In the US every weekend, some area is celebrating something silly. I don’t mean silly so much as maybe unusual. Take for instance this weeks selection Sauerkraut Days. There really aren’t many places outside of Germany that get excited about sauerkraut but somehow it works in Ackely, IA. Just like the Mosquito Festival works in Clute TX and the Garlic Festival works in Gilroy, CA, locations are really proud of some interesting things. In this country we have no lack of imagination or lack of appreciation for a home grown reason to celebrate. This week and all throughout the summer, there will be many festivals celebrating the unique, the silly, the ridiculous and even the wonderful. Just know that if you feel like celebrating almost anything, most likely there is a place where you can find it.
Ackley Sauerkraut Days Ackley, IA 6/2-6/4
Since 1903, the fun includes midway parade, classic car show, free evening entertainment, displays, games, various food stands, bike tour, free sauerkraut and wieners.
Mancelona Bass Festival Mancelona, MI 6/2-6/5
Since 1955, two parades, street dances, fireworks, barbeque, kids games, fishing contest, black powder shoot, flea market, craft bazaar and much more.
Steuben County Dairy Festival Bath, NY 6/4
Dairy Dash, Parade, Outhouse Racing, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Square Dancers, Black and White Heifer Ball.
Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival Berkeley, CA 6/4
Calling all artists – kids to professions. Eat Chocolate and make art. Register to draw on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley for free. Sidewalk squares will be assigned to artists. Buy tickets; good in over 40 businesses for special goodies like truffles, brownies or chocolate mochi.
Strolling of the Heifers Festival Brattleboro, VT 6/3-6/5
Since 2002, the festival will feature live entertainment, agriculture-related exhibitions as well as tables and booths offering Vermont-made products, arts and crafts galore. Come have a bite to eat, enjoy the music and take part in a wide array of fun-filled activities. The centerpiece of Stroll Weekend is the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade, which starts at 10am sharp, Saturday on Main Street.
Bowiefest Bowie, MD 6/4
Bowiefest is a festival of long-standing tradition in the City that brings the best of Bowie’s civic organizations, entertainers, and businesses to one place for one day. Around the pond you can sample food from area vendors including cotton candy by the Collington Masons and beef barbecue by the Belle-Aires Twirlers.
All American Country Hoedown Campbellsburg, IN 6/2-6/5
Since 1995, be a part of an old time festival with food and craft booths, antique farm machinery exhibits, demonstrations Seniors Day, Little Cowgirl-Cowboy contest, Baking contest, Pet Parade, Western Shoot-out with Extreme Magic show and Dinner with Cartoon Character for the younger crowd or the child in all of us, Fireworks Show and Street Dance.
Connecticut River SHAD Bake Centerbrook, CT 6/4
Since 1957. A “Family Picnic Event” featuring BBQ Chicken and Hotdogs for the kids as well as rides and fun treats. Live Music from 5pm till 8pm. You must arrive and be in the food line by 7pm. Admission $20 adults or $80 family.
Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival Fort Walton Beach, FL 6/2-6/6
Since 1956, local bands and entertainers, arts and crafts, fireworks, parade, amusement rides, treasure hunts, pirate invasion, softball tournament and activities for the whole family.
Harvard Milk Days Harvard, IL 6/3-6/5
Since 1942, celebrate the dairy industry with a 2 hour parade. Carnival rides, arts and crafts fair, milk drinking contest, farm tours, tractor pull, milk run, cattle show, talent show, fireworks, bed races and wee farm. Milk Days has grown from a small hay wagon stage with street dancing to a week of 30 plus different events. It is yearly attended by thousands of people all along it’s two mile route through the town of Harvard.
Court Days Festival Harrisonburg, VA 6/4
A unique event that portrays local 1850s life as authentically as possible. The heart of the event is living history, street drama on every corner, and Harrisonburg’s Court Square transformed by period artisans, re-enactors, and a variety of events. Have the time of your life experiencing local 19th century history, culture, music, dance, art and craft. Engage in a militia muster, horse trading, horse-drawn rides, dances, games, crafts. Mini-concerts, shopping, feasting and more.
Herndon Festival Herndon, VA 6/2-6/5
Since 1980, a community-wide celebration, in and around Herndon’s Municipal Center complex and historic Town Hall Square. The Festival, produced by the Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department with assistance from area civic organizations and businesses, is one of Northern Virginia’s top free outdoor events.
South Dakota Barbeque Championship Huron, SD 6/3-6/4
Since 2007. This championship BBQ cook-off competition is sure to become a fan favorite. This is a KCBS sanctioned event for the national championship in Kansas City, Mo held later in the year. The BBQ competition is held during the popular Wheel Jam event at the fairgrounds.
Ithaca Festival Ithaca, NY 6/2-6/5
Since 1978, city wide celebration with 4 days of fun for the entire family. Includes mimes, juggling, dancing, concerts, 7 stages of entertainment, food, a parade and a large craft fair. Thursday takes place downtown on State Street.
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