: Call 716-754-7214.

September 5-7, 2003
Lewiston Kiwanis Niagara
County Peach Festival

Center Street,
Lewiston, New York.
Games and rides, crafts, entertainment, parade, food.
Learn More: Call 716-754-7214.

September 6, 2003
Santa Fe Heritage Festival
Runge Park,
Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Horseshoe tournament, food and crafts booths, beauty pageant, talent show, BBQ, raffle, music, historical displays, celebration of 75th anniversary of local high school, more.
Additional Details: Call 409-925-8558.

September 6, 2003
Spinach Festival
Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park,
Lenexa, Kansas.
Popeye and Olive Oyl come to mix the world's largest spinach salad, and there are historical exhibits, a petting zoo, games, quilt show, green rock skipping, cane pole fishing, arts and crafts and more.
More: Call 913-541-8592.

September 6-7, 2003
Mushroom Festival
various venues,
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Fresh Mushroom Soup Cooking Contest, music, antique car parade and show, street dance, microbrew fest, mushroom farm tours, art exhibition, crafts, and more.
Find Out More: Call 888-440-9920.

September 6-7, 2003
Little Falls Arts
& Crafts Fair

Little Falls, Minnesota.
Some 900 juried artisans participate in this event, and there are 60 food vendors to help feed the crowds.
Further Details: Call 320-632-5155.

September 6-7, 2003
Wilcox Square,
Castle Rock, Colorado.
Imagination Zone for kids, entertainment, more than 125 artisans, and plenty of food.
Additional Information: Call 303-688-4597.

September 6-7, 2003
Grain Valley Fair Daze
Main Street,
Grain Valley, Missouri.
Celebrating its 125th year, the event features a parade, crafts, games, fireworks, musical entertainment, food and a carnival.
Further Details: Call 816-847-2627.

September 6-7, 2003
Crested Butte Fall Festival
Center for the Arts,
Crested Butte, Colorado.
Silent auction, mini-golf tournament, Fall Festival of Beers, chili cooking contest, disc golf tournament, music and more.
Learn More: Call 800-545-4505.

September 6-7, 2003
Clinton County Corn Festival
County Fairgrounds,
Wilmington, Ohio.
This is the festival's 26th year, and features include antiques, a quilt show, steam engines and tractors on display, tractor pulls, food, crafts, agricultural heritage displays, Corn Olympics.
Information: 877-4-A-VISIT.

September 6-7, 2003
Emerson Park on Owasco Lake,
Auburn, New York.
Arts and crafts, food, entertainment.
Additional Details: Call 800-449-9615.

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September 6-7, 2003
Hazleton FunFest
Broad Street area,
Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
Teen street party, muscle car show, events for kids, parade, entertainment, craft show, fireworks.
Information: Call 800-698-7111.

September 6-7, 2003
Burrillville Arts &
Crafts Festival

Routes 107 and 98,
Harrisville Village
Burrillville, Rhode Island.
Arts and crafts, entertainment, events for kids. Event is held rain or shine
Further Details: Call 401-568-4300.

September 6-7, 2003
Autumn Moon Festival
San Francisco, California.
Parade, 3 stages of continuous entertainment, children's games, face painting, prizes, community talent contest, mooncakes.
Additional Information: Call 415-982-6306.

September 6-7, 2003
Eastport Salmon Festival
various venues,
Eastport, Maine.
Strawberry Shortcake, Salmon Festival Dinner, boat rides to salmon pens, educational exhibits, 5K run/walk, arts and crafts, music.
Details: Call 207-853-4644.

September 7, 2003
Pet Rock Fest
Quinsigamond Community College,
Worcester, Massachusetts.
Parade of dogs available for adoption, lots of music, events for kids, cat photo contest, food, vendors, rabies and microchip clinic for dogs. You are welcome to bring your dog to this festival!
Further Information: Call 508-755-8004 est. 245.

September 7-14, 2003
King Turkey Day
various venues,
Worthington, Minnesota.
Women's Volleyball competition, Golf-Fore-Life, country line dancing, square dance demonstrations, teen dance, street rodders show, 5k Run/Walk, pancake breakfast, free throw challenge, sports card show, pony rides, craft show, parade, Great Gobbler Gallop, BBQ, beer garden, 10K race, and more.
Learn More: Call 507-372-2929 or 800-279-2919.

September 9-13, 2003
McClure Bean Soup Festival
unknown venue(s),
McClure, Pennsylvania.
This festival is in its 112th year, and the celebration includes carnival rides, entertainment, and lots of food, with historical reenactors all around, to add to the fun.
Additional Details: Call 800-338-7389.

September 10-13, 2003
American Soya Festival
unknown venue(s),
Amanda, Ohio.
Soybean seed spitting contest, parade, Big Wheel race, pedal tractor pull, music, contests, square dancing, rides, food.
Details: Call 740-969-4715.

September 11-13, 2003
Seymour Apple Festival
Seymour, Missouri.
BBQ, crafts, parade, music, games, street dance, activities for kids, pet show, Murphy Orchards Open House on US Hwy 60.
Additional Information: Call 417-935-2888.

September 11-13, 2003
Grape and Fall Festival
Nelson Hart Community Park,
St. James, Missouri.
In its 70th year, the festival features a queen pageant, parade, demolition derby, games, music, food and more.
Details: Call 573-265-3899 or 800-480-3899.

September 11-14, 2003
Grapevine Grapefest
Main Street,
Grapevine, Texas.
Music and dance exhibitions, wine tastings, grape stomping, classic car show, food and drink, events for kids, Grapefest Tennis Classic, and more.
Learn More: Call 817-410-3185.

September 12-13, 2003
Olde Towne,
Excelsior Springs, Missouri.
Arts and crafts, food, music, rides, bike parade, entertainment.
Further Information: Call 816-630-6161 or 866-730-6161.

September 12-13, 2003
A Taste Of Lahaina
Special Events Arena,
Lahaina, Hawaii.
Maui restaurants present tasting dishes, while musicians entertain. There will also be a beer and wine garden, and there are games for children.
Additional Details: Call 808-667-9193.

September 12-14, 2003
Shrimporee of Texas
Johnson Avenue at
State Highway 361,
Aransas Pass, Texas.
4 stages of entertainment, carnival rides and games, industry information, arts and crafts, and food.
More: Call 800-633-3028.

September 12-14, 2003
Greentree Festival
Kirkwood Park,
Kirkwood, Missouri.
Canine frisbee contest, senior bingo, parade, senior arts and crafts, Civil War reenactments, sailboat regatta, classic car show, police auction, events for kids, book fair, food booths, craft booths. And kids are invited to enter their dog in the costume contest!
Additional Information: Call 314-822-5855 .

September 12-14, 2003
Blue Springs Fall Festival
Main Street area,
Blue Springs, Missouri.
Karaoke contest, lip sync contest, remote control car races, more than 250 arts and crafts booths, large area for children, biscuits and gravy breakfast, beer garden, parade, entertainment, food and game booths.
Further Details: Call 816-228-6322.

September 12-14, 2003
Peanut Butter Festival
Gumtown Park,
New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Entertainment, carnival, crafts, food.
Learn More: Call 814-275-3929.

September 12-14, 2003
Tom Mix Festival
various venues,
DuBois, Pennsylvania.
Memorabilia display, Tom Mix look-a-like performance, wagon train encampment, music, contests, food and craft vendors, collectibles. This is the festival's 24th year.
Additional Details: Call 8114-371-5010 or 814-371-4406.

September 12-14, 2003
Texas Gatorfest
various venues,
Anahuac, Texas.
Gatorfest Poker Run, Gatorfest Bike Tour, pageant, fly-in, sail-in, gator round-up and more.
To Learn More: Call 409-267-41190.

September 13, 2003
Kolache Festival
On The Square downtown,
Caldwell, Texas.
Czech arts and crafts, polka music and dancing, Kolache bake show, kolache eating contest, Kolache Krunch 5K Run/Walk.
Additional Information: Call 979-567-3218.

September 13-14, 2003
Maple Fall Festival
Wildwood Park & Zoo,
Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Largest sunflower contest results, Wenzel's Farms Hot Dog eating contest, maple syrup dessert contest, Maple Dance, more than250 arts and crafts vendors, pancake and maple syrup breakfast, farmer's market, bingo, American Heart Walk, face painting, Amish specialty foods, Packer Party.
Details: Call 715-384-3454.

September 13-14, 2003
Scarecrow Festival
Routes 202 & 263,
Lahaska, Pennsylvania.
Scarecrow-making workshops (fee involved and it's best to make a reservation), pumpkin painting, pumpkin pie eating contests, entertainment.
Further Information: Call 215-794-4000.

September 13-14, 2003
Ohio Pawpaw Festival
Lake Snowden,
Albany, Ohio.
Pawpaw eating contest, woodland hike, The Best Pawpaw Competition, Pawpaw Stout in the beer garden, entertainment, atlatl throwing contest, regional arts and crafts, Jambalaya Jam, door prizes and more.
Details: Call 740-698-2124.

September 13-14, 2003
Oak Festival
Center in the Woods,
California, Pennsylvania.
Handmade quilt raffle, demonstrations, rides, games, bingo, crafts, entertainment and food.
More: Call 724-938-3554.

September 16-20, 2003
Jackson County Apple Festival
Jackson, Ohio.
Pageant, rides, music, games, parades, fresh apple butter, lip sync contest, apple peeling contest, hot wing eating contest, baby stroller races, quilt show, karaoke, and more.
Additional Information: Call 740-286-1339.

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September 17-30, 2003
Scarecrow Festival
Misty Woods Subdivision, Hwy
9, 3 miles East of Park University
Parksville, Missouri.
Baked goods for sale, 70 scarecrows on display, Cookbook for sale, festival t-shirts for sale, and you can build your own scarecrow with materials from the Scarecrow Cafe.
Further Information: Call 816-587-6138.

September 18-20, 2003
Raytown Roundup Days
Raytown, Missouri.
Entertainment, games, food, parade.
Additional Details: Call 816-353-8500.

September 18-20, 2003
Humansville Fall Festival
Humansville, Missouri.
Exhibits, games and rides, parade, activities for kids, and more.
Information: Call 417-754-2257.

September 19-21, 2003
Jordan Fall Festival
Beaver Street,
Jordan, New York.
Pumpkins, greased pole climb, games and rides for children, crafts, music, antique gas engine exhibit, food.
Further Details: Call 315-730-7498.

September 19-21, 2003
Jesse James Festival
Festival Grounds, on
Hwy 33, north of town,
Kearney, Missouri.
BBQ, rodeo events, contests, historical reenactments, carnival, dog show, entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 816-628-4229.

September 19-21, 2003
Slater Fall Festival
Main Street,
Slater, Missouri.
Parade, antique tractor display, carnival, plus this year is Slater's 125th birthday, so there are special ceremonies and events.
More: Call 660-529-2711.

September 19-21, 2003
Nappanee Apple Festival
various venues,
Nappanee, Indiana.
Cross cut saw contest, pedal pull, craft and food booths, pancake breakfast, bingo, entertainment, apple peeling contest, bed race, pie eating contest, helicopter rides, and more. This is the festival's 28th year.
Additional Details: Call 574-773-7812.

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September 19-21, 2003
Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest
Pike Street,
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
German music and dance, rides, games, crafts, and food.
Further Details: Call 724-745-1812.

September 19-21, 2003
Creative Arts Guild Festival
City Park Intermediate School,
Dalton, Georgia.
Arts and crafts, food vendors, children's hill, storytelling, 3D student art exhibit, musical entertainment, Peacock Alley Filmfest, outdoor sculpture show. The first evening is mainly the judge's preview and patron parties.
Information: Call 706-278-0168.

September 19-21, 2003
Festival of the Forks
Albion, Michigan.
Softball tournament, helicopter rides, Ducky Derby, teen dance, pie eating contest, parades, marketplace, face painting, pony rides, rock climbing wall, food booths, bingo, book sale, arts and crafts, displays, museum openings, AVSO 5K Run/Walk, talent show, pet show, spaghetti dinner and more.
Learn Details: Call 517-629-5533.

September 19-21, 2003
Francesville Fall Festival
unknown venue(s),
Francesville, Indiana.
Turkey shoot, rides, entertainment, garden tractor pull, parade, dinners, crafts, flea market, mini NASCAR.
Additional Information: Call 219-567-9689.

September 19-21, 2003
Southside Fall Festival
Hyde Park,
St. Joseph, Missouri.
Rodeo, food court, arts and crafts, children's activities, petting zoo, music, parade, baby show. I believe this is an alcohol-free event.
Learn More: Call 816-238-3515.

September 19-21, 2003
Eugene Celebration
Eugene, Oregon.
6 entertainment stages, art shows, run/walk, Pet Parade, arts and crafts, food, and more.
Additional Information: Call 541-681-4108.

September 19-21, 2003
unknown venue(s),
Corpus Christi, Texas.
Navy Parachute Team show, arts and crafts, entertainment, and more.
More: Call 361-887-0868.

September 20, 2003
Bethel Harvest Fest
unknown venue(s),
Bethel, Maine.
Harvest produce for sale, arts and crafts, music, chainsaw sculpture demonstration, Chowdah Cookoff, and more.
Further Information: Call 207-824-2282.

September 20, 2003
Sunflower Fair
La Porte, Indiana.
5K Run, antique car show, art walk, entertainment, vendors, trolley rides, contests.
More Information: Call 219-326-5354.

September 20-21, 2003
Big River Days
Riverfront Park,
Clarksville, Missouri.
Barge excursions, demonstrations, historical reenactments, wildlife, tours, food.
Additional Details: Call 573-242-3132.

September 20-21, 2003
German Russian Schmeckfest
unknown venue(s),
Eureka, South Dakota.
Vintage car show, entertainment, crafts, and festive foods such as the German coffee cake called Kuchen.
Information: Call 605-284-2455.

September 20-21, 2003
Autumn Gold
Bond Park,
Estes Park, Colorado.
Bratwurst, beer and hot cider, music.
Learn Details: Call 800-44-ESTES.

September 20-21, 2003
Clark County Mule Festival
County Fairgrounds on Route EE,
Kahoka, Missouri.
Mule polo, quilt display and giveaway, trail rides, flea market, mule show, crafts, mule rodeo, food and drink, mule pull, silent auction.
Additional Information: Call 660-727-2490.

September 20-29, 2003
Persimmon Festival
Main Street
(and other venues),
Mitchell, Indiana.
Suppers, Italian lunches, music and dance entertainment, Seniors afternoon social, pageant, carnival rides, fish fry, Persimmon 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K Walk, antique and classic car show, pancake breakfast, persimmon pudding contest, historical walk, Ironjack Lumberjack Show, parade and more. Then, on September 29, stay around for cake and ice cream, a band concert, and a fireworks display in honor of Mitchell's 150th Birthday.
Learn More: Call 812-849-4441 or 800-580-1985.

September 24-27, 2003
Black Walnut Festival
Stockton City Park,
Stockton, Missouri.
Crafts, music, food.
Additional Information: Call 417-276-5213.

September 25-28, 2003
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
Barnesville, Ohio.
Giant Pumpkin Parade, car show, rides, contests, arts and crafts, banjo and fiddle contest, entertainment.
Further Details: Call 740-425-4300.

September 25-28, 2003
Corn Husking Festival
Saline County Fairgrounds,
Marshall, Missouri.
Contestants husk a single row of corn and throw it into a horse-drawn wagon (with gleaners coming behind and finding leftover corn, which gets deducted from a contestant's score). Other features include a flea market, draft horse pull, petting zoo, baby contest, music and more.
Learn More: Call 660-886-2233.

September 25-28, 2003
Fall Harvest Festival
Central Park,
North Branch, Minnesota.
Classic car show, arts and crafts, remote control car races, Spud Run, food.
Additional Information: Call 651-674-4077.

September 25-28, 2003
Buckwheat Festival
Kingwood, West Virginia.
Exhibits, 5K run, buckwheat cakes dinners, drawings for prizes, carnival midway, and more.
Details: Call 304-329-0021.

September 26-27, 2003
Ohio Swiss Festival
unknown venue(s),
Sugarcreek, Ohio.
Swiss cheese from area plants, costumed entertainment, alpine horn players, parades, Swiss Miss contest, athletic events, yodeling, local shopping.
Additional Information: Call 330-852-4113 or 888-609-7592.

September 26-27, 2003
Harvest Fest
Main Street,
Emmett, Idaho.
Downtown merchant sales, crafters, food.
Details: Call 208-365-3485.

September 26-28, 2003
The Whole Enchilada Fiesta
Downtown Mall area,
Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Dancing, parade, 5K run, food, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and the making and sampling of the world's biggest enchilada (which uses hundreds of pounds of stone ground corn).
Additional Information: Call 505-526-1938.

September 26-28, 2003
Cory Apple Festival
unknown venue(s),
Cory, Indiana.
Crafts, carnival, flea market, fish fry, antique tractor display, entertainment, parade, apple cider, golf tournament.
Learn More: Call 812-864-2229.

September 26-28, 2003
Wanatah Scarecrow Festival
unknown venue(s),
Wanatah, Indiana.
Fall Harvest Contest, entertainment, teen dance, merchant giveaways, 5K race and 3K walk, bingo, pancake breakfast, car show, scarecrow sculpting, parade.
Additional Details: Call 219-733-2183 or 800-584-1417.

September 26-28, 2003
Town Square,
Marienville, Pennsylvania.
Street dance, instant bingo, face painting, raffles, train rides, horse and wagon rides, crafts, games for kids, train rides, food vendors.
Further Details: Call 814-725-4262.

September 26-28, 2003
Fiesta Italian Seattle
Fisher Pavilion,
Seattle, Washington.
Chef demonstrations, bocce tournament, photo exhibit, Italian Film Festival, mass in Italian, Taste of Italy, and more.
Additional Information: Call 206-282-0627.

September 26-28, 2003
Liberty Fall Festival
Liberty, Missouri.
BBQ, entertainment, parade, crafts, food, events for children.
Details: Call 816-524-2424.

September 27, 2003
Fall Crafts Festival
Cumberland Street,
Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
In addition to crafts, there will be food and entertainment.
Learn More: Call 717-273-7215.

September 27, 2003
Hallettsville Kolache Fest
311 Highway 77 South,
Hallettsville, Texas.
This is the 9th year of the festival, and events include a beer garden, arts and crafts, car show, karaoke contest, kolache eating contests, a parade, rides, and more.
Additional Information: Call 361-798-2662.

September 27, 2003
New Cumberland Apple Festival
Town Park,
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.
Sidewalk sales downtown, vendors, entertainment, events for kids, and plenty of foods such as apple cakes, apple dumplings and apple pies.
Further Details: Call 717-774-1340.

September 27-28, 2003
Fallasburg Fall Festival
Fallasburg Park,
Lowell, Michigan.
Juried arts and crafts from as many as 80 participants, plus musical performances for your enjoyment.
Additional Information: Call 616-897-8545.

September 27-28, 2003
Fog Fest
various venues,
Pacifica, California.
Photo contest, arts and crafts, music, parade, entertainment, petting zoo, Fog Jog, split pea soup contest, Fog Bank contest (guess number of cotton balls on display at local banks), food and drink.
Details: Call 650-355-8200.

September 27-28, 2003
Fall Festival of the
Arts and Crafts

Historic Downtown,
Washington, Missouri.
More than 50 artisans participate, plus there will be a street dance, children's area, music by AmericaManta, and treats such as homemade potato chips, salads, and smoothies.
Additional Information: Call 888-792-7466.

September 27-28, 2003
Germantown Pretzel Festival
Veterans Memorial Park,
Germantown, Ohio.
Food, entertainment, crafts.
More: Call 937-859-8331.

September 27-28, 2003
Taste of Morgan Hill
Main Street/Monterey Road area,
Morgan Hill, California.
Kids' Korner, entertainment, custom classic car show, music and food.
Additional Details: Call 408-779-9994.

September 27-28, 2003
Taste of Rhode Island
Newport Yachting Center,
Newport, Rhode Island.
Appetizer-size portions of food from 40 area restaurants and caterers, plus entertainment, cooking demonstrations, vendors, music and activities for kids.
Learn More: Call 401-846-1600.

September 28, 2003
Colden Visual Arts &
Crafts Fair

Downtown on Route 140,
Colden, New York.
Fine art, musical entertainment, crafts, chicken BBQ and other foods, photography.
Additional Details: Call 716-941-5016.

September 30, 2003
Northeast Kingdom Fall
Foliage Festival

various venues,
Cabot, Vermont.
Crafts, coffee and doughnuts, scenic rides, turkey supper, beef stew lunch.
Additional Information: Call 802-563-2472.

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

September 4-7 Long Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival, Estes Park, Colorado, 800-90-ESTES
September 5-6 Celtic Festival, New City Park, Buffalo, Missouri, 417-345-2852
September 5-7 Allen Street Samba Festival, Allen Street, Buffalo, New York, 716-876-6291
September 5-7 Seafood Festival, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, 800-GETATAN
September 5-7 Harvest Festival, Cromwell, Minnesota, 218-644-3570
September 6 Oktoberfest, Gateway Harbor Park, North Tonowanda, New York, 716-692-5120
September 6-7 Johnny Appleseed Harvest Festival, Becker Farms, Gasport, New York, 716-735-7541
September 6-7 California Prune (Dried Plum) Festival, Yuba City, California, 530-671-3100
September 7-8 Gourd Festival, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 919-557-5946
September 7-8 Pioneer Harvest Festival, 1150 North A Street, Richmond, Indiana, 765-962-5756
September 11-13 Waverly Apple Jubilee, Waverly, Missouri, 660-493-2551
September 11-14 Harvest Festival, Kerman, California, 559-846-6343
September 12-13 Hutchinson Arts & Crafts Festival, Downown, Hutchinson, Minnesota, 320-587-5252
September 12-14 Laurie Hillbilly Days, Hillbilly Fairgrounds, Laurie, Missouri, 573-374-4871
September 13 Cajun Food Fest, Lydia Park, New Iberia, Louisiana, 337-365-5577
September 13 Millville Apple Festival, Community Center, Millville, Massachusetts, 508-865-0101
Septmeber 13 Pickwick Mill Day, Pickwick near Winona, Pickwick, Minnesota, 507-452-9658
September 13-14 Fall Harvest Festival, 1168 Stage Road, Williston, Vermont, 802-879-5226
September 13-14 Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival, Olcott Beach, Olcott, New York, 716-778-5730
September 13-14 Scarecrow Festival, Washington Court House, Ohio, 740-335-7514
September 13-14 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley, California, 415-381-8090
September 13-14 West Virginia Honey Festival, City Park, Parkersburg, West Virginia, 304-424-1960
September 13-14 Boardwalk Festival of Art, Boardwalk, Ocean City, New Jersey, 609-399-1412
September 18-20 Hootin and Hollarin, Courthouse Square, Gainesville, Missouri, 417-679-4493
September 19-21 La Fete Du Monde, Church Street, Lockport, Louisiana, 985-532-2554
September 19-21 Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey, California, 925-275-9255
September 19-21 Boston Folk Festival, UMass Boston (harborside), Boston, Massachusetts, 617-287-6911
September 20 Autumnfest, First Street, Owensville, Missouri, 573-437-2109
September 20 Dayton Depot Days Festival, Dayton, Washington, 509-382-2026
September 19 Greek Festival, 778 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, California, 626-449-6943
September 19-20 Griggsville Apple Festival, Griggsville, Illinois, 217-833-2637
September 19-21 Irish Festival, Fifth Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland, 410-747-6868
September 20-21 Johnny Appleseed Festival, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 260-483-5638
September 20-21 Somerset Ethnic & Craft Festival, Uptown, Somerset, Pennsylvania, 814-443-1748
September 20-21 Newport Arts Festival, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, Rhode Island, 617-742-3973
September 21 Adams County Heritage Festival, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 713-334-0752
September 21 Arts/Quincy Riverfest, Riverfront, Quincy, Illinois, 217-222-3432
September 25-28 World Chicken Festival, London, Kentucky, 800-348-0095
September 26-28 Pensacola Seafood Festival, Pensacola, Florida, 850-433-6512
September 27 Oktoberfest, Jefferson City, Missouri, 573-634-8198
September 27 Soybean Festival, Main Street, Portageville, Missouri, 573-379-5390
September 27 Burke Fall Festival, East Burke, Vermont, 802-626-4124
September 27 Asher's Fall Festival, Souderton, Pennsylvania, 215-721-3276
September 27-28 Irmo Okra Strut, Irmo, South Carolina, 803-407-6440
September 27-28 Faust Folk Festival, Faust Park, Chesterfield, Missouri, 636-475-4533
September 27-28 Geneva Grape Jamboree, Geneva, Ohio, 440-466-JAMB
September 27-28 Fall Festival, City Park, Rockaway Beach, Missouri, 800-798-0178
September 27-28 Riverfest Arts & Crafts Festival, Boling Park, Canton, Georgia, 770-704-5991
September 27-28 Craft Fair, Chester, Vermont, 802-228-5830
September 27-28 Wildlife Festival, Niagara Power Visitors Center, Lewiston, New York, 716-286-6661

Other September 2003 Events You Might Enjoy
September 5-6 Arkansas Championship Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off,, Bull Shoals, Arkansas, 870-445-4443
September 5-7 Bayou Lafourche Antiques Show & Sale, Civic Center, Thibodaux, Louisiana, 985-446-3858
September 11-14 Ohio the Musical (200th Birthday), Port Clinton, Ohio, 419-734-5503
September 13-14 Santa Clara Art and Wine, Central Park, Santa Clara, California, 408-615-3155
September 20 5th Annual Chili Challenge, Depot Park, Rutland, Vermont, 802-773-9380
September 20-21 International Draft Horse Show, Bonner County Fairgrounds, Sandpoint, Idaho, 208-263-7797
September 20-21 Armonk Outdoor Art Show, North Castle Community Park, Armonk, New York, 914-273-5708
September 26-28 Renewable Energy Roundup, Market Square on Main, Fredericksburg, Texas, 866-SUN-FAIR
September 27 Hot! Hot! Hot Chili Cook-Off, Third Street between Piasa & State, Alton, Illinois, 618-463-1016

It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.
Please tell them you saw the listing in Deb's Monthly Review.

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Staying Connected:
Loving and Keeping Your DSL Access

More than once this month I had to deal with internet connectivity issues, and I have very little technical knowledge in that department.

Thankfully, I had the help of expert tech support people via voice phone. But what does one do when that isn't available?

I did find a few sites you might want to look at (although if your actual online connectivity goes down, you may have to borrow a friend's computer to do the actual looking.)

Here are a few more blogs:

Experts Exchange

Troubleshooting Guide...DSL/ADSL

Ted's Tech Site
(Ted's a friend, and a great general puter guru)

If you live in a house with more than one computer, and need networking help, here's a good beginning article.

If you want DSL, but can't seem to get it in your area, you may still be able to get more speed, using something called Propel Accelerator.

From How Stuff Works: How routers work.
The most important thing is to ask plenty of questions before you decide on DSL service, and to ask plenty of questions from whatever service provider you're thinking of using. It's easy for misunderstandings to develop when either side is not clear on the uses of the service. If you know someone who is using a set-up similar to what you'd like, get them to sit down with you and help you write up a statement of what you hope to do with your DSL, network (if you have more than one computer), and web server (if you are using one).

And if something goes wrong once you have the service, find out how to check a few things at home before you call tech support. And when you call, remain calm. They are usually great at talking you through any further steps to test your connection. But it's tough for them to help if you call in a panic. So, listen carefully, and be patient.
before you call your service provider

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A Little Browsing...

Look at this guy!
This is Scott L. Schwartz.
If you ever get into trouble, you'll want him on your side.

This guy means business.
And his business is playing big and bad.
Big may come easy, because he's 6'10" and weighs about 300 pounds.
I'm not sure how he pulls off the bad part though, because he actually seems to be very...

Well, never mind. Just click on the banner and get ready for some action.

Scott played a camouflage wrestler in the highly successful film Spiderman,
which is now out on DVD.

Scott got to show us his big bad work in the CBS special
Return To The Bat Cave, which aired March 9.


Once upon a time there was a man with a gentle voice and quiet charm. He made several movies and worked in a TV show playing a character who rode a motorcycle from town to town, touching lives, and singing a little here and there. Then some of us didn't hear much of him for awhile.
We wondered if he would ever come to sing for us again.

Michael Parks is singing, and he recorded 17 songs for us to enjoy, including:

I'll Never Be Free
Basin Street Blues
Don't Go To Strangers
Easy Street

This CD was a long time
coming, but it was
worth waiting for.

Take a trip to
Listen Recordings
where you can order your copy.

Michael Parks - Coolin Soup' - Listen Recordings


Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

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


If you've been thinking of getting into online auctions as a buyer or as a seller, you might check out the Online Auction Users Organization, which has a newsletter and a discussion board where you can exchange information on auction items and their presentation, and, in some cases, figure out what that old gadget is that you're thinking of auctioning.

Want to know which states have the most obesity among residents? Scroll down to Table 7 here.


There are a lot of miniature houses and accessories for holiday village scenes, but probably the best known come from Department 56. They even have their own Visa card.

Some young athletes came to the door a couple of weeks ago, selling local restaurant discount cards to help keep their high school football team afloat during these times of budget cuts. I'm tired of kids being sent door-to-door because (so-called) grown-ups can't get their act together on where money for education is supposed to go. We set a horrible example for earnest, hard-working kids. If you have concerns about sports ethics in high school-age children, check out the issues presented at Ethics in Youth and Club Sports.

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