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September 1-4, 2006
Hearts of Gold Cantaloupe Festival
Churchill County Fairgrounds,
Fallon, Nevada
Now in its 21st year, the festival celebrates with a grilling competition, junior rodeo, karaoke, carnival, music and other entertainment, Cantaloupe Chunking mechanisms competition, farmers market, fresh cantaloupe, beer garden, cowboy poetry, arts and crafts, mud volleyball, festival foods, petting zoo. Monday is Family Day.
Get the Facts: Call 775-423-2544

September 1-4, 2006
North Carolina Apple Festival
Hendersonville, North Carolina
The festival celebrates 60 years with breakfasts, an apple recipe contest, WNC Air Museum open house, apple orchard tours, antique cars, Gem & Mineral Spectacular, kiddie carnival, arts and crafts, merchant specials and sidewalk sales, postal cancellation, King Apple Parade (2:30pm on Monday), street dance, Christian music concert and more. You can park in Jackson Park and take a shuttle to the festival area.
Additional Information: Call 828-697-4557

September 2, 2006
Alabama Butterbean Festival
Main Street area,
Pinson, Alabama
5K and 1-mile race, drawings for gas cards, pedal tractor pull, BBQ cooking competition, farmers market, car show, motorcyle show, arts and crafts, cornbread baking contest, recipe contest, wheelbarrow race, activities for kids, pageant, rock climbing wall, festival merchandise, Tail Waggin' Pageant for dogs and more.
Details: Call 205-390-1952 or 800-691-6088

September 2, 2006
Dolan Days
Community Park,
Dolan Springs, Arizona
The weekend begins with a pageant the night before the main festival. The next day you can enjoy a pancake breakfast (7-10am), car show, road apple roulette, arts and crafts, a beer garden, music and plenty of festival foods.
Learn More: Call 928-767-3833

September 2, 2006
Pocono Garlic Festival
Courthouse Square,
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
There is free admission to this event and that's great, because you'll want to save your cash for the great food. Many festivals discourage coolers, but this is one place where you're welcome to bring the cooler and buy plenty of treats to take home. Enjoy garlic funnel cakes, garlic-cream cheese stuffed tomatoes, garlic soup, garlic shortbread, garlic meatloaf and plenty of beverages such as lemonade and capuccino. There will also be wine tasting, arts and crafts, music from the Garlic Eating Tuba Troubadours and 4 stages of entertainment. You can take a free shuttle to and from Stroudsburg Borough Park. The festival runs from 10am-5pm. Don't forget to try the pickled garlic!
Further Information: Call 610-381-3303 or 570-421-7235

September 2-3, 2006
National Buffalo Wing Festival
Dunn Tire Park on Swan Street,
Buffalo, New York
Hot sauce recipe contest, Buffalo Bowl wing eating contest, Baby Wing costume contest for children (themed buffalo, chicken or wing), cooking demonstrations, festival merchandise, car and truck show, pageant, music, activities for kids, and you can run off those calories by taking part in the Running of the Chickens. Some activities may be ticketed separately and/or require reservations.
Questions? Call 716-565-4141

September 2-4, 2006
Capitola Begonia Festival
various venues,
Capitola, California
In its 54th year the festival is scheduled to have a nautical parade down Soquel Creek (Sunday from 1-3pm), Beach Blanket Begonias hat decorating on Sunday, chalk art area for kids, rowboat races (Monday), a fishing derby, sand sculpture contest, student art in the park and concerts at Esplanade Park (bring chairs and blankets if you like).
Get The Facts: Call 831-476-3566 or 800-919-8155

September 2-4, 2006
Box Car Days
Tracy, Minnesota
In its 79th year the festival offers a parade (Labor Day at 1pm), arts and crafts, street dance, fly-in breakfast (Labor Day 7-11am), carnival, pageant, beer tent, festival foods.
Information: Call 507-629-4021 or 507-629-5540

September 2-4, 2006
Milan Melon Festival
Town Square,
Milan, Ohio
Classic cars, parade Sunday at 2pm, pedal tractor pull, arts and crafts, activities for kids, games and rides, music, 10K run (Monday), muskmelon ice cream, watermelon sherbet, BBQ and other festival foods.
Questions? Call 419-499-2766 or 419-668-5231

September 2-4, 2006
Blackberry Festival
various venues,
Bremerton, Oregon
Fly-in, entertainment for kids, strawberry and blackberry shortcake, chalk art competition, 5K/1 mile Berry Fun Run plus a Berry Dash for the kids, music, festival foods, arts and crafts, plus blackberry scones, blackberry pie, blackberry syrup, blackberry jams and more. It's the 17th year for this event.
Additional Details: Call 360-377-3041

September 5-9, 2006
Wellston Coal Festival
Wellston, Ohio
Antique tractors, classic cars, tours of a working mine, karaoke, lawnmower races, 2 parades, Coal Miner Olympics, square dancing, line dancing, food vendors, rides and games, entertainment.
Learn More: Call 740-384-5141

September 6-10, 2006
Defeat of Jesse James Days
various venues,
Northfield, Minnesota
Bank raid reenactments, 5K walk/run and 15K run, pedal tractor pull, helicopter rides, kiddie parade, car show, food court at Bridge Square area, Horseshoe Hunt scavenger competition, Jesse James Bike Tour, bingo, fireworks, arts and crafts, food, antique tractor pull and exhibit, carnival, rodeo, golf tournament, Western-style Steak Fry at rodeo.
Information: Call 507-645-5604

September 6-10, 2006
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival
Civic Park on Daugherty Drive,
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
This event celebrates 41 years with a Mutt Masquerade, Picnic with the Pups, tomato exhibits, a pageant, car & bike show, senior bingo, Civil War reenactors, festival merchandise, carnival rides, arts and crafts, a pizza taste-off, entertainment, a grand parade. There are tomato growing contests (with kids' categories too), plus plenty of goodies such as tomato jam and other treats.
Questions? Call 614-866-2861

September 7-9, 2006
Grape and Fall Festival
Downtown Park,
St. James, Missouri
Now in its 73rd year, the festival offers a talent show, parade, 5K run and 1-mile Walk, carnival, arts and crafts, demolition derby, livestock events, softball and horseshoe tournaments, food, entertainment, wine tasting, ATV pull, grape stomp..
Learn More: Call 573-265-2100 or 800-480-3899

September 7-9, 2006
Seymour Apple Festival
Seymour, Missouri
Enjoy this 34th year with youth games, apple peeling contests, arts and crafts, a parade on Saturday at 10am, food booths, contests. There will be music in the evenings, so bring your lawn chairs and relax.
Further Details: Call 417-935-4801

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September 7-9, 2006
Marion Popcorn Festival
Marion, Ohio
Popcorn cooking finalists compete in categories such as salads, meatloaf and cheesecakes. There will also be a pageant, arts and crafts, rest area for seniors, entertainment (including Fogery Run, local talent and Kiss Army), golf tournament, activities for kids, parade (Thursday at 6pm), volleyball tournament, an opportunity to visit the Wyandot Popcorn Museum. Enjoy festival foods: onion rings, London broil, pastries, red beans and rice, jalapeno poppers, ice cream and more. (The rain date for the parade is Saturday, 1pm.)
Find Out More: Call 740-387-8919

September 7-10, 2006
Boxelder Bug Days
Minneota, Minnesota
5K run/walk, boxelder bug races, sports events, rolle bolle, street dance, beer garden, pedal tractor pullk music, "The Wall That Heals" on display.
Further Details: Call 507-872-6790 or 507-872-5256

September 7-10, 2006
Grapevine GrapeFest
Main Street,
Grapevine, Texas
This 20th year will be busy with an Italian CarFest, business expo, wine tasting and wine auction, cooking demos, KidZone, wine and food pairings, musical (and other) entertainment, tennis tournament, carnival, food vendors and more. Some activities may require a separate fee and/or reservations.
Questions? Call 817-410-3185 or 800-457-6338

September 8-9, 2006
A Taste of Lahaina
Lahaina Recreation Park II,
Lahaina, Hawaii
Beer and wine garden, tasting-size portions of food from area restaurants, country store, activities for kids, music. There is an admission charge for those 13 and older. It's the festival's 15th year.
Further Details: Call 808-667-9175 or 888-310-1117

September 8-10, 2006
Popeye Picnic
Chester, Illinois
It's the 27th year for this one. Fun includes the unveiling of a statue of Wimpy in Gazebo Park, art demos, Popeye 5K run/walk and 1.5-mile run/walk, remote control air show, petting zoo, carnival, teen dance, fireworks, street dance, giant inflatables, fireworks, flea market, Popeye Film Festival, a visit from Popeye characters, municipal band concert, Popeye Museum & Store, video game challenge, U.S. Navy NASCAR Simulator, sand sculptures, pet show, home & health show, smorgasbord, soapbox derby, pony rides, parade (11:30am on Saturday), volleyball tournament, talent show, sacred music concert at St. Mary's Church, birds of prey exhibit.
Get The Facts: Call 618-826-5000 or email

September 8-10, 2006
Broom Corn Festival
Arcola, Illinois
Enjoy this 36th year with a 5K and 10K race (plus a 5-mile walk), flea market, arts and crafts, parade on Saturday at 3am, beer tent, antique tractor display, food booths, kiddie tractor pull, teen dance, music and the National Broom Sweeping Contest.
Information: Call 217-268-4530 or 800-336-5456

September 8-10, 2006
Eastport Salmon Festival
Eastport, Maine
Seafood Chowder cooking contest, salmon and chicken BBQ dinners, sailboat races, arts and crafts, festival dance, motorcycle show and rally (and toy run), music, 5K run/walk (with a 1-mile race for kids), educational displays and salmon industry info, drumming circle, architecture walking tour, dessert sale, coffee house/ice cream social, Chinese raffle, Paint Eastport Day at Eastport Gallery with a Silent Auction.
Find Out More: Call 207-853-4644

September 8-10, 2006
Maryland Seafood Festival
Sandy Point State Park,
Annapolis, Maryland
Celebrate 40 years with 3 stages of entertainment, activities for kids, educational displays, crab soup cooking competition, crab picking contest, 2006 Flying Disc Dog Open East Region Championships and Hyperflite/Skyhoundz Demonstrations. You can also enjoy a tent full of arts and crafts. Kids under age 7 are admitted free with a paying adult. Festival hours: 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday, 11am-7pm on Sunday.
Further Details: Call 410-266-3113

September 8-10, 2006
Posen Potato Festival
various venues,
Posen, Michigan
Potato pancake breakfast, grand parade (1:30pm on Sunday), potato cookbooks for sale, Bump & Run, kiddie parade, antiques, grist mill tours, festival lunches and dinners, flea market, polka dance, carnival, polka folk mass, potato displays, polish sausage breakfast, music, Saturday evening football at the high school.
Additional Information: Call 989-766-8128

September 8-10, 2006
St. Louis Art Fair
Business District,
Clayton, Missouri
3 stages of entertainment, non-profit booths and information, Creative Castle for kids, Arts studio for the grown-ups, art demonstrations, juried arts and crafts on display and for sale, street painting, festival merchandise. When you get the munchies you can enjoy treats from area restaurants: penne with meatballs, steak sandwiches, dried tomato and artichoke hummus, frozen custard, carrot cake, brownies and more. It's the 13th year for this event. Hours are 5-10pm Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday.
Learn More: Call 314-863-0278

September 8-10, 2006
Grain Valley Fair Daze
713 Main Street (behind Community Center),
Grain Valley, Missouri
Parade, commercial vendors, arts and crafts, carnival, food, entertainment, fireworks, car show and more. It's the festival's 20th year.
Get Info: Call 816-847-2627

September 8-10, 2006
Grape and Fall Festival
Historic Downing Street,
Hollister, Missouri
Teams compete for the Ugly Monkey Trophy in the Grape Stomp. You can also have fun with arts and crafts, activities for kids, classic cars, food vendors, 3-on-3 basketball and more. It's the festival's 8th year.
Additional Information: Call 417-334-3050

September 8-10, 2006
Clinton County Corn Festival
County Fairgrounds on W. Main,
Wilmington, Ohio
Music, antiques, arts and crafts, Corn Olympics, quilt show, games, parade on Saturday morning, antique farm equipment on display, festival foods. It's the event's 29th year.
Get The Facts: Call 887-428-4748

September 8-10, 2006
Mantua Potato Festival
Buchert Park on E. High St.,
Mantua, Ohio
Potato Stomp road race and 1-mile fun run, antique farm equipment display, 2 stages of entertainment, games for kids, raffle, pageant, potato baking contest, potato pancakes, baked potatoes, potato doughnuts, arts and crafts. It's the 33rd year for this event. Hours are 6-11pm Friday, 11am-midnight on Saturday and noon-7pm on Sunday.
Further Details: Call 330-274-0770

September 8-10, 2006
Eugene Celebration
Eugene, Oregon
This 24th year there are plans for a pet parade (Sunday at 1:30pm), handball tournament, arts and crafts, commercial and non-profit vendors, musical entertainment, sand sculpture, film festival, classic cars, Salon des Refuses alternative art show, activities for kids, health information, pet contest, parade, festival foods.
Learn More: Call 541-681-4108

September 8-10, 2006
Huckleberry Festival
Daubenspeck Park,
Bingen, Washington
Carnival, arts and crafts, parade, beverage garden and North West Brew Fest, bratwurst, entertainment, huckleberry pie and other berry treats. It's the event's 44th year.
Get Details: Call 509-493-5294

September 8-10, 2006
Niagara County Peach Festival
Academy Park,
Lewiston, New York
Cheerleading contest, games, Peach Fuzz Contest, carnival, entertainment, parade, arts and crafts, 5K run/walk, peach dessert baking contest, peach shortcake, peach pie, fireworks, festival foods. Hours are 5-11pm on Friday, 11am-11pm on Saturday and 11am-11pm on Sunday. There is no admission charge.
Questions? Call 716-754-7214 or 716-754-9500

September 9, 2006
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
Valparaiso, Indiana
In its 28th year the festival offers a Popcorn Parade, 2 stages of entertainment, games and rides for kids, kiddie tractor pull, bingo, hundreds of arts and crafts booths, German music, hot air balloons, Lil Kernel Puff kiddie run, 5-mile run and 5K walk, talent show. Up to 75,000 people are expected to attend this 28th year. The event fun runs from 7am-6:30pm. (There will also be a tennis tournament and a basketball tournament in the area that weekend.)
Get The Details: Call 219-464-8332

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September 9, 2006
Spinach Festival
Sar-Ko-Par-Trails Park at 87th & Lackman Roads,
Lenexa, Kansas
The World's Largest Spinach Salad arrives in a Belgian farmer-style wagon, all accompanied by Popeye and Olive Oyl. Enjoy festival foods, cane pole fishing, green rock skipping, a petting zoo, Spinach Speedway car show, largest sunflower contest, quilt show and drawing for a quilt, paddle boats, antiques, arts and crafts, demonstrations, pony rides. There is an admission charge for those age 12 and older. Festival hours are 9am-5pm.
Additional Information: Call 913-541-8592 or 913-541-0209

September 9, 2006
Checotah, Oklahoma
From 10am-4pm you can enjoy games, a car show, arts and crafts, entertainment, free fried okra, activities for kids, a pageant, an okra eating contest, plus plenty of festival foods (including gumbo and okra dogs).
Learn Details: Call 918-473-4178

September 9, 2006
Kolache Festival
Courthouse Square,
Caldwell, Texas
Woodworking demonstrations, bobbin lace demonstrations, soap making demonstrations, museum displays, parade of costumes, co-ed softball, polka music, kolache bake show, kolache eating contest, kolache baking contest, classic cars, Kolache Krunch 5K run/walk, street dance, arts and crafts, more than 50 food vendors. You can enjoy this 22nd year from 9am-10pm.
Questions? Call 979-567-0000

September 9-10, 2006
Tracy Dry Bean Festival
10th & Central Streets,
Tracy, California
It's the 20th year for this one. Enjoy a pet parade, commercial vendors, an antique mall, arts and crafts, non-profit information, BBQ and other festival foods, two stages of musical entertainment. Hours are from 10am-7pm on Saturday and from 10am-6pm on Sunday.
Learn More: Call 209-835-2131 or 209-835-2244

September 9-10, 2006
Castle Rock Artfest
Wilxoc Square,
Castle Rock, Colorado
Strolling entertainment plus entertainment on stage, 150 artisans showing and selling their work, silent auction, Imagination Zone for the kids, birds of prey exhibit, non-profit exhibits and great foods such as curries, Mexican favorites, turkey legs, smoothies and ice cream. Hours are 9am-6pm on Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sunday. Please—no pets or outside food/beverages. This is the festival's 17th year.
Additional Facts: Call 303-688-4597

September 9-10, 2006
Canal Days
various venues,
Cambridge City, Indiana
BBQ dinners, activities for kids, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, car show, food vendors.
Further Info: Call 765-478-4689

September 9-10, 2006
Little Falls Arts & Crafts Fair
Little Falls, Minnesota
Now in its 34th year, the festival offers 850 juried artists, food vendors and more. You can park free at the Morrison County Fairgrounds and catch a free shuttle to the downtown area. Hours for the event are 8am-6pm on Saturday and from 9am-4pm on Sunday.
Questions? Call 320-632-5155

September 9-10, 2006
Emerson Park,
Auburn, New York
Arts and crafts, entertainment, activities for kids, plenty of food. This event raises funds for local food distribution charities. You are encouraged to donate non-perishable items. It's the 20th year for the festival.
Details: Call 315-255-1658 or 315-253-6569

September 9-10, 2006
Clothesline Festival
Memorial Art Gallery on University Avenue,
Rochester, New York
Almost 600 artisans from 27 New York counties show and sell their work. There are also activities for kids, festival merchandise, music and food.
Find Out More: Call 585-473-7720

September 9-10, 2006
Hazelton, Pennsylvania
Attendance was around 100,000 last year and this year's theme of "50 Years of Rock n' Roll" promises to be just as popular. Enjoy a parade, a Hula Hoop contest, activities for seniors, teen activities, hot wings cooking competition, activities for kids, fireworks (Sat. night at 9pm), classic cars, 5K run/2-mile walk, bed races (6pm on Sat.), dance contest, giant garage sale on Saturday and plenty of food and entertainment.
Get the Facts: Call 570-455-1508 or 800-OKF-FEST

September 9-10, 2006
Mushroom Festival
Kennett Square, Pennslvania
Underground Railroad tours, fresh mushroom soup cooking competition, musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, parade at 10am on Saturday, dance party, classic cars on display, rides for kids, fresh mushrooms for sale, appearances by NASCAR stars, festival merchandise, charity wristband with raffle, growers' mushroom judging, karaoke, mushroom bobbing contest, Soup & Wine Fest on Broad Street, free prostate cancer screening, golf tournament, soccer tournament.
Learn Details: Call 610-925-3373 or 888-440-9920

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September 9-16, 2006
McClure Bean Soup Festival
McClure, Pennsylvania
Games, commercial vendors, fireworks on the night of the 16th, parade, historical reeactors, carnival and plenty of food—including the famous bean soup. All veterans in uniform get free soup, which was also a privilege afforded to soldiers when the festival began 115 years ago. The soup is cooked in big iron kettles and served to festival-goers with tasty crackers.
Further Info: Call 800-338-7389

September 10, 2006
Pet Rock Festival
Quinsigamond College,
Worcestershire, Massachusetts
Adoptable Dog Parade, vegetarian festival foods, cat photo contest, rabies clinic, dog contests, raffles, information on rescue and adoption of animals, festival merchandise, rides for kids, sports memorabilia auction, dog agility demonstration, and entertainment from Blue Dog Group, Collapsible Three and Pet Rock (the band). The event runs from noon-5pm. There is an admission charge and the funds raised at this event go to local food drives and local animal shelters.
Questions? Call 508-755-8004 ext. 245

September 14-17, 2006
Golden Delicious Festival
Courthouse area,
Clay, West Virginia
Carnival, baking contest, local musical entertainment, apple decorating contest, pig tail contest, antique cars, outdoor drama, apple peeling contest, art auction, motorcyle show, Golden Delicious Grand Parade, karaoke, ox roast, Ladies Flingin' Contest, World's Smallest Apple Pie Contest, Golden Delicious Dash 5K run/walk, salsa competion, chili competition, patriotic ceremonies, gospel sing, Oreo stacking contest.
Additional Details: Call 304-587-4455

September 15-17, 2006
Francesville Fall Festival
Francesville, Indiana
Scarecrow contest, 3-on-3 basketball, garden tour, arts and crafts, festival foods, dinners, parade, baked goods, entertainment, pageant.
Learn More: Call 219-567-9689

September 15-17, 2006
Nappanee Apple Fair
Nappanee, Indiana
It's the 31st year for this festival. Enjoy a pageant, laser light show, entertainment on 2 stages, pedal tractor pull, cheerleading contest, apple baking contest, apple peeling contest, apple pie eating contest, arts and crafts, garden tractor pull, foot race, frog jumping contest, plus plenty of apple treats: apple butter, apple pie, apple cider, apple cobbler and more.
Questions? Call 574-773-7812

September 15-17, 2006
Festival of the Forks
Albion, Michigan
In its 40th year the festival offers the fun of sidewalk chalk art, a parade, entertainment, an alumni dinner, music workshops for the kids, art show, food vendors and more.
Details: Call 517-629-5533

September 15-17, 2006
Blue Springs Fall Festival
Main Street,
Blue Springs, Missouri
100,000 typically attend this popular event which features festival foods, commercial booths, 3 stages of entertainment, arts and crafts, a carnival, area for kids, parade and more. The festival is celebrating its 37th year.
Get Information: Call 816-228-2667

September 15-17, 2006
Clark County Mule Festival
County Fairgrounds on Rt. EE,
Kahoka, Missouri
Flea market, carnival, arts and crafts, raffle for a quilt, festival foods. Those are what you might call the "starter events". The real focus of this event is the mule parade plus the hilarious fun of the animal-related contests. There will be mule pulls in different weight categories, mule jumps, bareback mule riding, a back to back race (in which riders must switch positions without dismounting), the Dolly Parton race (in which riders wear a huge bra filled with water balloons and attempt to finish the race without losing the balloons). How about mule polo or musical tires? It's the 21st year for this fun event.
Learn More: Call 660-866-2330 or 660-727-3295

September 15-17, 2006
Jesse James Festival
Festival Grounds on Hwy. 33,
Kearney, Missouri
Truck and tractor pull, 5K/10K run and 5K walk, arts and crafts, senior dinner, 9/11 tribute, firefighter contest, antique fire truck rides, parade, festival dance, scavenger hunt, breakfast buffet, BBQ contest, mule show, carnival, fire apparatus show, chainsaw carving, horseshoe pitching, fishing at the lake, portable laser tag. It's the 36th year for this event.
Further Information: Call 816-628-4646

September 15-17, 2006
Greentree Festival
Kirkwood Park at Geyer & Adams,
Kirkwood, Missouri
Garden exhibits and demonstrations, plant sale, more than 140 arts and crafts booths (Sat. and Sun. only), car show, parade, baby contest, tennis tournament, Canine Frisbee Contest, entertainment, wine garden, kids' dog show, senior pool tournament, senior bingo, activities for kids. It's the 46th year for this event and hours are 5-10pm on Friday, 8:30am-7pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
Find Out More: Call 314-821-4161

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September 15-17, 2006
Southside Fall Festival & Rodeo
Hyde Park & South Street,
St. Joseph, Missouri
In its 18th year the festival celebrates with a parade, professional rodeo events at the Stockyard Arena, petting zoo, pony rides, activities for kids, music, arts and crafts, food court. You are asked to leave pets safely at home while you attend. This is also an alcohol-free event.
Questions? Call 816-238-3515

September 15-17, 2006
Jordan Fall Festival
Festival grounds on Beaver Street,
Jordan, New York
Pumpkin painting, teen karaoke, BBQ, 8.5-mile Alpine Classic Run, classic cars, antique tractor display, entertainment, fish fry lunch on Friday, greased pole climb, drawings for prizes, rides, pancake breakfast, homemade pies, pre-read book sale. It's the festival's 60th year. Hours are 5-10pm on Friday, 10am-10pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.
Additional Details: 315-689-9423 or 315-689-3170

September 15-17, 2006
Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Bavarian Bike Run (on Sunday), activities for kids, arts and crafts, music and dance, festival foods and more.
Get The Facts: Call 724-745-1812

September 15-17, 2006
Peanut Butter Festival
Gumtown Park,
New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Mountain bike race (on the 16th), health fair, carnival, 5K run, parade, chicken barbecue, arts and crafts, motorcycle rally, entertainment, festival foods, pageant, bingo. The festival is celebrating its 11th year.
Learn More: Call 814-275-1718 or 814-275-3929

September 15-17, 2006
German Russian Schmeckfest
various venues,
Eureka, South Dakota
Parade, German meal (evening of Sept. 16), vintage vehicle show, displays, games, arts and crafts, games, variety show, music, dance, German worship service, fresh "kuchen" coffee cake.
More Details: Call 605-284-5137

September 16, 2006
Sunflower Fair
La Porte, Indiana
Now in its 7th year, the festival offers fun such as a chicken and rib cook-off, arts and crafts, art gallery walk, musical entertainment, activities for kids, trolley rides, kids' coloring contest, crafts and collectibles, sunflower contests for largest and tallest sunflowers, American Red Cross 5K run and health walk, food vendors, classic cars. The event is from 8am-4pm and there is no admission charge.
Further Information: Call 219-362-2084

September 16, 2006
Bethel Harvest Fest
Village Common on Broad Street,
Bethel, Maine
Apple picking, pancake breakfast, wood-carving, produce for sale, "Chowdah" Cook-Off, fresh apples for sale, arts and crafts, apple pie baking contest, bike tours, music.
Learn More: Call 207-824-2282 or 800-442-5826

September 16, 2006
King Turkey Day
various venues,
Worthington, Minnesota
Pancake breakfast, pageant, classic cars, flower show, junior varsity volleyball, flea market, King Turkey Day Parade (bring lawn chairs!), Great Gobbler turkey race at 1:30pm, food vendors, Turkey Day 10K foot race and picnic reception, sports card show and more.
Get Details: Call 507-372-2929 or 800-279-2919

September 16, 2006
Heritage Day
Houstonn, Missouri
Coaster car derby, street dance, antique tractors on display, arts and crafts, contests, demonstrations, pageant, entertainment.
Questions? Call 417-967-2220

September 16, 2006
Monett Fall Festival
Monett, Missouri
Entertainment, pet costume contest, arts and crafts, car show, activities for kids and more. Hours are from 9am-5pm. The festival is in its 15th year.
Details: Call 417-235-3349

September 16-17, 2006
Johnny Appleseed Festival
Johnny Appleseed Park & Archer Park,
Fort Wayne, Indiana
In its 32nd year the festival features arts and crafts, historical displays and reenactments, food, antiques and collectibles, activities for kids, BBQ, demonstrations, games and more. Hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Please leave pets safely at home while you attend.
More Information: Call 260-427-6003

September 16-17, 2006
Big River Days
Riverfront Park,
Clarksville, Missouri
This is the festival's 5th year. Enjoy a river otter show, British Regiment reenactments, Native American encampment, activities for kids, 5000 gallon aquarium, tours of the lock, food and more. the event is from 10am-5pm.
Get The Facts: Call 573-242-3769

September 16-17, 2006
Ohio PawPaw Festival
Lake Snowden,
Albany, Ohio
Cooking demonstrations, pawpaw trees for sale, arts and crafts, Pawpaw Beer Garden, pawpaw cooking contest, best pawpaw competition, commercial vendors, music, information booths, food vendors. Pets must be on leash. There is an admission charge for those age 12 and older. The festival is in its 8th year. Hours this year are from 10am-10pm on Saturday and from 10am-4pm on Sunday.
Learn More: Call 740-992-7992 or 800-878-9767

September 16-17, 2006
Maple Fall Festival
Wildwood Park at 1800 S. Central Ave. (Hwy. 13),
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Dress a Sunflower Contest for kids, giant sunflower contest, bluegrass music, maple ice cream making for kids, maple root beer floats, maple syrup recipe contest, maple syrup judging, sugar-on-snow, pancake and maple syrup breakfast (8am-11pm Sat. & Sun.), more than 200 arts and crafts booths. Hours are 9am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. It's the festival's 14th year.
Further Info: Call 715-384-3454 or 800-422-4541

September 17-20, 2006
Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival
Angell Park,
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Parade on Thursday at 6:30pm, carnival games and rides, activities for kids, petting zoo, beer tent, entertainment, face painting, food booths, fresh corn for sale, helicopter rides, bingo, arts and crafts Saturday and Sunday, rock climbing wall, storytelling, cooked sweet corn and other festival foods, midget auto racing. (While you're in the area, see if you can find the marker where artist Georgia O'Keefe once lived.) There is no admission charge for those 6 and younger.
Additional Details: Call 608-837-4547

September 19-23, 2006
Jackson County Apple Festival
Jackson, Ohio
Quilt show with quilting demonstrations, car show, music, apple peeling contest, candy apples, apple cider, pageants, 3 parades, arts and crafts, marching bands, carnival rides, apple butter freshly made, health screenings, karaoke, lip sync contest, baby crawling contest, raffle, lawnmower races, Ice Cream Blizzard eating contest, gospel music, activities for kids.
More: Call 740-286-1339

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September 21-24, 2006
World Chicken Festival
London, Kentucky
In its 17th year the festival offers a chicken cooking contest, Colonel Sanders look-a-like contest, wing eating contest, hot wing eating contest, 3-on-3 basketball, egg survivor drop contest, battle of the bluegrass bands, festival parade, 5k Run for the Roost, 4 stages of entertainment, golf scramble, crowing contest, Chick-O-Lympics, car show, photo contest, activities for the kids, soap box derby, world's largest stainless steel skillet. 25,000 people are expected to attend this one.
Learn The Facts: Call 606-876-0095 or 800-346-0095

September 21-24, 2006
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
Barnesville, Ohio
Beard and mustache competition, pumpkin decorating contest, flea market, pet show, 5K Pumpkin Run, talent show, parade, pageant, classic cars, senior center activities, art show, corn maze, giant pumpkins on display, pumpkin mascot contest, music, bean soup lunch, fudge contest, farm machinery displays, arts and crafts, tall tales competition, apple orchard tours, food vendors with treats such as jalapeno poppers, pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin doughnuts.
Questions? Call 740-425-2593

September 22-23, 2006
Unity Village (M-350 Hwy. & Colbern Rd.),
Lee's Summit, Missouri
German music and dance, activities for kids, German foods and beers, arts and crafts. Due to downtown construction, the festival has a different venue this year.
Further Info: Call 816-524-2424

September 22-24, 2006
Rhythm & Ribs
Raley Field, 400 Ball Park Dr.,
Sacramento, California
Now celebrating its 4th year, the event features arts and crafts, rib cooking contest (with some samples available!), music from local bands, activities for kids.
Additional Details: Call 916-376-4676

September 22-24, 2006
Wanatah Scarecrow Festival
Wanatah, Indiana
Pancake breakfast, helicopter rides, parade, arts and crafts, Scarecrow Scamper fun run for kids ages 2-9, fish fry, rock climbing wall, entertainment, car show, talent show, toy and collectibles show, 5K run and 3K walk, scarecrow sculpting for small children, food booths, garden tractor pull, scarecrow displays throughout the town, tallest sunflower contest, largest zinnia contest, pedal tractor pull, duck race. Please leave pets safely at home. No alcohol or smoking will be permitted at this event.
Learn More: Call 219-733-2183 or 800-584-1417

September 22-24, 2006
Raytown Roundup Days
behind high school
(59th St. & Blue Ridge Rd.),
Raytown, Missouri
Marching band competition, carnival, arts and crafts, activities for kids, parade, games, food. Hours are from 11am-9pm on Friday, 9am-9pm on Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. There is no admission charge.
Questions? Call 816-353-8500

September 22-24, 2006
Whole Enchilada Festival
Meersheidt/Hadley Sports Complex,
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Pet parade, parade, martial arts demonstrations, special postal cancellation, blessing of the bikes, motorcyle and car show, festival foods, arts and crafts, activities for kids, the making of the World's Largest Enchilada (with samples!) Sunday at 10am, beer garden (fee to enter), 1-mile fun run and 5K run, music. It's the 26th year for this festival. There is an admission charge for those age 7 or older.
Further Information: Call 505-786-2289

September 22-24, 2006
Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival
Leavenworth, Washington
Leavenworth is also celebrating its Centennial, so you can expect a lot of focus on one hundred years' worth of town history at this event. There will be a grand parade on Saturday at noon, Bavarian music, street dance, kiddie parade, wall climbing, giant inflatables, pumpkin carving, beer garden, arts and crafts, festival foods.
More: Call 509-548-5807 or Email

September 23-24, 2006
Taste of Morgan Hill
Monterey Rd. area downtown,
Morgan Hill, California
Microbrew and wine tasting, quilt show, custom and classic cars, commercial vendors, street dance, arts and crafts, Kids Zone, entertainment, lots of food. The event is from 10am-6pm. The festival is celebrating its 17th year. (Morgan Hill is also celebrating its Centennial this year and plans to unveil a bronze statue entitled "Waiting for the Train".)
Questions? Call 408-779-9444

September 23-24, 2006
Adams Avenue Street Fair
Adams Avenue (between Bancroft & 35th Streets),
San Diego, California
Pancake breakfast, food vendors, arts and crafts, beer gardens, carnival. And that's only part of it. Add 6 stages of entertainment—more than 70 musical acts. Among those scheduled (at this writing): Delta Blues Dogs, 7th Day Buskers, Cathryn Beeks Ordeal, Whiskey Tango, Havana, Roy Ruiz Clayton. There is no admission charge. It's the festival's 25th year of fun.
Further Information: Call 619-282-7329

September 23-24, 2006
Autumn Moon Festival
Grant Avenue (between Calfornia & Pacific Streets),
San Francisco, California
There have been mixed signals on this year's dates, so do double-check them before you attend. Of course, you can't go wrong visiting the city's wonderful Chinatown any time of the year. Plans for the Festival this year include dragon dances, a lantern village, lion dancing, arts and crafts, parade, activities for children, entertainment, moon cakes and other ethnic foods.
Additional Details: Call 514-982-6306

September 23-24, 2006
Geneva Grape Jamboree
Downtown (intersection of Rts. 534 & 20),
Geneva, Ohio
Slovenian dancers in costume, grape stomping, grape products for sale, exhibits, pageant, street dance, wine tasting, freshly squeezed grape juice, arts and crafts, entertainment, raffle, 2 parades, fire truck pull Sat. at 4pm—a benefit event for Special Olympics.
Get The Facts: Call 440-466-JAMB

September 23-24, 2006
Fall Harvest Festival
Central Park,
North Branch, Minnesota
This 16th festival event runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday and from noon-4pm on Sunday. Enjoy classic cars, arts and crafts, festival foods, a pumpkin patch, entertainment and breakfasts.
Learn Details: Call 651-674-4077

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September 23-24, 2006
Taste of Rhode Island
Newport Harbor (4 Commercial Wharf),
Newport, Rhode Island
Cooking demonstrations, New Enland Oyster Festival, Kids N Family Coastal Backyard, 3 stages of entertainment, strolling entertainers, tasting-size portions of food from dozens of area restaurants, wine garden. Children under age 12 are admitted free with an accompanying adult. This is the event's 18th year.
Find Out More: Call 401-846-1600

September 23-24, 2006
Persimmon Festival
Main Street area,
Mitchell, Indiana
The festival celebrates its 60th year with a parade (Sept. 30th at 2pm), an auto show, antiques, gospel music, lasagna dinner on the 25th, 5K race, EMS displays, ham radio displays, photography, walking tours, pageant, carnival, pancake breakfast, karaoke, entertainment, persimmon pudding cooking contest, persimmon pudding eating contest, chicken barbecue, tennis tournament, horseshoe tournament, blood drive, chili cook-off, fish fry on the 29th, puppet show, quilt display. Most activities take place between Sept. 25-30.
Further Information: Call 812-849-4441 or 800-580-1985

September 24, 2006
Colden Visual Arts & Crafts Fair
Fire Company grounds
(Rt. 240 at Bosten Colden Rd.),
Colden, New York
Car show, entertainment, arts and crafts, more.
Get the Facts: Call 716-941-5016 or 716-941-5012

September 27-30, 2006
Ohio Swiss Festival
Main Street (and other venues),
Sugarcreek, Ohio
Enjoy Swiss music and dancing, a Swiss cheese-making competition and cheese auction, 5K run, grand parade, costume contest, pageant, arts and crafts, kiddie parade, Swiss wrestling, yodeling contest, steinstossen (stone throw competition). Come and have a great time at this 54th year.
Learn More: Call 330-852-4113 or 888-609-7592

September 28-October 1, 2006
Buckwheat Festival
various venues,
Kingwood, West Virginia
Pageant, race cars and modified trucks (and other vehicles) on display, carnival (opens Thursday evening), Ag Olympics, livestock exhibits and judging, woodsmen competition, buckwheat cake and sausage dinners, laser light show, arts and crafts, bicycle decorating contest, agricultural exhibits, drawings for prizes, Irish road bowling, pet show for kids, parade.
Further Questions? Call 304-379-2203

September 29-October 1, 2006
Westville Pumpkin Festival
Prairie Meadows Park (at U.S. Hwys. 6 & 421),
Westville, Indiana
Pumpkin contest, horseshoe tournament, pumpkin pie, parade, entertainment, arts and crafts, foot race, antique tractor pull, food vendors.
Get Details: Call 219-785-2463

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September 29-30, 2006
Pelican Festival
Civic Center,
Grove, Oklahoma
In its 24th year the festival is scheduled to include a parade on Saturday at 10am, musical entertainment, talent competition, commercial vendors, KidsZone, food vendors, pelican viewing tours, carnival, arts and crafts. There is no admission charge.
Further Information: Call 918-786-2289

September 29-October 1, 2006
Crown Center & Union Station,
Kansas City, Missouri
The festival is at a new venue this year, but with the same kind of fun as you've had in the past. Enjoy hand twisted pretzels and other German food specialties, entertainment on 2 stages a beer garden, pumpkin decorating, activities for kids, fireworks, arts and crafts, a carnival. There is an admission charge for those age 12 and older. Please leave pets and coolers at home as you come to enjoy the festival.
Questions? Call 816-221-0636

September 30, 2006
Hallettsville Kolache Fest
Knights of Columbus Hall,
Hallettsville, Texas
Horseshoe tournament, kolache eating contest, activities for kids, karaoke, car show, washer pitching tournament, petting zoo, arts and crafts, food and drink vendors (with red beans, nachos, tamales, burgers, frito pie, snow cones, lemonade and more). Among the musical talent scheduled to perform at this writing: Texas Unlimited Band, The Triumphs. It's the Event's 12th year.
Additional Details: Call 361-798-2662

September 30, 2006
Autumn Harvest Festival
Marlinton, West Virginia
Horseshoe pitching, agricultural and homemaking exhibits, games, scavenger hunt, entertainment, the 15th Annual West Virginia RoadKill Cook-Off (which is a wild game cooking competition and does not involve high-speed chases on the local highways).
Questions? Call 800-336-7009

September 30-October 1, 2006
Mississippi Pecan Festival
Wingate Road,
Richton, Mississippi
Now celebrating its 20th year, the festival offers bluegrass and gospel music, a pageant, mule pull, arts and crafts, antique engines on display, pecan charity baking contest, purtiest rooster contest, dog demonstrations, festival foods. The event is held in an actual pecan orchard (Wingate Road is between Hwy. 49 and Hwy. 15.)
More Information: Call 601-525-3792

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September 30-October 1, 2006
Hilton Apple fest
Community Center,
Hilton, New York
Apple Derby 5-mile run, music and other entertainment, car show, festival merchandise, festival foods, fresh apples for sale, apple cider. "The Barns of Parma" project is on display in the Community Center this year, so there will be no photography contest or apple pie contest. Those will return next year.
Get Details: Call 585-234-3378

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

September 1-2 Old Settlers Festival, Clupper Grove, Bean Blossom, Indiana, 812-988-2626
September 1-2 Big Butt Lumber Heritage Festival, County Fairgrounds, Brookville, Pennsylvania, 814-849-4661
September 1-2 Swiss Days, Town Square, Midway, Utah
September 1-3 Fayetteville Arts Festival, Fayetteville, Arkansas
September 1-3 Greek Festival, Convention Center, Sacramento, California, 916-264-5181
September 1-3 Balloonfest, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 208-667-2314
September 1-3 Big Muddy Blues Festival, Laclede's Landing, St. Louis, Missouri, 314-241-5875
September 1-3 Winchester Caramel Festival, Main Street, Winchester, Ohio, 937-695-0950
September 1-3 Dusk 'til Dawn Blues Festival, DC Minner Street,
                   (off Rentiesville-Honey Springs Rd., Rentiesville, Oklahoma, 918-473-2411
September 1-4 Paul Bunyan Days, various venues, Fort Bragg, California, 707-961-6300
September 1-4 Gold Rush Days, Old Sacramento, Sacramento, California, 916-808-7777
September 1-4 Wagon Days, Ketchum, Idaho, 866-305-9899
September 1-4 Little Italy Festival, Clinton, Indiana, 765-832-9935 or 765-832-7254
September 1-4 Earl Park Fall Festival, Community Park, Earl Park, Indiana, 219-474-5081 or 765-385-2678
September 1-4 Marshmallow Festival, Ligonier, Indiana, 260-894-4073
September 1-4 Arts, Beats & Eats, Downtown, Pontiac, Michigan, 248-334-4600
September 1-4 Santa-Cali-Gon Days, Independence Square on Lexington, Independence, Missouri, 816-252-4745
September 1-4 Oak Leaf Festival, Main Street area, Oak Hill, West Virginia, 800-927-0263
September 2 Septemberfest, Ventura, Iowa
September 2 Prairie Arts Festival, Downtown, West Point, Mississippi, 662-494-5121
September 2-3 Gold Camp Days, Oatman, Arizona, 928-768-6222
September 2-3 Heritage Celebration, Memorial Park, Foresthill, California, 530-367-2474
September 2-3 Salsa Fiesta,
                   Creede, Colorado, 719-658-2374 or 800-327-2102 (reservations needed for tasting salsa from competition!)
September 2-3 Pirates on the Waterfront, Harbor Lawn, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-228-6080
September 2-3 Hatch Chile Festival, airport area, Hatch, New Mexico, 505-267-5050
September 2-3 Lobsterfest (40th!), Marina, Westport, New York, 518-962-4356 or 800-626-0342
September 2-3 Mad River Valley Craft Fair,
                   Kenyon's Field on Route 100, Waitsfield, Vermont, 802-496-4420 (before 8:30pm)
September 2-4 Apple Harvest Festival, Apple Annie's Orchard, Willcox, Arizona, 520-384-2084
September 2-4 Art & Soul Festival, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California, 510-444-2489
September 2-4 Tapestry Arts Festival, Downtown, San Jose, California, 408-494-3590
September 2-4 Pioneer Florida Festival, Pioneer Museum off US 301 North, Dade City, Florida, 352-567-0262
September 2-4 Kingsland Catfish Festival, Downtown, Kingsland, Georgia, 800-433-0225
September 2-4 Schaumburg Septemberfest,
                   Schaumburg Road at Summit Drive, Schaumburg, Illinois, 847-923-3636
September 2-4 Watermelon Festival, Downtown, Clyde, Kansas, 765-446-3300
September 3 Brewery Gulch Daze (41st!), 11am-5pm, Bisbee, Arizona, 520-432-3554 or 866-2BISBEE
September 3 Running of the Sheep, Downtown, Reed Point, Montana, 406-326-2315
September 4-9 Ayden Collard Festival (31st!), West Avenue area, Ayden, North Carolina, 252-746-7080 or 252-746-2266
September 6-10 Grande Festa Italiana,
                   Hempstead Harbor Park, Port Washington, New York, 516-767-3123 or 516-484-7010
September 7-9 Peach Days, Main St. & Forest St., Brigham City, Utah, 435-723-3931
September 7-10 Roann Covered Bridge Festival, Downtown, Roann, Indiana, 765-833-4871
September 8-10 Greek Festival, 223 Church St., Santa Cruz, California, 831-429-6500
September 8-10 Bryant Loblolly Days, Downtown, Bryant, Indiana, 260-997-6476
September 8-10 Greek Festival, 120th & Wornal, Kansas City, Kansas, 816-942-9100 or 816-728-2127
September 8-10 Harvest Festival, Park Pavilion, Cromwell, Minnesota, 218-644-3430
September 8-10 Japanese Fall Festival, Mizumoto Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene Park, Springfield, Missouri, 417-854-1049
September 8-10 Seafood Festival, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, 603-925-8717
September 8-10 Irish Festival, Chevrolet Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 412-422-1113
September 8-10 Dairy Days, Legion Field, Platteville, Wisconsin, 608-348-8888
September 9 Ossian Hey Days & Outhouse Races, 4760 Ossian Hill Rd., Dansville, New York, 585-335-2191
September 9 Marion Fall Festival, Main Street, Marion, New York, 315-926-1166
September 9 Atascosa County Sesquicentennial Roundup, Courthouse Square, Jourdanton, Texas, 830-569-3622
September 9-10 Cornbread Festival, Mansfield, Indiana, 765-653-4026
September 9-10 Old Albany Days (40th!), Albany Museum, Sabetha, Kansas, 785-284-3446
September 9-10 Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, Greig Farm, Red Hook, New York, 845-658-7181
September 9-10 Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival, Norwich, New York, 507-336-3378
September 9-10 North Carolina Gourd Festival (65th!), State Fair Grounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 919-557-5946
September 9-10 Fort Hand Festival,
                   285 Pine Run Church Road (Washington Twp.), Apollo, Pennsylvania, 412-491-6152
September 9-17 Harwich Cranberry Festival, Harwichport, Massachusetts, 508-430-2811
September 13-16 Berlin Brothers Valley Community Fair, High School Gym, Berlin, Pennsylvania, 814-267-3763
September 13-17 Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Downtown, Bardstown, Kentucky, 800-638-4877
September 14-17 Newark Days, Community Center Park, Newark, California, 510-793-5683
September 14-17 Black Gold Festival, Dowtown, Hazard, Kentucky, 606-436-0161
September 14-17 West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival, City Park, Sistersville, West Virginia, 304-455-1257
September 15-16 Italian Fest, Main Street, Collinsville, Illinois, 618-344-2884
September 15-16 Back to the Fifties, Courthouse Square, Lebanon, Indiana, 866-447-5050
September 15-16 Cow Days Festival, Downtown, Greensburg, Kentucky, 270-932-4298
September 15-16 Home Town Harvest Days (36th!), Town Square, Marshfield, Missouri, 417-468-2324
September 15-16 Street Painting Festival, Moore Square & City Market, Raleigh, North Carolina, 919-828-7834
September 15-16 Doodle Soup Days, Bradford, Tennessee, 731-742-3494
September 15-17 Monterey Jazz Festival, County Fairgrounds, Monterey, California, 925-275-9255
September 15-17 Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, San Pedro, California, 310-798-7478 or 310-366-6472
September 15-17 Saengerbund Oktoberfest, 49 Salem Church Road, Newark, Delaware, 302-386-9454
September 15-17 Wizard of Oz Festival, Hwy. 49 at Division Road, Chesterton, Indiana, 219-983-1691
September 15-17 Victorian Festival, Northville, Michigan, 248-349-0345
September 15-17 Festival of Grapes, Village Green, Silver Creek, New York, 716-934-3983
September 15-17 Grecian Festival, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, North Carolina, 919-781-4548
September 15-17 Scarecrow Festival, Downtown, Washington Court House, Ohio, 740-335-7514
September 15-17 Texas Gatorfest, Fort Anahuac Park, Anahuac, Texas, 409-267-4190
September 16 Chihuahua Races & Fiesta, Miami, Arizona, 928-473-4403
September 16 Spud Day, City Park, Shelley, Idaho, 208-357-3390
September 16 Heritage Days (formerly Autumnfest), Downtown, Owensville, Missouri, 573-437-7027
September 16 Fall Festival/Chili Cook-off/Talent Contest, Rockaway Beach, Missouri, 417-561-4280 or 800-798-0178
September 16 Potato Festival, 9am-4pm, various venues, Richford, New York, 607-657-2526
September 16-17 Balloonfest, Alturas, California, 530-233-4433
September 16-17 Wings of the Warners Festival, Veteran's Memorial Park, Alturas, California, 530-233-4434 or 530-233-5085
September 16-17 Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Old Mill Park, Mill Valley, California, 415-381-8090
September 16-17 Levi Coffin Days, Downtown, Fountain City, Indiana, 765-994-9551
September 16-17 Biloxi Seafood Festival, Town Green, Biloxi, Mississippi, 228-604-0014
September 16-17 Cider Days, 10am-5pm, Walnut Street, Springfield, Missouri, 417-831-6200
September 16-17 Garlic Festival, Empire City Farms, Cuba, New York, 585-968-5654
September 16-17 Family Festival by the Sea, Lido Beach Town Park, Hempstead, New York, 516-431-6650
September 16-17 Quaker Arts Festival, Middle School, Orchard Park, New York, 716-662-3366
September 16-17 Scarecrow Festival, Pedler's Village, Lahaska, Pennsylvania, 215-794-4000
September 16-17 Burrillville Arts & Crafts Festival, Harrisville Village, Burrillville, Rhode Island, 401-568-7470
September 20-24 Sugar Cane Festival, various venues, New Iberia, Louisiana, 337-369-9323
September 21-23 Hootin and Hollarin, Gainsville, Missouri, 417-679-4913
September 21-24 Remembering James Dean Festival,
                   Main Street & Playacres Park, Fairmount, Indiana, 765-948-4555
September 21-24 Huntingberg Herbstfest, City Park, Huntington, Indiana, 812-683-2211
September 21-24 Festival in the Park (42nd!), Freedom Lake Park, Charlotte, North Carolina, 704-338-1060
September 22-23 Tallahatchie Riverfest, Downtown, New Albany, Mississippi, 888-534-8232
September 22-24 Antique & Apple Festival, Moulton, Alabama, 256-974-5067
September 22-24 Walnut Festival, Walnut Creek, California, 925-935-6766
September 22-24 Pensacola Seafood Festival, Seville Square, Pensacola, Florida, 850-433-6512
September 22-24 Honeybee Festival, County Fairgrounds, Paris, Illinois, 217-463-9440
September 22-24 Morgan County Sorghum Festival, West Liberty, Kentucky, 606-743-3330
September 22-24 Potato Fest, Savannah, New York, 315-365-3156
September 22-24 North Carolina Spot Festival
                   field south of Hwy. 17/210 intersection, Hampstead, North Carolina, 910-270-9642 or 888-576-4756
September 22-24 Tipp City Mum Festival (48th!), City Park, Tipp City, Ohio, 937-667-8631
September 22-24 Oktoberfest, Town Square, Marienville, Pennsylvania, 814-927-8218
September 22-24 Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, 843-237-4440
September 22-24 Hot Air Balloon Festival, Red Bud Park, Abilene, Texas, 325-692-2637
September 22-24 Plano Balloon Festival, Oak Point Park, Plano, Texas, 972-867-7566
September 23 Dog Days Celebration, Farmers Market, Kirkwood, Missouri, 314-822-0084
September 23 Soybean Festival, Portageville, Missouri, 573-379-2292
September 23 Shakin' in the Shell Festival & Car Show, Shell Knob, Missouri, 417-858-3300
September 23-24 Marion County Country Ham Days, Main Street, Lebanon, Kentucky, 270-692-9594
September 23-24 AppleUmpkin Festival, 10am-5pm, Wyoming, New York, 585-495-9940
September 23-24 Pretzel Festival, Veterans Memorial Park, Germantown, Ohio, 937-859-8331
September 23-24 Corvallis Fall Festival, Corvallis, Oregon, 541-752-9655
September 23-24 Whiskey Rebellion Celebration, J.B. Shrock Playground, Berlin, Pennsylvania, 814-367-5987
September 24 Busti Apple Festival, Busti, New York, 716-483-0134
September 27-October 1 Orange County Pumpkin Festival, Downtown, French Lick, Indiana, 812-936-2405
September 28-30 Chainsaw Carving for America's Heroes Festival, County Fairgrounds, Grinnell, Iowa
September 29-30 Mining Days & Band Festival,
                   King Jack Park, Webb City, Missouri, 417-673-1154 or 417-673-1264
September 29-October 1 Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, 508-836-4444
September 29-October 1 Fall Festival,
                   Pearl Street Mall between 11th & 15th, Boulder, Colorado, 303-449-3774
September 29-October 7 Oktoberfest, Fairgrounds, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 608-784-3378
September 30 Applefest, various venues, Woodbine, Iowa, 712-647-2943
September 30 Beef-A-Rama, Minocqua, Wisconsin, 800-44-NORTH
September 30-October 1 Johnny Appleseed Festival, Auglaize Village on Krouse Rd., Defiance, Ohio, 419-782-7255

Other September 2006 Events You Might Enjoy
Events in this section may be called festivals but are generally less
multi-dimensional than events in the above category
September 1-3 National Championship Chuckwagon Race, Clinton, Arkansas, 501-745-8407
September 1-4 Dragon Con, Atlanta, Georgia, 770-909-0115
September 1-4 Arts Festival Oklahoma, Community College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 405-6822-7576
September 1-4 Crawford Rock Swap, City Park, Crawford, Nebraska, 308-432-8950
September 2-4 Hello Kitty Boardfest, just south of the Pier, Huntington Beach, California, 714-375-1132
September 3 Antiques in the Square, City Park, Clear Lake, Iowa, 641-357-4000 or 800-285-5338
September 8-9 Arenzville Burgoo, Arenzville, Illinois
September 8-9 Bristol Hills Storytelling Festival, Congdon Park, Bristol, Indiana, 574-875-9135
September 8-10 Cherry's Jubilee, Monterey, California, 831-759-1836
September 8-10 Camel Races, Camel Dome on F Street, Virginia City, Nevada, 775-887-1294
September 8-10 Mud Bowl, Hog Coliseum, North Conway, New Hampshire, 356-2096 or 800-367-3364
September 8-10 Tulsa House Beautiful Show, Fairgrounds, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 800-469-0990
September 8-10 A Fair in the Park, Mellon Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 412-687-8858
September 9 Charlotte Antique & Classic Boat Show, Mooresville, North Carolina, 800-633-6224
September 9 Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour (30, 55, 71 or 101 miles), Pryor, Oklahoma, 918-825-0158
September 9 Sidewalk Arts Festival, Main Avenue area, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 605-336-1167
September 9-10 Westport Kiwanis BBQ, Community Bldg., Westport, Indiana, 812-591-2066
September 9-10 Print, Photo & Paper Fair, Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, 209-358-3134
September 9-10 Gun Show, New York Event Center, Clarence, New York, 800-225-7338
September 9-10 Fort Klock Craft Fair, St. Johnsville, New York, 518-993-2352
September 9-10 Bald is Beautiful Convention, Hampton Inn, Morehead City, North Carolina, 252-726-1004
September 9-17 Fall Boat Show, Jack London Square, Oakland, California, 866-295-9853
September 9-17 Friendship Flea Market, Friendship, Indiana, 859-341-9188
September 10 Arts, Crafts & Antiques Festival, 9:30am-4pm, Starlite Plaza on Monroe St., Sylvania, Ohio, 419-882-2135
September 15-16 Arts & Crafts Festival/Taste of Hutchinson,
                   Liberty Square Park, Hutchinson, Minnesota, 320-587-5252 or 800-572-6689
September 15-17 Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, Mountain View, Arkansas, 870-269-8068 or 888-679-2859
September 15-17 Inkslingers Ball, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California, 800-824-8046
September 15-17 Great Forest Park Balloon Race, St. Louis, Missouri, info@greatforestparkballoonrace.com
September 15-17 Music City Arabian Horse Show, Miller Coliseum, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 615-494-8961
September 16 Hillbilly Chili Cook Off, White River State Park, Bull Shoals, Arkansas, 870-445-4505
September 16 Mexican Independence Day Parade, Newberry & 18th, Chicago, Illinois, 312-744-3315
September 16 Pursuit of Excellence Marching Band Competition,
                   Mattke Field at SMSU, Marshall, Minnesota, 507-532-2157 or 800-260-0970
September 16 Larkfest, Trinity Church Parking Lot on Lark Street, Albany, New York, 518-434-3881
September 16-17 Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival,
                   10am-5pm, Central Park at Kiely Blvd. & Homestead Blvd., Santa Clara, California, 408-615-3140
September 16-17 Artists in the Country, various school campuses, Woodstock, Connecticut, 860-455-0103
September 16-17 Central States Gun Show, North Iowa Fair Facility, Mason City, Iowa, 641-423-3811
September 16-17 Arts & Crafts Show, Country Club Circle, Diamondhead, Mississippi, 228-255-2697
September 16-17 Waterloo Antiques & Country Fair, 10am-5pm, Concert Field, Stanhope, New Jersey, 212-255-0020
September 16-17 Mendon Arts Festival, various venues, Mendon, New York, 585-624-3182
September 16-17 Oklahoma Scottish Festival, River West Festival Park at 2105 S. Jackson Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma
September 16-17 Mothman Festival, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, 304-675-9726
September 22-24 Northwest Kansas Motorcycle Show & Parade, Main Street, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, 785-890-0538
September 22-24 South Dakota Festival of Books, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
September 22-24 Renewable Energy Roundup, Market Square, Fredericksburg, Texas, 541-482-0858
September 23 Hopedale Day in the Park, Town Park, Hopedale, Massachusetts, 508-473-8753
September 23-24 Gem & Mineral Show, County Fairgrounds, Monterey, California, 831-755-7741
September 23-24 Rock-a-thon, Museum Complex, Joplin, Missouri, 417-623-1180
September 23-24 Candy Dance Arts & Crafts Faire, 9am-5pm, Genoa, Nevada, 775-782-8696
September 23-24 Longhorn Rod Run, Main Street, Spring, Texas, 800-OLDTOWN
September 23-30 Frontier Days, Eva, Alabama, 256-796-7023
September 24 Food Bazaar, 10am-5pm, Placer Buddhist Church, Penryn, California, 916-652-6139
September 24 By Land & By Sea: Antique Vehicles Show, Mystic, Connecticut, 860-572-5315 or 888-973-2767
September 24 Wood Carving & Art Sale, 10am-4pm, 2470 Old Bridge Rd., Saginaw, Michigan, 614-258-9783
September 29-October 1 Antique Auto Hill Climb, Newport, Indiana, 765-492-4220
September 29-October 1 Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 866-NEPFEST
September 30 Farm Aid, Tweeter Center, Camden, New Jersey, 800-FARM-AID
Septmeber 30 Missouri Chili Cook-off, 11am-7pm, West Port Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri, 314-576-2727 ext. 211
September 30-October 1 Autumn Craft Festival, Mills Fall Marketplace, Meredith, New Hampshire, 603-332-2616

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

This guy means business.
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Big may come easy, because he's 6'10" and weighs about 300 pounds.
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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
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Take a trip to
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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.
A sample of her work is illustrated online.
Talk to her about what you're looking for!


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...

September 24-October 1 is Banned Books Week You can learn more about the activities and promotion for that week by visiting the American Library Association's page.

This month we mark the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of
September 11, 2001

Your favorite school
could be making a
Splash this September 22.

It's that time of year when one of the best treats you can have is fresh peaches. But they're not just for eating out-of-hand. Try an old-fashioned Two-Crust Peach Pie, or maybe a Died and Gone to Heaven Peach Pie, which actually uses canned peaches, so you could make it any time of the year. If pie isn't your thing, how about some Peach Cobbler? If that looks like too much work, I can recommend the Easy Peach Cobbler recipe. It works well with frozen peaches too. Add some cinnamon for even better flavor. And if you're craving something peachy while you're out camping this fall, try a Praline-Peach Dessert. You bring cake and canned peaches on the trip and then stir up the topping in a frying pan.


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