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Fairs and Festivals and other Oddities
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Patria    Posted 02-12-2005 at 08:21:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is a newsletter I recieve in my e-mail, and I love to check it out and do some more research about the places and customs that gave way for these fairs to take place. oh I know you guys might know about these already, but I'll post them anyway! :)

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PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL
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February 11-20, 2005 Portland, OR
http://www.pdxjazz.com 503-228-5299

It will soon be time to immerse yourself in a true American
art form - jazz. This upcoming week there will be more than
75 live performances and events. The second annual Portland
Jazz Festival has grown in number of shows, artistic
creativity and educational opportunities for the public.

Within one square mile of downtown Portland, you'll see
3-time Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist, Dianne Reeves,
plus three of the greatest jazz bassists of our time Charlie
Haden, Dave Holland, John Patitucci, and the future of jazz,
with young and emerging artists; The Bad Plus, Patricia
Barber, Danilo Perez, Joe Locke & 4 Walls of Freedom, and
Brazilian singer Luciana Souza... plus the excitement of the
North American premiere of Andy Narell & Calypsociation, a
13-piece steel drum orchestra.

Whether you are a jazz aficionado or curious music fan, PDX
Jazz has something for you! This festival boasts 10 ticketed
events as well as over 40 other performances and educational
workshops to teach the public about the history, roots, and
structure of jazz. These events include a Jazz Afternoon Tea,
Jazz Barbecue, Latin Jazz Dance Party, and Jazz Dim-Sum!
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SNOWMAN BURNING
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March 16, 2005 Sault Ste. Marie, MI
http://www.lssu.edu/ 906-635-2314

A fest doesn't have to be huge to be fun. Check this one
out or one like it in your area. Every year, to celebrate the
coming of spring, the small frozen town of Sault Ste. Marie
heats up with the Snowman Burning. A 10-foot-tall,
five-foot-wide snowman is torched at the university to usher
out winter and welcome the thaw. Since 1971, Lake State
students and faculty as well as the surrounding community
have participated in an event that might seem odd to
outsiders, but it does the trick for them.

Members of the community are welcome to join in this annual
springtime tradition by toasting the snowman's demise with a
mug of hot chocolate and a hot dog grilled by members of the
LSSU Student Government. In the past, spring-hungry residents
have read poetry at the event, although these days most seem
content to warm themselves by the fire. Consider that in
Sault Ste. Marie, groundhogs can't get out of their frozen
burrows to look at their shadows until sometime in April.
Brrr.
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ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL
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April 22-25, 2005 Stockton, CA
http://www.asparagusfest.com/ 209-644-3740

Now here is a true sign of spring - Asparagus! San Joaquin
County's most prestigious agricultural product inspired the
creation of the Stockton Asparagus Festival nineteen years
ago. The Stockton Asparagus Festival is a three-day,
multi-event, food, and entertainment festival, which
celebrates asparagus in a big way.

The festival features two performing stages, an Asparagus
Alley with the best deep fried asparagus found anywhere, one
of the finest celebrity chef cooking demonstration kitchens,
a fabulous Spear-Its of the Valley wine and beer pavilion, a
craft show, exhibits by more than 70 food purveyors and 100
specialty merchandise vendors, and much more!

Other highlights include; deep fried eating competition,
great spear-it run, hole-in-one golf contest, spear-throwing
competition, recipe contest, and the Skyy Dog Arena. Who knew
there was so much to do with asparagus!
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ROTARY ROCK 'N' RIBS FESTIVAL
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April 23-25, 2005 Springfield, MO
http://www.rocknribs.com 800-827-1796

This event is wonderful for families, with lots of
entertainment and attractions to interest both young and old
alike. There will be a kids entertainment area complete with
a giant slide and obstacle course, clowns, face painting,
balloon art, a baby pigs petting area, an ice hockey shoot
and the Jordan Valley Penguin! Whoo hoo! The Budweiser
Clydesdale Team and Wagon will also be on hand to entertain
the crowds, and a local favorite, the SMSU Lady Bears will be
there to sign autographs for the fans.

If you enjoy classics, there will also be a classic car show
on site as well. Over a dozen different bands will be
performing throughout the day and evening, with favorite
headliners, M-Doc, and Big Smith in the evening. You won't
want to miss these bands if you haven't experienced them
before.

OK, on to the main attraction. Imagine 30 traveling barbecue
teams from a four to six state area rolling into the parking
lot with the widest array of barbecue cookers and smokers you
have ever seen. The smells alone will get you. These folks
are serious when it comes to barbecue! Of course, besides
sampling all the wonderful BBQ available, you will also have
the opportunity to be a "judge for a day" and vote for your
favorite backyard team. Besides BBQ, there will be many other
delicious foods and beverages to enjoy. And if you like pie,
you won't want to miss signing up for the pie-eating contest!
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BLUE RIDGE BBQ FESTIVAL
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June 10-11, 2005 Tryon, NC
http://www.blueridgebbqfestival.com/ 828-859-RIBS

Kellie wrote in to share this fest with us, "I know it's kind
of early, but I figure you get swamped with suggestions, so
here is a bbq festival in my home state. It is held every
year." Thanks Kellie, a perfect choice for the kick off to
summer. I myself love BBQ's and would go every weekend if I
could!

From humble beginnings in 1994, the Blue Ridge Barbecue
Festival has grown into the biggest annual event in Polk
County, one of the most popular festivals in Western North
Carolina, and one of the premier barbecue events in the
nation. The 12th annual Blue Ridge BBQ Festival will be held
at Harmon Field, a quintessentially Polk County location at
the foot of Warrior Mountain along the banks of the Pacolet
River. Participants and visitors raved over the tranquil
beauty of the site as well as the "isothermal effect," a
local geographic phenomenon that makes the Harmon Field area
several degrees cooler in summer than surrounding locales.

The festival also includes wall-to-wall music on two stages,
a Kids Fun Park with carnival rides and games. Other
excitement not usually associated with a BBQ Festival occur
throughout the two-day event-like grape stompings and wine
tastings at the Vineyard. Overall, great fun for the whole
family.





deadcarp    Posted 02-12-2005 at 08:46:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
mom used to say, "every town has its ball of string" & i think that's true. in mid-march, our town menahga has st urho's day (start of finlander spawning season), and melbourne aus celebrates moomba (means "rearend" in aborigine) course it's midsummer there now. :)


Patria    Posted 02-12-2005 at 16:03:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah dc..I remember, last year they were giving away a big price!


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